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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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9/11 from Stash Overflow

On 9/11/2001 I was a federal employee at Social Security Headquarters (a large complex of 8 buildings) in Baltimore County, Maryland. Shortly before 9:30 a.m., as I was pulling into a parking space, I heard that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center. I thought they were talking about small planes, not commercial passenger jets. I remember thinking that two planes was weird. I hurried into the building to sign in and get to my 9:30 meeting.

The woman who sat next to me called in to say she couldn’t get to ...

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August 9, 2019
McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt Blocks 9, 10 and 11 from Kitty and Me Designs

I've been doing a little stitching on my McHenry Historical Crazy Quilt.  You may remember, I started this project a few years back and work on it little by little as I have time.

I've completed 3 more blocks which are worked in the traditional Victorian style.  They're pieced entirely by hand on a cotton foundation.  All lace is either very vintage or antique.  Other than a little lace, the embellishments are limited to hand embroidery and each block has a tiny spider made from little vintage mother of pearl buttons.  I'm trying to use traditional ...

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July 20, 2019
The Eagle Landed . . . from Stash Overflow

View from above of 2 astronauts in spacesuits deploying a US flag on the moon.

50 years ago today man landed on the moon for the first time and I missed seeing it.

In July 1969 I was 18 years old and a member of the 1969 European tour of The School Band and School Chorus of America. July 20 found us in London, England – our last stop before returning to New York.

Our guide took us on a walking tour of the city. It was quite an exciting evening to be in London. I remember two things about that night. One was seeing the Prime Minister arrive at 10 Downing Street. He waved to ...

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May 24, 2019
A Mysterious Quilt! 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 obsession, fondness for antique quilts. We have assembled quite a collection between the two of us and we love sharing it in our lecture, The Stories in Our Quilts. Recently, we have picked up a few quilt gems that we will share with you over the coming months. 


When I look at potential quilts to add to my collection, I usually go for the unique ones that could have an interesting story or background. The quilt I just bought was ...

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November 26, 2018
Back To The McHenry Quilt from Kitty and Me Designs

A few years back, I started working on a Crazy Quilt using old photos of my little town of McHenry.  Well, it isn't so little anymore but I still love it here!  McHenry was est. in 1836.

I've done a lot of cross stitch projects lately and thought it would be nice to do some crazy quilting but due to current circumstances, I can't get to my sewing machine much less use it.

The McHenry quilt is worked the old fashioned way.  The foundation piecing is done by hand!

I'm trying to do this quilt in ...

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September 4, 2018
Week Two; More Firsts! from From the Strawberry Patch...

A Stop Along the Peak to Peak Highway in CO Our last day in Colorado saw us traveling the Peak to Peak Highway in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the scenery was breathtaking. Sadly, the entire time we were there we found the views altered by the haze from the wildfires in CA at the time. The highest elevation along this stretch of scenic byway was 9,300 feet and it was very breezy and cool

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Week Two; More Firsts! from From the Strawberry Patch...

A Stop Along the Peak to Peak Highway in CO Our last day in Colorado saw us traveling the Peak to Peak Highway in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the scenery was breathtaking. Sadly, the entire time we were there we found the views altered by the haze from the wildfires in CA at the time. The highest elevation along this stretch of scenic byway was 9,300 feet and it was very breezy and cool

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September 3, 2018
Making Scents at the Arboretum and the Quilt Garden from From My Carolina Home

Wearing perfume is enjoyable for me, but is fraught with problems nowadays because of other people’s allergies or lung issues.  I have to be very careful when I decide to wear it out.  I don’t put it on in crowded situations like meetings, but I do enjoy wearing a pretty scent out to dinner with DH.  Sometimes I’ll put some on in the evening just to enjoy around the house, as he likes the fragrances I wear.  My go-to for spring/summer for several years has been Boucheron, a French fragrance that has been around since 1988 ...

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July 20, 2018
Pin It Weekly #251 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Wow, I've posted about five years of weekly pins. Some of my own pin, some from followers, some from pinners who just happen to have great boards and ideas.

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon
From the Audubon Society, find it at:
https://www.pinterest.com/mary_marcotte/humming-bird/
Five years! 250 posts. I'm quite happy with my stick-to-it ability. (It's a rare thing.)
Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon
From the Audubon Society, find it at:
https://www.pinterest.com/mary_marcotte/feathered-friends/
I just had to look back and see when this started. Apparently the Pinterest bug bit me hard in the summer of 2012. By the end of ...

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April 10, 2018
Highway 36 Quilt Trail from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Travel back in time to the 1800’s in northern Missouri for this year’s Missouri Highway 36 Quilt Trail 2018 Passport program. This year’s theme is “Ol’ Trail Town,” with each of the 16 blocks along the trail capturing a bit of life throughout northern Missouri as it was 150 years (or more) ago. Our block for Missouri Star features a train station, which played an integral part in the early development of the town of Hamilton.

History of the Railroad in Hamilton

The railroad brought commerce, construction, dry goods and much more to our town, with the ...

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March 27, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Indigo from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'm sorry that this post is a day late. I'm struggling with Sunday evenings. They seem quite busier than those Sunday evenings when I knew I had to settle down and get lesson plans written then get things ready for school. I'm going to have to work on a  better Sunday evening routine.


Each dip accumulates more pigment on the fabric. This stepped cloth shows the saturation from 0-10 dips in an Iron Vat.


Wild Blue Indigo Seeds
Indigo plant -- a member of the pea family

This late SQI is supposed to be about indigo, which is a deep blue/navy color that has been around since before the Europeans discovered the New World. The indigo plant has over 750 species and ...

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March 5, 2018
My “Billy Graham” story from IVORY SPRING

Hello Friends, blessings!  I hope you have been well.

Image credit: Instagram / Franklin Graham

This past Friday, Rev. Billy Graham was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Ruth at the Billy Graham Library.  A repeating theme during the time his life was remembered and celebrated is that almost everyone has a “Billy Graham” story!  Here’s mine:

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In my last 4 years of high school (over here, the first year would be considered middle school), I went to large private school where it has a huge two-story library.  I belonged to the Library Club where the students from time ...

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February 22, 2018
Happy Birthday, General George Washington & Giveaway! from IVORY SPRING

Happy Washington Birthday, Friends!  I thank God today that General Washington was born, and that his life was being used mightily in the history of America.

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This year, we are celebrating the General’s birthday with pies.  I was going to just make a cherry pie to celebrate even though the story of Washington cutting down the cherry tree isn’t true.  [Fun fact, the story was originated not too far from where I live).  But Miss Baby reminded me I should make a Japanese Fruit Pie too — because it is a historical fact that Mrs. Washington had a Japanese ...

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February 21, 2018
D.C. Adventure from Becca's Crazy Projects

I went into D.C. on Tuesday.
With several friends from work, we visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture
If you get a chance to go see it, I highly recommend it. 
I didn't take very many pictures, because there is just so much to see and I was trying to take it all in. 
I was not surprised to find a few fun things here.

I also found painful images, stories, and history. I am struck by how little humanity seems to learn through time. The mistakes we continue to make. The hurt we ...

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February 3, 2018
LACMA Collections from Quilt & Textile Collections

LACMA Collections
I was all set to continue the open access discussion with a look at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. They have more than 20,000 images available, with hundreds of quilts from 16th century on to the 21st century. The majority of these quilt images are available for free use in either publication quality or presentation quality. However in the middle of my exploration of these quilt images came several revelations. For those who have a bias toward the east coast for quilts, you may be astonished to see the early indigo resist quilt, not only one, but ...

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January 4, 2018
Pin It Weekly #228 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy first Pin It Weekly of 2018!

Playing FootsieOne of my bloggy friends sent a sweet card for the holidays. What a wonderful gesture! Preeti, of SewPreetiQuilts, has been a wonderful friend in other ways, but I want to focus on her card because it's so darling. Thanks sweet Preeti!

And since Preeti is definitely on my mind, I decided to check out her Pinterest site. She has one! Yay! These are from the board that shows her quilts. Aren't they something fantastic?


Esmeralda by Sew Preeti Quilts

Jelly Roll Twist pattern from Fat Quarter Shop

 Kaffe Fassett, Plus Quilt, Angel's Midnight Gardden, Big Block Queen Size quilt, Sew Preeti Quilts

She has another board of quilts that she is interesting in maybe making one day. Ah ...

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December 12, 2017
Kogin Institute, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan from The Ardent Thread

I visited the Kogin Institute in Hirosaki on January 31, 2017 after visiting the Tokyo Quilt Festival, Takayama, and Osaka. It was a pleasant flight from Osaka to Hirosaki, with the view of snowy mountains most of the way, and many, many empty seats. My companion Toyo looked around the plane, counted the passengers, and said in a low voice, “We’re the Seven Samurai.” Five men in business suits and the two of us, plus a very cheerful and friendly flight crew, happy to practice their English on me. I shared fresh strawberries from Osaka with the crew, and ...

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December 7, 2017
Aloha from Germany! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Since arriving in Germany this past June, I (Kara) have jumped into a number of quilt guilds and groups. One group that I have joined is called the Baltimore Beauties. Many of the ladies there were once a part of a group that made a Baltimore Album quilt based on Mimi Dietrich's patterns; thus the name. The group has stuck together and now meets monthly to quilt, knit, or just to help develop their skills in English or German. Most of the ladies are German, but the love of quilting overcomes any language barriers. Their English is hands-down, way ...

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