I am retired, (glorious word for I quit and I'm not going back), and thanking God every day for the life He's given me. I've been married to my cowman for 33 years. We have two grown children and four GRAND-daughters. I started sewing at age14, and started making quilts 17 years ago. My two best friends and I meet in my home two or three times a month to sew and make two or more road trips every month to investigate quilt shops we've never been to or visit old favorites. I look forward to visiting with you. Happy Quilting!
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, hand quilting, machine quilting, embroidery, general sewing, gardening, other
My pets are awesome!
3 little ole dogs and 1 old cat that I simply adore.
Today seems like a day I should be at my Sweet Singer....... :/ think I will :)
I am new to this site,just looking around. I have been quilting for about 10 yrs. My husband just brought me a long arm,still learning how to work it. Love your Photos and love TX. I am from Mi. but go to TX. now and then to visit a good friend and to His dinner events.
Your corgi is so cute, looks like she is a "fluffy". My Maggie is my little shadow anywhere I go inside or outside, my little angel in life. This is my third corgi, love these little guys. Your photos are really nice, shows off your beautiful quilts and wonderful country life. I love the country life also. Happy quilting!
Glad you liked the road trip acronymn. Another thing to keep in mind while shop-hopping is that anything you buy outside your hometown doesn't have to count as "stashh" – it's a souvenir!
Sounds like you have a lot of shops within a short distance. I'm not so lucky. There are none in Boerne, the closest one is Sew Special about 10 miles away and it's only so-so - unless you want to buy a Bernina. The other nearest is Creations in Kerrville which is almost overwhelming - incredible selection and their organization is great. My next favorite is Quilt Haus in New Braunfels. Good selection, good organization, but much of the fabric and samples reflect the owner's taste. I guess all shops do that to some degree. Last summer, my daughter and I went on a six-shop-hop over a weekend. By the time we came to the last shop on Sunday afternoon, I had almost had all I could stand and wanted OFF that bus - and certainly spent more than my budget could comfortably absorb - but it was the best. Inspiring is the best way I could describe the Quilters Patch in Victoria. The others we visited were nice, but no comparison to the Patch! Giddings has a good shop - Around the Block or something like that. Vast stock selection, but so small the shelves are only about three feet apart and are ceiling to floor. Kinda claustrophobic. College Station/Bryan has a nice, roomy shop with lots of selections and many ideas. The other ones on our trip were in Waco, Lakeway and Georgetown, but I can't remember their names. Waco was nice, but in a not-so-nice part of town (our bus got paintballed while we were inside in the middle of the afternoon). Lakeway was new and small but has a lot of potential and Georgetown was just kinda average.
San Antonio offers three established shops - Las Colchas, Seventh Heaven and Creative Sewing. Las Colchas is in a restored house near downtown and is pretty neat; Seventh Heaven is large, nice selection, but kinda on the snobby side as far as the staff goes (not surprising since it is in the suburb Alamo Heights where people like to refer to themselves as "09ers." You probably get the idea). If you are looking for a new machine, Creative Sewing distributes several brands in half of a very large shop, but their fabric in the other side is pretty extensive. While they do have much quilting fabric, they also have a lot for garment sewing and it all kinda runs together. Can be confusing.
Now, is that more than you ever wanted to know about Central Texas quilt shops? The only one you mentioned that I am familiar with is Cabbage Rose in Fort Worth. My daughter and I went there after we left Clark Gardens where the Texas Dept. of Ag unveiled the second Toast a Rising Star quilt spotlighting the wine industry. The block I had submitted didn't make the first quilt, but they received so many wonderful ones that they created a second quilt that year and mine was included. If you ever have a chance to see the collection, don't miss it. They are spectacular. If you go to the state fair, all of them will be there. I'd suggest you go to the Ag Dept. website, but it is almost impossible to navigate and difficult to find the quilts. They hold the competition every other year and 2012 will be the next one.
Sorry, didn't mean to be so chatty, but there you go!
Hi Vickie - I too am super impressed with your quilts. I was going to ask what part of Texas you are in, but then a label flashed by on your slide show and I found Comanche!
In your quilty travels, what is your favorite shop? My daughter and one sister have explored most of the ones in Central Texas, but we're always looking for new experiences. You do realize that such road trips are considered Fabric Acquisition Road Trips!