We can't believe we started this blog two years ago! Time certainly has flown, and we have come a long way in those two years. Here is a peek back at our humble beginnings:
Once upon a time, there were two friends who loved to quilt. They set out for a weekend away from their families to take some classes at a quilt show in Gettysburg, PA. Sadly, they waited too long to reserve a room, and upon check-in were a bit disgruntled with the accommodations. Not to be discouraged, they decided to stay in the humble lodging rather than return home to the kids. (Even though they loved them dearly.)
Kara, the perky one, got into her pajamas and leaped through the air onto her bed in excitement. Teri, the cautious one, was lifting the covers on her bed and closely examining the wrinkles and strange fibers on the sheets.
"Someone's been sleeping in my bed," cried Teri.
"What do you mean?!" chirped Kara.
"There are hairs in my bed, and they aren't mine!" Teri exclaimed.
"Really? Are you sure? ...Oh, ewww! Someone's been sleeping in my bed, too!"
Thus began our adventures stitching together. Suffice it to say that we got clean sheets, stayed the night, had a great weekend of quilting, AND learned to make our reservations early. It may not have been Goldilocks in our beds, but we have been blessed to combine our creative energies, and working together has been just right.
We have learned and experienced so much since our Gettysburg adventure. Here are a few of our highlights:
- Teaching at the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg
- Having our quilt, A Fairy Tale Album, accepted into the Houston International Quilt Festival
- Going to Houston to see the quilt and experiencing all that excitement
- Going to our first Market
- Meeting other quilters from all around the world
- Designing our first pattern (Marcia's Flowers)
- Lecturing at the Baltimore Appliqué Society and other guilds
- Teaching at the Baltimore Appliqué Society and various local quilt shops
- Having almost 90,000 views on our blog in our first two years
- Launching our website
|Marcia's Flowers Pattern bright palette|
|Marcia's Flowers warm palette|
As we promised in our Pansies post, we now have pansy ribbon kits available. Each kit makes four, five-petal pansies, with a little bit left over to make a violet or two. The how-to directions are in our pansy post (linked above). Our students in Williamsburg were all amazed at how realistic these pansies are and how easy they are to make! You can buy the kit in two different sizes: 1" wide and 5/8" wide ribbon.
|1" wide pansy ribbon kit|
|So many beautiful ribbons in this kit!|
While you provide the background, the Secret Garden kit contains all the appliqué fabric, ribbon, and threads needed to create your own garden. There is River Silks, Hanah silk ribbon, French ombré wired ribbon, and sari silk for the wisteria tree not to mention all the threads needed for the embroidered garden. The kit also includes a comprehensive set of directions to help you as you complete this block inspired by children's novel, The Secret Garden.
|Secret Garden block|
|Ribbon, sari silk, and threads—oh, my!|
We couldn't have achieved our milestones without you, our readers, so what better way to celebrate our two-year birthday, then to have a GIVEAWAY! The winner will receive a Marcia's Flowers pattern and kit in their choice of colorway. All you need to do to be eligible for this giveaway is to leave a comment on the blog below telling us which of our posts over the past two years is your favorite—and why. That's it! (If you are reading this in email, hop over to the blog by clicking here.)
We thank you all for traveling with us on this journey as we tell the stories of the many different ways we, and others, use a needle. Our love of stitching binds us together, and it has been our pleasure and honor to share these stories with you. Here's to many more years of stitching and storytelling!