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Special Feature: Lace & The City

Metropolises around the world are being embellished with ethereal lace sculptures that float above canals, appear to grow out of boardwalks and act as open-air theatres. In sharp contrast to the weighty structures and subdued tones of the cityscapes that act as their backdrops, these breezy, romantic artworks delight and surprise. It’s the juxtaposition of […]

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Special Feature: The World of Tilda

Welcome to the world of Tilda’s creative dynamo, Tone Finnanger. It’s the meeting place of whimsy, romance and unbeatable style. We all know and love the Tilda brand, but how well do we know its founder and creative director, Tone Finnanger? With years of successful business to her credit, she is still at the top […]

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Stories in the Seams – Sykes family New Jersey Album Quilt

By Virginia Vis, volunteer curatorial assistant, Daughters of the American Revolution Museum Thomas Sykes Quilt, about 1840, The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Permanent Collection (ID — 94.23), 105in wide x 107½in long, various makers, New Jersey. Album quilts could be defined as “fabric scrapbooking”. Blocks are created by and for family and friends […]

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Stories in the Seams – The Ruth Penn Baltimore Album Quilt

By Virginia Vis, volunteer curatorial assistant, and Alden O’Brien, curator of Textiles, Daughters of the American Revolution Museum The Ruth Penn Baltimore Album Quilt, ca. 1850 (92.172) The Daughters of the American Museum, Washington DC, Permanent Collection Quilts have often been made and given as gifts to commemorate big life events. Ruth Pettit Penn followed […]

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Special Feature: Extreme Knitting

Eight-ply cardis knitted in the comfort of a fireside armchair? Way too easy! Knitting fair-isle socks and vests for hubby – a little more testing, but as nothing compared to some of the remarkable knitters Janai Velez has been meeting of late. Some ultra-creatives have decided that simply purling and plaining isn’t challenging enough, and […]

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Stories in the Seams – Pieced Counterpane

Pieced Counterpane: Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key By our best count, there are 4004 triangles in this design using at least 65 different cotton prints, and over 4500 pieces overall (you are welcome to check our math!). Mary Key contained this exuberance by arranging the pieces within larger triangles bordered by sashing and punctuated by mariner’s […]

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In the Studio with traditional quilter Maree St Clair

Maree St Clair is a traditional quilter with a flair for colour and pattern and a particular love of needleturn appliqué. Here we find out more about her studio and her latest works. By Caroline Adams Maree St Clair believes she would have started her stitching career at around five years old. She learned to […]

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In the studio with Sharon Burgess

Sharon Burgess is a self-confessed English paper piecing and fussy cutting addict. We spoke to her about her quilting and sewing journey and how she now runs her business, Lilabelle Lane Creations. Sharon Burgess’ work is a mix of traditional and modern quilting with a huge emphasis on English paper piecing (EPP) and fussy cutting. […]

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Stories in the Seams – Family Connections

Family Connections: Martha Harness and Elizabeth Ann Darst Bierce By Alden O’Brien, Curator of Textiles, The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum Martha Harness’s Framed Medallion Three generations worked on these quilts over the course of half a century and 480km. Elizabeth Yoakum Harness helped her six-year-old daughter Martha compose the centre of the framed […]

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How do they do it? Judy’s Rainbow by Betty Busby

Judy’s Rainbow by Betty Busby Size: 46in x 70in How did you come up with the idea for the quilt? The title originates from the person who commissioned this piece. It refers both to the spectrum of colours that lichen comes in, and the gorgeous rainbows that she can see from her new home in Hawaii. […]