Monday, February 13, 2023

Upcoming Events Enrollment Open

I was asked for a list of upcoming events - please note some of these will be updated in the coming days and weeks.  On this blog there is a tab for events and program topics.  I try to keep that spot updated!

I do have some openings in 2023 and 2024 - some of the events below are open for enrollment


February 12 - Kindred Spirits Guild - HEARTS - Guild Members

March 2 - Zoom "Charm Quilts" Minnesota Quilters Guest Fee $10

                  Sign up on their website - Will NOT be recorded    

March 4 - In Person "Charm Quilts" Minnesota Quilters Guest Fee $10

                  Sign up on their Website                        

March 4 - In Person "Fabrics Study" with Charm Quilts - In Person 

                  Sign up on their website $45/$55 

                 Minnesota Quilters website:

April 5 - Virtual Event - San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

                Exploring 18th century Embroidered Sewing Rolls

                Wednesday, April 5th, 2023

                10:00 AM - 11:45 AM PT

                Zoom program with Dawn Cook Ronningen - Will not be recorded

                Author of "Antique Sewing Rolls, Needle Rolls and Huswifs"

                Details on their website


                Click HERE for details


April 29 - Saturday - In Person - San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

               Details to follow soon!

June 2/3 Penn Dry Goods Market and Lecture Series

        2023 Link HERE NOTE:  Still being updated!


June 9 /10 Saint Cloud MN Quilt Show

                In Person Event - "Antique Medallion Quilts" Study Center and Bed Turning

                Details to follow - tickets now available - in person - no recording 

                Link to Show Site HERE

July - Zoom - Embroidered sewing rolls - NW Sampler Guild 


September 29/30 UK - Private Event

November - Special Event - The Attic - Mesa AZ Stay Tuned for Details

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Charm Quilt Zoom Program

Charm Quilt ZOOM Program

Sign Ups are open

Charm Quilts 1870-2020

Collection of Dawn Cook Ronningen

Sponsored By The Minnesota Quilt Project/Minnesota Quilters

A portion of the proceeds go to The American Quilt Study Group

Thursday, 7pm Central Time - March 2 - ZOOM - Will NOT be recorded Non-members $10

Use this link:  Scroll Down to the March Meeting to Sign up

Saturday, 10am Central Time, March 4 - In Person Recovery Church
(Not recommended for Zoom/Hybrid Tech Attendance)
$10 for guests

Saturday Afternoon March 4
In the Saturday afternoon workshop, “Charm Quilts - a Library of Fabrics”, Dawn will lead a study of the fabrics found in her charm quilts. Registration will be required.
 Fee of $45 for MQ members and $55 for non-members.  
Photographs will not be allowed - Bring a pencil and paper.
A supply list will be provided with workshop enrollment.

Hope to see you there!

Happy Stitching,



Friday, January 20, 2023

New Book Sewing Rolls Needle Rolls and Huswifs - Now Shipping

Front Cover

We are so excited to announce our new book is now shipping!
Hot off the presses - it arrived 12 hours before I stepped on a plane for a symposium.
The copies I was able to carry sold in seconds.
Since I've been home - I'm filling wholesale and retail orders.
My support team is helping Saturday - just had to provide dinner!
It's going to be a fun day.

The book is 235 pages
Filled with history, vivid high resolution photography
detailed descriptions from a diverse collection dating back to the 18th century

Sample Interior Page - Gorgeous Antiques
Examples include basic to rare one of a kind - not just from the USA

Table of Contents
Examples date from c.1780-c.1900

Index - for help looking up topics

Back Cover - sturdy packaging for mailing


This book will not be sold through distributors or Amazon.
We chose to print with a local union shop.
(Union Certified - Livable Wage) 
We are selling wholesale to small businesses in the USA.
Inquires Welcome!
International Postage is available - Private message or email us.
Please be patient - International Orders take time to complete customs forms.

Link to our Etsy Shop:  HERE
There is a short video in the listing where I flip through the pages to give you an idea of the interior.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Catherine’s Pin Cushion

 This is Catherine’s pin cushion from c.1855.  

Her quilt, Catherine’s Garden is one of many quilts we’ve patterned and reproduced. Whenever I buy a quilt I try to gather as much as I can about the original maker - it’s special to have Catherine’s pin cushion.  My Catherine’s Garden reproduction quilt was chosen as the International Quilt Festival 2022 Signature quilt.  Quite wonderful! The pattern includes all of the hand quilting lines from the original.  I used them in my reproduction.  

To celebrate, we have reduced the price of our digital pattern for our Noah and Matilda quilt.

Link To Listing

We also made a single file digital pattern for a smaller version of Catherine’s Garden - called Catherine’s Flowers.

Link To Listing

Finished quilt hand stitched by Shona in Colorado

If you are going to Houston, please stop by the exhibit and say hello!  At 1:00 Saturday and Sunday we will do an exhibit talk with some of the the other makers! Hope to see you there.

Happy Stitching! 


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Mary Witherwax Swap


My friend Deb told me about a swap she and her stitching friends are doing. 

Of course, we love that they chose Mary Witherwax blocks!

Her group has existed for years, bonded in friendship and love.   

They’ve moved all over the country and still retreat together when they can.

They all do hand appliqué and don’t have too many ‘rules’ for the swap.

Having a history of many group projects they know what they like.

Their ground fabrics will all be scrappy shirtings - each member making duplicates of the same blocks.

In the end - they will each have a quilt - and more memories stitched in every block.

Deb has promised some progress photos - watch this space! 

Link to digital pattern or book: HERE

Karen (Log Cabin Quilter) made her Mary Witherwax in French General fabrics.

It is in our exhibit this fall in Houston, “Antique Appliqué Revisited”

Happy Stitching,