Monday, June 22, 2015

Fabulous 2 day Quilt Study & Lecture Event!


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.


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....


  1. Sounds like a great event, Doreen. So much information and what a wonderful opportunity to see Dawn's antique quilts.
    Wish I lived closer and could get a look at your Dear Jane quilts in the VA Quilt Museum.

  2. Looks like a good time was had by all.

  3. Looks you have fun day and the first quilt is spectacular.Thanks for the great pics!

  4. It was a joy to meet you, Doreen! Thanks for putting it all together. I look forward to taking a class with you sometime. You and Dawn really inspired me!

  5. Sounds like a great getaway. How fortunate for you to have such a great quilt shop owner that would go that extra mile.

  6. It was a fantastic time with such an inspiring group of quilters!!

  7. What a fantastic experience and to see the N&M sampler in person would be awesome.

  8. Oh My, Oh My!!! What a great time for all!! Thanks for sharing a bit with us!!

    Blessings and hugs!

  9. Oh my looks like such a wonderful event ! I so so wish I could have attended. How wonderful that you were able to share your passion for Dear Jane.
    Thanks for sharing what you could with us - I'm sure we all very very jealous!

  10. Thank you so much for putting this whole experience together! It was an amazing time. I felt so emotional seeing the original "Noah and Matilda", what a connection I feel to those who worked on it also. Dawn's lecture was awesome - I could have listened for hours more! And what a joy it was to get to know her! Again, thank you!

  11. Maybe seeing the wool version of the Radical Rose gave the ladies encouragement to try a different technique with Dawn's patterns.

  12. Thank you so much Doreen! What a wonderful experience! You and Kelly Ann went above and beyond! With much appreciation!!

  13. Sounds like a great time! Visiting from Dawn's I'll blog hop over to Karen's! :)

  14. What a Amazing time had by all ! How wonderful for everyone to see the original Noah & Matilda


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