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October 18, 2019
Keep It Classy, Please! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I don't often get on my soapbox; particularly here. I'm stepping up for  a moment, allow me to say something that has been bubbling under the surface for a while. You need not agree with me, that's fine; I simply need to speak up on the subject of respect. Respect for self, respect for others, apparently this concept is in short supply these days. What am I referring to? Language-- particularly

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Keep It Classy, Please! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I don't often get on my soapbox; particularly here. I'm stepping up for  a moment, allow me to say something that has been bubbling under the surface for a while. You need not agree with me, that's fine; I simply need to speak up on the subject of respect. Respect for self, respect for others, apparently this concept is in short supply these days. What am I referring to? Language-- particularly

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September 12, 2019
Teri's Travels: White Bluffs Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

If you follow our blog, you know that I (Teri) have been sharing some of our quilty stops during our cross-country road trip in July. Often, when I travel with my husband, we make a deal: I go to a quilt shop and he gets to pick a BBQ restaurant. (It's a win-win for me!) One day, I scored a visit to a quilt museum as we drove through Washington state. What a fun stop that was! When I arrived at the White Bluffs Quilt Museum in Richland, Washington, I was greeted by Marlene Martin, who began showing me ...

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July 1, 2019
Happy Canada Day, and Quilt Canada from caledonia quilter

This is a great quilt to feature today, don't you think?  I feel so blessed to live in this great country.
Pantograph "Oh Canada".

Quilt Canada was held in Ottawa this year.  I had to grit my teeth to sign up for that - back many years ago when I was on the road with Royal Bank, everything "bad" that ever happened to me took place in Ottawa.  I accidently set a cash dispenser on fire, a childhood friend I bumped into stood me up for dinner, I was left stranded by a co-worker, etc, etc, etc.  But, you know ...

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May 30, 2019
Pattern Sale! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Everyone loves a sale, right?! Well, we are having one!




We are having a wonderful time teaching our Block of the Month quilt, In the Garden, at Primitive Homespuns Wool & Needleworks. We are about halfway through the second round, and these ladies are inspiring us with their choices and skills! Each month, we share our progress, and I (Teri) am amazed by their beautiful work. It is fun to watch them get ideas from each other, and I may be learning as much from some of them as they are from me. (And Kara, who got to come to the ...

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October 31, 2018
PETAL PILLOW CLASS WITH DIANA from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Take a look at this beautiful pillow.  Can't you just see the smile of your friend's (or mother's, or daughter's) face when she learns you made this lovely gift for her. This is a 14" pillow with a flap covered zipper closure on the back. The pattern also comes with an optional flower table mat using only one or two rows of petals around the outer edge. You can make this pillow with Diana when you take her class on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Attic Window Quilt ...

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October 25, 2018
Long Island Road Trip from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


A couple of weeks ago, I (Teri) went to Mineola on Long Island to visit the Evening Star Quilters. They had invited me to do a lecture at their meeting, followed by a class—this Eight-Pointed Star with Sprigs of Berries (above), from Elly Sienkiewicz's book, Spoken Without a Word. This was the very first block that I taught, so I was thrilled that they had chosen it; the star has such a simple elegance to it.

I asked my friend, Kristy, to join me for the road trip. Not only was she an invaluable help to me, organizing ...

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October 16, 2018
HAPPY DOGS FROM HAPPY QUILTS from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 Just a quick note to remind you that the Going To The Dogs class is this Friday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. The QAYG and Fuse method will be used to make these blocks.  You can make one for a pillow, or wall hanging, or make several to go into a quilt. 
You can also use your imagination.  All the dogs are the same in the pattern in the book Happy Quilts, but I get bored easily and tried to make each one a little different.  I hope you will join me Friday in making this fun quilt.  Call ...

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August 9, 2018
Lovely Botanicals—The Academy of Appliqué 2019 Class Offerings from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Some of us are fortunate enough to live near friends who share our stitching passion, and we can regularly gather to stitch and share needle stories. Others of us have to work a bit harder to create those opportunities. One perfect place to gather with others who love to appliqué is the annually held Academy of Appliqué, in Williamsburg, Virginia. We are honored to be on the teaching faculty at the Academy; March of 2019 will be our third year as teachers, and we are bubbling with excitement about our classes this year. We hope you will be, too!

The ...

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July 26, 2018
A Few Teasers—Birds and Bees, Flowers and... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you figured that instead of stitching, you would rather sit at the computer and fight the cyber world gremlins? Me neither, but that's what I (Teri) did for most of the week. Still, I'm happy to say that our website, which was abysmally out-of-date, is now pretty current. Web design is really NOT my thing, but I try to approach it with the mindset of "I'm designing a quilt." Sometimes that works, but not always... I applaud those who choose to do this for a job—it is ...

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June 21, 2018
Modern Matrix with Traditional Twist-plus a Modern quilt from Pointless Quilter

Yep.  I took a modern looking quilt and made it traditional.  I also made a quilt that I think is pretty modern. 



My friend Anna (Anna the Artist Within) is a quilt designer and this is one of her quilt patterns.  She taught it at one of our guild's classes.  It's called Modern Matrix and when she made it with her color choices (a lime green, black and white) it is sooo modern.  I used a very traditional fabric and quilted it pretty traditionally too.  The lines I used were the serpentine stitch on my machine  I don ...

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June 14, 2018
"In the Garden"—Hydrangea from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The gardens are bursting forth with blooms as the first day of summer rapidly approaches. This month's block in our In the Garden BOM series is the Hydrangea. I (Teri) have always loved the bountiful blooms of a hydrangea, and I am particularly partial to the blue/purple ones. I was excited to create these flowers, capturing their dimensional beauty.

We will be creating the mophead or French variety of hydrangea, the most common type. It has a large, rounded flower head that is composed of many single blossoms. I cut my purple wool into a pile of one-inch ...

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May 19, 2018
My Seattle Trip from Pointless Quilter

Last year when I took my dad to Arizona, we had some trouble with Southwest Airlines (didn't have a wheelchair for my dad when we got off the plane after many promises).  Anyway, we each got a $150 coupon to use in the next year so I decided to go visit my younger sister Beverly in Washington.  We had a fun filled few days.  Here are some of the fun things we did.

Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum (which is located near the space needle).



These were just a few of my favorite pieces.  So amazing what he did with ...

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April 30, 2018
Start Free Motion Quilting in my Longarm Class from Quilted Joy

In May I’ll be teaching my hands on Breaking into Freemotion on the Longarm Class and I’d love for you to join me!

Pantographs and design boards look stunning when quilted. But there is a whole world of possibility in free motion quilting! The challenge is knowing where to start. Moving to the front of the machine shouldn’t be scary! Spend a couple of hours with us and play with a number of easy freemotion designs.

beginner longarm free motion quilting class by Angela Huffman

I designed this class with my wonderful longarm renters in mind. These folks have experience quilting with pantographs and design boards ...

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April 14, 2018
April's class/club... from Home Designs by Amanda

April is really going by fast... and it's a little later than I had wanted it to be to announced, but the projects for this month are ready to show! These are the three cards that will be included in this month's class... plus a surprise project,  which will most likely be made with new product, how fun! The In-person class will be held at my home on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:

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March 13, 2018
Crafting Teatime... from Home Designs by Amanda

Today I was able to finally get out an email announcing my new class! Yay! Want to see what we are making this month? Here is some general information: Option 1 is the in-person class for $14.00. Option 2 is the to-go class for $17.00. We are using the Southern Serenade  stamp set in for this month's projects. Are you interested in taking a class with me? I have all the

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March 8, 2018
busy, busy, busy from easypatchwork

Hello everyone! It's nice to see you again! I know I have been absent. It is so hard for me to blog these days. I wanted to let you know what is going on in my life that is exciting but sometimes overwhelming too. First of all, I made a couple of patterns, one for free and one payable. The first one is a set of foundations for a 2-Inch and 3-Inch Pineapple Block on Etsy. It includes two pages of

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February 22, 2018
More Trees from Rana Quilts

This past weekend I took my bag of scraps and various other supplies to Augusta for the bi-monthly Art Quilts Maine meeting. I had been asked to teach my Tree Bits technique to the group. With only a couple of hours, we had time to get the trees from conception to adding tulle. Once the tulle was in place, people could carry their trees home without fear of losing all those tiny scraps! Photos of trees in progress have begun showing up on our Facebook page and in my email. I wanted to share a few here--isn't it wonderful ...

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February 11, 2018
We’ve Got Some Exciting Classes Coming Your Way! from Quilted Joy

I have been hard at work putting together my spring schedule of classes and I’m so excited for everything we have coming up! We’ve got everything from piecing techniques to machine quilting on the stand ups AND the sit down domestic machines. So are you ready to learn a lot this spring? Take a look at all of the amazing classes we have on our jam-packed schedule this spring.

Take a (P)Fantastic Adventure in Machine Quilting with Claudia Pfeil

Claudia Pfeil Longarm Machine Quilter

The workshop I’m most looking forward to is Claudia Pfeil’s (P)Fantastic Adventure. You may not ...

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January 25, 2018
Laura Heine Fabric Collage Class Now Open from Quilted Joy

After an overwhelming response from folks loving all the Laura Heine quilts we’ve been posting from our last class, we’ve decided to offer the class again! In this class we will explore the fabric collage technique that defines the Laura Heine style quilts. We will spend a great deal of time considering value and contrast in an effort to add dimensional aspects to our animals. This is a great class to learn not only a technique but also a way of looking at how to select fabric and color for the right effect.

If you’d like to ...

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