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September 6, 2019
Reruns Lecture, Antique Quilts and Outings from Humble Quilts

I had a whirlwind trip to Washington state to present my lecture, Reruns; Quilts Inspired by the Past. 
I had checked out my map earlier to see what was on the way to my SIL's that I could stop and get a bit of exercise. 

I ended up about 15 minutes away from where I was staying. I stopped at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Of course, the middle of the day, at 85 degrees,  isn't the best time to see wildlife, but there was a nice breeze blowing off the Puget Sound. This was an estuary where ...

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July 19, 2019
Vintage Quilts Friday from Humble Quilts

Before I went on my trip to Ohio, Linda, Kathy's sister, asked if I would be interested in taking a vintage quilt off her hands. Thank you Linda for thinking of me!
Here is the charming quilt I made room for. 


 Humble hanging diamond quilting on this charming 2 color quilt. The quilting lines up as good as mine! LOL
 Freehand fan quilting on 2 sides. 
 Double quilt lines on the other 2 sides. I LOVE everything about it!!
 The quilts below were brought to my lectures and we had fun seeing a wide variety of quilts and styles ...

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June 28, 2019
This, That and The Other from Humble Quilts

Here is my double four patch  laid out as I pieced the blocks together.  Up close it looked like a jumble....


We were thinking the lights should have been more light all the way through. 
Trying to get some good lighting. 

 I plan on adding a border. I like it because it was a friendship swap, not because I love the layout.
Thanks Kevin and Kathy!!

My first project was Almost Amish, our fall quiltalong. I'll baste it and quilt it over the next few months. This came straight from my solid bin. I recommend use what you have ...

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June 25, 2019
Monday Muse from Ohio from Humble Quilts



I had such a fun few days!  Kathy and I took off early Saturday through the green and sunny countryside to Saegertown where the Quilt study group host ted my lecture. What a lovely group of ladies! The quilt I'm standing in front of belonged to Jill and was beautiful!
Kathy's friend Jim asked about my "speech" so Kat took a photo to send to him. I never excelled at toastmasters, but I do like to talk about quilts!! LOL

This was also her antique log cabin with cute handmade buttons on it!!!
It was very charming!

Then ...

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June 14, 2019
Flag Day on a Friday! from Humble Quilts

I really enjoyed the Mt Bachelor Quilters Guild this week. I do not belong to a local group and it is fun to see what others in the quilting world are doing. 

Someone donated a huge (over 100x100) star top to the guild for a boutique fundraiser.  It was rippling and waving like crazy- they were ready to bring it to the thrift store. Someone had a vision!! 

She shared how she starched it to drenching, then let it dry, then ironed it. It was a massive quilt, so she cut it in half! Genius!


 Look at this darling quilt ...

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June 7, 2019
Red and White Quilts from Repro Quilt Lover

At the start of the year I pick a word or theme to model at least the beginning of the year but the hope is to carry it throughout the year. This year, my word was simplicity. My first project of the year was a small blue and white quilt and my intention was to do more two-color quilts because they evoke simplicity and understatement. Today, I was cleaning up old photos and happened upon the folder from the Infinite Variety show of red and white quilts owned by Joanna Rose in New York City in March 2011. The simplicity ...

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May 6, 2019
Pattern Conundrum? from Humble Quilts

It may not be a conundrum at all, but in my head it is a little bit. 
co·nun·drum: a confusing and difficult problem or question.


While admiring Dorothy Ramage's  Spencer Museum block, Carolyn Stewart Weaver mentioned this book that had the same pattern in it. Of course that peaked my interest and I'm a huge fan of red and green quilts, so I ordered up a copy. 



Its a terrific book highlighting 10 quilts that were documented in the Kansas Quilt project.
So in 2006 this book was published. 

This block is exactly like Jan Patek ...

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March 30, 2019
How To Wash Antique Quilts from Maria the Quilter

Let me preface this post by saying that I do indeed know what I am talking about – I have worked with antique quilts for almost 10 years. There are plenty of other experts out there, and each person will have their favorite method or technique to share. So if you read something different somewhere else, please feel free to get back to me (or them) with questions. We certainly don’t want to damage any of these priceless treasures.

Number one, I will always say, if it’s an old quilt and it doesn’t have to be washed, then ...

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March 25, 2019
Quilt & Fiber Art Museum from Humble Quilts

Here is the historic building in LaConner, WA that houses the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Museum. Isn't it lovely?!


The quilts that greeted us are in the museum collection. The volunteer said they were put up to bring a bit of spring to the PNW. It has been so snowy, cold and wet. Perfect way to welcome spring.










 I'm pretty sure several fabric in this 1840's quilt have been reproduced. 

The Hartsford Quilts weren't quite what I was expecting, but still fascinating and a terrific story. 
“The Hartsfield’s collection’s roots date back to ...

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January 30, 2019
Humble Quilts Upcoming Events from Humble Quilts

I want to give everyone a heads up on all the fun quilty things going on this late winter and spring on Humble Quilts.

Jan 30th Stringalong Linky party- share what you've accomplished this month!

Feb 18-22 Book sale! Lots of terrific books and patterns have been donated to me for my mission trip fundraiser. Until I get them all photographed I won't know how many posts I'll need. I'm thinking 3.

Feb 27- Spencer museum quilt linkup, month 1

March 1st- First installment of Cheri's Sweet Land of Liberty quiltalong. We did this last ...

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January 18, 2019
Eagle Creek from Collector with a Needle

A few teasers for the event on display
Today I setup an 'event promotion' display case at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop. These items will be on display through February 2.

On February 1 & 2  I will be at the shop and I hope to see YOU there.

The first part of the day I will be speaking to the Breakfast Club. Pre-enrollment is required, as it is a catered gourmet breakfast.
Afterward, I will have more displays of antique sewing treasures in the classroom where I will be signing books.



Contact Eagle Creek HERE to sign up.
You can also ...

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January 12, 2019
Waste Not Want Not from - Barb Robson ::: quilter

Pineapple Log Cabin Block, hand pieced, hand quilted

Pineapple Log Cabin Block, hand pieced, hand quilted

This little block has been sitting on my dresser for ages. I was cleaning yesterday and when I picked it up I realized it had been a while since I really looked at it. It is 8 3/4” x 9”, there is no batting, the centre 4 triangles and the green strip in the upper middle left were originally a much darker green. I could tell when I pushed back a bit on the seam. There are 49 pieces in the top.

Detail of the left corner.

Detail of the left corner.

Detail of the centre

Detail of the centre ...

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January 10, 2019
"Inspired Free Motion Quilting: 90 Antique Designs Reinterpreted for Today’s Quilter" from Nestlings By Robin

Bill Volckening and Amanda Leins have joined forces to bring us a quilting book full of antique quilt eye candy!  As an antique quilt student and avid hand quilter, these quilts and designs overwhelmed me with their beauty and creativity. Bill I have been following for a few years now and he provided the gorgeous quilts from his collection. Mandy is a newer name to me and I am so intrigued!! A history in archaeology......Wow! She brings her long arm quilting expertise to the design recreation process all the while making us feel how easy it is to do ...

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November 19, 2018
Highlight of British Isles Quilts- IQF from Humble Quilts

The highlight of my Houston Quilt show for 2018 was to see these amazing, spectacular, antique quilts of Christopher Wilson Tate from England! WOW!

Here's a taste of these beauties!


Fabric to die for!! Well, not quite, but you know what I mean.

Unbelievable fussy cutting!!



These are early, early quilts! WOW!



Humble, beautiful, spectacular border! Embrace the humble!!!


This only adds to the charm of the overall quilt, in my humble opinion. LOVE it so much!






 Look at these vibrant prints!

 Such whimsical applique shapes. Check out that appliqued star fabric!

Better than the label is his description ...

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November 14, 2018
Quilts and Friendships from Humble Quilts

My take on the International Quilt Festival probably won't look a lot like anyone else's. I told my room mate, helping in the Education dept is great, but it's the friendships that keep me coming back and is the highlight of my week.
So, I'll try and keep it relatively short..... LOL

 Lee is the owner of Two Thimbles Quilt Shop and is in Houston for quilt market so we only have one day that overlaps. Sunday evening after our education meeting we meet up for dinner. When I make trips to Seattle I like to ...

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October 15, 2018
Old Aurora Colony Quilt Show from Humble Quilts

 I love this quilt show in fall!!I love the setting, which is at the historical museum and they always display plenty of vintage quilts.




This quilt belongs to the museum and I never get tired of seeing it!

Several of the colony quilts have this style of quilting.
This was the quilting in the brown border. 

 Several of these quilts were for sale by the featured quilter, Charlotte Wirfs. The proceeds of the quilt sales were going to be donated to the museum.










Check out the humble seven sisters quilt! You can see it in the photo above as ...

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September 29, 2018
Needle Felting, FLW and Dear Jane from The Cozy Quilter


The Elgin Piecemakers met this past week for the first time since June.  There was lots of catching up to do!  Pat P has been doing a lot of needle felting over the summer and decided to teach all of us how to do this too.  We were each given a small piece of felt, a block of foam and the barbed needle tool as well as our choice of colours of the wool roving used in this craft. You can see my small creation above before it was trimmed.


The back is quite fuzzy!  Here is my square after ...

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September 26, 2018
The Keeper of Kansas City Star Quilts: Edie McGinnis from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Edie McGinnis is one of our pattern writers here at Missouri Star. Some of her amazing Kansas City Star quilt collection is currently on display until Dec. 4 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. Read on to learn about how Edie started quilting, collecting quilts and her time at the Kansas City Star in her own words.

Edie McGinnis at Missouri Star Academy 2018

Edie shared quilts and stories at Missouri Star Academy earlier this year.

Before I began working as a pattern writer at Missouri Star Quilt Co., I spent many years of my life working for The Kansas City Star newspaper. I began ...

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August 14, 2018
Quilts on the Lawn from Humble Quilts

This wasn't a quilt on the lawn but it sure was a cute little quilt made with antique fabric that Laurie made and hung up for us to enjoy. 

 I went to Seattle with my friend, Michelle, on the left, picked up Juliann, on the right, and made our way to Marysville where Laurie (center, in blue) had a quilt show of Anthologie quilts. The weather has been beautiful and hot but all of a sudden the forecast for that one day called for rain! So, she did what any resourceful woman would do, she did not cancel but ...

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July 31, 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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