1. St. Louis Area Quilt Shops

    While in Missouri, we made a couple of stops at quilt shops in the St. Louis area. The first one was Jackman's Fabrics (pictured on the left) which is actually in St. Louis. It is a huge shop that carries sewing machines and home decorating fabrics in addition to its very large selection of quilting fabrics. The shop has a lot of quilts on display and just going in for inspiration is worth the t…Read More

  2. More Missouri Quilt Shops

    I thought I would share more pictures from some of the quilt shops I and my friends visited while in Missouri a few weeks ago. We spent a couple of nights in Cameron which is the home of Crossroads Quilting. It was a very nice shop (pictured on the left) with a lot of pre-cuts and a good variety of fabric that we don't see that much in quilt shops in the Houston area. They also carry a lot of wool…Read More

  3. Quilter’s Heaven

    Last week I wrote about the first quilt shop that my two friends and I visited on our week long quilt journey. But one of our main destinations on the trip was the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri. Jenny Doan has created a mecca for quilters and it did not disappoint. We were lucky enough to get a parking spot near the front of the main store and I'm sure our mouths were agape whe…Read More

  4. Missouri Quilt Shops

    A couple of weeks ago, I went on a quilting trip to end all quilting trips. Two friends and I flew from Houston to St. Louis and then started our own private shop hop. We flew in on a Sunday when most quilt shops are closed. But fortunately for us, we had heard about the Hickory Stick Quilt Shop in Hannibal, Missouri, being open on Sunday. We managed to get to Hannibal by 3:00 and had one hour bef…Read More

  5. Round Robin and Other Retreat Quilts

    At our recent retreat, our bee members presented our "elder stateswoman" with a Round Robin quilt. Shirley had given us the center medallion a couple of months ago and asked us to complete it for her. Each of us took a turn at adding pieced borders to the quilt and she did not see it until it was completed. Shirley was absolutely thrilled with the result and we were pretty pleased with ourselves, …Read More

  6. Quilt Shopping in Pajamas

    I talked in my last post about our bee retreat at "And Sew It Began-Pieceful Stitches" and mentioned how much fun it was shopping in our pajamas. So I thought I would add a couple of photos. The face has been hidden to protect the innocent! I wanted you to see more of the quilt shop as well. It really is well stocked and beautifully displayed.  And, as you can see, there is a very nice selection …Read More

  7. A New Retreat House

    I just got back from the most wonderful retreat with my Sew Bee It quilting bee. It was our first stay at "And Sew It Began-Pieceful Stitches"  in LaPorte, Texas, and it is a fabulous place to retreat. Ronda Stockton, the owner, could host her own remodeling and decorating TV show. The house is a beautifully refurbished 1913 Sears kit house that will sleep 16. There are quilts and special touche…Read More

  8. There’s Nothing Like a Completed Quilt

    A few weeks ago, I told you about teaching my three little great nieces to sew and helping them piece quilt tops. I then brought them home with me so I could quilt them on my longarm quilting machine and bind them. I was able to take the quilts to the little girls this weekend and they were thrilled. The first thing each one asked when they saw me was "Did you bring my quilt?" They were so pleased…Read More

  9. T-Shirt Quilt Designs

    A customer asked me the other day why I don't do quilts with the t-shirts cut all different sizes and laid  out in a random fashion. I have seen some random t-shirt quilts that I liked and some that were way too busy for my taste. However, it is just a matter of personal preference. Having a more traditional background in quilting, I prefer the more organized grid method of t-shirt quilt layouts…Read More

  10. Quilting with My Sisters

    I seem to be on a family theme the last few blog posts, and yet, I have one more. My sisters and I take a "Sister Trip" every year and last weekend we went to Dallas for the Dallas Quilt Guild Quilt Show.  They apparently have a big active membership because their show is the biggest guild show that I have ever attended. And they have it every year in early March. My own guild as well as several …Read More