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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.

 

We would love to hear from you and perhaps plan a visit for 2023 or 2024.

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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 a printed pattern and all embellishments needed to create our block–silk ribbon and beads–AND the first 100 people to order a wool kit will receive a bonus set of engraved wooden FALL buttons! These buttons were special ordered from England, and the number is limited. You can, of course, appliqué and embroider the pennants, but how cute are these buttons?! So order now! Patterns and kits 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, where you will find a list of all the shops who are participating, with a photo of their block. Such creativity—you won't want to miss this opportunity!! To order your kits, click the button below.

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Swing Into Fall

There is a crisp chill in the air! The chrysanthemums are blooming, pumpkins abound, and it is the perfect time to sit on the porch swing and enjoy all that fall has to offer. Basic wool appliqué is embellished with a few simple embroidery stitches, some padding, ribbon flowers, and handcrafted buttons. Won't you join us on our porch swing?

2023

What a thrill to be traveling to California this winter to teach our Garden Gate and lecture for the Flying Geese Quilters Guild. Our year will be off to a great start!

Class

Garden Gate (In the Garden)

Flying Geese Quilters Guild 

Irvine, California

Sunday, January 8, 2023

https://www.flying-geese.org/

Our Garden Gate is bedecked with climbing roses and framed with sunflowers. The bee skep is buzzing, welcoming us to wander in the garden. This block is one of the blocks of our In the Garden quilt, but it can also make a stand-alone wall hanging. In this workshop, we will learn the basics of wool appliqué, along with some basic embroidery stitches to embellish our block. We will stitch with a variety of kinds of embroidery threads and discuss the different textures and looks that can be achieved with various thread types. Finally, we will create exquisite ribbon roses and leaves using silk ribbon.

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Lecture

Trunk Show

Flying Geese Quilters Guild 

Irvine, California

Sunday, January 8, 2023

https://www.flying-geese.org/

We are thrilled to be able to share our stitching journey with you in our newest lecture offering, our Trunk Show. From Baltimore Appliqué to crazy quilts to wool appliqué, our love for texture and dimension is evident through our embroidered embellishments, ribbon work, and appliqué.

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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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April in Paris

We are off to Paris for the month: visiting family, seeing the sights, and of course, attending a quilt show! 

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A new adventure awaits us. We were asked by Four County Quilt Guild to vend at their quilt show, and we said yes! If you are local to the Mt. Airy, Maryland area, please stop by to see us.

You'll find great quilts, great vendors, and a great time!

Vending

Jubilation!

Four County Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Meeting Calvary Methodist Church

Mt. Airy, MD 

Friday, August 4–Saturday, August 5, 2023

10:00 AM—4:00 AM

https://fourcountyquilters.org/

What will we have?

  • Appliqué patterns—wool and cotton appliqué

  • Kits: wool, thread, and ribbon

  • Our favorite tools: needle threaders, marking devices, needles, etc.

  • Demos

  • Door prizes

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Lecture

The Stories in Our Quilts

Four County Quilters Guild

Meeting Calvary Methodist Church

Mt. Airy, MD 

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

6:30 PM—8:00 PM

https://fourcountyquilters.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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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 PM

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! Registration for this event is now open, and if you have never attended, it is one to put on your bucket list. Lovely surroundings, fabulous people, and stitching galore!

This trio of botanical panels is based on the book of hours, Les Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne, which was commissioned by Anne of Brittany, Queen of France, and illuminated by Jean Bourdichon between 1503 and 1508. The Renaissance-styled illustrations throughout the book are typically of one plant. We combined several of the designs to create each of our wool appliqué panels, including several flowers and a few critters, as well.  In this class you will be able to choose which panel you wish to work on, but we will cover the skills and embroidery stitches for all three blocks, including several techniques for adding dimension to your work. Your class enrollment will include the panel of your choice and some 4mm silk ribbon. You will have the option to purchase the other two patterns, as well as thread kits and wool kits, if desired. The thread and wool kits will be sufficient to create all three blocks.

Class, Session A—

Les Fleurs d'Anne

Baltimore on the Prairie

Lied Lodge and Convention Center 

Nebraska City, NE

Session A:

Wed., Sept. 6–Thurs., Sept. 7, 2023

www.baltimoreontheprairie.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE​!

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Class, Session B—

High Tea: Plate

Baltimore on the Prairie

Lied Lodge and Convention Center 

Nebraska City, NE

Session B:

Fri., Sept. 8–Sat., Sept. 9, 2023

www.baltimoreontheprairie.com

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE​!

Resting on a plate rack, this beautifully embellished plate is ready to be used for a special high tea, which is the name of our latest quilt—High Tea. This lovely dish is adorned with flowers and a sweet little bird, using a mix of wool, cotton, ribbon, and other embellishments. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy the ribbon flowers are to make as we learn the techniques in class. Embroidery stitches and basic wool appliqué will lay the foundation for your created blooms.

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