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May 19, 2017
Crazy Quilts at the Virginia Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last week, Kara and I (Teri) decided that we needed to go on one last road trip before her departure to Germany. It will surely not be our last, but we will doubtfully get much travel in before she leaves the country. Our destination was Harrisonburg, Virginia. I had told her how much I enjoyed my visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum (VQM) in the fall, and we wanted to see Debby Cooney's exhibit on appliqué (more to come on that next week), so that seemed like a good place to start. We planned to check out a few ...

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April 24, 2017
Melon Smoothie from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Mary Kerr is looking for a quilt named “Melon Smoothie.” This quilt was last seen on February 14, 2017 in Paducah, Kentucky. It was on display at the National Quilt Museum, but once it was shipped, it never made it back home to Virginia.

This quilt is 76″ by 84″. The main colors are salmon and green. It is made from a vintage top, circa 1930, and it was quilted in 2014. It is hand pieced, hand appliquéd, and machine quilted. It is labeled, “Quilt as desired,” The label is fused to the bottom right corner.

This ...

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December 9, 2016
Quilt Label Tutorial from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

Quilt Labels by Stephanie Hughes 

I always sign my quilts with a hand embroidered label that is personalized for the recipient.


1.  Decide what you want to say on your label.  I use my word documents to create a template.  I type out what I want to say in the document and then play around with size of the letters and the Font that I want to use on the label.  Center your design.  I saved space for a big heart.  For this label I used Adobe Casion Pro Font, size 46 for the larger letters and for ...

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October 13, 2016
Revisting the Cabin from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The quilt that founds its way home
A couple of months ago, Kara wrote about this lovely quilt and related the fascinating story of how it arrived back in its original home—the old log cabin in which it was made. (For the story of this quilt, read The Quilt That Found Its Way Back Home.)

Last month, Jane—one of the ladies we met at the cabin in June—emailed us to say:

"....and the story of the quilt continues....
I sent the blog to my friend Susan, who likes to quilt.  She immediately recognized the material as being ...

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October 7, 2016
Feedsack Quilt Started from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

sneak peak to the front

Here is the start of my new feedsack quilt that I am making for my cousin to celebrate her one year wedding anniversary and as a house warming present.  She and her husband were married last December in Washington DC, near Dupont Circle and their home is located in suberb outside of Washington DC.  It's beautiful.  Below is a picture of their new home and of the room I am trying to make something for....

My plan was to make something with BLUE.  Since I collect antique feedsacks, I thought it might be nice ...

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October 6, 2016
Vintage Dimensional Appliqué from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

One of my (Kara's) favorite things to do on vacation is explore the local antique offerings. Antique stores of all types can be found. Some are really just buildings for garage sale-type items, or some that have "fine" as the first word of their name usually mean that what's inside will be above my budget. And some fit somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. While on vacation in Wells, Maine, last week, I took a day to see what treasures could be uncovered. I came across some interesting finds at a variety of antique shops. Some items ...

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September 22, 2016
Needlework and Paper: How They Worked Together from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

"All things needlework" should be our motto and when Teri and I (Kara) visit an antique store. We have trained our eyes to scope out anything that looks like it was created with a needle.

Our laser vision in antique stores
Last summer, while visiting Hershey, we visited a few antique malls with Teri's wonderful and very patient mom. As Teri and I exhaustively scoured leisurely perused each booth, we both zeroed in on a lovely collection of embroidered pieces.

A typical sentiment

Such bright colors!

Upon examining them, we realized that the background was actually paper, as opposed ...

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