1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Quilt Shop in Maine

    My niece was getting married in Maine last week, so my siblings and I rented a large house and spent the whole week in Castine, Maine. It was such a beautiful area and there was a lot to see and do. However, as a quilter, I guess I have to admit that it is impossible for me to spend a whole week without a fix. I need to be working on t-shirt quilts, memory quilts or other customer quilts and somet…Read More

  5. Stitchin’ Heaven Quilt Shop

    When we went to visit my niece in Longview, Texas, on Easter weekend, I finally had an opportunity to visit Stitchin' Heaven, which is a well-known quilt shop in Mineola, Texas. They had a very fun booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival this past year and I've been wanting to visit the shop long before that. Unfortunately, my time was limited since I was supposed to be celebrating Easte…Read More

  6. Mesquite Bean Fabrics

    Another quilt shop that my friend Linda and I visited in San Antonio was Mesquite Bean Fabrics. Funny name for a quilt shop, huh? As they explained to us, it is because of the many mesquite trees in the Texas Hill Country and surrounding areas. And the tree produces beans. I'm not sure what that has to do with quilts, but it is a different name and therefore it's memorable. The shop opened about a…Read More

  7. Memories by the Yard Quilt Shop

    As mentioned last week, I just got back from a trip to San Antonio where my friend Linda and I visited five different quilt shops. All of them were nice, but three stand out in my mind, so I thought I would review the memorable ones. The last one we visited was Memories by the Yard. The first thing I said when we walked in was "we might be here a while". Located in the northwest part of San Antoni…Read More

  8. Always Learning New Quilt Techniques

    What does a quilter do when she goes on a trip with her sisters?  She takes them to quilt shops and helps them pick out fabric and teaches them a new quilt technique, at least a new one to them, called Stack and Whack.  My two sisters like to quilt, but don't have much time to do it as they have regular jobs unlike mine where I can sew t-shirt quilts and other quilts all day long.  The three of…Read More