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March 22, 2020
The Beastly Y-Seam Block Has a Name: Cathedral Window by Nancy Cabot, 1933 Chicago Tribune from Cheeky Cognoscenti

When I was recreating, resizing, recoloring and revising the Moda Modern Building Blocks Sampler in EQ8 Quilt Design Software, swapping out some of the blocks for others in my EQ Block Library, I didn't pay much attention to the information contained in the software "notecard" for each block.  After toiling away at all of these Y-seams, however, I was curious about where this block I'm making came from and I went back to my software to find out.

Cathedral Window by Nancy Cabot, Originally Published in 1933 Chicago Tribune

The 20" block I'm currently working on was ...

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December 23, 2019
Vintage Double Wedding Ring Bed Runners Finished and Delivered! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Remember that Double Wedding Ring UFO that I told you about back in August?  A woman had contacted our Charlotte Quilters' Guild looking for someone who could finish an in-progress Double Wedding Ring quilt that she found in her mother's attic. She had a tub of assembled circular wedding ring blocks, a small section of a handful of blocks sewn together, and lots of tiny wedge pieces cut out.  Based on the client's recollection of when her grandmother had grown too ill to sew, as well as rough dating of the fabrics in the blocks and the techniques ...

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December 18, 2019
♪♪Christmas Time is Coming Soon ♪♪ from Humble Quilts

Hello friends! I really try and enjoy the season and don't go crazy purchasing presents for every single extended family member. Sometimes the extended family ages out...... LOL But I do love the season! Here's a few photos of my world when I'm not at work.

 A well loved vintage quilt.
The guest room ready for company this week. 

You never know where you'll find a Danish Nisse.  
This is Sven and we've got history! Check it out HERE!
Santa chats with friends!

Chilly blue sky Christmas walks.....

 with new friends and Santa hats

Love ...

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December 12, 2019
Kaffe Fassett in Bath, Part 2 from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The American Museum and Gardens in Bath, UK, opened its doors in 1961 for the first time at Claverton Manor. It is the only museum outside the United States dedicated to the American arts. Unfortunately, the manor part of the museum was closed for Christmas decorating, but thankfully the Kaffe Fassett exhibit was held in another building, so much to may delight, we were able to see the unique combination of old and new quilts. As promised, here are the rest of the quilts from the exhibit. We hope you enjoy them!

Katy Clark Elmore, 1937
Chula, Missouri

Dotty ...

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December 5, 2019
Kaffe Fasset in Bath, Part One from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

A couple of weeks ago, I (Kara) wrote about a lovely quilt shop, Poppy Patch, over in England, with a little teaser of the Kaffe Fasset exhibit at the American Museum in Bath, UK. Wait no more, because today and next week, I will be sharing some of the amazing antique quilts and the Kaffe Fasset reproductions of those quilts. 

This was one of my favorite exhibits ever. For me, it was the best of both worlds—antique quilts and Kaffe Fassett fabrics. While Teri and I don't usually work with really bright colors, there is a "bright" side ...

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November 13, 2019
Kovals Antique Quilt Exhibit- Houston from Humble Quilts

Joe and Mary Koval generously shared an amazing array of antique quilts in Houston! Here's a sampling.

 This was actually one of my favorites. I can't get enough of this setting!!

 If I had to make 14 diamonds meet in the center, I'd never have a quilt!
 It's okay to cut up a toile. Still makes a pretty effective and fun quilt.

 I'm so glad I don't worry about which direction my stripes run!

 As precise looking as this applique is................
The maker added this funky folk art dog? I love it!

Quilts that ...

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November 7, 2019
Still Crazy... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

When pondering the title of this post, a number of familiar songs came to mind, and I (Teri) have a bit of Paul Simon, Heart, Van Morrison, Queen, and Patsy Cline bouncing in my head as I write. (I guess that dates me, doesn't it?!) Kara's Crazy Mittens post last week reminded me how much fun we have playing with stitch combinations when doing a crazy quilt-style project. A couple of months ago, Kara and I found a group of three "Victorian crazy quilts" in an online auction and thought we would bid on the lot. To our ...

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October 27, 2019
Quilts on the trip from With Strings Attached

 Of course I spot textiles wherever I go!

At the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio:  campaign quilts and bandannas.

 A dress made from fabric printed with James Garfield's portrait.   And the wearer couldn't cast a vote in that 1880 election.

 Autographed blocks from Garfield's era.

 Early sewing machines and a haberdashery at Harpers Ferry.
A contemporary quilt at the Applachian Trail Conservancy, Bolivar, WV, with ATC patches.

A quilt and a pillow at the museum on Smith Island.
Closeup of the pillow label.

This elegant quilt was on the bed at the Teackle Mansion in Princess Anne ...

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October 25, 2019
Antique Bed Turning and Quilt Show from Humble Quilts

Last Friday on my way to the race I left town early so I could enjoy a quilt show in Hood River! 
I enjoyed an antique quilt bed turning the most. 

 I absolutely loved the applique birds on this one.

Not quite sure about the corners on this one.

Sometimes the simplest ones can be the sweetest.

Pretty sure these are old blocks, newly set and quilted. 

 The next few were a few of my new favs.

If you want to read a little about the recovery of the stolen pickup...... 

One of our customers saw our vehicle (He was ...

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October 21, 2019
Favorite Quilt From Aurora Colony Quilt Show from Humble Quilts

But first..... Thank you for all the well wishes on the race. We needed it!

Because I live on the dry side of the mountain (High desert) we don't get a lot of color and the trip to Hood River was amazing!

Because I would be leaving the start line at 5:15AM I wanted to see the route I'd be walking.

Too bad I passed this the following morning  in the dark with heavy rain!! 

The views were amazing as were the colors! Lots of fruit orchards and wineries in the area.

Passed this brilliant red shrub ...

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October 18, 2019
Aurora Quilts Rhapsody in Blue from Humble Quilts

The theme for the 47th Annual Old Aurora VColony Quilt show was "Rhapsody in Blue" I feel a theme for 2019!!

Here are a few faves:

 What a fun border!!

 Another cool border.
One of my favorites!
Old top, newly quilted.

Another lovely and humble quilt with fabric patterns going every which way!!

Look at that stuffed stem! Cool quilting too.

How about this kind of sashing? Yes? or No? 

Antique quilt, reproduced quilt.

Love that green and red print.

I didn't share my favorite here because I  took so many photos!! 

I'm off to Hood River for ...

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October 15, 2019
The One About the Vintage Double Wedding Ring UFO from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning and Happy Monday!  I've had a great weekend with my Lars-of-Ours home from college on a four-day weekend.  It has been so nice to hear him playing my piano, talking and laughing with his brother, and just having my family "intact" again.

Meanwhile, I've been working on a project for a client:

Vintage Double Wedding Ring UFO, On My Design Wall
As you may recall, I met with a woman at the end of August who had discovered an in-progress (or "UFO" -- "UnFinished Object") Double Wedding Ring quilt among her late grandmother's possessions.  I thoroughly ...

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October 14, 2019
Vintage Quilts Monday from Humble Quilts

More quilts from Suzette's collection!!
I love the solid green, although I know I'd find it hard to replicate. 

 But the amazing fabrics the quiltmaker used makes it such a special quilt!

Simple design, but oh so fine!

YES! I say yes to pink and blue!!

This was a newer quilt top.  Each block had fussy cutting!! 

Almost every single block had fussy cut pieces!! 
And look at this! She/he finished every seam- just like a serger, but by hand!! Is that crazy, or what?

I was asked to do another relay- this one is just for ...

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October 10, 2019
Missouri Star Shop Feature: Mercantile from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

As a woman in the modern world, my femininity sometimes craves the more elegant, lady-like ways of the past. I would love to enjoy a Friday night dinner in a nice evening gown or stroll into my local grocery store in a long Victorian dress without being given strange looks.

However, there are things I wouldn’t want to endure from those times like wearing cages to keep my dress looking fluffed and tight corsets that crush my ribs. No, thank you.

So I don’t want to live in the past ALL the time, but when I do, I ...

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October 7, 2019
Vintage Beauties Part 2 from Humble Quilts

Suzette kept pulling out quilts to share with me! And now I get to share them with you!!

 This one was a real beauty. As you are checking out the fabric, don't miss the quilting!!  It looks like it was marked and quilted by a mathematician!!
 My favorite print was the poison green with spots!!
 Will someone please reproduce this one???!!

This diamond had to tiniest poverty patch to make it the size it need to be!!

 That blue looks like Prussian to me. Your thoughts?
 Look at this blue!! And the red!  Love them! The brown is the ...

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October 4, 2019
Friday Fun- Meet and Greet Winner and Vintage quilts! from Humble Quilts

I had a lovely lunch date this week and Suzette was kind enough to show me some of her lovely antique and vintage quilts! 

I thought today I'd share a few log cabin quilts. 

 Love the Lancaster blue log centers!!
And this amazing chrome yellow was the only chrome yellow in this quilt. The maker put it directly in the center.

Loved that purple print!!

 The quilt maker fussy cut the fabric with the scallop print. She cut it the same every time she used it.
The backing was pieced and could almost be a strippy top. 

This next ...

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March 17, 2019
Vintage Carolina Lily Quilt from L&R Designs Quilting

Vintage Carolina Lily

This vintage Carolina Lily quilt was fun to quilt! The outside edges are difficult to see in this picture but the cone shaped border will be finished with scalloped edges. I’m hoping for a finished picture after Nancy attaches the binding. If it was me, I would cut that straight! And that’s why she is finishing it and not me!!

Center quilting detail

The large on point setting blocks were perfect for some feathered wreaths!

Before quilting

Sometimes vintage quilts are not perfectly flat or have some fullness issues. Every time I started a block ...

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