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September 8, 2019
But is it Art? from Where Art & Life Meet

This is one of those questions that guarantees the page will remain blank, the canvas untouched, the design wall bare. This is a question best left unasked. It’s like asking, “Do I look fat?” Whatever the answer, it will do nothing to placate the nagging doubt. Ask 100 people how they define “art” and you… Continue reading But is it Art?

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August 22, 2019
Lederhosen Love from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Not exactly a post title that one sees everyday, but I (Kara) did fall in love with the tiny lederhosen that will be on the next USO ornament. We started out with our tree ornament (free pattern HERE), and then we continued with our dirndl ornament.

Our first class with their finished ornaments!

Unfortunately, we were having so much fun in the dirndl class, that I forgot to take pictures. That class filled within 3 hours of being posted, so my quest to create wool appliqué converts seems to be working. In the dirndl post, I asked what might be ...

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July 25, 2019
Christmas in July and a Free Pattern! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Christmas in July is an advertising gimmick that we can be subjected to around this time of year, but for quilters, it's a good reminder to get going on all those Christmas projects! This July, I (Kara) am jumping on that early Christmas bandwagon and teaching a wool ornament at the USO. For 77 years, the United Service Organization has been helping the U.S. military and their families, so it is an honor to be able to help in a small way. We will be making a variation of the tree ornament that we posted this past December ...

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July 11, 2019
French Treasure (And a Little Bit of Swiss) from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

France is quite close to where I (Kara) live, and I've shared over the last two years various glimpses of the Alsace region of France. When I first arrived, I was able to go the European Patchwork Festival in Sainte Marie Aux Mines, and this past spring, I took a fun trip to Strasbourg, France. (You can read about both places here and here). This visit to France took us to the Burgundy region of France on our way down to Lyon, for the Women's World Cup soccer final. 

Castle Chillon
I thought it would be fun to ...

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July 5, 2019
Wool Applique from Humble Quilts

 I've been fond of wool applique for quite some time now. I have this one displayed on my table.
Top complete, nothing more. It is such easy hand work.

 Another little wool block- only the top.

While I was in Ohio I won a giveaway on Instagram! Thank you Pacific NW Quilt and Fiber Museum in LaConner!! 

After I quilt our fall quiltalong, I feel some more wool applique happening in my world!

My Instagram feed for this week. I hope your 4th of July was spectacular!!

Enjoy your weekend!!

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June 25, 2019
Monday Muse from Ohio from Humble Quilts



I had such a fun few days!  Kathy and I took off early Saturday through the green and sunny countryside to Saegertown where the Quilt study group host ted my lecture. What a lovely group of ladies! The quilt I'm standing in front of belonged to Jill and was beautiful!
Kathy's friend Jim asked about my "speech" so Kat took a photo to send to him. I never excelled at toastmasters, but I do like to talk about quilts!! LOL

This was also her antique log cabin with cute handmade buttons on it!!!
It was very charming!

Then ...

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June 21, 2019
Wool Applique from Humble Quilts

Here is my wool applique hand project I brought to Ohio with me. 
The background I used is raw silk tobacco color. 


It is designed by Maggie Bonanomi. Staples work good for me to hold the pieces in place until I can stitch it down.
I tried a new to me trick. I put the book pattern in my copy machine, then put a 8 1/2"x11 piece of freezer  paper through the copy machine to get me pattern pieces ready. No tracing!

Then I pressed the pattern on the wool piece and cut out.

It's been awhile ...

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June 13, 2019
Maine Musings and Attic Heirlooms from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


We are back!

Last week we had to take a little break to work on some of our upcoming deadlines, so our needles were a-flying. Now that we have had a little time to catch up and breath, I (Kara) thought I would share a little bit from my most recent travel adventure.

Normally, our travels take us somewhere in Europe, but this time we headed back across the pond to Maine—one of our favorite places in the world. Our niece was getting married in Boothbay Harbor, and while that was the primary reason for our travel, the picture ...

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May 30, 2019
Pattern Sale! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Everyone loves a sale, right?! Well, we are having one!




We are having a wonderful time teaching our Block of the Month quilt, In the Garden, at Primitive Homespuns Wool & Needleworks. We are about halfway through the second round, and these ladies are inspiring us with their choices and skills! Each month, we share our progress, and I (Teri) am amazed by their beautiful work. It is fun to watch them get ideas from each other, and I may be learning as much from some of them as they are from me. (And Kara, who got to come to the ...

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May 22, 2019
A Day of Play with Michelle May - The Crazy Bunny Lady from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hello my friend! I do hope you have been enjoying your Spring. Isn't it crazy how fast the month of May has gone by? It's been busy around here in Bunnyville with some new designs, having dead trees cut down from the yard and trying to get people to do what they say they are going to do. What is up with that???

Anyway, I wanted to share some Play Date news. Teaching is my favorite part of what I do. I get down-right giddy seeing my student's imagination and creativity come to life. It's so ...

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April 30, 2019
GSAQG Challenge Quilt 2019 from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild is gearing up for the 2019 quilt show with a challenge! This blog post showcases how my 41″ x 41″ quilt came together. It was an absolute evolution of...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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March 25, 2019
Spring things from Quilting with Kimberly

The majority of our Easter and spring decorations are stored in our cabin and since heavy snows and a busy schedule have prevented us from traveling to Lake Arrowhead to retrieve them, I’ve done minimal decorating this year. However, I did run across a few fun, wooly table toppers I made many years ago and it made me happy to bring them out to enjoy after being tucked away in storage. 

I haven’t done any buttonhole hand-stitching on wool in, well, years. There just never seems to be enough time. Oh, how I’ve missed it. Revisiting these ...

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March 21, 2019
Lattes, Puzzles, Friends and Inchies from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hi ya and happy first day of Spring! It's still chilly here, but that's ok because it makes my latte lunch break extra cozy. There is a new coffee roaster cafe that opened up near my neighborhood. I've been a Starbucks snob forever, but.... I will admit, this latte from Casa Blanca is waaaaaaay better!! Oh my gosh! Plus, who doesn't love a little love in their cup? ;)


My sis-n-laws came for a visit last week. They brought this incredible puzzle!


It's made in the USA and is actual cut wood!


I will admit, we ...

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March 8, 2019
American Patchwork and Quilting Radio from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hi ya!

Just a quick hop in to invite you to listen in on Monday, March 11 at 4:45. The show starts at 4 and I will be the 4th guest of the day.

You can listen HERE.



Hugs and friends,
Michelle and the Bunnies

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February 14, 2019
Packing, Cutting and the Cat from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Hi there!

I've been a busy bunny around here. I'm getting ready to visit the Sandhills Quilters Guild here in NC. We are going to have a fun play date together making my "Beekeeper Pincushion."

This is a finished pincushion by my friend, Moira MacAvoy, from the Charlottesville Quilters Guild class. Isn't it beautiful? Moira is an embroidery artist and it shows in her exquisite work.



David has been cutting hexies for me. I have loaded them in my SHOP if you are interested. I also have a few openings left this year for Play Dates if ...

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February 12, 2019
3 Quilts & the Journey Continues from Where Art & Life Meet

I think about art all the time: the process, the way life impacts it…  Wondering about how other people will see it, whether they will approve, like or dislike it, is the biggest buzz kill to creativity that I know of.  But, I find, silencing those worries often difficult.  The best steps I know to… Continue reading 3 Quilts & the Journey Continues

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February 8, 2019
A Final Walk "In the Garden" from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


I (Teri) thought it might be fun to take a walk together In the Garden and revisit each block. Below the block is a link to the original post, so you can review any special skills covered for that block. Enjoy!











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February 7, 2019
"In the Garden"—Wisteria Border and Quilt Assembly from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye


In November, this wonderful group of ladies completed the final class of our Block of the Month quilt, In the Garden, at Primitive Homespuns Wool and Needleworks in Frederick, Maryland. We had such an awesome time together—stitching, sharing stories, learning new skills, and just having fun. Our last class was a bit bittersweet for me (Teri), as I'd come to look forward to meeting with the girls every month. But there will be other classes.

Our last session focused on assembling the blocks into a quilt, as well as how to make the wisteria border. Kathy, the owner ...

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Heartfelt Notes from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Well helloooooooo!

In celebration of the month of love, I decided to release my Heartfelt Notes pattern for purchase until Valentines Day, February 14.



This pattern is normally exclusive to my "Play Date" participants. It's a really fun class and I love seeing all the creativity that comes from it.

Each of these 4" x 6" postcards features my signature "reverse wool applique" technique.



I love adding all kinds of different embroidery stitches with Valdani perle cotton. I think the variegated threads make the wool felt shine don't you?




There are five postcard designs in the pattern with ...

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January 18, 2019
Hello there! from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

Well helloooooooooo!

Isn't my camellia pretty? David planted it a few weeks ago. The hurricane destroyed the shrubs I had here so I replaced it with this beauty. It's going to be even prettier when it gets big and is covered in white blooms.


On my walk the other morning, I saw all these white heron at the end of my street. They were having a major breakfast buffet!


My "Within and Inch of My Life" project continues to grow. I love my stitching time each day. I have been stitching since March 28 (the day after my ...

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