What's Happening?

We are excited to share our news and upcoming events with you.

We are working to keep this page updated frequently,

so you can see what is happening through our needles' eyes!

Please check the dropdown menu under News and Events for more

specific information about our ongoing projects.

As you can see, we have a busy 2022 planned, and our schedule for this year is full.

 

We would love to hear from you and perhaps plan a visit for 2023.

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Front   Porch   Holidays

A  Wooly   Block   Adventure

Beginning on October 1, 2022, we will be participating in the Wooly Block Adventure's stitch-along, Front Porch Holidays. Thirty-one shops or designers are participating in this event, so you will have many opportunities to see and learn lots of wool appliqué techniques! We are all creating 8-inch finished blocks with a front porch theme. Each designer will be offering discounted patterns through the duration of the program ($5 from October 1–November 30). Additionally, we will offer wool and thread kits for purchase. Our wool kits will include all embellishments needed to create our block, and the first 100 people to order will receive a bonus set of special embellishments!  Patterns and kits will go on sale on October 1. An extra perk is that each designer will be featured online for two days during the event, during which you can receive a free PDF downloadable pattern! Join the Facebook group, Wooly Block Neighborhood, to follow the fun by clicking HERE, and check out some teasers of blocks to come.

We enjoyed our spectacular week in Nebraska for Baltimore on the Prairie in September 2021, and we are thrilled to be going back in 2022. We are now packing for the event, excited about the classes we will be teaching. Our wool appliqué classes have lots of dimension and texture, as well as fun! We can't sing enough praises about this appliqué conference; we promise you will have the time of your life. 

NOTE: If you wish, any of the blocks could be stitched in cotton rather than wool.

Class, Session A—

Woodland Reverie in Wool

Baltimore on the Prairie

Lied Lodge and Convention Center 

Nebraska City, NE

Session A:

Wed., Sept.7–Thurs., Sept. 8, 2022

www.baltimoreontheprairie.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE​!

Welcome to our Woodland Reverie! This class will offer four blocks in our woodland quilt, covering all the seasons: Spring Robin, Summer Fox Wreath, Autumn Mushrooms, and Winter Owls. We will focus on one of the blocks in class but cover all the skills needed to create this four-block wall-hanging. Techniques will include wool appliqué, stumpwork, ribbon embroidery, weaving a wreath, and working with a variety of fibers, including wool roving and velvet. Optional kits will be available for purchase.

Design area of each block is 12" x 12".

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Class, Session B—

Baltimore Fraktur

Baltimore on the Prairie

Lied Lodge and Convention Center 

Nebraska City, NE

Session B:

Fri., Sept. 9–Sat., Sept. 10, 2022

www.baltimoreontheprairie.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!

Inspired by a Baltimore Album Quilt in the DAR Museum collection, this lovely block is rendered in wool with ribbon embellishment. In this class, we will explore basic wool appliqué skills, teaching you several placement methods. Embroidery with a variety of fibers—threads and ribbon—and several ribbon flowers will enhance our wool design. Optional wool kits will be available for purchase in two colorways, and a variety of ribbon and embroidery threads will be for sale. You will need to provide your background of choice. Border patterns for both the full quilt and the wall hanging will be included with the Fraktur  medallion pattern.
Design area of medallion is 15" x 15".

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We are joining the Faithful Circle Quilt Guild for a Zoom class!

Class

Floral Elegance

Faithful Circle Quilters

Via Zoom Conference Service

Saturday, September 17, 2022

10:00 AM—4:30 PM 

https://faithfulcirclequilters.com/

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!

This elegant vase of flowers is a wonderful introduction to basic wool appliqué and ribbon work.  The class will begin with the basics of wool appliqué, as we prepare the vase and leaves. And then we will become florists: using only three new techniques, we can create all these beautiful blooms. You will be amazed how a simple running stitch can be used in different ways to create petals for our pansies and chrysanthemums, and wire-gathering does the trick for our roses. A couple of basic embroidery stitches for stems will add the finishing touches. And all the while, fun will be the focus!!

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Memphis in the fall should be beautiful!! We are so excited to visit there this autumn!

Class

Village Wanderings: Homes

Cotton Patchers Quilt Guild

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church

5530 Shady Grove Rd. 

Memphis, Tennessee 38120

Thursday-Friday, October 20-21, 2022

9:00 AM–3:00 PM

What is more charming than a village of quaint homes bedecked with flower boxes abounding with blooms. Our Village Wanderings—Homes are each framed with embroidered ribbon swags. We will learn how to construct the Autumn House in class, along with all the embroidery stitches needed to create your own set of homes. Choose one house or maybe all four!

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We are staying close to home to teach at Milltown Quilters, which was originally scheduled for the day Covid shut everything down. We are so glad it's has been rescheduled!

Lecture

The Stories in Our Quilts

Milltown Quilters 

Meeting at Christ Memorial Presbyterian

10600 Shaker Drive

Columbia, MD 21046

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

10:3o AM—11:30 AM

https://milltownquilters.com/

What do quilts and stories have to do with each other? Everything, actually! Have you ever had a piece of needlework passed down through your family and wondered who made it, how they made it, and/or why? These are the stories of our families—part of our history. So often these gems are tucked away in a chest or put on a closet shelf. But there is a wealth of information within those stitches, if only we knew their stories. Our quilts give us opportunities to tell our stories. Enjoy an hour of storytelling as we share some of our favorite quilts (old and new) and the tales they tell.

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Class

Ribbon Basics—Creating and Embroidering Ribbon Flora

Milltown Quilters 

Meeting at Christ Memorial Presbyterian

10600 Shaker Drive

Columbia, MD 21046

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

10:3o AM—11:30 AM

https://milltownquilters.com/

In this skills-based workshop, we will explore various kinds of ribbon and methods of creating flowers and leaves. Some units will be created off-block, and others will be directly embroidered onto a ground cloth. You will learn to manipulate wired ribbon, seam binding ribbon, hand-dyed bias silk ribbon, and 4mm and 7mm silk ribbon. The same techniques can be used with different materials to yield different looks. Once you learn the techniques, you can experiment, play, and let your creativity soar! You will be stitching a garden in no time.

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To round out our 2022 year, it is our honor to be invited to lecture and give a workshop for The Appliqué Society. This fabulous organization promotes the art of all things appliqué. Hope you can join us!

Lecture

The Texture Lecture

The Appliqué Society (TAS)

Via Zoom Conference Service

Thursday, November 10, 2022

7:00 PM—8:00 PM 

https://www.theappliquesociety.org/

Adding texture to our quilts adds a wonderful, new dimension to them whether they are appliquéd or pieced. In this lecture, we will share the many different ways to add texture through embroidery, fibers, and embellishment. We invite you to join us as we explore techniques to bring your quilts to life with texture.

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Class

Petite Floral Wreath

The Appliqué Society (TAS)

Via Zoom Conference Service

Saturday, November 12, 2022

10:00 AM—4:30 PM 

https://www.theappliquesociety.org/

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!

A walk through the garden is the perfect inspiration for this wreath of flowers. Pansies, clematis, roses, and baby's-breath welcome warm thoughts of springtime. Silk ribbon and embroidery add dimension, making these blooms come to life. In this class, we will explore a number of techniques, including wool appliqué, gathered ribbon flowers, and the ribbon stitch. You’ll learn the embroidery stitches—using a variety of fibers—that will add realism to your flora.

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2023

We are honored to be a part of the illustrious faculty of this Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, VA! We are thrilled to be teaching there again in 2023. The Class Catalog is now available for you to peruse; there are so many wonderful choices of classes from which to select. We hope to see you there! 

Class, Session 1—

Woodland Reverie:

Great Horned Owls OR

Wood Rose Garden

Academy of Appliqué

Kingsmill Resort

1010 Kingsmill Rd.

Williamsburg, VA 23185

Feb. 27–March 1, 2023

www.academyofapplique.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE​!

We are continuing our woodland journey with two new blocks from our growing Woodland Reverie quilt. Both of these dimensional blocks are filled with many different fibers and stitching techniques. The Great Horned Owls sit amongst winter greenery, with wool pinecones and stuffed holly berries. Wired ribbon roses surround our Wood Rose Garden filled with lovely little posies. All skills for both blocks will be covered in this class—and some will overlap—so you will be able to increase your appliqué and embellishment skills. Multiple methods of appliqué will be taught, along with ribbon work and embroidery. We will play with exciting new fibers and techniques to help you bring life to these dimensional woodland blocks. Which woodland block will you select for this session? Or perhaps you will venture into our woodland reverie and choose both! For more closeup pictures, see our blog: CLICK HERE.

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Class, Session 2—

Pineapple Medallion

Academy of Appliqué

Kingsmill Resort

1010 Kingsmill Rd.

Williamsburg, VA 23185

March 2–4, 2023

www.academyofapplique.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE​!

The pineapple has long been a symbol of welcome, and our Pineapple Medallion will be a welcoming sight to those who view its abundance of color and dimension. This block was inspired by a vintage fabric design and is laden with ribbon, velvet, beads, and embroidery. In class, we will learn all the techniques needed to create the block—wired ribbon roses, a padded pineapple with beads, ruched flowers, and so much more! Many of the elements look difficult, but in class we will teach you the power of the lowly running stitch in addition to other techniques that will set you up for success.

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Lecture

The Stories in Our Quilts

Clustered Spires Quilt Guid

Meeting at The Delaplaine Arts Center

40 S. Carroll St

Frederick, MD 

Thursday, August 10, 2023

7:00 PM—8:00 AM

https://clusteredspiresquiltguild.org/

What do quilts and stories have to do with each other? Everything, actually! Have you ever had a piece of needlework passed down through your family and wondered who made it, how they made it, and/or why? These are the stories of our families—part of our history. So often these gems are tucked away in a chest or put on a closet shelf. But there is a wealth of information within those stitches, if only we knew their stories. Our quilts give us opportunities to tell our stories. Enjoy an hour of storytelling as we share some of our favorite quilts (old and new) and the tales they tell.

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We are beyond thrilled to again be joining the faculty of Baltimore on the Prairie in Nebraska in 2023! We are busily working on our class models, which will be released when registration opens in September.

Class, Session A—

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Baltimore on the Prairie

Lied Lodge and Convention Center 

Nebraska City, NE

Session A:

Wed., Sept.6–Thurs., Sept. 7, 2023

www.baltimoreontheprairie.com

Class, Session B—

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Baltimore on the Prairie

Lied Lodge and Convention Center 

Nebraska City, NE

Session B:

Fri., Sept. 8–Sat., Sept. 9, 2023

www.baltimoreontheprairie.com

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