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July 28, 2017
Orange, Orange and More Orange from Quilt Obsession

While I”ve gotten started on the next block, which is going to be orange, I’ve not managed to get much sewing done.

Orange pieceswtmk

In fact, this is about all there is to show so far – a little stack of pieces, waiting to be sewn together.

I’ve been busy working on what I think may be the groups of fabrics for another two orange flowers and choosing the purples for one more purple flower. Then I got to the pinks and got lost for hours, choosing fabrics that seemed just right for more pink flowers. I’ve not yet ...

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July 26, 2017
Anemone Ribbon Flower Block from Quilt Obsession

I’ve found some great websites over the past week or so with fabulous pictures of flowers and it has been to those websites that I refer when trying to name the blocks of my Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt. Particularly for this one …

Anemone Ribbon Flowerwtmk

… the Anemone Ribbon Flower block. And this is yet another variation. The variations with this block, depending on whether I use mirror shape images, different outer edge shapes, adding the bonus shape, fabric placement, etc. truly do seem endless!

Anemone Ribbon Flower backwtmk

The back of the Anemone Ribbon Flower. I’m really curious why the colour reads so differently ...

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July 24, 2017
Is It Half a Violet? from Quilt Obsession

I’ve got half of the next Ribbon Flower together – but I’m not sure yet just what flower it is. Is it a violet or clematis or verbena? Maybe salvia? Perhaps a pansy? I know it’s not wisteria, as I have the fabrics set aside for that – I think.

Half Purple Flowerwtmk

I can’t wait to see this one together as I think the effect with the dark shapes making up half the centre are going to give it a different look than any of the others.

It would have been finished but I spent tons of time on the ...

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July 21, 2017
The Periwinkle Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession

The next block for my Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt is complete. I got sidetracked so many times while I was making this one that it’s hard to describe!

Periwinkle Frontwtmk

But before I say a word about the distractions, the Periwinkle Ribbon Flower block.

Periwinkle Backwtmk

And from the back. I’ve graded all the seams except where the pieced flower is added to the background. Once again, I pressed the background in behind the flower as I decided I definitely like what that does to the look of the block.

What was distracting me? I kept looking for fabrics for the ...

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July 19, 2017
Slowly Growing Flower from Quilt Obsession

Half Periwinkle Blockwtmk

This is a very slowly growing flower. I had grand plans Monday afternoon of starting to sew it right away, with the thought I’d finish it yesterday. I got everything printed quickly. Then my plan went out the window.

First of all, we ended up out for hours on Monday, seeing a friend we hadn’t seen for ages. When we get together, we can talk for what seems like forever. So very little sewing got done Monday. And then yesterday, instead of sitting down and sewing, I got intent on finding just the right fabrics for more flowers ...

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July 17, 2017
The Iris Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession

When I was growing up, an iris was always the very first flower seen in the garden in the spring. After the months of drabness and seemingly endless days of grey skies that is our winter, that iris always seemed so rich and vibrant and such a wonderful burst of colour. When I started making the purple ribbon flower, it immediately made me think of that first iris of the spring.

Iris Ribbon Flowerwtmk

The iris ribbon flower from the front.

Back of Iris Ribbon Flowerwtmk

And the back. I have graded all but the seams of the background pieces. This time I decided to press the background ...

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July 14, 2017
Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt, Block 2 from Quilt Obsession

My new quilt in progress now has a working name – Ribbons of Flowers Garden Quilt. And while I’m still undecided about whether the very first Ribbon Flower block I made will go in this or the Peony Quilt, I know for sure where this one is going – in the new quilt in progress! I think I’m determined to try almost every variation I can using different fabric placement, using the bonus shape, et cetera.

Front of Pink Ribbon Flower blockwtmk

Block 2 – which is a study in pink! As of right now, I think each block will be a study in tones of one ...

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July 12, 2017
Ribbon Flower Unfolding from Quilt Obsession

I thought I’d have it finished by now, but not quite. There were a few changes I made which involved printing a few more shapes and it has slowed me down a bit.

Ribbon Flower Variation - pinkwtmk

As of now, I’ve got this pink Ribbon Flower variation a bit over halfway done, although only this portion is joined together so far. I feel relatively sure I’ll have it done for Friday’s post!


I’ve also been pulling more fabrics. This group of purples will get some other fabrics put with it and I know a purple Ribbon Flower variation is ...

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July 10, 2017
And the Next Ribbon Flower will be? from Quilt Obsession

I spent a lot of time on the weekend trying to find just the right fabrics for my next ribbon flower. And I do mean a lot. It started Friday afternoon and is still ongoing. I pull a group of fabrics, bring them out to the living room and then look at them for a few hours or a day or so.  Actually, there are three or four groupings I’m looking at and changing periodically by adding and subtracting fabrics.

Tropical seas fabricswtmk

This grouping will definitely be part of a Ribbon Flower. I know I want to add something else to ...

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July 7, 2017
A Blue Ribbon … from Quilt Obsession

Blue Ribbon Flowerwtmk

A blue ribbon flower, that is. I learned a few things sewing this one that weren’t really things I even thought about with the first pink one as that one was all batiks.

I thought the darker blue was perfect as it was not one of the thicker quilting cottons. Clearly not as fine as a batik, but it was – or so I thought – more than good enough. I was wrong. The lighter blue behaved perfectly, but not the darker one! It frayed when I was circling the intersection where all 12 of the flower petals meet. So lesson ...

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July 5, 2017
I’ve Got the Blues from Quilt Obsession

Blue Harpsichord Blockwtmk

When the Ribbon Flower collection was released last week, I was in the middle of a harpsichord  block – which, of course, got dropped midway through so I could go play with the Ribbon Flower. Now it’s finished and has joined the other finished ones in the Harpsichord Quilt project box.

Blue Fabricswtmk

When I knew a Ribbon Flower collection was going to be released, I started pulling fabrics that I thought might work together rather nicely. This was the combination that I couldn’t resist for my next ribbon flower.

Pieces for Blue Ribbon Flowerwtmk

A few minutes and I had all the pieces printed and ...

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July 3, 2017
Pink Ribbon Flower from Quilt Obsession

Ribbon Flower - Pinkwtmk

My first ribbon flower block is finished – and I’m thrilled with it! It may become Peony Quilt block number 2. Or it may become the first of a variety of ribbon flowers in a second quilt. I know I want to make all sorts of ribbon flowers in different colours, so this may be the first block of a second quilt that has been started. All the time I was working on this block, I kept thinking about hydrangea. So perhaps I’m going to go through my fabrics to find just the right fabrics for that.

It was ...

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June 30, 2017
A Ribbon Flower for the Peony Quilt from Quilt Obsession

Yesterday, the much-anticipated Inklingo Ribbon Flower collection was released and – all I can say is wow! There are so many variations possible that I think I could make a number of quilts using it and know I’m going to make a variety of blocks using different fabrics,  because I can’t possibly resist doing so. But first I had to pick out some pink batiks for a Ribbon Flower block for the Peony Quilt.

Freezer Paper & Fabric readywtmk
First I got all my freezer paper cut to size and labelled and the batiks needed for each shape.

Fabric Printedwtmk

Then a few minutes later, I ...

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June 21, 2017
Harpsichord Block Assembly Line from Quilt Obsession

I got on a roll! And I’ve been sewing these little harpsichord blocks so much faster than I was when I initially began making them that it almost feels like a little assembly line, but if it’s an assembly line it’s a fun one as each little block is so cute! Since I finished that one that I found that was partially finished, I’ve now done – count ’em – eight more.

A peach one.

One green and one blue one.

Some purple ones.

A red one.

Finally – of course there are some pink ones.

I waited to ...

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June 12, 2017
Trouble Ahead!! from Quilt Obsession

Over the weekend I got all the little triangle units pieced for the red and white mini quilt and one of the four-patch units made. It won’t take long now to get the three additional red and white blocks made. In fact, I’m relatively sure I can get them done by the end of this week. And there are now only four more black and white NYB blocks left to make and I think I might be able to get them finished this week as well.

And it’s a very good thing that’s so, because there ...

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Trouble Ahead!! from Quilt Obsession

Over the weekend I got all the little triangle units pieced for the red and white mini quilt and one of the four-patch units made. It won’t take long now to get the three additional red and white blocks made. In fact, I’m relatively sure I can get them done by the end of this week. And there are now only four more black and white NYB blocks left to make and I think I might be able to get them finished this week as well.

And it’s a very good thing that’s so, because there ...

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March 17, 2017
Williamsburg's 2017 Academy of Appliqué: A Photo Journal from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

This functional colonial doll, with her sewing apron,  was as ready as we all were to spend a week with our stitching friends, enjoying the art of appliqué. This lovely lady was found in one of the gift shops in Colonial Williamsburg.
Aren't those hand-dyed ribbons behind her just screaming to be turned in to flowers?!

Kara and I (Teri) spent the day on Monday setting up our classroom in the Resort Center at Kingsmill Resort. Our first class was the Floral Wreath, above left, and the second class was the center block of The Secret Garden quilt, above ...

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December 1, 2016
Pansies from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

What I (Teri) love about pansies is that they love the cold weather. So during the time of year when most of our natural color lies dormant, pansies are happy to spread some cheerful purple and yellow hues to what can be a rather dreary brown and tan, with an occasional evergreen sprinkled around. Here, pansies tend to be one of the last flowers blooming in the ground, and one of the first to splash is colors in our gardens in the spring. There is something incredibly beautiful about this blossom with such thin, delicate petals that demonstrates such hardiness ...

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October 27, 2016
News and Updates from Through the Needle's Eye from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Houston, here we come!

We are preparing for our trip to the International Quilt Festival in Houston this weekend. We are leaving first thing on Saturday morning and checking out Quilt Market to see what is new in the quilt world. On Monday, we will take a class, and then we have a couple of unscheduled days to see what strikes our fancy. We may see what classes or lectures are still open or check out some quilt shops. Or perhaps we'll just stitch!

We are so excited to see our quilt, A Fairy Tale Album, left, on display ...

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September 1, 2016
Labor Day Excitement! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

"Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers." Labor Day brings to mind different things for different people. For many school children, it means their last day of summer vacation and freedom. For most, though, it's the last hurrah of summer before fall leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and Christmas decorations are evident everywhere you look. It is nice to celebrate a day about working by not working. But there is something you can do this coming Labor Day that will allow you to not have to cook and ...

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