Wednesday, August 26, 2015

You Are Invited....

Please Join Us...
Quilt Historians and Quilters:
Please join the Virginia Quilt Museum's Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt (SVBAQ) Sew-Along!
Esther left a rich legacy preserved by her family and documented by Neva Hart, Author on behalf of the Virginia Quilt Museum. The quilt was accurately patterned by Josephine Millett for the Virginia Quilt Museum.  This rich foundation enables all of us to make our own version of Esther's exemplary quilt.
Imagine the possibilities!

Date:
We begin our study and quilt making journey on October 1st.

Event:
Stitch and study along with us each month as we present blocks from Esther Blair Matthew's original quilt made in 1858. Enjoy fascinating historical narratives about each botanical block.
Follow along as Doreen Johnson and Dawn Ronningen share blocks on this blog.  We look forward to sharing helpful tips, techniques and insights along the way. Whether you are new to applique' or seasoned, all skill levels and styles of applique are welcome and encouraged!
You will be able to share your blocks and comments on the blog as well.

Next Steps:
We've opened the blog 5 weeks prior to the start date of our Sew Along to spread the word and give quilters the opportunity to purchase patterns and prepare them before we begin.
To recreate this quilt - purchase the 'Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album' quilt pattern.
Available in paper or digital download formats - you decide.
The pattern is available exclusively from the Virginia Quilt Museum.
Links are provided on the right side of the main page of the blog.

Background Fabric requirements can be found in the tab section above or by clicking HERE.

Quilters have 3 pattern size options for making the blocks.  Detailed information on enlarging the patterns is in the tab section on the main blog page or by clicking HERE.

Quilt shops in Virginia, showing their support of the Quilt Museum are spreading the news of the Sew Along to their customers and offering monthly fabric kits to quilters locally & online.  Click on the Shop Kits tab above or HERE for contact details. Listed shop websites are still updating their SVBAQ content between now & September 1st. If you don't see any information on their websites at this time - feel free to call them.

The Goal of this blog Sew Along is to introduce the world, and of course acknowledge Esther Blair Matthews and her legacy quilt. But it is also to raise awareness (thru pattern sales) funds for the Virginia Quilt Museum. Please be sure to visit the Museum's site on occasion by clicking on the Museum's button found on the right side bar, or by clicking HERE.

Thank you we look forward to your participation!
Sincerely,

Doreen Johnson aka Aunt Reen
Dawn Ronningen aka Collector With A Needle
Also Follow the project on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/shenvalleybotanicalquiltsewalong