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December 31, 2021
McHenry Landmark Crazy Quilt Block 30 from Kitty and Me Designs

I just finished up another block for the McHenry Landmark Crazy Quilt.  This is the McHenry Brewery built in 1868 by George Gribbler:

Here's an older photo of it:

Much of the original building has been replaced but it's still in operation!

Here's the entire quilt so far:

There will be 10 more blocks so I still have a little way to go!

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December 13, 2021
1897 Wool Crazy Quilt from Ann Quilts

This family heirloom quilt has some unique embroideries and provides a glimpse into the quiltmaker's personality.  (And no, I did not leave my scissors on the quilt by mistake.  They are embroidered with a variegated wool thread, giving them a wonderful metallic appearance!)

Here's what the quilt owner told me about the quilt:
I believe it was made by my great-grandmother, Johanna Gerbracht (born: 1865).  She was married to Henry Gerbracht (born: 1863).  They lived in Chatsworth, IL.  The best record I have online says that she married Henry in 1888.  That would make the quilt (dated: 1897 ...

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October 27, 2021
Three Quilts, Three Generations - The Story from Ann Quilts

I recently had the pleasure of repairing three heirloom quilts made by three generations of quilters. Two are heavy, wool and flannel crazy quilts, and the third is a cotton log cabin.  (You can read about the repairs at Three Quilts, Three Generations - The Repairs.)

Here's how the owner describes the quilts:

The “Greta” crazy quilt, with a date of 1948 sewn in white on a pink panel, is so named for the owner’s mother, whose name is stitched in cursive on another panel.  The quilt has many detailed and individualistic flourishes sewn between and on the panels ...

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Three Quilts, Three Generations - The Repairs from Ann Quilts

The family story of these three quilts is at Three Quilts, Three Generations - The Story.  Here, I will descirbe the repairs that I made to them.

The two crazy quilts were made primarily of wool and flannel fabrics.  One of the crazy quilts has an embroidered date and name, as well as more and more varied embroidered details.  The crazy quilts have some fabrics in common, so it's likely that they were both made around the same time.  The log cabin is cotton and significantly older. 

The repair techniques chosen for each quilt were chosen according to the kinds ...

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September 28, 2021
Preserving Our Quilt Legacy - Virtual Workshop - Starting soon! from Ann Quilts

Hey, hey - I'm starting to get the hang of this video promotion situation! My second video is up and running. It's a little "tour" of a great crazy quilt that I've been repairing. 

And this video is by way, of course, of reminding you that the start date for my quilt care and repair workshop is coming closer and closer. You can register for the whole workshop, or for selected alá carte items. Full details and registration info can be found on my website.
Bringing a damaged quilt back to life is such a satisfying endeavor. It ...

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September 15, 2021

 Occasionally, I enjoy working in a crazy quilt format.  It is easy with no corners to match; an unlimited color scheme using up small fabric scraps; design as you go with no expectations; plus fun practice on my new sewing machine.  It is relaxing and with a little introspection, you have cheap therapy all rolled up in a small quilt!  This is "Tenets".

The Stats:  Tenets, 2021, 25" x 28", Foundation pieced, machine embroidered, machine pieced, machine quilted.

A word or two about the title, "Tenets".  To me it means the personal philosophy that I attempt to follow in my ...

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May 26, 2021
A Sparkling Crazy Quilt - Part 2 from Ann Quilts

I've just received a wonderful story in my email.  It comes from a woman whose family quilt I've just repaired.  If anyone ever asks why history is important and fun and how quilts can be a part of history, here is the best answer!

Good morning.  Last evening my grand daughters, Desmin 7 and Cecilia 3 were over for dinner and we were sitting in the dining room. Desmin was facing the quilt and Cecilia with her back to the quilt. The girls are usually very observant and notice anything different in our house but had said nothing ...

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May 18, 2021
A Sparkling Crazy Quilt from Ann Quilts


This is a stand-out crazy quilt, isn't it?  

I generally think of Victorian crazies as having so many more blacks and maroons, browns and navies, with brighter fabrics and embroidery threads interspersed only now and then. 

So I looked back at photos of other crazies that have crossed my path, and well, was surprised to see how many are very colorful after all.  So what is it about this one that makes it feel so very different? 

This quilt is super joyful!  It is packed of a wide variety of embellishments, all heightened by beading and other creative and ...

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May 9, 2021
McHenry Crazy Quilt Block 21 from Kitty and Me Designs

I've been slowly working on my McHenry Crazy Quilt which features vintage and antique photos of the landmarks in my area.  I just completed Block #21:

This was the Central Opera House.  There was a store on the main level and then upstairs, was an Opera House.  

Sadly, it burned down just a few years ago.  Personally, I think it was a long match but that's just me.  It wouldn't be the first time that's happened in McHenry.  Heartbreaking but at least we have lots of great old photos to remember it.

Here's the entire ...

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December 15, 2020
Quilt Repair Success! from Ann Quilts

Tooting my own horn here for a moment! 

Here's the lovely email I just received from a woman who bought my book.

My mother-in-law made the crazy quilt in the photos in the 1920's.  My daughter inherited it.  It had damage where it had been folded for all those years.  Otherwise, it was in pretty good condition.  I show the before and after pictures of a pink piece (photos 1 & 2), and the last photo is of the quilt.  I used your book to plan and make the repairs.  I would not have known where to start otherwise ...

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September 23, 2020
Another finish! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

With the cooler weather, binding is going on.  My queue of quilts waiting for binding is starting to dwindle down.

This quilt was started way back in November 2005 from a pattern called "Liz's Super Star" from Fons & Porter magazine but with a change.  

Well as per usual, only two blocks were made and the project got shelved and stayed shelved for 15 years.  Lots of the big and small HST's were made back then, so all I had to do was start assembling more blocks once the bin got pulled and dusted off in January 2020.  Again ...

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April 24, 2020
Reruns from Kitty and Me Designs

First, thank you to everyone for your kind messages.  I will survive.  I always do!  Things will definitely get better once I can buy a house and have some space and access to my things.

So, until then, I'll post photos of my stitching and things I made prior to all the chaos.  I'll call them "reruns"!

I know you've seen some of the blocks for my McHenry quilt.  I started this a few years ago when my former husband was going through cancer treatment as a way to keep my mind busy.

The photos on the ...

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April 3, 2020
Stars & Stitches Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Stars & Stitches Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Your sewing machine is probably capable of oodles of decorative stitches…but have you ever used them? Now is your chance to take those flowers, hearts, and loop de loos for a spin!

The Stars & Stitches Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

We’re working on a project inspired by Jenny’s favorite antique crazy quilt. And like a traditional crazy quilt, Stars and Stitches is just begging for some fancy stitchin’! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

The Stars & Stitches Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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March 26, 2020
Quick Quilt Using Crazy Quilt Paper from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

This quilt is the easiest quilt I have ever made! Have you heard of Crazy Quilt Paper? It is an insanely simple way to make a quilt. Perfect for the quilt you need to make in a weekend or, even better, perfect for the beginner quilter. Lori Holt, an absolute genius, is the mastermind behind the product Crazy Quilt Paper. I am not sure if you have seen any of her other creations, but there are many ranging anywhere from note cards, ribbon, purse charms, pattern templates, and so much more. I dare you to click over to her site ...

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January 9, 2020
Examining Crazy Stitches from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

In November, I (Teri) wrote about a lot of three crazy quilts that Kara and I won in an online auction. (See Still Crazy...) I described two of them, but the third was—is—going to be the inspiration for a new project, so I decided to share that one on its own. There are so many lovely stitch combinations to study; it deserves its own post. After writing about my 2020 goals last week, I realized that this new project might be put on a back burner for awhile, so I thought I'd share the quilt with you ...

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November 30, 2019
Thanksgiving and Stitching, etc. from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.  It was just hubby, our oldest son and me for Thanksgiving.  We still ate well.

our Thanksgiving feast

I've been busy stitching even though I don't have much to show to prove it.

The ladies ministry at church hosts an ornament exchange each December.  The lady in charge of decorating decided that we needed matching table runners as part of the decorations for the tables and I was drafted to make them.  She provided the white fabric with the gold ornaments, another lady provided the batting and I provided the ...

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November 7, 2019
The McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt Block 19 from Kitty and Me Designs

This not a great photo but I've complete block #19 of my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt:

I finished it yesterday and it was rather cloudy and dreary so the colors are a bit off.

This is the Methodist church on Main and Center St. in McHenry, Illinois.  The original Methodist church was on Elm St. This is the 2nd church. It was built in 1859.

I couldn't locate a vintage photo of it so I grabbed a screenshot from Google Earth and "oldened" it in Photoshop.  It took me awhile to age the photo.  There are electric lines ...

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October 31, 2019
Going a Little Mitten Crazy With a New Pattern! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Shorter nights and cooler temperatures are sure signs that winter is just around the corner and winter coats, boots, and mittens are being dusted off in anticipation. Long winters can make me a little crazy, and I (Kara) would rather stitch mittens than wear them. For my upcoming USO class, I decided to create a mitten ornament with a few crazy quilt stitches as embellishment. Then I thought if one mitten was great, why not five, and a new pattern was born! I like having decorations that can stay up after Christmas is over, so this little panel can brighten ...

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October 29, 2019
Crazy Ornaments in Cross Stitch from Kitty and Me Designs

Because of my love for crazy quilting, I sometimes try to incorporate that style of needlework into my cross stitch designs.

I've just released a set of "Crazy Ornaments" in cross stitch:

These ornament designs can be stitched on 14 count Aida but my preference would be to stitch them on Perforated Paper!  Worked in DMC threads and beautiful gold and silver Kreinik metallic #4 braids, these designs are perfect for tree ornaments, package tie on's, added to cookie plates for friends and neighbors or little gifts for co-workers!

Ask for them at your favorite needlework retail shop ...

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October 24, 2019
Block 16 of the McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt from Kitty and Me Designs

I completed another block for my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt:

Block 16 of my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt. This is the Gage House, a hotel built by the Hon. George Gage in 1858. Later it became known as The Parker House but sadly burned down in 1890. It was replaced by the current Simon Stoffel building.

This quilt is a work in progress recording the early history of McHenry's historic buildings. It's worked in the traditional Victorian style, pieced by hand on a cotton foundation using traditional fabrics and colors. All embroidery is worked by hand as well ...

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