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January 24, 2019
A Vintage Pinafore, Tea, and Friends from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Kara and I (Teri) love to collect vintage linens. I have a drawer filled with tablecloths, doilies, handkerchiefs, pillowcases, and the like. A few weeks ago, I went with some friends to visit Dollies Tea Room and was chatting with the owner, Amy. She does such a lovely job setting the tables for tea, using vintage hankies as napkins. Amy mentioned that at times, they get worn and she has to get rid of them. As I have used them for a few projects—and always looking for inspiration to use more—I told her that I would be happy ...

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January 13, 2019
Bottle Of Red from Quilter's Hangout

My son and I went out for dinner tonight to an Italian restaurant that serves pretty good pasta. Once we sat down with our menus, the server came up and...

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January 11, 2019
It's All About Appliqué! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Well, one last visit to the incredible quilt exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, 2018—and I (Teri) am happy to say that the focus is on appliqué quilts. It appears as though appliqué is alive and well within the quilting universe! While I have rarely met a quilt I didn't like, there is something special about studying the spectacular detail  in an appliquéd piece. The intricacies of the art are a joy to behold, and the bodies of work in these exhibits were no exception. Such work involves great dedication and time, not to mention talent ...

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January 8, 2019
The Biddies of Buford County from Quilter's Hangout

Chickens? You want to raise chickens! Married for 25 years. Jule and her husband Mark were both born and raised in upscale Highland Park Illinois.

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January 6, 2019
Harvest Grove from Quilter's Hangout

(A Work in Progress)  Copyright 2019 Lori Summers

Tyler Montgomery tossed the mail onto his desk, turned around and banged his knee on the coffee table. A flood of curse words sprang to his lips as he glared at the offending piece of furniture.

He pulled the phone from his pocket and called the only person he could think of. Before the man on the other end finished saying hello Tyler cut him off. “What the hell was my father thinking, Pax? Did he think I wouldn’t find out about this?”

He wasn’t amused when Paxton chuckled “What ...

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January 2, 2019
The Biddies of Buford County from Quilter's Hangout

(work in progress) Married for 25 years. Jule and her husband Mark were both born and raised in upscale Highland Park Illinois. Unable to have children, they lived a quiet but comfortable life. He as a realtor and she as a book editor. (worked for a large publishing house but wants to scale back. She […]

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November 23, 2018
More Beauty from the Houston Quilt Exhibit from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

If you were really with me (Teri) for this little tour of beauty found at the International Quilt Market and Festival exhibit in Houston, you would be running back and forth throughout the exhibit. Today, I have chosen a few things that especially caught my eye. We will actually be looking at a number of separate displays. Enjoy the eye candy!

You probably know that I love appliqué album quilts, but how wonderful is one that tells the story of one's life. I fell in love with this quilt, and felt almost as though I had met Barbara. What ...

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November 16, 2018
Album Quilts: Honoring Sue Garman and Esther Blair Matthews from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

There is so much to share from International Quilt Market that I (Teri) will have to do so in several posts. If you've followed our blog for any time, you may have noticed that we love appliqué, and being members of the Baltimore Appliqué Society, our eyes are always drawn to the album style quilts. And there were plenty of those in Houston this year. 

The first exhibit I visited was the Texas Guilds' Award-Winning Traditional Quilts, with quilts from the Lone Star State that had previously won awards in their guild competitions. A few jumped out at me ...

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October 25, 2018
Long Island Road Trip from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

A couple of weeks ago, I (Teri) went to Mineola on Long Island to visit the Evening Star Quilters. They had invited me to do a lecture at their meeting, followed by a class—this Eight-Pointed Star with Sprigs of Berries (above), from Elly Sienkiewicz's book, Spoken Without a Word. This was the very first block that I taught, so I was thrilled that they had chosen it; the star has such a simple elegance to it.

I asked my friend, Kristy, to join me for the road trip. Not only was she an invaluable help to me, organizing ...

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August 30, 2018
Birmingham Festival of Quilts—Japanese Beauty from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As Kara mentioned last week, we enjoyed our two-week stint together, attending the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK, and enjoying lots of day trips near her home in Germany. I (Teri) came home happy and exhausted—and laden with new needles and threads to try, a bit of fabric, and a fair amount of chocolate. (Oh, and thousands of photos!)

Two exhibitions at the Festival of Quilts that really drew us in had something in common: both featured the work of Japanese quilters. The first showcased the work of just one quilter, Shizuko Kuroha, far left. Her exhibit, Indigo ...

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August 23, 2018
Birmingham Festival of Quilts—British Quilt Study Group from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

What a whirlwind two weeks it has been for Teri and me! We hit the ground running at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts and didn't stop until Teri hopped on a plane to return home. With all that activity behind us—trips to France, castles, and cathedrals—posting about the amazing quilts we saw at the quilt show is now possible. There were so many wonderful quilts, that it would be challenging to show them all in one post. Today's quilts are from the exhibit hosted by the British Quilt Study Group (BQSG), while some of the other ...

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July 12, 2018
New England Inspiration from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Evidently, even my devices were in vacation mode last week. I (Teri) spent a fair amount of time trying to post just ONE photo in last week's short post, and I thought I'd finally gotten the photo included. Really—it was in my draft. Imagine my surprise when I saw a big, empty box in the post! Proof, I suppose, that we had totally "vacated the premises." (By the way, did you know that's where the word vacation is derived?) But we're back, as promised. Kara shared some stunning examples of colorful inspiration from her trip ...

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June 28, 2018
A Quilty Family Reunion from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


Every quilt tells a story, but there is nothing like a quilt that tells a story of family, and the caring that is stitched into a quilt by your loved ones. If you have followed our blog for a few years, you may remember my (Teri's) posts about our reunion quilts, made by a group of my extended family each year to be given to a reunion attendee. There is always one bed-sized quilt, several smaller quilts for the children in various age groups, and a traveling quilt with blocks made by each family unit. It is wonderful to ...

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June 1, 2018
AGF Sewing Stories Winner! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Happy last day of May!

What an incredible month this has been with Quilt Market - Portland 2018 being our main focus in the midst of everything else. In case you missed it, we switched it up this year and did something a little different at Quilt Market by hosting "AGF Sewing Stories." This whole idea revolved around inviting shop owners to come over to our booth and share their "sewing journey" of how they got into the sewing industry. The winner with the "most inspiring" story would receive an EXCITING PRIZE of 12 AGF Color Master Boxes. We ...

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May 17, 2018
Tattered Elegance from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

If you read our blog on a regular basis, you know that Kara and I (Teri) love a quilt with a story. Okay, we know that every quilt tells a story, so it would be accurate to state that we just love quilts. But figuring out the story in a quilt is half the fun of studying one. Sometimes we know the history—it's always a blessing if we have some written provenance—but then there are the quilts that find their way into our hands about which we know nothing. This gem is one of those. And so ...

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May 15, 2018
The One With An Awesome Blessing from knot what it seams

I had the most amazingPink Tumbler Quilt thing happen to me last week!

Does anyone remember me making this beauty? It was a while ago, my goodness.

Well, last week I had this thing that I wanted to pay for. It wasn’t totally urgent, it was just something that I wanted to get done and right then, I didn’t have the money for it. Like, nada.

I tried doing the budget juggle (and that’s always fun. ‘If I just don’t eat for the next two days, “forget” that bill for a week or so, it’ll be right ...

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March 29, 2018
The Texas Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last week, I (Teri) went on vacation to San Antonio, Texas. As always, when we travel, we stopped in several quilt shops and antique stores during our day trips to visit wineries or eat barbecue. My favorite day trip was definitely our drive to La Grange, where we went to the Texas Quilt Museum. It was everything I could have hoped for, and more! How lucky am I to have a husband who will drive two hours each way during vacation so that I can look at quilts?!

When we arrived at the museum, I was a tiny bit disappointed ...

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January 15, 2018
Peacocks, owls, and ants from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

✮ Peacock---- LOVE peacocksSeveral years ago our son and his wife lived next door to a family who owned peacocks. They were lovely and colorful and fun. Until nightfall. That's when they would make these loud, scary calls. It didn't help that the house was a rental with poor lighting outside. Or that the peacocks had full run of the entire area. They were allowed to stop traffic, visit neighbors, ride on the backs of four-legged animals if they wished.

Oh, and the yard. Not a "yard" so much as a former field that had been converted into a pecan orchard ...

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January 13, 2018
A Quiltfolk Road Trip to Cape Cod from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

My ideal vacation involves a road trip and a few quilt shop visits. Nothing nears the warm sense of “home” I (Teri) feel in a shop filled with the friendly faces of those who share my passion. Imagine the joy of finding myself on a road trip to Cape Cod last fall, visiting three new shops in one day! Not to mention the fact that I was taking this road trip with the staff of Quiltfolk magazine: I would be writing articles about three of the shops for Issue 05. 

I have been a fan of this publication since its ...

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January 7, 2018
Goodbye, Gold: A Horror Story from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

WARNING: This post may be a little gross.  Parental Guidance Suggested - some material may not be suitable for children. AL (Adult language) DS (Disturbing scenes)

I have had gold in the back of my oral cavity for years. And years. This gold cost us dearly at a time in our life when we could ill afford rice or other, much less important, staples. It's been mentioned as a source of equity, though we've never had to cash in.

Until recently. Apparently the price of gold has risen. Enough that the crown decided of its own volition to spend ...

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