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July 3, 2019
The Baltimore Appliqué Society Celebrates 25 Years! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Do you love appliqué? Did you know that the Baltimore Appliqué Society is an organization that promotes the art of appliqué, not only locally, but also with members from across the nation? In fact, we have a few international members, as well. Last week, the BAS observed 25 years as an organization! I (Teri) thought you might enjoy celebrating with us, and perhaps even consider joining us.  

This lovely commemorative block was designed and stitched by Marylou McDonald, using flower motifs from each of the raffle quilts created by BAS over the years. Several examples of those raffle quilts were ...

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May 24, 2019
A Mysterious Quilt! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

If you have been reading our blog for a while, you will know that Teri and I (Kara) have a obsession, fondness for antique quilts. We have assembled quite a collection between the two of us and we love sharing it in our lecture, The Stories in Our Quilts. Recently, we have picked up a few quilt gems that we will share with you over the coming months. 

When I look at potential quilts to add to my collection, I usually go for the unique ones that could have an interesting story or background. The quilt I just bought was ...

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May 10, 2019
Turnabout Granny Squares Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Did your grandma bake bread and cookies? Did she give the best hugs and tell the best bedtime stories? Did she wrap her loved ones in the warmth of hand-stitched quilts?

Grandmothers radiate comfort in a thousand different ways, and today we’re stitching up a sweet Turnabout Granny Squares quilt that’ll keep you as cozy as Grandma’s chicken noodle soup!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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March 21, 2019
A "Twisted" Exhibit! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As Teri mentioned last week, we had a great time down in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Academy of Appliqué. Not only did we teach, but we were able to take a little time beforehand to go to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia. It's a great show with various exhibits and some stunning quilts. 

One exhibit that caught our attention was the Twisted exhibit, by Mary Kerr. We love anything vintage and these quilts were vintage with a twist, thus the name. All the quilts in the exhibit were created by combining pieces of vintage textiles with modern ...

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March 18, 2019
EQ Album OP 39 from Virtual Quilter

Imagine a cold day in a big, overdecorated and drafty country house … and being able to snuggle up under a quilt like this.

I think it looks a bit like an antique … and it hasn’t even been made yet. But then I sometimes let my imagination get away from me a times.

Luckily our house doesn’t get that cold, but I love the design!

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March 1, 2019
March Happenings from Collector with a Needle

How has your March started?
I'm ignoring the weather and enjoying my stitching time.

I set a personal goal to complete all of the hand quilting on my full reproduction Noah and Matilda quilt by October.

I had it long arm basted, which was nice because I do NOT like basting a large quilt.  I have not setup my large floor frame in this house.  It was ideal for basting!  I can easily hand quilt in a hoop.

This is a large quilt over 80 x 90!

It is so enjoyable to revisit each block as I quilt.

You ...

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January 17, 2019
Welsh Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The view from our hike.
This past November, my husband and I (Kara) had the opportunity to visit the spectacular country of Wales. This was to be our relaxing treat after such a crazy past year of visitors and travel. We chose the location based on its proximity to Snowdonia National Park—renowned for its beauty—and it did not disappoint. The scenery was spectacular and the hikes through various areas of the park were diverse in landscape and beauty. While hiking through the hills was one of our main goals, seeing some of the towns and castles was another ...

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January 3, 2019
THANKFUL Free Doll Quilt Pattern from Collector with a Needle

c. 1890s Doll Quilt Detail
It has been such a wonderful year...rolling by with highs and lows!
I extend my thanks to each of you for being part of it. Even the things that don't go as planned are learning experiences.

As a little thank you gift this Thanksgiving, and as a token of appreciation, I'm sharing one of my antique doll quilts with you - and the FREE pattern.
We can all do with some little treasured projects.
Fun, sweet and simple - you might like to make more than one!

First, a little background.

Last May I ...

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December 6, 2018
Two Special Exhibits from France and the British Isles from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Quilts de Légende

Last fall, Kara posted about the Quilts de Légende exhibit at the European Patchwork Meeting in France. As their exhibit was a favorite when we visited Houston in 2016, I (Teri) tried to keep my jealousy to a minimum. I was thrilled, then, to see that this exhibit would be at Houston again this year. So while Kara and I didn't get to see the quilts together, there was something special about the fact that we both were able to view the same quilts—an ocean and a year apart! 

Quilts de Légende is a biennial ...

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November 5, 2018
Rainy Monday from Pinkadot Quilts

I know I am the odd man out but I love a rainy Monday! I always have so much to do so it doesn't bother me at all. I also am very productive.
I found this wonderful vintage quilt and just could not leave it behind. The blocks are small, 4 1/2" finished and they are all hand pieced! A true labor of love. It's big too, 283 blocks a perfect size to use as a throw quilt.

The fabrics are varied which gives it a lot of life! The solid fabrics in the center of the ...

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October 30, 2018
Podcast Now Available from Collector with a Needle

Yesterday afternoon I did my live American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast Interview with host Pat Sloan.
It is a four segment show, I am the third guest on episode 398.
You can listen to it HERE.
In the coming days it will also be available HERE.

If you are new to this podcast, you can listen without subscribing. You can also search by name and listen to years worth of wonderful quilt related interviews.

I enjoyed talking with Pat and I hope you enjoy listening!

Thanks you for all of your support.  Thrilled to have readers ordering multiple book copies ...

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October 16, 2018
Oops, I did it again! from Stash Overflow

What did I do? Let’s leave that for later.

Here’s the view from my driveway yesterday. They’ve started construction on the final group in my development which happens to be directly across the street from me. The next few months are going to be even more annoying than the last few since they’ve run out of space to store their supplies. These are the forms for the concrete walls. They poured the footers last week.


I expect to see this again tomorrow. The many, many concrete trucks line up along the street and one by one ...

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August 28, 2018
Announcing Mary Witherwax from Collector with a Needle

We are back from vacation and have an exciting fall lineup coming with several new patterns, the book shipment, trunk shows and more blog posts!

I've been busy stitching samples.

We do all of our own stitching and quilting by hand.  Fun - but it does take longer.  The results are worth it and we hear that repeatedly when we show the antiques and reproductions.

First - Mary Witherwax

We purchased this treasure at auction and have the full story to share - Mary's life and the area with a Dutch connection.

c. 1850
Measures 85" x 71.5"

The full ...

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August 23, 2018
Birmingham Festival of Quilts—British Quilt Study Group from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

What a whirlwind two weeks it has been for Teri and me! We hit the ground running at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts and didn't stop until Teri hopped on a plane to return home. With all that activity behind us—trips to France, castles, and cathedrals—posting about the amazing quilts we saw at the quilt show is now possible. There were so many wonderful quilts, that it would be challenging to show them all in one post. Today's quilts are from the exhibit hosted by the British Quilt Study Group (BQSG), while some of the other ...

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June 20, 2018
Loaning Quilts from Collector with a Needle

My Franklin Stars Quilt
I like to think I am generous when it comes to loaning and sharing my quilts.  Although, some might say I am not when it comes to sharing photos.  It is all personal choice.

This quilt, Franklin Stars is currently on loan at my cities community center.

They have a rotating quilt every month to share with the community.  I chose this one because I think it appeals to men and women.

It also reminds me of my friend Jeananne - who owns the original.  She is very generous sharing her quilts.

The more you look at ...

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May 21, 2018
Pennsylvania 2018 from Collector with a Needle

Part of Boat House Row
I just completed my annual whirlwind trip to Pennsylvania.  My son used to row crew in the summers for the Penn Athletic Club on the Schuykill. After his career changed, I kept going adjusting the dates to textile activities.
While the Philadelphia airport and car rentals leave a lot to be desired - the city and surrounding areas make up for it.

After arrival I only had about a half day left for shopping, but I made the most of it.

This was an interesting button cabinet.
The drawers slid open from the back. All customers ...

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May 19, 2018
Vintage Flower Garden Quilt from Fret Not Yourself

While clearing out the house QS and I rediscovered family quilts. Several of them were made by us - including the quilt that makes the background of my banner and one QS made from Hawaiian fabric she purchased on the Big Island. How timely considering Kilauea is currently erupting.

There was also this Flower Garden quilt,

Flower Garden quilt by Sirena Jenny Salyers, 1935

a classic Depression era scrap quilt made by a master quilter

Detail of Flower Garden quilt by Sirena Jenny Salyers, 1935

One of the unusual aspects of this quilt is the path of tiny connecting diamonds and ...

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May 17, 2018
Tattered Elegance from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

If you read our blog on a regular basis, you know that Kara and I (Teri) love a quilt with a story. Okay, we know that every quilt tells a story, so it would be accurate to state that we just love quilts. But figuring out the story in a quilt is half the fun of studying one. Sometimes we know the history—it's always a blessing if we have some written provenance—but then there are the quilts that find their way into our hands about which we know nothing. This gem is one of those. And so ...

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May 1, 2018
A Maryland Album Quilt from Repro Quilt Lover


Back in March 2016, I wrote a post about a signature quilt I had acquired and called it “nearly” my holy grail of quilts.  It is a special quilt with beautiful Turkey red fabric appliqued in a fleur de lis pattern.  It also has lots of names and places that I’ve been able to research and trace the quilt to a church community in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  There is still much to do with it but it will be set aside for a while as I think I have found a new, exciting project.  It is an album quilt from ...

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April 20, 2018
Chicago Quilt Festival from Collector with a Needle

I had a great time last weekend at The Chicago Quilt Festival.  It is smaller than Houston, but so easy to drive to.

I took lots of phone photos, I hope you can see the details.

One of the highlights was a special exhibit by Cindy Rennells, of Cindy's Antique Quilts.

She featured several antique quilts using star blocks.

The green in this one was a beautiful shade.

Hand pieced and hand quilted, the alternated blocks were a glazed bird chintz.

Bird Chintz with Star Blocks
Brown Setting Triangles
Green Binding

Some examples of the bird chintz in the ...

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