Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Happy Thanksgiving from our homes to yours!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

It's Potsticker Time Again!

The newest set in our series of plant decor is the Christmas Potstickers


Gingerbread Cookie

Holly Wreath

Wednesday, 11/17, and Thursday, 11/18, only—free digital pattern using the coupon code JOY.  Be sure you have the DIGITAL pattern for Christmas Potstickers in your cart, and then add the promo code JOY during checkout to receive the pattern free.

We have kits available, which include everything you need to complete the potstickers: wool, flannel backing, threads, and embellishments. You only need to supply the dowel or bamboo skewer to place them in your pots.
Or perhaps you will choose to make them as ornaments! Options are fun. 

And, as always, if you purchase a kit, there is a bonus pattern—this time a Christmas Tree Potsticker. There is enough material in the kit to do all four potstickers. 
There just might be a special treat included, as well.

Christmas Tree

To order, click HERE.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

"Wild and Untamed"—An Exhibit

Both Teri and I (Kara) have a love of Baltimore Album quilts—especially since we live in the great state of Maryland, where these quilts originated. Most of these quilts were created in a short period of time and have not just fascinated us, but they also intrigued the well-known father of occupational therapy, Dr. William Rush Dunton. Dr. Dunton believed that quilting could be therapeutic for women (and men) who suffered from mental health issues. He was also fascinated with old quilts, specifically the intricacies and detail of the Baltimore Album quilts. This interest led to groundbreaking research in these quilts and helped to shed some light on the mysteries that these quilts hold.

We were privileged to tour the exhibit, Wild and Untamed at the Maryland Center for History and Culture. The exhibit showcases some wonderful examples of Baltimore Album quilts and explains how Dr. Dunton used quilts like these to inspire his patients. The added bonus of the tour was to be personally guided by the Quilters Hall of Fame inductee, Mimi Dietrich. It was a rare opportunity to see these exquisite quilts up close and to have our tour led by such an esteemed tour guide.

Come along with us as we take a closer look at some fascinating examples of the Baltimore Album style and some of the inspiration for Dr. Dunton's research.

Quilt owned by Eliza Needles circa 1843-1844

Chintz quilt by Joanna Cushing Montell circa 1834

A well-known example of a Baltimore Album quilt attributed to Mary Simon circa 1852.

A quilt that fascinated Dr. Dunton because it was made by one woman, Rachel Meyer Walker.
He wondered if she had an interest in zoology because of all the wonderful creatures she stitched.
Circa 1850

This quilt was made by Clara Hirschmann and shows an incredible level of detail 
and artistry–especially in regard to the embroidery. Circa 1850

This commemorative quilt presented to the Methodist minister, Thomas Harrison West Monroe, 
is wonderful example of a presentation quilt made my multiple makers. Circa 1846-1847

Presumed to be made by or for Eliza Eleanor Haslap circa 1850

Made by Sarah Jane Trigg McDonald of Ellicott City circa 1850


Quilt made by Amanda Alexander Porter circa 1849

Multiple makers circa 1845-1848

This post is just a small glimpse of some of the quilts that fascinated Dr. Dunton. They fueled his desire to find out more about the makers, as well as help his patients become inspired by what women in the past had created. Dr. Dunton's philosophy, that continued concentration on a manual task—such as this type of needlework—could help alleviate depression and anxiety, is still accurate for us today. How does stitching help you?

We hope that you have enjoyed this virtual tour of these quilts and if you would like to see them in person, the exhibit will be displayed tentatively until early spring of 2022.