Friday, September 8, 2017

Introducing Eagles of Peace, a special group effort

I am a member of a volunteer group organized to donate our time and efforts to assisting the Virginia Quilt Museum. This Spring and into early Summer, our team was very busy working together to create the 2017 Opportunity Quilt for the museum. It is an applique quilt titled "Eagles of Peace".

The quilt measures 74" x 77". It is a reproduction of a quilt in the museum's private collection dating back to the mid 1800's titled "Hannah's Eagles".
Below is a close up of part of the original quilt.

Here are some pictures of our journey....

Our first day

the day we finished the quilt top

Hooray it is finally quilted

a close up of the quilting while hanging in the museum:

We refer to our group as the "Friends of the Virginia Quilt Museum". I am honored for the opportunity to work with these talented quilters and priviledged to also call them Friends.

The women that I worked with on this quilt are: Nanette Bell, Susie Corrao, Marcia King, Lisa Matlick, Jaclyn McEwen, Annie Mitchell, Gail Muller, Laurie Sanders, Harolyn Small, Patti Snyder and Pamela Wynfield.

The purpose of this quilt donation is to help raise funds for the museum. It will remain on display (or perhaps even travel to quilt shows) where the public can view it and purchase raffle tickets for an opportunity to win the quilt at the drawing event next Spring. If you wish to visit the museum's website to see the original quilt - Hannah's Eagles, or purchase tickets please click HERE (a full size pattern for this is also available at the museum and on their website)

every quilt tells a story......

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mystery Quilt Reveal

The past 2 years I have designed the "Scrap Happy Mystery Quilt" for the Centerville chapter of the Quilter's Unlimited Guild. This year the Haymarket chapter also joined in. Above is the reveal of my original quilt/design for this Mystery. It was very exciting to see pictures of our members' finished quilt tops.

Haymarket members hosted a Parade of Quilts:

I would like to Thank everyone that participated in the Mystery Quilt Sew Along!
This is such a Fun and Adventurous group of Quilters.

every quilt tells a story....

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Back to blogging....



These are my first 2 Dutch Treat blocks for the month of June.

I apologize for my little "break" from blogging the past few weeks.
I've had some significant events and deadlines that have kept me constantly busy.
The work is all done and I've taken with me some fun and fond memories.
Now I'm ready to play in my sewing room again.

This is my Red Touch Me Not Botanical Block for the month of June. See the blocks that other quilters are sharing on the SVBAQ blog HERE.

Last week I took a road trip with friends to La Bee da Loca in Culpeper,VA.

A reminder of how important Bees are for our environment:

I came home with some of Felicia's locally farmed Honey and a few other treats.
And earlier that morning my friend Peggy Baer presented me with this Queen Bee keepsake locket. I LOVE it and think it's BEE-utiful!

This sculpture in front of the Culpeper Visitor's Center describes what I thought of our fabulous day:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A special visit with Quilters from The Netherlands

On King's Day we visited the home of my Dutch blogging friend Yvonne van Rijn.
She lives in a beautiful historic home in Katwiijk and several months earlier she emailed to invite us to meet. I was so honored and excited for this opportunity!
We received a heartfelt Welcome!

Yvonne was a fabulous hostess, she served us a delicious Dutch meal and a special dessert to celebrate King's Day.

Yvonne also arranged for us to meet with her quilting Bee group.
We had a wonderful time getting to know each other!

Show & Tell was amazing - these talented women have been working on some very intricate quilts such as Dear Jane and a few other stunning quilt projects.

I can't thank Yvonne enough for opening her home and her heart to us! It was a magical evening of American and Dutch quilters sharing time together and quickly becoming friends! Truly the best evening of our trip!

Next week I will share about our final day in The Netherlands.
Another Fairytale of an adventure with the happiest of endings.

every quilt tells a story....

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dutch Treat blocks travel to The Netherlands

I still have plenty of details to share soon about my special trip to The Netherlands.
Because I truly believe every quilt tells a story, this post is about my "Dutch Treat" journey and the impact this quilt had on my trip.

More than 4 years ago I started my Dutch Treat quilt journey.
I had Mary Kucera Roberts LeClerc to thank for that. I purchased the book 12 years ago, but after sitting on a shelf for nearly 8 years, it was Mary that convinced me to dust it off and "crack the binding open". A prolific quilter with a generous spirit - she encouraged me to take on this monumental quilt project.

And so my journey began. As I worked on my blocks over the years, I reflected on the "someday" dreams of visiting Holland in the Spring.

Well this dream came true and off I flew to The Netherlands with 8 quilting friends and 7 blocks from my large pile of completed Dutch Treats.
And here is where the journey took us...

To one of the worlds largest Gardens - The Keukenhof

To the Zaanse Schans Windmills where we braved the wind and rain to see such Beauty.

To Marken to visit a Wooden Shoe factory:

The Shoe Maker was such a good sport (notice his tie holder)

Delft Blue Porcelain & my Salt & Pepper block

A trip to the Van Gogh Museum. Drats, no pictures allowed of the paintings so my block is posing just below one of Van Gogh's vase of flowers paintings.

A visit to the home of Dutch Quilter & blogging Friend Yvonne van Rijn.
(read more about our wonderful visit in my next post)

I was excited when my friend Laurie and I came across these large Dutch Rabbits!

Although this isn't a block from the book, I wanted to have a rabbit block in my quilt. As soon as we arrived, I drew up this block an began stitching it. And here is a fun coincidence - One of the quilting friends we met thru Yvonne is Bernadet. Her husband's family last name translates in English to "Hare" or rabbit. I just had to take a picture of Bernadet with my rabbit block, it was meant to be.

We discovered a Chocolate shop in Amersfoort called Sweet Sisters. The perfect place for our final Block picture. We are all members of a very charitable group of quilting friends called the Hearts & Hands Club.

I hope you enjoyed this little Block Show.
This experience has added a special path to my quilt journey and will allow me to enjoy many fond memories of the places and people I fell into step with along the way.

every quilt tells a story...

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