Friday, May 15, 2015

Noah & Matilda - a special Guest Appearance!

I completed a few more blocks for Noah and Matilda.
And speaking of Noah & Matilda.....
I'm excited to announce that Dawn Cook-Ronningen of Collector with a Needle.
is making a Guest Appearance next month here in northern Virginia!
Dawn will be in Warrenton, VA on June 17th and 18th for a special 2 day Event.

On Wednesday June 17th at 1:30 pm Dawn will provide a Trunk Show and Lecture at the Warrenton Welcome Center. On Thursday June 18th Dawn will be a Speaker and guest on a Bus Trip event to the Virginia Quilt Museum to view the exhibit "A Virginia Tribute to Jane Stickle". (the original Dear Jane)

This 2 day event is being sponsored by Kelly Ann's Quilting in Warrenton.
If you'd like to come out and meet Dawn, you may choose to attend her 1 day Lecture or the 2 day Lecture and Bus Trip event.
Please contact Kelly Ann for ticket availability.
(there are a limited number of seats left for the bus event)

The shop has offered classes on traditional and modern applique using Dawn's beautiful patterns. Our most recent adventure has been a Noah & Matilda Quilt Study and BOM program. I've been honored to teach this course with great insight from Dawn - pattern Designer and owner of the Noah & Matilda quilt of 1854.

A few of my students brought in Show & Tell this month:



These students are very excited for the opportunity to meet with Dawn in June!
I will be equally happy to see her again.
And yes...she is as generous, talented, knowledgeable and gracious in person, as she is on her blog.

every quilt tells a story.....

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jane Exhibit opens at VA Quilt Museum

We had such fun setting up the exhibit last week...
"A Virginia Tribute to Jane Stickle".

32 Women have pieces in this exhibit.
Quilters of various ages and skill levels from all over Virginia gathered over 13 months to share 1 common bond... a deep affection for the Jane Stickle quilt and a passion to recreate it. There are full size quilts to view and a few smaller pieces which reflect how quilter's find Jane's quilt relevant to today. Each of the smaller items has a practical use and the quilter created it using Jane blocks as part of the design element of their work.

As curator, I gave a lecture at the Artists Reception this past Saturday.

While talking about the life of Jane Stickle and the details of her quilt....
(comprised of 5,602 pieces) I had the honor of sharing a quilt made by a former student, Jean Young.

The exhibit Opens today May 5th 2015 and will remain on display thru July 4th.

If you live in Virginia or plan to visit this Spring/Summer and would like to visit the museum click HERE for more information regarding their location and hours.

Another highlight for me this week.... my Jane Quilt is featured in the new Spring/Summer 2015 edition of Quilt Sampler magazine.

It's on page 11 in the magazine. Standing in front of my quilt is Angie Russell. She is a dedicated employee of Kelly Ann's Quilting. Kelly Ann was named and featured as having one of the top 10 Quilt Shops across the United States and Canada. For more pictures of Kelly Ann's Shop from the magazine click HERE.

every quilt tells a story.....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Red Jane update

While preparing for the museum exhibit this past week, I realized that it's been quite a while since I've updated the progress on my "Lady in Red" Jane.
Above are the last 6 blocks that I've made.

Soon I will begin sashing and quilting the blocks individually. (Quilt as you Go)
It will make the final assembly process much quicker once all the blocks are completed. Here is my progress on this quilt so far:

I've got 50 more blocks cut and packaged, but it will be Fall before I am able to work on this project in earnest again.
Do YOU have a long term project in the wings?

every quilt tells a story.....

Monday, April 13, 2015

Small blocks, bits & pieces

It's been a while since I've posted any progress on my Dutch Treat blocks.
March & April have been very busy months. With 6 family birthdays, classes, workshops, lectures and the upcoming museum exhibit I've been up to my eyelashes in activities.

Dutch Treat is a long term project I want to make progress on this year.
(2 little blocks a month in 2015) I completed The top 2 blocks in the picture above for March and the bottom 2 for April. Blue bells was my first block of the quilt that required a bit of simple embroidery. It was an enjoyable block to stitch.

Below are the 30 blocks I've made since the start of this project
As you can see I only have 106 blocks left to finish!

This Month my students and I are also working on the grape clusters in the outside borders of Noah & Matilda. I'm using assorted purple fabrics.
You can see the strips with small freezer paper circles ironed onto them.

I'm cutting the fabric circles out just slightly beyond the freezer paper's edge.

After baste gathering them to create the look of slightly puffed grapes, I'm sewing these 5/8" finished circles into clusters.

My goal this month is to complete 180 of these grapes for the border.
Sewing them all down will take a while longer.

Every quilt tells a story.....

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

3 Dutch Treat blocks for February

One of my My New Year's resolutions was to complete 2 of these Dutch Treat applique' blocks each month of 2015.
Here are the 3 that I've completed for February:

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More fun with Noah & Matilda

Last Wednesday was our 2nd monthly meeting of the Noah & Matilda Quilt Study.
The classroom was packed with anticipation as quilters awaited their next block assignments and to see & hear more about the quilt and the Boyce family.

Above are the next 4 blocks that I completed to share in class.
The block below is the one I finished up last night.

And here are the blocks I've completed so far:
(5) blocks in January and (4) blocks in February.
Although this is technically a 12 month BOM program, I'd like to complete the blocks in 6 or 7 months.

every quilt tells a story...