Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Birthday...to us!


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
Speaking of websites . . . we have been meaning to catch up on a few things that we had to put aside while preparing for the Academy. On the list of things to do was to add a few items to our website. If you pop on over there, you will see what is new in our shop. We started our store with the Marcia's Flowers wool patterns in two palettes, and now we have the wool kits to go with them. Each kit contains enough wool to complete the project, which you can then use to top a wooden box or turn into a pillow.

Marcia's Flowers Pattern bright palette
bright palette


warm 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.

5/8" pansies



5/8" pansy ribbon kit

1" pansies


1" wide pansy ribbon kit







Also in our shop, we have a limited supply of kits for our Floral Wreath block and our Secret Garden block. The Floral Wreath kit comes with everything you need to create this beautiful and realistic wreath of flowers—even the background is included! In the kit you will find River Silks and Hanah silk ribbon, French ombré wired ribbon, Gentle Art threads, as well as detailed directions.

Floral Wreath

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 SilksHanah 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.)

 Good luck!

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!




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41 comments:

  1. I am a brand new member! I very much enjoyed today's post as it told your story and it was enjoyable. Looking forward to future posts and learning. One problem tho, I can see my stash and project list growing exponentially! Thank you for the opportunity and adding me!

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    1. Thank you for reading! New projects and materials keep things exciting! Or at least that's how we rationalize it :)

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  2. Love the story of your meeting. I've also had the hair in a hotel bed experience. Pretty creepy!

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  3. I've loved Colonial Williamsburg since my children were young. So much so that they probably will never go back!! Your first posts in 2015 about Christmas there and all the wreaths, crafts and people are my favorites. I have to admit, I only recently discovered your blog, but have gone back and read every post. You are both very talented writers. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Williamsburg is very special to us both.

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  4. I am new to your blog but love all your great ideas. LOVE my needles!!!!

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  5. I am new to your blog but love all your great ideas. LOVE my needles!!!!

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  6. This is my first time to your blog. Getting together with girlfriends for stitching and talking is the best. Also had a similar hotel experience on a girls stitching weekend.

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    1. Yikes! We definitely check our hotel beds before getting in!

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  7. Happy Birthday! Party on girls (and check the beds)!

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  8. I think that this may be my favourite post! I will always check my bed now when traveling! Although I also love crazy quilting and 'A Crazy Treasure' is another favourite. I'm going to make a crazy quilt one day! Happy Birthday and thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. We alway check now after that fun time. Thanks and good luck!

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  9. I love feedsack quilts, Sunbonnet Sue and Granny Squares so the articles on those are my favorites.

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  10. Oh my first time here and fell in love with all the beautiful work:) Absolutely stunning fabric and colors I am so impressed. You are very talented!!

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  11. Happy birthday to you both! I've loved the posts about the Fairy tale Christmas ornaments. They're just beautiful!

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  12. I like the post from Sept 24 15, about inspiration and the bear baby quilt. That quilt is so cute and love where you get inspiration!! Congrats! Good luck everyone in the giveaway. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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    1. Thanks! Inspiration for our needle endeavors can be found everywhere!

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  13. The post about crazy quilting got my attention and that's when I subscribed. LOVE reading about your needlework adventures. Many years ago my best friend and I had some similar experiences. Grovenore

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  14. I think I have been following you from just about the beginning. I love all of the fairy tale posts and the crazy quilt stitching. I am so happy that your business has been going so well. You two have a lot of talent and have certainly helped to keep interest in needle art alive for the next generation.
    xx, Carol

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! We definitely hope to inspire the next generation to pick up a needle.

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  15. My favorite is the last few...since I just met and took the workshop in Williamsburg
    Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Susan and we loved spending time with you in class!

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  16. Very beautiful work. I am a new subscriber on feedly.

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  17. I'm new to your blog, so THIS is my favourite so far. I can't wait to read more, and get inspired by your lovely work!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for reading!

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  18. That's just to hard, there's no way I could every pick one I love them all! Your stories are wonderful and what a great friendship you have.

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! We are thrilled that you love to read our blog!

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  19. I LOVE flowers (my name is Rose, afterall)....can I say that I really like THIS post with all the lovely flowers! This is my first visit to your blog and I just followed you on Blogloving. Happy Birthday, BTW! Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

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    1. Thank you Rose! We are sure you will see lots of flowers in our blog in the future, because we love them too!

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  20. After taking your Secret Garden workshop in Williamsburg, I subscribed to your blog and liked your Facebook page. Terri and Kara, you are inspiring. I learned so much in your workshop ... I NEVER thought I would be able to make those silk flowers.

    Your enthusiasm is infectious. I look forward to many, many more blog posts to read.

    Hugs,
    Sandy

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    1. Thank you so much Sandy! We absolutely loved getting to know you in our class and your enthusiasm inspired us!

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  21. Hi Kara and Teri - jsut found your post and haven't stopped laughing! Love it! The hotel story is hilarious! I just love those pansies (my fav flower)! Thanks for the fun!(and the giveaway chance!!!) mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We can finally laugh at it now! Glad you like the pansies and thank you for reading!

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