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Thursday, August 27, 2015

You Are Invited....


Please join us (Dawn and I) for a Sew-Along reproducing the
          Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt (SVBAQ).

Thank you Virginia Quilt Museum!
Pattern by Josephine Millett for the museum.
Thank you Virginia Quilt Museum! Pattern by Josephine Millett for the museum.
Part of the antique quilt...See the full quilt on the new blog
There is a dedicated blog you can subscribe to:
http://svbotanicalquilt.blogspot.com  HERE
  • Pattern ordering details are on the blog main page (digital or paper)
  • You will be able to participate in the blog once we all start stitching
  • The first post is loaded with participation details - as well as tabs on the block organized by subject.  So much information....
  • We have contributions from Quilt Historian Neva Hart

There is a dedicated Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/shenvalleybotanicalquiltsewalong  HERE

The Sew Along begins on October 1st - giving you plenty of time to prepare.
Use up your stash or purchase monthly kits from participating Quilt Shops found HERE.
Traditional, Trending, Batik or Modern - there's a shop on our list to accommodate you.    

This is a wonderful opportunity to support our quilt heritage and the Virginia Quilt Museum's 20th Anniversary
All proceeds benefit the museum!   

Monday, August 3, 2015

July travels & a Journey's End

The month of July was a crazy busy time for me!
The only constant and predictable quilting experience was Dutch Treat.
Happy to say I completed my goal of 2 more blocks.

I traveled to Morgantown, West Virginia with friends during the 3rd week of July.
We attended the Ricky Timms and Alex Anderson Seminar and it was Fabulous!
My friend Patti and I were counting down the days for several months with great anticipation. How awesome that 2 of our dear friends decided to join us just a few days before our departure. It was a wonderful surprise and an exciting adventure for all of us!

Seeing Ricky's Rhapsody quilt up close, was a highlight of my trip.

No rest for the weary. No sooner was I home and unpacking than it was time to pack up my suitcase once again. Yep, the last week of the month I was on the road again, this time heading to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. My friend Lisa was attending a Tuffet certification course for a new business she is starting. I was able to attend a "student" class while there with her. I completed my very first Tuffet. It was so much fun to make, I look forward to making another one in the near future.

The first picture is of my tuffet, the 2nd also showcases Lisa & Ellen's tuffets.
Notice Lisa's Gnome Journey, he travels with her wherever she goes!



And earlier in July the Jane exhibit that I was fortunate to curate at the VA Quilt Museum came to a close. The exhibit displayed 32 Jane quilts and artifacts. All 26 full size quilts were completed by my students in less than 3 years. Most of them completed their quilts in an average of 18 months. Here are just a few pictures taken of the exhibit:











I am so blessed for this wonderful experience and have Brenda Papadakis to thank for getting me started on this amazing Journey with Jane. Her book "Dear Jane" has brought so many special quilters into my life over the past 14 years. I'm sure it will forever remain my most memorable of all class programs I've had the pleasure of teaching.

And as one Journey ends, another begins....

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....