The Quilt Royals and Me

I don’t really know how to introduce this because it’s just so insane. So I’m just going to spit it out: Last month, I had lunch with and spent the afternoon in a back room of a museum studying early 19th century quilts with Barbara Brackman and Merikay Waldvogel. Just the three of us.

Here’s proof:

Yes. That Barbara and that Merikay.

Their current joint research project is chintz panel quilts, of which there are several fabulous examples at the Atlanta History Center Museum. What an honor it was to be any part of that with them.

You can read about the Atlanta History Center chintz quilts in a series of posts Barbara’s doing on her Material Culture blog, starting with this one. And you can read more about the chintz panel quilt project here.

I defied death to take photos from the top of a very tall ladder. It was more than worth it.

~Tara

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I Know I Should Write More Often

I know. I know. Most of what I do is over on Instagram and Facebook. I should pop in here more often. Forgive me? What if I promise to write to you more? What if I have chocolate? hehe

There is a TON happening! (and I still have the day job, so whew! Coffee, please!)

I’ve joined the social media team for the American Quilt Study Group! Our Seminar is in Lincoln, Nebraska in October. YES, that is the home of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum!

June

June 1: Registration for the 2019 Atlanta Quilt Study Symposium opens!

June 7 & 8:  I’ll be in the appraisals booth with Lynn Rinehart of The Stitch TV Show at the Georgia Celebrates Quilts show!

Also at the show? Prescott Road will be on display!

June 22: Evie’s Twister! I’m teaching a fun class on making a scrappy string quilt inspired by a vintage quilt in my collection. Location: Sewing Doc in Kennesaw, GA. Seats are limited!

July

Working on a Super Secret Sewing project, and possibly napping a little.

August

Taking some time away from events and travel. My house needs a good cleaning!

September

September 27, 28, & 29: The First Annual Atlanta Quilt Study Symposium at Hotel Indigo Atlanta – Vinings!  Read more about it HERE.

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Upcoming Events

I have a few things on the calendar to tell you about…

April 7, 10:00 a.m.

“Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers” Talk & Trunk Show at the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild

April 13

Tennessee Quilt Study Group meeting at the Tennessee State Museum (email me at quiltdistrict@gmail.com for details)

June 7 & 8

Georgia Celebrates Quilts show. I’ll be offering appraisals along with Lynn Rinehart of The Stitch TV Show! Come by with your quilts and stay for the ahhmazing show of quilts by Georgia makers!

Hope to see you around!

xoxo,

Tara

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FREEDOM, More Than a Quilt


About a year ago I started noticing a theme emerging in my life. I was embarking on another new era. This one is about the LIBERATION OF SPIRIT.

So when I saw this pattern for Freedom in Sherri Noel’s new book Text It!, I knew immediately that was the one I had to make. I knew I had to make it fiery. After a few days, I knew it had to be RED (even though the pattern calls for a light background). I knew the sassy Bridgette print in Jennifer Paganelli’s St. John fabric would be an integral part of this quilt (and a star!). That face, that hair! She embodies the FREEDOM of this piece.

 

Making this one really made me feel free. Those massive flying geese! Flying FREE! The scrumptous florals scrumptous florals are also St. John by Jennifer Paganelli.

What I didn’t expect was that I’d piece the center banner. I had a solid pink fabric I had planned to use there, but in the end, it didn’t work. So, feeling the freedom, I went all out and improved the banner with leftover bits from the background. Then I added two more free-flying geese on the sides! Because why not!?

I did go ahead and sew together the hexagons, but I used some fusible tape to affix the letters to the banner because I knew I wouldn’t get to sewing them down in the next week or two. I think I’ll use some perle cotton to blanket stitch them down. What do you think?

Check out more projects from the book!

MONDAY MARCH 4 – BEE HAPPY

PAMELA JANE MORGAN –MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES        

SHARON LILABELLE LANE – LILABELLELANECREATIONS

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY Quilt

LAURA PILAND – SLICEOFPIQUILTS

LEANNE PARSONS – DEVOTEDQUILTER

KATIE MUTER STARCHER – KATIEMAEQUILTS

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 – PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN – SEAMSLIKEADREAM

CHERYL DAINES BROWN – QUILTERCHIC

DORIE HRUSKA – FOREVER-QUILTING

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM Quilt

JEN SHAFFER – PATTERNSBYJEN

TARA MILLER – QUILTDISTRICT

LYNN KANE – PUPPYGIRLDESIGNS

FRIDAY MARCH 8 – LOVING YOU Wall Hanging

ELLEN AULT –HANDMADE3D

SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS

MONDAY MARCH 11 – COUNTING SHEEP Baby Quilt

DEANNE EISENMAN – SNUGGLESQUILTS

RAEWYN BARGE – STITCHINGFARMGIRL

SUSAN PELLAND – SUEPELLANDDESIGNS

TUESDAY MARCH 12 – HOME PILLOW

JOANNE HARRIS – QUILTSBYJOANNE

PATTY DUDEK – ELMSTREETQUILTS

ANDY KNOWLTON – ABRIGHTCORNER

SANDRA STARLEY – UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER

CINDY PIETERS – STITCHINATHOME

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 – LIFE IS SHORT Wall hanging

BECCA FENSTERMAKER – PRETTYPINEY

KATIE BOCK – SEWINGWITHKATIE

ALLA BLANCA – RAINBOWSBUNNIESCUPCAKES

THURSDAY MARCH 14 – HUSTLE PILLOW

TERRI BANDEN BOSCH – MEANDERINGSALONGLIZARDCREEK

WILLOW OLSON – BEARPAWDESIGNBLOG

ERIN SAMPSON – AURIBUZZ

FRIDAY MARCH 15 – SEWING MACHINE MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT – MOLLYANDMAMA

SANDRA HEALY – SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS

CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH –CHERYLLYNCHQUILTS

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP

SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS

Giveaways – I have TWO!

Giveaways are open to US residents, only. Thank you for understanding.

Martingale has offered each of us on the hop a hard copy of Sherri’s book to give away! To enter, just leave me a comment below and let me know how you think I should quilt this! I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator on Friday, March 15th.

For a chance to win 2 large spools of Aurifil thread , leave me a comment on my Instagram post (the one dated 3/7/19 about this quilt).

Let your Freedom ring.

xoxo,
Tara

 

 

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