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April 18, 2022
Piecework Bodkin Holder Pattern from Collector with a Needle

The summer 2022 edition of Piecework magazine is hitting the stands April 26, 2022.

I am so excited to have an article AND pattern in this issue.  
While bodkins are covered in my book, "Antique American Needlework Tools" I didn't have room to dive as deep as I would have liked.  Also included is the pattern to make the sweet floral trim bodkin holder.

In addition to bodkin history and the bodkin bolster instructions, there are several photos of bodkins and bodkin holders for inspiration.  Including a special Mother of Pearl Royal Palais Etui set.

I know many of ...

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February 3, 2021
150 Years of Paper Needle Books February Zoom Dates from Collector with a Needle

We had so much fun in January - I've scheduled more Zoom Events for February!

First up:

Tuesday, February 16 at 6 PM Central


Saturday, February 20 at 10 AM Central

A full description and individual enrollment click HERE and scroll through the event topics.

Contact me directly for group events.  

I will also accommodate International times - contact me!

Let me know if you have any questions!



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January 22, 2021
150 Years of Paper Needle Books from Collector with a Needle

150 Years of Paper Needle Books

Given the limits on gathering in person with the current   Covid situation, I am offering additional ZOOM programs open to individuals!

For more details go to the Virtual Program tab on this blog:


** You won't be on video, you can just set back and enjoy from the comfort of your home

** After the presentation you can join show and tell - only if you want!

** All of the program materials are mine (new photos)

** I'm here for you if you have questions!



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June 5, 2020
Vintage Remake from Road Home Quilting

I found this flannel log cabin in a vintage shop some years ago. 
It is small, about 30" square. The red centers are only 1/2"!
I've always wished to try recreating this very clever design. 
Have you seen this block before? Does it have a name?

The leftover honeybun scraps from Bergamot cat quilt are ideal for this project!
And there are even enough scraps for two colorways; orange and white. 
This is Moda bakeshop, obviously, but I haven't been able to find the collection name for you, sorry. I got this right before the lock down ...

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