Sunday, February 20, 2011

Virginia Bound Workshop in Denton, TX!

I tell you what, I have had some workshops in some mighty interesting places lately!

The Denton Quilt Guild meets for their workshops in a firehouse conference room! And when you walk in, you are greeted by a wonderful museum of collected artifacts going back into the 1800s……interesting items to look at, newspaper articles to read about earlier fires, and sadly the memorials of those firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. It was a wonderful tribute, and also a great way to teach the school kids as they come through for tours and field trips to the fire station.

Here are a few of the interesting things you can see in the museum side…there were big windows and it was a bright beautiful day so, sorry for the reflections going on!

The pic you see at the beginning of the post is of the room we sewed and sewed and sewed our brains out in!

We were also lucky that Val’s hubby loves to come spend his time helping the quilters, and actually made us DESSERT after lunch! Look at this apple cranberry cobbler! YUM!

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It didn’t matter that we had just eaten a wonderful fish taco lunch at Fuzzy’s…the smell of this baking was too much to pass up! Believe me, it was every bit as good as it looks!

Along with sewing our brains out…..I got some pics of other interesting things! I just love the ingenuity of quilters! Look at this:

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This is Brenda’s machine. Do you see how her snips are hanging? She stuck a command strip hook to her machine and now she never has to dig around for her thread snips! COOL idea!! Especially since the command strips are removable if she ever decides to do so….In the little basket are her bazillion gagillion 1/2 square triangle units for her Roll Roll Cotton Boll…she is assembling them as her leaders and enders. Atta Girl!

So on to the blocks! Oh we made such a huge mess, and we had such a great time!

Another thing I love is when *I* get to SEE some show and tell! I was really inspired by this denim/flannel log cabin…it looks SO great, and I can see where it is the perfect drag around and love it up quilt!

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Isn’t this gorgeous!? And she will have to excuse me, but I’m already brain dead on names from all those that I met this week, but it belongs to the gal in the pink shirt…and I can only remember her sister in law’s name is Lisa!! ((Sorry sorry sorry!!)) But I love this quilt!

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See the different widths of logs?! FUN!! And it was as heavy and warm as a sleeping bag with a flannel back on it as well. She said it used EVERYTHING!! LOVE IT!

After the workshop, I had a special trip down to Moda/United Notions with Lissa Alexander! And would you believe I did the STUPIDEST thing!? I left the Virginia Bound quilt in the back seat of her car! I was so overwhelmed with the tour, and the antique fabrics I got to touch and catalogues of old old samples I got to thumb through, and old quilt tops I got to unfold and pet, that when she dropped me back off at my hotel….I went BRAIN DEAD!!

So Lissa, sweetie that she is, is MEETING me when I am dropped off at the airport this morning to give me the quilt back…I need it when I am in Germany this next week, I’m teaching it twice! Wouldn’t do to not have the demo quilt with me, now would it?!

I took lots of pics from my visit with Lissa, and I’ll do that next post…I’ve gotta pack it up and get to the airport!

Dear Texas, You will always hold a piece of my heart! It has been a wonderful wonderful week with you, and I’m looking forward to coming back!


  1. I really like the string (star) quilt blocks, what is the pattern name, I would like to give it a try? Thanks a bunch.

  2. What a great blog! I really enjoyed your quilt pictures and was mightily impressed with the Cabbage Rose Shop. Imagine all the open space they have for creating! Looks like a fun road trip.

  3. Great idea for hanging one's snips on the side of the sewing machine... so handy and never lost! Love the Virginia Bound pattern... love the denim & flannel quilt... just plain LOVE scrappy quilts!

    Safe travels, Bonnie!

  4. Love the command strip idea...I'm always hunting for a snip or a scissors when I am at the machine. Glad you were able to recover your quilt-top!

  5. Now that's a terrific idea for the scissors. I'll have to check to see if my Phaff has a spot for the hook. I LOVE MY BOOK...I can't wait to make nearly every design that you've included. Where's the pattern for the jacket pictured on the cover? SMM, CCA and HN are in my BH Bucket List! You are right about the beautiful photo of CC in the white room. Hope Oscar is doing well--has his cone of shame been removed? Safe travels and a wonderful time in Germany. Sandi

  6. Quilters are so smart and clever. I have to get a Command hook for my snips.

  7. Definately like the denim quilt ...
    And thanks so much Bonnie ... your lovely book arrived down in Tasmania (Australia) today ... fantastic patterns - I want to make them all! My strip drawers are bursting after a week or two of cutting and organising in anticipation of receiving your book ... thanks so much...Jane

  8. that denim quilt was georgous!

  9. You were the celebrity in our midst at the Virgina Bound workshop in Denton. Then I felt like a celebrity when you took a picture of my sewing machine with the command hook holding my snips at my fingertips.
    The workshop was wonderful and you are such an inspiration to us all. Thank you!


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