Sunday, January 15, 2012

Texas Braid at The Sewing Party!

Our first workshop with the Beach Cities Quilt Guild was a fun day spent sewing rows and rows of rectangles into Texas Braids ----

Our host for the classroom space?  The Sewing Party in Laguna Hills.  If you are looking for modern, bright, whimsical and wonderful, this shop is a must stop on any quilter’s destination fascination!

The shop is light and airy, fabrics from many manufacturers and samples galore.

 The classroom space is large, and we had a full class raring to go!

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Everywhere you turn there are more wonderful things to see…do you se that shelf on the lower right?  Oh..I spotted that one right away!

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Black and whites have sure been on my radar a lot lately!

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Beautiful color!  Doesn’t it make you smile?

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The staff is friendly, willing and able to help with any of your quilting needs!

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Charm packs, Fat Quarter packs, and other pre-cuts make a brilliant display---

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Fat Quarters all in a row!

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If you find yourself in the Laguna Hills, California area, you won’t want to miss this shop!

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The class room space is loaded with fun quilts to inspire too ----

Let’s take a look at some braid progress!

I am so glad I had the chance to come meet these ladies, get to know them, and I hope I’ll be coming this way again!


  1. Bonnie, I first want to thank you for the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt. I am a beginner (not after completing that quilt!) and can certainly say I learned the importance of proper cutting and stitching.......I also learned how to use my seam ripper really well! Seriously, I had completed a sampler in my first and only quilting class and a nine patch baby blanket prior to attempting this quilt. While not perfect, I am so proud of it!

    Next, do you have a pattern for the Hexagon quilt you are working on? I would love to have it to work on while relaxing at night and while traveling. It is also probably beyond my skill level at this time but if nobody tells me, I don't know any better and just do it!

    Thanks for all yourndaily inspirations and posts! You are an inspiration!

  2. Hi Bonnie, what happened to all your blog links? I really like visiting them as well as your daily reads. Thanks.

  3. My friend did your Orca quilt to use up her scraps, and this is even better. Do you ever come to Massachusetts or the NewEngland area?
    Mary in Ma

  4. The LQS is so cheerful I just love the colors, the California sun just shines through in that shop. I haven't finished my Orca quilt yet but I learned so much from it. Thank You so much.

  5. Anonymous9:38 AM EST

    Hey Bonnie,
    You have another happy bunch of quilters in your pictures. Why is it everyone always seem happy and thrilled to be quilting with you? Well I know that you make everyone feel so relaxed and welcome. You are a fantastic teacher and it so shows. Strange you are doing the Texas Brain workshop again. I must have known that and got mine out yesterday to sew the braids together. It is going together wonderfully because of the way you had us press as we went. The holidays and Orca Bay got in my way. Thank you again.

  6. I see in one of the slideshow pics a featherweight with a thread cone on top. Any idea how it's kept up there. I do my piecing with my featherweight. Just curious. Also looks like they were getting their directions for the braid out of one of your books. Which book is it in?

    You're right in your comments...lots of inspiration on the walls in the classroom. I had as much fun looking at the quilts on the walls as I did looking at the braids! Looks beautiful in all the different color combos.

    Janice S.

  7. The texas braid quilt looks like fun!

  8. What a wonderful shop! Maybe I'll get out there someday to see it - thanks for sharing it!

  9. Thanks for the pictures of all that beautiful fabric!

  10. My old quilt guild! Looking good girls!! Hi Collette :)


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