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October 6, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: vintage quilts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'll be honest, I'm sort of out of ideas for SQI. I'm sure more will come to me at some point, but honestly, it's getting more and more difficult. Yes, I have a running list. It's down to some of the really strange brainstorming ideas. Yes, SQI is always running "somewhere" in the back of my brain. (That's probably where the strange ideas come from. Perhaps we shouldn't go there.) 

Anyway, in desperation--it is Monday morning, after all--I'm just going to post pictures of quilts. Old quilts, because they don't get ...

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September 9, 2020
From Vintage Linen Stack to Quilted! Red and White Bliss from Gefilte Quilt

When I was a mere youth, in my 40s, I still believed I would live forever, so I bought a lot of vintage linens and embroideries at my favorite flea markets and thrift shops. Over the years, I accrued quite the collection. 
Now, a zillion years older, the pandemic quarantine has given me the time, space, and motivation to stitch some of my best old linens into this new 79" x 82" quilt. Front: 

The center is a spectacular linen tablecloth. I quilted around all the white foliage (but not close around every detail.)

At the center, I placed this ...

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August 5, 2020
I’ve Been Nuno Felting from Eric the Quilter

I was in Minnesota for the past 2 weeks, just running amok… well, not really running, and not really amok either. I just visited some people, and hung out at my friend’s house most of the time. Lot’s of outdoor walks, and socially distanced brunches. It was lovely.

Now, while I was at my friend’s house, we made some Nuno felted scarves. If you don’t know what Nuno felting is, here’s the quickest answer: it’s when you take loose feltable fibers and embed them in sheer fabric. Now of course, I wouldn’t just ...

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Bee Well from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Sill here, still stitching, still doing a lot of reading, and still not managing to take pictures of finished projects to post them. That's why there was no mid-year totals post this year. Well, that and the fact that there weren't a lot of finishes by the end of June. 

I did  finish Bee Well, a free pattern by The Blackberry Rabbit. It would have been a quick stitch, but I had unexplainable trouble with the wings and wound up doing one of them three times. They're probably not perfect, and bees probably do have perfect wings ...

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May 3, 2020
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

The post Silent Sunday appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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March 19, 2020
Delightful Doilies and Linens from the Mid Atlantic Quilt Show from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

A couple of weeks ago, Teri and I (Kara) were able to attend the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show. We go there yearly, as it falls right before The Academy of Appliqué. It is a small show, but it usually has a great variety of quilts, and this year was no different. One exhibit in particular became our favorite, as it gave us lots of great ideas for our very large doily collection. This exhibit was created by Nancy S. Breland and was called Exploring Vintage Linens. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Color Progression

Birthday Party

Detail ...

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February 24, 2020
Vintage Four-Patch from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is what my cutting table looks like most of the time. I move on to the next project and leave a pile of leftovers to put away later. This slows down some of my creativity, but not enough to keep me from doing it again. I had a bunch of strips and squares leftover from my Star Storm Quilt. I decided to trim down some of those leftovers to make some simple four-patch in four-patch blocks.
First, I made a bunch of smaller (4.5" by 4.5") 4-patch units.
Then I joined some to make bigger blocks (8 ...

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February 4, 2020
Coffee, Tea...or Me? from Appalachian Quilts

There is just something about a vintage tea towel that makes any farmhouse kitchen spring to life.  Some of you who have been following my blog for a while know that I made all six of our girls a set of vintage tea towels for Christmas.

We are vending at the Shindig in April, so I decided some vintage tea towels were in order.  (I'll also be selling them on the website.)  This weekend I started stitching some out.  I like this linen look, but I'm also doing some waffle towels.  They are a little sturdier, depending on ...

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December 30, 2019
Sew Sampler December 2019 Box Reveal from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Today we are revealing the contents of our ‘charming’ December Sew Sampler box! We brought in a very special designer to help us curate this heirloom box filled with family memories and traditions to help spark your creativity. Guest designer, Lori Holt of Riley Blake Designs is an iconic quilter and close friend of ours. She has packed this box with love and care and we hope you enjoy every bit of it!

Petite Vintage Happy 2 10″ Stacker by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs

It’s time to get happy with Lori Holt! This custom 20-piece 10″ stacker ...

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December 15, 2019
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

The post Silent Sunday appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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December 6, 2019
Sew Sampler Box December 2019 Sneak Peek! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

The December Sew Sampler box features a guest designer who knows all about ‘vintage style’. Packed with inspiration from the past, this collection is a tribute to her grandma and the love and care she put into the home. Any ideas what (or who) we included in this box? Comment on this blog and let us know.

If you are not yet subscribed, and want to join, currently our membership is at capacity but we have started a waitlist for Sew Sampler Box. Sign up to be notified if space in this club becomes available.

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November 12, 2019
{Estate Sale Temptation} Pearl and Earl in PINK! from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

You know how sometimes an idea makes it into the corner of your mind and just won't leave? That's what happened with the black and white applique plates I found back in February. A few months later I found the original pattern in an old craft pamphlet. 

And on Sunday I found another set of the plates.... 

They're way too pink for my taste, but it was the last hour of the last day of the sale and everything was super cheap. So they live with me now and if I find another inexpensive pair they're ...

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November 11, 2019
Papir og tekstil from Iinas Sewing Machine Poetry

Jeg har mange viktige steder for art quilt-inspirasjon. Blant dem er en Facebook-gruppe som enkelt og greit heter "Art Quilts". Og den aller viktigste er den internasjonale organisasjonen for art quiltere, SAQA.
Hvorfor jeg nevner dette nå? Rett og slett fordi disse kildene er den direkte årsaken til at jeg satte tidligere i høst i gang med å teste ut bruk av papir fra gamle bøker i tekstilkunsten min.
Jeg er slett ikke den første til å gjøre dette, men som jeg oftest gjør, fant jeg også denne gangen ut av ting på egen hånd.
Og gjorde det kanskje litt ...

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October 24, 2019
I Found the Pattern for Pearl and Earl! from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Remember these two plates that I saw at an estate sale and didn't buy?

I  found the pattern! Or what I suspect is one of many versions of the pattern since the one I found was published in 1959 and I've seen a sources that dates plates like this to the 1920s.

It's honestly not much of a pattern at all, is it? I couldn't bring myself to spend a dollar for the plates I found, but now I'm wanting to make a set of my own. And a bunch of other things from the ...

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October 10, 2019
When the Unknown Surprises You! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As we have shared in the past, Teri and I (Kara) are novice quilt collectors. We started with a few quilts that we inherited and picked up a few here and there as we wander the antique malls—one of our absolute favorite things to do together! A few of those inherited and purchased quilts have been shared on the blog (you can read about them by clicking on the links at the end of this post). Over here in Germany, there are not many antique quilts to be found, so I have formed a habit, albeit not necessarily a ...

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