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April 11, 2019
Baltimore Appliqué Showstoppers from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last month, when Kara was here to teach at the Academy of Appliqué, we spent a day at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia. That has been our routine for the past few years, but we were especially eager to go this year to see the special exhibit by the Baltimore Appliqué Society (BAS). And not just because our Fairy Tale Album was part of the exhibit; we knew what a treat it is to see the work of our fellow appliqué-ers in BAS! And we were not disappointed. Here is the exhibit for you to enjoy.







 
We so ...

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March 28, 2019
Mimi Dietrich: Honoring Baltimore's "Hometown Girl" from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


This past weekend, I (Teri) had the privilege of attending the opening of the special exhibit, Hometown Girl: Contemporary Quilts of Mimi Dietrich, at the Maryland Historical Society Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. What a thrill it was to share this day with Mimi—along with hundreds of her family, friends, and students. Mimi has inspired countless quilters over the course of her career, and her character has touched everyone who has been fortunate to know her. 

Mimi began her opening lecture with the story of a friend who had given her a file of papers—all the entries for a ...

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January 11, 2019
It's All About Appliqué! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Well, one last visit to the incredible quilt exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, 2018—and I (Teri) am happy to say that the focus is on appliqué quilts. It appears as though appliqué is alive and well within the quilting universe! While I have rarely met a quilt I didn't like, there is something special about studying the spectacular detail  in an appliquéd piece. The intricacies of the art are a joy to behold, and the bodies of work in these exhibits were no exception. Such work involves great dedication and time, not to mention talent ...

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November 16, 2018
Album Quilts: Honoring Sue Garman and Esther Blair Matthews from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

There is so much to share from International Quilt Market that I (Teri) will have to do so in several posts. If you've followed our blog for any time, you may have noticed that we love appliqué, and being members of the Baltimore Appliqué Society, our eyes are always drawn to the album style quilts. And there were plenty of those in Houston this year. 

The first exhibit I visited was the Texas Guilds' Award-Winning Traditional Quilts, with quilts from the Lone Star State that had previously won awards in their guild competitions. A few jumped out at me ...

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August 16, 2018
Quilt Odyssey—Hershey, PA from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As I (Teri) sit here in Germany at Kara's computer, reflecting on the quilt show we just attended in the UK, I realized that I had photos from the show that I visited a few weeks ago that were waiting to be shared. The quilt exhibit at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA, was absolutely exquisite this year. I was greatly inspired by the work shared at this show; I hope you will be as well. Enjoy this virtual tour of the exhibit hall.

The Merchant Mall did not disappoint.

It's always a joy to visit with Pat and ...

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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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May 3, 2018
The Language of Quilts from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Communication in your own language can be difficult. Communication between two people who don't speak the same language is really difficult. The good thing is that quilters can communicate without speaking. Whether it is a modern or traditional quilt, the voice of the maker can be heard without saying a word.

One way quilters express this form of communication is through a quilt show. The Nurtingen quilt guild—a local guild in the area—held their triennial quilt show this past March, and it was wonderful. There were quilts of all types, sizes, and themes. They even had an ...

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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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February 21, 2018
I'm stitching from Repro Quilt Lover

Worcester Beauty - A Maryland Album Quilt Block C-1
Stitched by Taryn Faulkner

  I'm stitching as fast as I can which, unfortunately, is still pretty slow.  This is block C-1 from a pattern called Worcester Beauty-A Maryland Album Quilt.  It is an almost exact reproduction of a quilt in the collection of the DAR Museum (link to quilt images here) and was part of the extraordinary Eye on Elegance exhibition from a couple of years ago.  Debby Cooney is the owner and gave permission to the AQSG Maryland seminar committee to pattern her quilt as a fundraiser.  In addition, some ...

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December 21, 2017
Elegant Geometry Exhibit - Taft Museum of Art - Post 1 from Repro Quilt Lover

Medallion quilt from the collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum
2008.040.0014
Seen at the Elegant Geometry exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio

I like to give myself presents.  After all, I know exactly what I want and I don't judge my own quilt obsession.  In fact, I think it is perfectly normal.  You do, too.  That's what I like so much about you.

My special gift this year was a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, to see the Elegant Geometry quilt exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art.  If you are a ...

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