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July 10, 2020
Virtual Quilts: Viewing, Studying and Enjoying Them in New Ways from Repro Quilt Lover

If you belong to a quilt guild, visit quilt exhibits, participate in workshops, take classes, or study quilt history, you have likely had an event canceled or postponed. If you are anything like me it’s been a lot more than one. This has left me wondering how I can fulfill my desire to view quilts and, equally important, to socialize and learn from other quilters. I miss my people! How can I get my quilt fix when everything I used to do is canceled or on hold?

Fortunately, I didn’t have to create the opportunities, I just needed ...

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May 31, 2020
NEW PATTERN Fig Leaf and Flowers from Collector with a Needle


Pattern Cover
We are pleased to announce our new appliqué quilt pattern, Fig Leaf and Flowers.

The pattern is a reproduction of a 19th century quilt quilt in our collection.   The quilt finishes at 80" square.  The original quilt is not perfectly aligned by today's standards - but the pattern is!  The outer edge has a bit of a wave - the pattern does not.

For now, it is a digital download only, available on the pattern page here and on our Etsy shop.  It is designed to print on your home printer - no enlargements needed.  The full size pattern includes ...

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April 1, 2020
Projects From Stitching Friends from Collector with a Needle


Ferns and Berries - Florence Block 1
Checking in with my stitching friends!
Wishing you all the best, thinking of you.

A couple stitching friends sent me photos of their current work and gave me permission to share with you.

Florence shared her Ferns and Berries project.  She's using a small reproduction indigo print with red berries and reverse applique.

For the berry stems, she's using an embroidered chain stitch.



Antique Quilt from our collection



This is our original - from our pattern cover.

The antique quilt is very heavily hand quilted with detailed motifs.

The original had embroidered stems ...

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February 17, 2020
Radical Rose from Collector with a Needle

Original Quilt from our Collection 
We love seeing quilters making projects with our patterns.
Our 'Radical Rose' has been a popular pattern for us.
One of my favorite things is seeing the fabric selections, and how they add their own personal choices.
Since we published the pattern, a few blocks and one similar quilt have turned up.  They appear to be "newer" and have the look of a "traced" pattern where the shapes and lines are thinker and less pronounced.  We are proud of the accuracy of our pattern to the 19th century original in our collection.
We also include ...

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December 12, 2019
Kaffe Fassett in Bath, Part 2 from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The American Museum and Gardens in Bath, UK, opened its doors in 1961 for the first time at Claverton Manor. It is the only museum outside the United States dedicated to the American arts. Unfortunately, the manor part of the museum was closed for Christmas decorating, but thankfully the Kaffe Fassett exhibit was held in another building, so much to may delight, we were able to see the unique combination of old and new quilts. As promised, here are the rest of the quilts from the exhibit. We hope you enjoy them!

Fan
Katy Clark Elmore, 1937
Chula, Missouri

Dotty ...

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December 5, 2019
Kaffe Fasset in Bath, Part One from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


A couple of weeks ago, I (Kara) wrote about a lovely quilt shop, Poppy Patch, over in England, with a little teaser of the Kaffe Fasset exhibit at the American Museum in Bath, UK. Wait no more, because today and next week, I will be sharing some of the amazing antique quilts and the Kaffe Fasset reproductions of those quilts. 

This was one of my favorite exhibits ever. For me, it was the best of both worlds—antique quilts and Kaffe Fassett fabrics. While Teri and I don't usually work with really bright colors, there is a "bright" side ...

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October 25, 2019
Old Mill Path from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Old Mill Path Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but this isn’t a race! We’re quilting with curves and enjoying each stitch!

Old Mill Path Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Our new Drunkard’s Path templates make quick work of curved blocks, and this week we’re giving you an up-close look at how those curves are stitched together. It really is so fun and simple! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Old Mill Path Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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October 10, 2019
When the Unknown Surprises You! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As we have shared in the past, Teri and I (Kara) are novice quilt collectors. We started with a few quilts that we inherited and picked up a few here and there as we wander the antique malls—one of our absolute favorite things to do together! A few of those inherited and purchased quilts have been shared on the blog (you can read about them by clicking on the links at the end of this post). Over here in Germany, there are not many antique quilts to be found, so I have formed a habit, albeit not necessarily a ...

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