On a little country road, outside the touristy hustle and bustle of old town Fredericksburg, Texas is a darling of a quilt shop that must not be missed.
And I almost missed it!
I was in Fredericksburg last Sunday teaching for the Vereins Quilt guild. Because it was a Sunday afternoon workshop from 12:30-6:30 ---and the shop is closed on Sunday anyway ---and even if they were open, we were finishing after normal closing hours, I was afraid I had missed out on something really special.
Then comes a text message on Tuesday afteroon from Irene with a super idea – if she and her hubby David come to Kerrville and pick me up after my last workshop there is over….it will be still early enough to hightail it BACK to Fredericksburg! DESTINATION: ONE QUILT PLACE!
The shop is wide open and airy with great lighting!
They have a little bit of everything, and a lot of charm. Many samples to inspire, and room to walk around. I LOVE a shop that is set up to look more like home, and less like a Ben Franklin store, and there are nooks and crannies and vignettes that cause you to pause, and browse and explore.
Antique Bed frame with bolts and bolts and books!
From one end to the other!
And back the other direction!
Quilts hung high and low and every kind of notion you can think of!
Even vintage machines on display!
There is attention to detail and cuteness and FUNCTION everywhere…little drawers filled with fat quarters, baskets full of patterns and other delights – vintage suitcases with a variety of fabric cuts. It was a joy to walk through here, and of course I had to pet everything.
More vintage love!
The Studio is where classes are held!
The Cottage across the parking lot!
The Cottage is a small retreat house set up for a few quilters to gather for a long weekend getaway – it sleeps 4 and has 1500 square feet. What could be better for retreating with friends when there is a quilt shop across the parking lot?
In addition to the Cottage, Quilt shop owners Beverly and Steve Allen own additional getaway B&B type properties near by. “The Log Cabin” is perfect for a romantic getaway for two.
The Allens also offer a cottage known as “The Retreat” located in town about 6 blocks from Main Street.
Beverly and I in the center!
And now that it has been a few days I’m struggling to remember names. The sweet gal to the left of me was in my Tuesday workshop and the gal at the far right came to my lecture! It was a fun visit to a great shop, and if you make it to Fredericksburg, be sure to make a stop and tell them Bonnie sent you!
On the home front:
It’s frozen outside. Like – colder than Fairbanks Alaska frozen outside, and I’m not lying.
It took us 2 big bags of kitty litter on my driveway to get the van up to the top – the drive is a steep winding sheet of ice.
With the van now at the top of the drive, anything I want to go IN the van has to be walked up the sheet of kitty litter covered ice by me.
I am reluctant to go out! But there is a post office run to make this afternoon ((Please warm up!)) and then I am headed to the cabin for the weekend.
I was told to WAIT to go to the cabin, because I might not be able to make it up the driveway there either ----so I am going later rather than sooner.
Really, what I’d really like to do is just go back to bed.
Maybe I will ---
Oh, and that Quilt-Cam I announced last night ---I wasn’t thinking clearly! ((of course, it was a travel day)) I don’t fly to Florida until next FRIDAY. So I want to spend an extra day at the cabin ---which means I’m planning on WEDNESDAY evening for Quilt-Cam.
This was a long trip, and the Florida trip is even longer – so I need to grab my time off while I can.
We’ll do Quilt-Cam NEXT WEDNESDAY!
Have a great Friday, everyone ---stay warm!