Wednesday, October 29, 2014

From Mineola to Athens, TX!

Athens, TX was the antique shop hop that WASN’T!

But as my fortune cookie says ---It is a happy talent to know how to play ((In Quilting is always added on my fortune cookies, how about yours?!)) and we were playing our way to San Antonio.

All of the shops we wanted to hit were closed on Mondays – but it couldn’t be helped.  We couldn’t hang around until Tuesday to see them!

However, Texas is known for its stately courthouse squares with beautiful courthouses and Athens did not disappoint!

The Athens residents also get to enjoy the hard work of someone who went all out to decorate the court house square for the season!

To Hand Quilt…or Not?!

On one of our show & Share days, a whole bin of  inherited antique tops was brought in for everyone’s viewing pleasure and opinions on what should be done with them.

Oh, we ALL have opinions!

And we also had a great time looking at them and studying the fabrics and wondering about the maker, and KNOWING the hours and hours and hours what went into the making of these humble tops that never became quilts.

I fell in love with this hexgon top…it looks like she started out with a plan for blues and reds in the center and then perhaps fabric ran out because the design just kind of disappears into scrappy everything.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Day to Sew in San Antonio!

This is how I spent my day today ---

Trying to choose between sewing some seams --

Or petting Hunter, my friend Irene’s 8 month old tuxedo kitty.

When Irene warned me that he was the sweetest most affectionate cat she had ever come across, I nodded my head while thinking to myself “All cat lovers think the same thing about their cats…” but wondering if he would be afraid of me and run and hide as soon as I walked in.


He was up on my lap in 3 minutes flat and purring away.  And then he climbed up on my shoulders and wrapped his whole body around my neck.

I fell in love!

A bit of Mineola Show & Share!

Can anyone guess what is going on in this photo??  HA!

Fabrics are being gathered for this year’s Grand Illusion Mystery,  with the first clue being released exactly ONE MONTH from TODAY!

If you are just new and joining us, click the Grand Illusion Mystery tab at the top of the blog for background info and the link to the first post that includes colors and yardage requirements.

Everyone seems to be a-buzz about our upcoming fun and I hope you’ll join us!

Folks came from far and wide with great quilts to share and I took photo after photo after photo and instead of cramming them into one long slide show, I think each deserves it’s own place in a still photo so you can really see the beauty, so I’m going to break this into  parts.  Sometimes less is more and we are not in a hurry to get through these, so let’s enjoy them all!


Every Where I go, Celtic Solstice has been a favorite!


And another!


And how about one more!

Quilter are rushing to get their top done at least before we start Grand Illusion!  I met several quilters who didn’t know about the mysteries here and I think we’ve hooked them in to playing along with us this year!


Sister’s Nine Patch from Adventures with Leaders & Enders!


Dancing 15 Patch!

Ana made rectangular 15 patch blocks with 2.5” squares and used the Dancing 9 Patch pattern from the free patterns tab as her inspiration for setting them!  Not all blocks have to be SQUARE, right?  I love this!


Strip Quilt from Pat Sloan’s Camp Sloanie!

Love how the greens go in diagonals across the quilt!


Scrappy Nine Patch!

Isn’t this great for sewing up the scraps?  Love the black!


Sandra’s Alternate version of Blue Ridge Beauty from Adventures with Leaders & Enders!

It’s a Red Ridge Beauty!


Vintage Tulip Quilt


An $18.00 flea market find!


Hand pieces postage stamp…WOW!!!!

Doesn’t this sparkle just like confetti? She is in the process of hand quilting with fans.


Log Cabin quilt by Judy Martin.


And there will be more Show & Share to follow!  Thanks for bringing these beauties to class, ladies!


So awesome!

We got a bit of a late start heading out of Mineola yesterday morning.  I had some last minute loose ends to tie up at Stitchin’ Heaven, and we wanted to sleep in a bit before hitting the road.  Our plan was to hit what antique shops we could find along our route from Mineola to San Antonio.  We had some good luck, some bad luck – a lot of places are still closed on Mondays in small towns…but we had a great time!

I made Irene pull over at this grain storage found along the train tracks as we were making our way toward Athens.  Isn’t this cool?


Covered wagon in the “garage?!”


Carved Longhorn on the ground!


Carved bear!  Or is it a pig? LOL


From the side!  I just love this old stuff.


There was no one around…we just jumped out and started taking photos.


It’s Texas, y’all!


And we are road trippin!

We finally got into San Antonio about 7pm and set up to sew a bit last night.  We’ve got several days to play before we head on out to Houston on Saturday for the cruise ---

I’ve got more road trip photos to share coming up, so stay tuned and come back!

Love from TX ---

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Monday, October 27, 2014

From Mineola to San Antonio!

Irene and I just arrived in San Antonio. passing through Athens, Corsicana, Waco and Austin on our way!

Unfortunately a lot of antique malls ARE closed on Monday ---we had forgotten what it is like in Small Town Texas, but I made a flipagram of quilts we saw on our route!

This is my first time embedding one of these, so bear with me--

More to come tomorrow.  We are hungry, tired, and would love to sew instead of editing photos!

Sister’s Choice Sunday, Mineola Style!

How do you wrap up a great 3 day weekend of quilt classes in North East Texas??

Fill the classroom with 35 quilters and one instructor and pull out the 2.5” strips and have a ball!

I keep telling folks when they ooh and ahh and exclaim and even giggle at everyone else’s fabric choices and color selections that this is why I don’t teach from a kit. 

Or a jelly roll. 

Or one bundle of fat quarters where all of the fabrics are from one line, one manufacturer, one designer….it’s just not near as fun or as inspiring when all of the quilts coming out of the class are identical in every way. 

I CRAVE variety.  I need it.  I want to put things together that make me smile, that mean something to me.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Sisters Choice Sunday!

Hello from Stitchin Heaven in Mineola, TX!

We've been working this morning on Sisters Choice 9 patch centers all the way up to lunch and after some show and share we will turn our attention to turning does centers in to star blocks.

Another great day in Texas just sewing up all the scraps!

Bricks in the Barnyard, Mineola TX Style!

My Texas Peeps and I say a big “Hey Y’all!” and “Howdy!”

It’s been so nice to see so many travel in from all over.  Yesterday we were joined by Charlotte from New York and Pat from Maryland! 

It’s always such a hoot to see folks that I’ve known from somewhere else, come to this location, and meet people that I have known from some other somewhere else, and now they know each other – like one big happy Texas family!

Bricks in the Barnyard from Scraps & Shirttails II is an absolute favorite.  I loved making it from recycled shirts mixed with solid red as my accent.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Golden, TX and the Sweet Potato Festival!

Yes.  There is such a thing as a Sweet Potato Festival in Texas and it is going on this weekend!

Last evening the festivities kicked off with some fun Mutton Bustin’ by the little cowboys and cowgirls ((SO FUN!)) and lots of food, vendors and activities winding up the evening with a bluegrass/gospel night in the band stand!

Golden has had it’s more than 15 minutes of fame --This celebration has been aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice, once on October 28, 2004 and January 26, 2005.

I found Golden, TX to be a very small town with a HUGE heart and awesome people and I had myself a Texas good ole time.