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Mary’s Quilt Shop and Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Mary's Quilt Shop in Bedford, PA

Mary’s Quilt Shop in Bedford, PA

Last weekend I had the pleasure of traveling from DC to Bedford, PA with 4 other members of the DC Modern Quilt Guild to spend 2 nights in the retreat center of Mary Koval’s Quilt Shop. Mary is an expert on antique quilts and fabrics.

Mary's Quilt Shop

Mary’s Quilt Shop – Photo by Anjeanette Klinder

She works with Windham fabrics to reproduce 18th and 19th century fabrics and that is primarily what she sells in her shop. She is a gracious hostess and made us feel right at home in her fabulous retreat space. We had a room on the ground floor to do our sewing.

Sewing space

Sewing space

A living room and kitchen on the first floor.

Kitchen and dining area

Kitchen and dining area – Photo from Mary’s website

And bedrooms complete with antique quilts on the beds on the second floor.

Bedroom in the retreat space.

Bedroom in the retreat space. Photo by Anjeanette Klinder.

We spent two days working on our own projects. For dinner on both nights we went to a restaurant down the street called the Birds Nest. I’m sure there are other nice restaurants in Bedford, but we were so impressed with the dinner the first night, we decided to go back instead of trying another place.

DCMQG members at the Bird's Nest

DCMQG members at the Bird’s Nest

Sunday afternoon, Mary hosted a lecture and trunk show by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Victoria is the author of the book 15 Minutes of Play and one of her quilts won the best in show at the Modern Quilt Guild’s first show – Quilt Con.

She did not have that quilt with her for the trunk show as it is currently hanging in Houston, but she did show us some process pictures of making it and this youtube video shows her telling about it.

She did have many, many beautiful quilts to show us. It was a pleasure to see them and to get to know her a little bit.

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Mary Koval, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and DCMQG members

Mary Koval, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and DCMQG members

Bedford, Pennsylvania is a quaint little town and Mary’s Quilt Shop and Retreat is a wonderful place for a nice little get away. I highly recommend it if you live in the area or near the area. It was about a two and a half hour drive from where I live in Washington, DC.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Flag quilt top

My flag quilt top

The Fourth of July is a fun holiday for me. I spend it in NH on Lake Winnisquam with my brother and sister and as many of our kids as can come. My brother has 3 grandsons that live nearby and they definitely add to the fun and excitement. This year about 2 weeks prior to traveling I was on a road trip (by bus) with the Needlechasers of Chevy Chase to a quilt shop called Patches in Mt. Airy, MD.

Patches - quilt shop in Mt. Airy, MD

Patches – quilt shop in Mt. Airy, MD (Picture from their website)

There was a quilt laying near the cutting table that was essentially a flag. I really loved how it was pieced together in different shades of red and white and had a star fabric for the blue canton. I immediately wanted to make one and figured, as I often do, how easy it would be to make up fast! So despite the fact that the store staff was busy cutting fabric for our 40 or so members on the trip, I was able to ask if they had the star fabric, and luckily they did.

Needlechasers shopping at Patches

Needlechasers shopping at Patches

Patches flag quilt.

Patches flag quilt.

I took this picture of their quilt because I liked the easy wavy quilting that was done on it. (Are you catching on to what was important to me?) I chose fat quarters and took them home, washed them and cut them into 3″ squares.

On the following weekend, the DC Modern Quilt Guild had a sewing retreat for 3 days. I had a serger there for a different project and decided it might be quicker to use that to sew all these squares together. Since completing it, I’m really not sure that it made ANY difference at all in the time it took, but I did love how tidy the back was when I was done.

Serged back to the quilt

Serged back to the quilt

I got the quilt top done at the retreat but didn’t have any backing fabric so the final backing, quilting and binding was done at home.

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Working on the wavy quilting.

Quilting this way with a walking foot was very easy. I used matching thread and did a wavy line on each of the red and white stripes. I did a diagonal straight line through the star fabric.

Diagonal quilting

Diagonal quilting

Finished quilt is 60 x 32.5"

Finished quilt is 60 x 32.5″

I originally thought that this quilt would be a table topper but the size may be a little awkward for that. I think that we will display it off the deck as though it were a flag. Surely no one will get close enough to count the stars. Although the size of the stars look about right for the size of the flag, there are actually 70 stars!

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I gave the flag quilt to my brother and sister-in-law while cruising Lake Winnisquam in a pontoon (party!) boat from Winnisquam Marine which my brother owns and operates.  It turns out that it’s actually a pretty good quilt for keeping warm.

Sunset on Lake Winnisquam

Sunset on Lake Winnisquam

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