1. Quilt Shops in San Francisco Area

    If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to visit some quilt shops there. If you're old enough, you can put that sentence in a familiar tune. My husband and I just got back from a week-long visit to the San Francisco area with our best friends of over forty years. Fortunately, my friend Jody loves quilting as much as I do and the guys always humor us and don't mind taking us to quilt shops. We vi…Read More

  2. Quilt Shops in Austin

    A few weeks ago when my sisters and I went on our annual Sister Trip, we visited Austin, Texas, and stopped in at several quilt shops. I think at least one of us bought something at every shop and they were all worth visiting.  Our first stop was the Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin. If I'm not mistaken, they were in a different location from when I visited there previously, but it's still a great…Read More

  3. Shearwood Quilts

    While in Missouri, we really enjoyed the drive to Shearwood Quilts. It is located in Jamesport, Missouri, which is in the heart of Amish country. We saw several Amish horse-drawn wagons on the road and the area was especially scenic. Since we were there in April and it was still cold, everything hadn't greened up yet, so we had to imagine how much prettier it would be once spring really arrived. B…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Another Quilt Shop in Maine

    As mentioned in my last post, I can not go a week without my quilting fix, even if it is just to fondle fabric. If you're a quilter, you can relate. So on one of our day trips, I found another quilt shop. This one is called Fabricate and it is located in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was a few blocks off the main street that has all the shops and restaurants, but it was worth the walk. The shop owner was …Read More