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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last Day of June

What a busy and wonderful month this was!
These are a couple of Noah & Matilda blocks I made for the month of June.
I just loved making this laced up Pineapple!

Followed by a sweet and simple wreath block.

Next month I will begin hand quilting some of my finished blocks.
I've decided to put this top together using a Quilt as you Go method.
I'll share more details as I move along on this project.

Wishing all my U.S. friends a safe & happy July 4th Holiday!!!

Every quilt tells a story....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dutch Treat Blocks for June

I chose to work on 2 of the "C" blocks this month.
The goose block is now one of my favorites stitched to date.

Off to work on a few Noah & Matilda blocks.
Wishing you all a very Happy & Productive June!

every quilt tells a story....

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fabulous 2 day Quilt Study & Lecture Event!

DAY ONE

The Welcome Center here in Warrenton, Virginia was filled with passionate quilters anxiously waiting to meet Dawn Ronningen "Collector with a Needle".

Dawn flew in from Colorado to provide us with what became an amazing Quilt Study lecture!

She shared with us vintage quilts from her personal collection many dating from the early to mid 1800's. It was fascinating to hear/learn about these quilts, fabric dying and inking processes that took place in this early time period and of course, seeing up close the amazing stitch work that went into these (mostly applique') quilts.

There was a synchronized GASP heard aloud when the original Noah & Matilda quilt (of 1851) was revealed!
The picture below is of Dawn with a group of our Noah & Matilda Quilt Study Students; standing behind the original Boyce Family Album quilt a.k.a. Noah & Matilda! We are all beaming with excitement, admiration and pride!

After her lecture, Dawn visited the Quilt Shop to autograph her beautiful patterns and visit with our local quilters.

DAY TWO

Thursday was our Bus Trip to the Virginia Quilt Museum.

On the bus... Dawn provided a short lecture & tips on how to store your vintage (and newly made) quilts.

Our bus group at the museum:

I provided a lecture on Jane Stickle and had the opportunity to share stories of my students and their special Dear Jane quilts that hung in the exhibit. (sorry, no pictures allowed inside the museum) After a visit in the Gift Shop - we headed outside for a picnic lunch.

Here is a shot of our BIG bus and some of our happy group:

And of course ALL of this was made possible by our Sponsor and local shop owner - Kelly Ann of Kelly Ann's Quilting!
Kelly Ann is seen left in photo below sharing a giggle moment with our quilt friend Susie. A fun way to end this great 2 day adventure!

I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the VA Quilt Museum for a wonderful day and the Home Baked Cookies your volunteers provided to our 35 attendee's!

THANK YOU very much Dawn for coming to Warrenton Virginia - it was an honor to have you! (we miss you already)

Also, a "Shout Out" to Karen - Log Cabin Quilter.
Thank you for making that beautiful WOOL Radical Rose & Reel block for Dawn.
She brought it for show & tell and the crowd went crazy with excitement over it!
And also a Thank You to fellow blogger Maureen - Pursuit of Quilts for driving out to attend. It was a great pleasure meeting you in person!

If your local Quilt Guild is looking for a great Program and Speaker, I highly recommend Dawn - Collector with a Needle.

every quilt tells a story....

Sunday, May 24, 2015

2 Dutch Treat blocks for May

I'm trying to stay on top of my goal of making 2 of these little blocks each month.
Happy to say that my May blocks are done.
I think the little heart in the African Violet block is so sweet.

Below are the blocks I've completed so far since January.
Slow but steady progress on this enjoyable Journey!

every quilt tells a story....

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:

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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.....