Yesterday Irene and I took a little road trip to the Texas Hill Country!
I have heard many wonderful things about Fredericksburg, Texas – but I’d never been there. In all of the many trips I’d made to Texas – I was going somewhere new!
Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Old-time German residents often referred to Fredericksburg as Fritztown, a nickname that is still used in some businesses.
The only sad thing for me? I was only here for a mere 6 hour workshop before moving on to Kerrville ---and it was SUNDAY, so even the little kitchen shop that Irene wanted to stop at to pick up her favroite cherry balsamic vinegar was closed. BUMMER!
Such a cute place – I will just have to come back, won’t I??
Our drive through the hills!
It was a rainy morning in San Antonio, which was wonderful – really. They have so much drought that any bit of moisture is very welcome and something to be celebrated. It took us about an hour and a half to make it from Irene’s to the workshop and we chatted and laughed and sang our way through these rolling hills ---I’d also love to come back and see them green with grass and covered with blue bonnets. Yes, I definitely need another trip!
Friends for life!
Things I love about visiting guilds and getting to know the quilters one on one? EVERYONE has a story! These two have been friends since college! You’ll have to excuse me because not everyone was wearing a name tag ---and I walked in, gave a 6 hour workshop to 24 students and packed up and moved on ---but the gal on the right lives in Colorado and flew down on Saturday to stay with her colllege friend who lives here so they could take the workshop together and spend the weekend catching up! I love this!
Quilting may be great on its own – but if you stop to think about it, it strengthens our relationships as friends. It has indeed brought the most wonderful people into my life that I would not have met otherwise. The fabric and the thread are just the beginning – but the relationships are EVERYTHING!
And then so are the goodies we discover!
Check out this notions box!
It has tiers!
this folds up into a little black box with latches, much the same size as a featherweight case. Our quilter was quite balanced, featherweight case in one hand, notions case in the other – and she says she is never without it. COOL! I think she said this came from Target in the cosmetics aisle several years ago – I have no further information on it, but be on the look out!
Things I love about not providing kits where 24 people make identical projects – the VARIETY! This one has so much fun going on in it. Vintage sewing machines? YES! Airplanes? YES! These are things that mean something to the maker of these blocks and she is making her quilt her own!
You too can find the free pattern for My Blue Heaven under the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog. It will show you how to use the Easy Angle Ruler and the Companion Angle Ruler for doing the half square triangles, hour glass units and Flying Geese units in this quilt –dig into your scraps and have some fun!
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|My Blue Heaven, Fredericksburg, TX 2015|
This morning I am meeting with the Hill Country Quilters in Kerrville for their guild meeting and my presentation. A whole NEW group of quilters to play with!
Tomorrow AND Tuesday are each a Love Shack workshop as there were enough students to fill the class twice! I see lots of fun in the scraps coming our way ---
Have a terrific Monday, Everyone!