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June 22, 2017
Red Touch Me Not SVBAQ from Collector with a Needle

I loved Stitching my little red touch me nots.

All the overs, unders and small details.

Yes, there were some tricky sections - but those are so, sew rewarding when finished.

I chose to use two greens, one for the leaves and one for the stems.
The flowers are the same solid red - unlike the pink when I varied the shades in prints.


I'm quilting mine - as we wrap up the appliqué blocks, we will continue with posting. We have some people just getting started.
It is also an opportunity to cheer each other one through the quilting, binding, labels ...

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June 2, 2017
Midnight in the Garden of the Quilt—An Exhibit Curated by Polly Mello from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

You know how the best intentions are worth nothing if they are never acted upon? Well, this post is one of those plans that never came to fruition. In the fall, my husband and I (Teri) visited the Virginia Quilt Museum to see the fabulous display by Polly Mello, a fellow member of the Baltimore Appliqué Society. She graciously gave me permission to share her exhibit back in the fall, but here we are six months later, and I am FINALLY posting!

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May 25, 2017
Two Golden Ages of Appliqué—An Exhibit Curated by Debby Cooney from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As Teri mentioned last week, we scheduled one last road trip before I (Kara) head to Germany. Our primary goal, aside from visiting a few wineries and quilt shops, was to see Debby Cooney's exhibit, "Two Golden Ages of Appliqué: 1840-1870 and 1920-1940," at the Virginia Quilt Museum.  The exhibit did not disappoint! Unfortunately, the time frame for the exhibit is over, but if you missed it, then this post is for you.

Debby Cooney is a quilt historian who has researched and collected appliqué quilts and has graciously shared her collection, along with quilts from a few other ...

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May 19, 2017
Crazy Quilts at the Virginia Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


Last week, Kara and I (Teri) decided that we needed to go on one last road trip before her departure to Germany. It will surely not be our last, but we will doubtfully get much travel in before she leaves the country. Our destination was Harrisonburg, Virginia. I had told her how much I enjoyed my visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum (VQM) in the fall, and we wanted to see Debby Cooney's exhibit on appliqué (more to come on that next week), so that seemed like a good place to start. We planned to check out a few ...

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April 15, 2017
Rose of Sharon SVBAQ Link Up Month 20 from Collector with a Needle


This is my Rose of Sharon block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt Along.

I loved using the time plaid for the leaves.
The stem was an older reproduction from the Smithsonian.

It has been such a fun project, it does not feel like month 20!

I am anxious to get it quilted.
I have an idea where I want to hang it - maybe by winter?
OK, maybe next winter.





I sometimes have the urge to straighten out the little details in these blocks.

But I love the quirkiness of the subtle differences between the flowers.

The bit of ...

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March 29, 2017
Come On Over To My House - Part One from Collector with a Needle

Antique Doll Quilt On New Hanger - Metal and Wood
Welcome!
I thought I would give you a little tour today.
We have been in the new house for four months and I am finally feeling - do I dare say it - settled?

Anyway, WELCOME!

I am frequently asked what I do with all of my quilts. The quilts I make I give away, use in my home and have a few stored for rotation.  In a future post I will share my storage.




This lighted sconce is between two doors in a hallway.
The little quilt easily clips off so I ...

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February 18, 2017
SVBAQ Red Tulip from Collector with a Needle

It is time for the mid month link up post for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt.
February Is the 'Red Tulip' Block.

A cheerful block for the month, the slender stems  and layered flower heads were a joy to stitch.


My blocks could all use a good steam on a white fluffy towel after moving across the country!

I'll do that on the day I assemble all of them.






Shona also finished hers.
(No Blog or Facebook so I share for her)

So pretty on the patterned background.

There are so many varieties of this quilt in the ...

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