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February 10, 2019
The Melrose Quilt - Statistics and Stories from Ann Quilts


Now that all the excitement and preparations around the exhibit have come and gone, I'm publishing the compilations of statistics and stories I discovered about life in Melrose, MA, at the end of the 19th century.

A previous post describes the exhibit and events.  Links to many chapters chronicling the research process can be found below.  I hope you enjoy the saga as much as I enjoyed it!

Here are links to the data.  (Depending on your browser and browser settings, you may see the pages here or you may find them in your downloads.)

List of Names on ...

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December 31, 2018
Shaded Star Debut from Living Water Quilter

Woohoo!  One of my quilts is featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts! Shaded Star is a fast, easy and...

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December 26, 2018
The Melrose Quilt Returns to Melrose, MA from Ann Quilts

Since my previous post, the events I described then have come to pass.  A 3 1/2 year project had its milestone event.  I’m not going to say that the project reached its conclusion, because I really want the research and storytelling around this quilt to continue.  There are plenty of loose ends left to be tied!

In that previous post, you can read the process leading up to this exhibit.  And at the end of that post, there are links to other posts that I wrote along the way during that 3 1/2 years.

In a nutshell ...

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Winter Visit to Sugar Hill, NH from Ann Quilts

In addition to all the goings on in Massachusetts that I described in the previous post, I spent several days up in Sugar Hill, NH, visiting our cousins.  We traveled north on a dark grey and rainy day.  It wasn't much for taking glorious photos from the bus, but I like the moodiness of these.



One day was devoted to quilty events.  My cousin is not a quilter, but she loves old things and pretty things.  They live in a house built in the 1820s that is chock full of pretty things collected as they traveled and lived around ...

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December 18, 2018
Melrose History Quilt, December 2018 from Ann Quilts


Way back in spring 2015, I received a query for information on repairing an inscribed quilt.  And as they say, the rest is history.

Just for fun, I looked up some of the names on, and the owner ended up deciding to leave the quilt with me so I could fully research it.  That was magic #1.  My research points to Melrose, MA, as its home, and 1897-8 for its creation.  See History Comes to Life on a Quilt on this blog, to read lots more details about the quilt and about Melrose.  At the bottom of this ...

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November 11, 2018
Free Christmas Ornament Pattern from Kitty and Me Designs

I haven't been very chatty lately.  Due to my current circumstances, I'm just keeping myself busy.

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought you would enjoy this free cross stitch ornament pattern:

It's a quick stitch project that can be used as ornaments or, if you're a crazy quilter, you can do something similar to this project:

I made this for my cousin over the Summer.  The cross stitch piece is worked on 14 Aida and appliqued to the crazy quilt block with fusible web.

The little bird on a snowflake would make a really ...

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October 8, 2018
Twisty Turny Genealogy Research from Ann Quilts

So, here's how I had fun on a cool, grey, damp Saturday afternoon.

I’m taking the next step in the research into the names on a quilt that was most likely made in Melrose MA, in the late 1890s.  The story of all the previous work is on this blog, starting with Part 1 and linking along for several more posts.

Alanna Nelson, a Melrose fiber enthusiast and community builder, has taken it upon herself to plan a "homecoming" for the quilt in December, with all sorts of creative associated programming.  The quilt and I will be there ...

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September 8, 2018
Mending the Melrose Quilt from Ann Quilts

This quilt has been on a magical journey of rediscovery.

It was sent to me for repairs a few years ago.  When I told the owner that I'd poked around on and had found some of the names that were written on it, she most graciously gifted me the quilt so I could continue finding its history!  She is an author and historian and has been really happy that the quilt's story is resurfacing.  Turns out, she is Jane Anderson, the person who wrote the screenplay for the movie "How to Make an American Quilt." Honestly ...

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August 23, 2018
needs attention now . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

You know how when you get an idea for a project and it doesn't matter how many *other* projects you're in the middle of, this idea is just begging demanding your attention, so you drop everything else and attend to it?

Like my starburst fabric and the hexie topper.  Why yes, exactly like that. I knew I'd have some down time (five hours, round trip) as we (Todd, myself and a co-worker) traveled to and from Rome, Georgia, yesterday, so I decided Tuesday evening that I'd do some hexi-prepping.
It served me well, because I was ...

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January 17, 2018
January White from From My Carolina Home

After the richness and clutter of the autumn season and the holidays, I like to begin the new year with a clean and fresh look, simple and pure.  Last night we got about 3 inches of snow, and this morning the view out the front windows looks much like my header photo again, just not quite as deep.  Mirroring the scene outside, the snowflake theme comes inside with all white tablescape.  I am having a sewing day next week to work on the California Fire Quilts (Update post), and of course that means a pot luck lunch.  I am really ...

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December 21, 2017
I'm Dreaming of a White Solstice... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

In the spirit of the holidays—and the first day of winter—we thought we would re-share the free snowflake pattern that we created last year. While it is a balmy 50-something degrees here in Maryland, there is snow in Germany. So yes, I (Teri) am a bit jealous of Kara's snowfall, but who am I to complain? At least I can create snow of the stitched kind! Take a peek at the snowflakes we made from the pattern.

Framed snowflake, appliquéd on linen


Framed snowflake, appliquéd onto wool


Wool snowflake, made as an ornament


To ...

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