Thursday, September 23, 2021

April Showers

The Woolie Postage Stamp Mystery Stitch Along is well underway! This week we revealed the fourth block in the series, April Showers. 

April is that time of year for many where the spring rains bring a bounty of color after a dreary winter. We wanted to showcase the month of April (rain and all) and the hope for flowers that it brings.This block has it all—wool, beads, silk ribbon, and a beautiful butterfly button to anchor a spring bouquet. Our wool kit includes all the embellishments you will need for your block, and we have a separate thread kit available  with two sizes of pearl cotton and three flosses.

Embellishments are included with the
wool kit. Butterfly button colors will vary.

Wool kit and Weeks Dyeworks thread kit

We do love working with silk ribbon and thought it would be perfect to tie the bouquet and make the knots for the pansies. To tie the bouquet, here is a little tutorial showing you how we did it.

Start with about an 18" piece of silk ribbon and fold it in half.

Gently pin it to the bouquet stems at the center.

Back-stitch the ribbon with matching thread on both sides
of the bouquet as shown.

Tie the ribbon and place a couple of tack stitches in the center.

Arrange the right side of the ribbon by folding the end up and gently
place a pin at that fold.
Make tiny tack stitches and the top of the fold to secure.

Trim the end to the correct length and position the tail where you desire
and make a few small tack stitches at the end. 
Follow the above two steps for the left side.

Attach your butterfly button where you tied the ribbon.

The tulip stems are made with a Hungarian braided chain stitch using a #5 pearl cotton. You can see a tutorial on this stitch on our In the Garden—Cornflowers post HERE. The umbrella handle is made with a #3 pearl cotton using a chain stitch and then doing a back-stitch in the chain links.

We hope you love this block as much as we do. You can download the digital version of the block for free for a limited time using the code APRIL. If you would like to buy our wool and embellishment kit that comes with a printed pattern and/or the thread kit, you can find them in our shop HERE

There are eight more designers to come with some beautiful blocks. Here are the first 4 with the links below so that you can visit their sites.

Won't you start being a stamp collector with us?

Thursday, September 16, 2021

A Prairie Posting

Last week, Teri and I (Kara) experienced Baltimore on the Prairie for the first time, and we were hooked. From the moment we walked in the door of Lied Lodge, we knew that it was going to be a great week.

This is the view that greeted us!

We taught two classes, Alsatian Urn and Village Wanderings–Shops. Both classes were filled with the best students, and we had a wonderful time full of stitching and laughter—what more could you ask for?! Here are a few pics from our fun-filled week.

Our store ready to go.

Village Wanderings and Alsatian Urn on the right and Baltimore Fraktur on the left.

Pretty soon this will be off to the quilter after another class
in Charlottesville, VA.

Our diligent Alsatian Urn students

Teri giving a lesson on the familial relationship of the chain, feather, and 
fly stitches.

The second session had our students working a bit in miniature.

Building a shop.

Quilt making

Tweezers were helpful in assembly.

How many times can you say you built a shop and
made a quilt in just one day?

One of our students quilted her 1" quilt.

Showing off their baby quilts.

Last night show and tell.

If you have never been to Baltimore on the Prairie, we highly recommend it! The setting is beautiful, the class sizes are not too big, and the people are some of the friendliest you will ever meet. Tresa Jones and her phenomenal support staff anticipate every need and are constantly checking to make sure everything is just so. If you would like to join us for 2022, registration is open now for our two classes—Woodland Reverie in Wool, and Baltimore Fraktur.

Woodland Reverie in Wool

Baltimore Fraktur Quilt

Baltimore Fraktur Wallhanging

These two classes will take wool appliqué to a whole new level with lavish embellishment and a large variety of unique fibers that will bring these projects to life. Our Woodland Reverie in Wool quilt uses wool roving, velvet, and silk ribbon (just to name a few) to create four whimsical and dimensional blocks. Our Baltimore Fraktur Quilt and Wallhanging will give you options to create multiple projects with one pattern even though we will be focusing mostly on the medallion in class.

We would love to see you next year on the Prairie but sign up soon as classes will fill quickly!

P.S. Teri and I are still away until September 20th, so we ask for you patience in our slower response times with orders and questions.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Have We Forgotten to NEVER FORGET?

Kara and I (Teri) are having an amazing time at Baltimore on the Prairie—teaching, catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones. We will fill you in on our event next week. 

This week, as we near the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, I would like to share with you a current exhibit at the National Quilt Museum—NEVER FORGET: Quilts from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. My husband and I stopped to visit the museum on our road trip to Nebraska, and we found this particular exhibit both beautiful and gut-wrenching. I confess that it kept me awake much of that night as I reflected on the meaningful quilts we saw, as well as all what they represented.

So many people worked together to honor those who died, who responded, who served. Not only do the quilts show that we can work together to create stunningly meaningful works of art, but that we can also work together in times of crisis. The symbolism in these quilts sings of a spirit of support and caring. We vowed to never forget

Here are a few highlights from our visit. Take the time to read the descriptions; you might be amazed at the details you miss when you first look at the quilts. 

The National Tribute Quilt spanned an entire wall, telling the incredible story of that day, with over 3500 squares contributed from people from all 50 states and 5 countries.

It was not possible to get a full face-on shot of this quilt in its entirety, but hopefully you can appreciate the magnitude of the work seeing it in sections.

The detail of the symbolism in this last piece was incredibly moving to me. More beautiful than the work itself is the thought that was put into creating it and the statement that it makes about that day. 

Sometimes, when I listen to the news today, I wonder what happened to all of the "working together" that we were able to do twenty years ago following that awful day. We honored more than we criticized. Have we forgotten? 

For more information about the exhibit, click here.