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October 6, 2023
3 years later... from Wendy's Quilts and More

Wow! It appears to be about three years since I last worked on this quilt!!

And it's quite close to being finished.  So today I chose my leaves for the second panel and glue basted them down so I can hand applique them when the mood strikes. 

I did enjoy making the wool felt applique flowers.   

I'm hoping to get this top finished before Christmas and then I can add it to the hand quilting pile because I already have ideas of how I want to quilt it.  And as I mentioned a few weeks ago, our guild ...

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August 11, 2023
New England Quilt Musem from Humble Quilts

I was fortunate to be able to visit the New England Quilt Museum in 2022 and 2023. Lowell, MA is a town with so much history. The west coast is young and I do appreciate the differences in areas of the USA. The above photo is now apartments but used to be a fabric mill.

The New England Quilt Museum is in a wonderful historic building. 

Lowell, MA

Beginning September 12 and running through December 30 the special exhibit will be
Marston Retrospective Exhibit

I am honored to have 2 quilts in this exhibit, both started in a class with ...

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March 10, 2023
New Projects for 2023 from twiddletails

 I signed up for a couple of BOMs this year, actually in 2022. I also may have started a couple of other new projects...

This is how I circumvented my self-imposed rule of not starting any new projects in 2023. Clever right?

The first one is "The Secret Garden" by Sarah Fielke.

The colors and fabrics I chose are completely out of my comfort zone, but I love it!

I also actually purchased some fabric for this project, which I haven't done in YEARS!

Next up is The Quilt Show's 2023 BOM, called Homeward Bound. This was also ...

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January 30, 2023
Benartex Ambassador group Totes from Nestlings By Robin

Welcome back everyone!  
We invite you to join the 
Ambassadors as we show
off our fun group project...
There is some 
adventurous stitching!

Our mission was to 
reinterpret the logo
shown below and 
that was really the 
only rule other than 
making a bag:)
Look at these gorgeous
fabrics we had to play with.
This is the Wave Texture
basics line by 
Based on the logo, I chose
Sky, Fuchsia, and Lime.

Wave texture fabric from Benartex

I love playing with this
simple petal shape and 
 I knew that I would
do hand applique' 
with embroidery, 
so here is BloomX:)

I ...

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August 23, 2022
Mary Witherwax Swap from Collector with a Needle


My friend Deb told me about a swap she and her stitching friends are doing. 

Of course, we love that they chose Mary Witherwax blocks!

Her group has existed for years, bonded in friendship and love.   

They’ve moved all over the country and still retreat together when they can.

They all do hand appliqué and don’t have too many ‘rules’ for the swap.

Having a history of many group projects they know what they like.

Their ground fabrics will all be scrappy shirtings - each member making duplicates of the same blocks.

In the end - they will each have ...

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August 8, 2022
Appliqué Academy: Woodland Reverie—Owls and Wood Roses from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It is that time of year again! The catalog of classes has now been published, and we can finally reveal what we will be teaching at the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, Virginia in 2023. Check out that catalog of wonderful offerings, and you will have a difficult time deciding what classes to enjoy: there are so many amazing instructors with a wide variety of techniques and skills presented. We do hope you will keep scrolling all the way to the end (p. 58) to see our classes, but we will show you a bit of detail here, too. 

In ...

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March 10, 2022
Woodland Reverie at the Academy 2022 from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As always, we came home from the Academy of Appliqué exhausted and excited, ready to start new projects and jazzed by the inspiration of the many people we met and stitched with during the week. Our first session was these two blocks from our Woodland Reverie series: Butterfly and Trillium and Cascading Creek. The class was roughly divided in half, so we got to watch both blocks coming to life.
Kara is working the quilt on a black background, and Teri is using the neutral background. It is amazing to see the difference that even that change can make in ...

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February 28, 2022
The 100 Day Project for me from Charm About You

I fell for the Merrow Croft pattern at the Festival of Quilts in 2019, where I met Margaret Mew and was enchanted by her work. My wonderful friend Michelle very kindly (and sneakily) bought me the pattern and gifted it to me later, just when I really needed something to smile about. It's taken me some time to start working on it but my plan was to finish a couple of other things first - they're getting there! With everything that's going on though I decided I really needed something that was no pressure, that I would enjoy ...

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February 9, 2022
February's UFO Challenge from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 It has been determined that this year is the year I am finishing some of my UFOs.  One of my friends agrees with me and has challenged me to see who can finish the most.  We are taking turns drawing numbers and each of us are working on each project.  Last month's project was finished last week.  This month is going to be a bit more challenging for me.

I have five of these Basketweave blocks that I started making in 2014.

And I also have 6 completed (and a few more started) of these applique blocks.

I was ...

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January 27, 2022
Minnesota, Here We Come! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We are beyond excited to announce that we have been invited to teach and lecture at the 2022 Minnesota Quilters Annual Quilt Show and Conference in St. Cloud, MN. Registration opens for the general public on February 1, so you have time to plan. We would love to see you at the show! Take a look at what we will be teaching. And then click the link above to see what this great show has in store for you!

Floral Elegance

Class: Wednesday, June 15, 2022; 8:30 AM–4:30 PM

This elegant vase of flowers is a wonderful ...

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December 24, 2021
Happy Holidays! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

From our homes to yours, 
we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons!

Fun Fact: Did you know that the very center of the poinsettia is the actual flower,
 which is surrounded by red and green leaves? 

We will be taking a short blog break for our family celebrations, but we look forward to stitching with you in the new year! 

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October 31, 2021
Dressing Up - a modern tile qal from Sew Sunshine

"Dressing Up"

Modern Tile Pattern by Mell Meyer 

27"x 27"

made from upcycled textiles  

hand appliqued shapes on all the blocks

hand quilted with big stitch in med gray

I used all black or black gray textiles. I have always wanted to do dark on dark and thought by making this pattern smaller I could accomplish it and keep my sanity. Sewing with dark thread on blacks requires lots of natural light for me. 

As you can imagine with the different textiles - denim, shirting, slippery shirting, skirt weight and stretch denim it was a challenge. Some areas have really ...

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October 28, 2021
Velvet, Anyone? from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Ahh, velvet . . . even the name has a warm, fuzzy feeling. As textures go, it is hard to beat, with its softness and shiny nap catching the light, making the color sing. Since we love to mix fibers and textures in our work, we were thrilled to discover this new product—a hand-dyed stretch velvet, by The Velvet Hook. We first tried this velvet a couple of years ago, when we began our Woodland Reverie series. We thought it would be perfect for our pussy willows and mushroom caps. And we were right! This unique fiber does not fray, so it ...

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October 21, 2021
A Rose by Any Other Name... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

If you have been reading our blog for a while, you will know that Teri and I (Kara) have a love for all things vintage, especially quilts. Over the past few years, our collection has grown, and while most of my quilts are still in storage, that hasn't stopped me from purchasing a few more since I have been back stateside. My most recent purchase was a quilt style that I have been hoping to add to my collection—an appliqué quilt—and the Rose of Sharon block is one of my favorites. This Rose of Sharon quilt may ...

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July 22, 2021
"In the Garden" Again: A Final Walk and a GIVEAWAY from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

What better way to wrap up our revisit In the Garden than with a giveaway? We have been thrilled to see some of the blocks you are creating with these patterns, and are so grateful to those who have shared their progress in our Hopeful Stitchers Facebook Group. It is never too late to join our garden visits. Printed patterns with ribbon are still available, as are digital PDF downloads, and we have shared our original post below, which includes photos of each block.

To celebrate our gardening, we thought we would offer a free pattern set ...

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June 18, 2021
FLOURISH: New QAL from Nestlings By Robin

 Well-Loved Ladies was a Huge success
and we still have many that are 
working on it because it really
isn't a quick project:)

As promised many moons ago, 
a smaller more attainable project
would be next so that those 
intimidated or not up to the 
task of WLL would be able to
join the quilt along fun and 
sharpen their skills for when
they are ready to tackle WLL. 

Twice a month starting July 1st,
I will present a tutorial via a
post here & FB that prepares us 
for the next step in the quilt along.

You will need ...

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June 10, 2021
"In the Garden" Again: Hummingbird and Fuchsia from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Spring is waning and summer is near. Porches are bedecked with hanging flower pots brimming with blooms, and among my (Teri's) favorites is the fuchsia. Its colors are so vibrant and the design is magnificently detailed—a perfect companion to our little feathered friend, the hummingbird. You won't believe how fun it is to create these ribbon fuchsias, and they aren't as hard as they look like they'd be—promise! It feels a bit magical when you are gathering these petals. 

As before, the printed pattern includes all the ribbon you need to create this block ...

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April 2, 2021
SPLENDIFEROUS from Nestlings By Robin


Thank you again to 
the Quiltmania team
for showcasing my work
so beautifully!!
If you click on the Simply
Vintage link above you 
can purchase your own copy.
Here were the original layouts 
for this design and it would be
so fun to make a center pieced
medallion and add the applique'.
Then I started playing with
a long wall hanging and 
layering the applique' sets
from the 4 way layout.
It is just so cheerful and a
 bit smaller.
Then I was onto fabric selection.
One of the color ways was done
in peaches ...

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March 18, 2021
Village Wanderings—Homes from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last year, Kara and I (Teri) had designed these four little homes with the plan to teach them at our local wool shop, Primitive Homespuns Wool and Needleworks. Initially, they were to be finished as individual little projects to fit in a frame, which could be switched out with the seasons. Then life happened and a pandemic hit. No classes. 

The houses were complete, and we were ready to write the patterns, but we had so many requests to teach them at the Academy of Appliqué that we decided to put the pattern release on hold until that event was ...

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November 19, 2020
Foundation Paper Piecing + Needle Turn Appliqué: The Notorious R.B.G. is Ready to Join Her International Sisters from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Do you remember seeing "a little secret sewing" on my to-do list last week?  I had SEW much fun making this "Notorious R.B.G." block for my quilting friend Preeti, based on her popular International Sisters Block Tutorial (find it on her Sew Preeti Quilts blog here).  

My Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg Block, Ready to Join Her Sisters

If you haven't seen Preeti's International Sisters blocks yet, you should pop over to Preeti's tutorial to read how the block came about.  Preeti stumbled upon a quilt block called African Queen a few years ago and drafted ...

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