Appliquéd quilt in the Little Women pattern, made and hand quilted by Ruth N. Miller Hake (Mrs. William) circa 1972, Gift of Bobbie Robbins, TTU-H2019-063-001. Image courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Little Women Applique Quilt
By Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D.,
Curator of Clothing and Textiles, the Museum of Texas Tech University

The Museum of Texas Tech University recently received two lovely quilts made by Ruth N. Miller Hake (Mrs. William) of York Haven, Pennsylvania.  Her granddaughter, Bobbie Robbins, lives in Texas and thought they would make a good addition to the Museum of Texas Tech University. One in particular is timely with the release of the movie Little Women as it features appliqued scenes from the novel. 

Ruth Hake was born on April 5, 1911 and died on October 3, 1996.  Between about 1966 and 1982, she regularly entered her quilts in the East Berlin, Pennsylvania Quilt Show and the Historic York County Fair. Granddaughter, Bobbie, was born in 1961 and spent much of her childhood with Ruth (who taught her to thread a needle) and her husband. Bobbie loved looking at all of Ruth’s ribbons and awards Ruth won, her favorites were “the many big, purple ribbons for Best of Show.”

As a farm wife, there was always something to do; chickens to feed, eggs to collect, nuts to shell, meals to prepare, as well as canning and baking. Busy as she was Ruth also held a variety of office positions in the Society of Farm Women of Pennsylvania and made time each evening for quilting.

The original pattern for the Little Women Applique quilt was designed by Marion Cheever Whiteside and first appeared in1950 in Ladies Home Journal. Ruth made her quilt in 1972, when Bobbie would have been about 11 and the perfect age to be reading Little Women. The pattern was published again the Summer 2015 issue of Quilter’s World magazine. Marion Cheever Whiteside (later Newton) designed story book quilts between the years of 1940-1965. 

Marion was a trained artist who in the late 1940s turned a successful career in art to designing story quilts many of which were published nationally by the Ladies Home Journal magazine. More information on her can be found in an article in the 1995 issue of Uncoverings from the American Quilt Study Group.


The Little Women Applique quilt pattern depicts scenes from the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  The detailed images from the first three rows are(left to right) Father’s Letter from the War, The Christmas Party at Laurie’s House and Jo Brings Kittens to Laurie’s House; Second row (left to right) Meg Preparing to go on A Fashionable Visit, Laurie’s Picnic; Third Row (left to right) Beth Plays for Mr. Laurence, Marmee Receives a Telegram—Papa is Ill in a War Hospital, Jo has sold her hair to help Marmee visit Papa in War Hospital.

Fourth row(left to right) Meg cuts her Wedding Cake, Beth Dying, Fifth row left to right: Meg rocks Daisy and Demi, Amy and Aunt March Abroad, Amy Engaged to Laurie, Bottom Row (left to right) Jo Writing in New York, Mr. Bhaer Proposes to Jo.

This quilt surely won ribbons for Ruth with its beautiful hand quilted feathered wreaths in the alternate blocks. What a treasure and what a good time to look at it again.

Quilt maker Ruth Miller Hake (back row, second from left) with the Miller family who were Dairy Farmers in Newberry Township, Pennsylvania, circa 1930. Image courtesy of Bobbie Robbins.

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Lilo recently visited the European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France and discovered a wonderful exhibit they were featuring there. Swiss quilt group patCHquilt was celebrating their thirtieth anniversary by putting on a showcase of 100 challenge quilts for the occasion. The challenge was open to all members of the group of every skill level and each quilt had to adhere to the following criteria:

  • Works must be original, not from a kit and must include a red border.
  • They must be 30 cm wide, 120 cm long, and displayed portrait style.
  • The quilt must include at least 1/2 of the Edelweiss fabric (that each person received), and feature a piece of that same fabric that is 10 cm x 10 cm in size.

To join in the celebration with patCHquilt, we will be featuring four of the challenge quilts each week that were displayed as part of the exhibition at the European Patchwork Meeting.

Please enjoy the next four quilts from Maroin Steib, Martha Daugaard, Martine Mercier, and Michéle Brühin.

Title of Quilt: House in the Middle of Flying Geese

Quilter's Name: Maroin Steib

Title of Quilt: Living in Switzerland

Quilter's Name: Martha Daugaard

Title of Quilt: I Turn Around

Quilter's Name: Martine Mercier

Title of Quilt: A Whole Lot of Nations

Quilter's Name: Michéle Brühin


The history of quilting always has had a thread of kindness woven throughout its history. Whether it's to provide warmth for your family or as a way for people to get together and share. Whenever there is a need you will find quilters who step up to the plate. A fire that wipes out a whole town...quilters will sew and donate quilts as a way of saying you matter. Hospitals are given quilts for not only their NICU units, but hospice, ER, Pediatrics. Cancer wards usually have a stash of quilts for those going through chemo.
So it was no surprise to me that the quilting group in the community I call my Winter home base supports a service near and dear to their hearts, Aviva Children's Services. The Aviva has worked for over 40 years to improve the quality of life for children who are in the Arizona Foster Care system. The quilt group has been taking quilt fabric and making pillow cases for children, toiletry bags which they fill with a variety of toiletries and one member, Susan Thompson, has made 20 Turtles!!! Yes, I said turtles! She has been taking quilting fabric and creating wonderful stuffed turtles that are about the size of a child. These turtles occupy an examination/meeting room and she has made so many that now every room has a turtle! They provide a friendly welcome cozy friend for a child who may be confused and frightened.
I believe whenever you are feeling like the world is off-kilter...talk to a quilter...they have hearts of gold.
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Australia, as the world knows, is being ravaged by terrible fires and the loss of wildlife has been extensive. They need help to save the injured animals. Around the world people have swung into action and have been sewing and making mittens, pouches and many other wonderful items for the animals, but they also need food and medical supplies which have to be paid for.

Lynette Anderson, the designer of the TQS BOM 2015 - My Country House, is donating all the proceeds from the sale of her PDF pattern, Noah’s Ark, to WIRES who will distribute the funds to the effected locations. Fundraising will continue through the end of January.

Star Members can watch Lynette in Show 1601 where she shares her quilts, techniques, tools, travels and tricks. Her whimsical quilts come with humorous stories about her life, pets (including a shaggy dog story), and family.

Click here to purchase pattern.



This wonderful quilt, Roses in Hometown's Park by Toyoko Nakajima, has flowers that look so real you might notice the fragance of a springtime garden as you walk by. Toyoko's quilt has trapunto, was hand appliquéd, hand quilted, and embroidered.

Roses in Hometown's Park won 3rd Place, Large Appliqué - Houston International Quilt Festival 2019.









It's hard to tell how great a fabric is online. So we had our staff tell us which fabrics they lusted after seeing them in person on our shelves. Here are their choices.


"I always push quilters to get the lights that add so much to quilts. The Moondust fabric bundle fills that need. These fabrics add highlights to any quilt but hidden inside are metallics that are hard to see online but that make them even more fun."



"These fabrics are not prints but truly beautiful wovens. They are handy for all types of sewing projects and quilts."    (And over $10 off)



"A wonderful assortment of reds and blacks that at the discounted price are only $6.57!".      (These will go fast. Don't wait.)


Be Part of the BEST QUILTING SHOW in town March 27-31, 2020!
Want to watch the TQS gang put together a show? Get your ticket to the March taping in Dallas, TX.
Better yet, grab your friends or grab your entire guild. You do not have to be a member of TQS to see how the magic happens...and, there are cookies!

5 Days of Taping

The guest artist list:

Gloria Loughman
Jennifer Sampou
Olesya Lebedenko
Gale Carson
Marilyn Badger
Karen Eckmeier
Lilo Bowman
Rachael Daisy
Lisa Ellis
Cristina Arcenegui Bono
Deborah Louie
Patricia Belyea

and more...

You DO NOT need to be a Star member to get tickets to the tapings.
You DO need to be a Star Member to see 
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Dates: Friday-Tuesday, March 27-31, 2020.

Two shows taped a day. Attendance the entire day (8:00am-5:00pm) is required.

Free tickets offered on a first come, first served basis.

Studio Location: Our New Texas Studio!

CRM Studios
6301 N. Riverside Dr., Bldg. One
Irving, TX 76039

How To Get Tickets:
  Send an email with TAPING TICKET in the subject line

Full name (as listed on a Govt. ID) of each person in the group.
Profile name (if you are a TQS member).
Email address for everyone in the group.

Preference of day/s you would like to attend.

(Please DO NOT request tickets in the comments section of this notice.)


All requested tickets MUST be used. Please do not request tickets if you are not committed to attending. Seating is limited to 60 and we do not overbook the seating area, so unused tickets result in empty seats, which diminishes the energy of the show and denies someone else the opportunity to attend. If you have reserved tickets that result in a "no-show" or "partial-show," you will not be eligible for tickets to future show tapings. You do not need to be a member of TQS to attend.

Tickets will be distributed for each day of attendance. A confirmation ticket will be sent in the form of an e-mail document.

**For large groups (of five or more), contact Lilo at (817) 367-9363**



Heather Pregger won First Place, Abstract, Large at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2019 with her abstract version of a tiger's eye gemstone. In Tiger's Eye (50" x 72.5") she used strips of fabric to take her design to the "microscopic" level.

Heather's statement: "Tiger's Eye is a popular and attractive gemstone, usually metamorphic, composed of quartz in a finely fibrous form. Under the microscope, you can see the finely textured quartz and altered amphibole fibers." 

Tiger's Eye is available for sale on her website, click here.





This is a beautiful feathered star block. This block was pretty easy to guess; do you think you can guess the rest of the blocks? Play the game and find out.



He's crafting. Capt'n John explains the gift of the Vintage Stamps. Be sure to get yours with your 1-Year membership. Also, you get the Block of the Month pattern, a pattern from Alex, a pattern from Ricky, and 25% one time coupon for the Store. See John hard at work...

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