Row by Row Texas – Carrollton and Lewisville

Up until now, I have chronicled my Texas Row by Row fun by writing about every shop I visit in one day – this is not only becoming tiring and sometimes long, I have found that by doing this, I am not able to really show you many of the amazing things I am finding at many of these shops.

At the very beginning of this adventure, I had the pre-conceived notion that one shop was going to be about the same as another… boy was I wrong!

So, with this in mind, I will be focusing on only two shops for each blog posting. This should allow me to post lots more pictures and provide much more info on each.

Now, if you happen to live near, or work in one of the shops I have already visited and blogged about and would like me to expand on my prior postings – just holler and I will!  Who says I have to visit a quilt shop only one time????


 

The Old Craft Store
1110 W. Main Street
Carrollton, TX  75006
www.theoldcraftstore.com

Old Craft Store FrontThe Old Craft Store in Carrollton, TX resides in a beautiful old brick building. Like many other shops we visit, there is no question that this location is rich in history.  As a matter of fact, before I talk about all things quilting, I want to point out two unique non-quilt features of this great shop.

 

Old Craft Store Merc

  • Inside is an actual, working post office!
  • To walk into one of the back rooms is to step back in history.  This re-make of an old mercantile is absolutely amazing and worth coming to see whether you are a crafter or not.

Old Craft Store (2)When we first arrived, Melba was discussing a project with a customer.  This lady was asking for advice regarding the backing for some quilt tops she was holding.  The woman actually stood in the middle of the main floor turning circles trying to decide what direction this project should take her. Eventually, she took off to her left to find the perfect complement to both her her projects.

As with many shops housed in older buildings, there were many rooms filled with different types of elements. One was almost all notions, patterns, thread and tools. Another room was dedicated to sewing projects such as aprons and other wearables.

 

Old Craft Store ApronsOld Craft Store Quilts

 

Yet another room was for classes.

Old Craft Store Class

Over every vertical surface it seems there was a finished project on display. Some of the more memorable include a twister snowman that our daughter fell in love with and a beautifully quilted Christmas tree wall hanging.

The row for The Old Craft StoreOld Craft Store Row featured a unique flower pot whirligig red/white and blue design that just screams summer and the 4th of July!

I must admit that prior to our arrival at this shop, I was worried we would be able to find it – there was so much construction and confusion between Fort Worth and Carrollton that the Garmin was having fits.  Ultimately, this shop was worth the journey and we plan on visiting again.


 

Quilt Country
701 S. Stemmons #90
Lewisville, TX  75067
www.quiltcountry.com

Quilt CountryOur next stop was in Lewisville, TX at Quilt Country.  It is very difficult to miss this shop because outside to theright of the doors is a gorgeous summertime mural complete with lots of quilts.  As I have painted many murals over the years, I could appreciate how much time and effort went into this work of art.

Quilt Country Mural 2

 

Inside, the shop is very straight-forward.  The main area is full of color and activity as shoppers checked out the huge selection of fabrics.  As we have gone shop to shop, one thing sometimes stands out and that is the way a shop displays and sells their fat quarters. Quilt Country is not alone in having their own take on the sale and display of fat quarters.

Quilt Country (7)Quilt Country (4)

 

Quilt Country Fat QuartersNot only do they have cute bins full of the rolls of fat quarters, they have taken the concept one step farther. Each roll is bound by a colored ribbon, and as you can see from this picture, each color represents a price.  It is very important to me to know the costs of things before I start planning for a project and this is one great way to let the customer make up their mind while the staff answers more complicated questions.

At the time of our visit, we got to meet 4 very sweet ladies behind the counter – they even posed for a Quilt Country Ladiesgroup picture!!  This sort of enthusiasm is contagious as was evident by the number of shoppers that buzzed about the store.

Quilt Country APQS Long Arm

 

 

 


Quilt Country
has more than just fabrics, notions and a great staff.  In addition to all this, there is a classroom, bulk batting section and a room full of APQS long arm quilting systems for sale.  As I Quilt Country Projectsam looking at purchasing a long arm quilter sometime in the future, it was great to check out what this manufacturer has to offer.

The walls were covered in finished projects to inspire – my husband was especially fond of this medallion quilt.

QUilt Country Row

Stop in sometime and pick up the block for this shop, it’s a fun quartet of
summery images set in tilted inner squares.  I can’t wait to dig through my stash to find the perfect little pieces to create these images.

 

As I mentioned at the start of this post – these are only 2 of the 6 shops we visited on July 26, 2014 – in posts to come, I will share our experiences visiting the following Quilt Shops:

Stitched with Love
500 N. Custer Rd Ste 110
McKinney, TX  75071
www.stitchedwithlove.us

The Quilt Asylum
153 S. Central Expressway
McKinnney, TX  75070
www.thequiltasylum.com

Happiness Is . . . Quilting!
217 N. Kentucky St.
McKinney, TX  75069
www.happinessisquilting.com

Blue Ribbon Quilt Shoppe
102-C North Ballard Ave
Wylie, TX  75098
www.blueribbonquiltshoppe.com

Thank you all for letting me poke around, ask questions and enjoy your own special way of supporting the quilting community.

Row by Row Adventure – Texas July 19, 2014

With so many shops to visit, it is hard to even title my pages by location, so I am resorting to using dates.  Each time we go out (hubby and I), we spend the day visiting new areas of our community and Texas as well as making new friends – today was no exception!

It seems that the word has gotten around as well.  Two of the shops I visited actually have seen this blog!  This was a true honor and I am happy that you find reading somewhat fun.  So, on to what really matters – the shops we visited!


 

Ladybug Quilt FabricLadybug Quilt and Fabric
217 West Main St.
Azle, TX  76020

This shop was actually on our list last week to visit, but because we got to chatting it up with other folks along theLadybut Quilt Fabrics Custom Tables way, we were too late when we arrived and they had closed – 4PM on Saturdays for everyone’s reference.

Lady Bug Row

The Ladybug is not the largest shop we visited, but like so many others, it held an individual charm and something special.  This shop resides in an older home with a comfy porch on Main Street. Inside are a modest amount of quality fabrics and some very pretty projects.  What will stand out are the gorgeous wood tables, displays and cutting table that were designed and built by the owner’s husband.  I love it when the love of quilting takes on new meaning and brings folks together.


 

Suddenly SewingSuddenly Sewing
3529 Heritage Trace Pkwy # 173
Fort Worth, TX  76244
www.suddenlysewing.com

Suddenly Sewing Row

 

Suddenly Sewing is a fully-stocked quilting shop carries fabric, notions, patterns and even machines.  Husqvarna Viking was the predominant brand, but we also saw Pfaff and Singer.  The friendly staff was so helpful and pointed out the cute firecracker row that was their contribution to the project.

Suddenly Sewing Shop View

 

Upon walking inside, you could see the projector screen at the back as a class was being held on machine embroidery.  Many people were attending the class and commenting about all the adorable embroidery designs that are available to home project makers.


 

Must Love Fabric SignMust Love Fabric
722 E. Northwest Hwy
Grapevine, TX  76051
www.mustlovefabric.com

 

Must Love Fabric  Visitors

I just loved the sign for Must Love Fabric, their logo really stood out in the parking lot.  We were also not the only ones who found this shop in Grapevine, TX.  Two other ladies were there this day as well to pick up their Row!  Unfortunately, the row was not in the shop for me to take a picture of as the owner had taken it along to a show.

Must Love Fabric Row

Must Love Fabric is another shop that resides inside an older house; however, has ample parking for many visitors.  Each adorable room held patterns, fabric and finished projects so there was so much to see.  There even is a dedicated sewing room as well.


 

Quilters Dream (2)Quilter’s DreamQuilters Dream Store
6409 Colleyville Blvd.
Colleyville, TX  76034
www.quiltersdreamtx.com

Quilter’s Dream in Colleyville was buzzing with activity when we arrived.  The dark grey building stands out and is hard to miss – you will be glad you didn’t when you come inside.  From the moment you walk in, you are met with gorgeous fabrics and finished projects that will spark your creative side.

Quilters Dream Sale Room Quilters Dream Row

The ladies were busy cutting fabric which gave me a few moments to poke around.  What we found was that this was their last day for Christmas in July and there were free patterns, ideas and even cookies! (I never turn down cookies, just so you know)

The second great surprise was their – I know I will name this room incorrectly so I won’t try – specialty room with amazing priced fabric bundles and finished projects.  I was told that many of the local quilters have gotten together to provide these items.  I picked up a large bundle of fabric for only $6!  It was a welcome addition to my Halloween Stash.

The row for this shop is an adorable maple leaf motif which I was told can be fussy-cut from batik fabric to create some gorgeous variations.


 

Sew It upSew It Up StudioSew It Up Store
740 Grapevine Highway
Hurst, TX  76054
www.sewitup.com

Sew It Up Studio also has its own take on the quilting scene.  Originally a sewing store for clothing, they have added quilting fabric, notions and projects as well. This seems a very intuitive idea as the two can go together nicely.  Now you can purchase fabrics and ideas for quilting projects and learn how to turn this hobby into a garment or accessory. Because Sew it Up holds classes, this is an easy thing to do.

The row presented by Sew it Up looks like Spring flowers done up in hex’s.  If you need the tool – they have that too!

Sew It Up RowSew It Up Plate Idea

 

Lastly, as I mentioned garments and accessories, I also have to say that their use of the license plate as a purse element was so adorable.  I can’t wait to try this.


 

Richland Sewing CenterRichland Sewing CenterRichland Sewing Center Class in Progress
850 West Pipeline Road
Hurst, TX  76053
www.richlandsewing.com

Richland Sewing Center was the last stop in our journey today which was a good thing because we spent quite a bit of time there.  This shop was very large and held just about everything you could need as a quilter.

This was one of the shops where my name was recognized (either that or my logo of little Molly running in the grass is hard to forget).  Jeanie met me as I looked around the store and shook my hand.  We had a great laugh about what it takes to be a good long-arm quilter (good music, relaxing atmosphere and libation of choice!)

There was a Floriani course being taught with a full room in attendance, a large section of machines for sale – everything from sewing to embroidery to long arm.  This shop even has a dedicated repair shop at your disposal.

Richland Sewing Center full-service repair shopRichland Sewing Center Row

Did you say you are new to sewing and would rather buy an affordable used machine? – they have these too.

All the while that I was looking through the fabrics, talking to the nice young man about machines or peeking in on the class my husband was having a nice long talk with one of the owners.  It seems there was something for everyone.


 

As I look up at all that I have put to paper for this one day, it dawns on me that I probably should re-think my review process and maybe do some individual and in-depth postings for many of the shops I have listed.  It is one thing for a shop to tell you what they do – yet another for someone outside to give their own, first impressions.

What do you all think?  Somewhere down the line would you like to see more information on these shops, maybe with some interview questions?  Please let me know!

 

 

Compression Quilt Hanger (Do-It-Yourself)

A few weeks ago, I was digging through blogs and the internet in general looking for a way to display wall quilts.  Now that we are full-time Texans, I wanted to choose a location to display the work my daughter and I do.

After digging around for a while, I came upon a blog by Susan Myers: Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom and found this great tutorial for a Compression Quilt Hanger for Under $20.

Mahogany HangerAfter reading her instructions thoroughly, I decided to make only one change; I used 1×3 pine for both the top and bottom. I started out staining the pieces with Varathane Golden Mahogany and as you can see, it was very orangy.

I waited for this to dry and put Minwax Dark Walnut 2716 over it. This color was absolutely perfect. After Walnutit dried, I applied several coats of Minwax water based polycrylic and I was done.

As you can see, the finished product is beautiful and will go with any quilt project I want to display.

I have been thinking that while this design is very nice and inexpensive to make, I wonder if there could be a way to use heavy-duty magnets between the two pieces.  This may make changing out different quilts much easier and there would be a bit more flexibility in the designs of the hanger itself.Our Best Friends

If I figure out a way to do this, I will be sure to share!

The first quilt designed for this hanger is a tribute to many of the dogs and cats that have shared our lives over the years.  I call it “Our Best Friends”.

 

Row By Row Texas – Up and West

As with many of our adventures – this one was unplanned, well sort of.  Hubby and I woke and did our normal Saturday stuff, then decided that since we had no plans, we should do another leg of our Row by Row adventure and see some new areas of our new home.  It just so happened that our daughter, Alex, was off that day so it was the “Three Amigos” hitting the road to adventures unknown.

Ok, time for truth – I never head out totally unprepared.  I first went to the Row by Row page and used their wonderful interactive map to plan out a day-long journey.

This time, we were headed up and to the West of our home in Cleburne (really need to name our new place… Casa Gotch? – The Quilted G? – Firearms and Fabric?  Oh hell, that is for another day!)  WAIT!  How amazing would that be?  Opening a dual-business for my husband and I called Firearms and Fabric??? Something for both mommy and daddy? – alright, I am getting totally off track, back to our adventure.

This trip was especially fun because we, once again, visited areas that we looked at to live in.  Before settling on beautiful Cleburne, TX, we looked at other areas like Weatherford, Stephenville, Springville, Granbury, Azle and more.  This trip took us to those areas:


 

 

 

 

Houston St. Mercantile is nestled among quaint shops in Granbury, TX.

Houston St. Mercantile is nestled among quaint shops in Granbury, TX.

Houston Street Mercantile – Granbury
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26 N Houston Street – Granbury
Granbury, TX 76048

Houston St. Mercantile RowAmong the various specialty shops in downtown Granbury is Houston Street Mercantile.  Like many Texas Houston St. Mercantileshops, the Mercantile is full from floor to ceiling with fabric, notions and projects.  Many of the finished quilts on display have a western/Texas Theme.  Their block consists of a row of beautiful Poinsettia flowers.

 

 


 

 

 

 

The plain exterior hides a fully-stocked shop with beautiful fabrics in Stephenville

The plain exterior hides a fully-stocked shop with beautiful fabrics in Stephenville

Deb’s Flying Needle – Stephenville
1495 W. South Loop
Stephenville, TX 76401
Flying Needle
The exterior of this shop in Stephenville hides a secret – while outside things may look a bit bland, inside this shop is overflowing with gorgeous fabric, notions and finished projects!  I was especially in love with a tealy-turquoise wall hanging that was in their project room.  The row presented by the Flying Needle is a beautiful applique design featuring Halloween characters.  In fact, if you purchase the kit, the fabric for the Flying Needle Rowghosts actually glow in the dark!

 

 

 

 


 

 

Alex and Terry outside Peach Tree Quilts in Weatherford

Alex and Terry outside Peach Tree Quilts in Weatherford

Peach Tree Quilts – Weatherford
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33 N. Waco Street
Weatherford, TX 76086

Peach Tree Quilts is usually much easier to get to then it was on this day!  The 12th of July 2014 is also the Parker Peach Tree QuiltsCounty Peach Festival!  In fact, we had to pay to park at a very nice family’s house ($5) because all the streets were closed off.  Luckily, Peach Tree Quilts was only feet away from the entrance and the festival folk let us walk over without paying the $6 each for the festival.

It was here that I got to take an amazing picture of my daughter and husband!  Like many Texas quilt shops, Peach Tree Quilts is housed in an historic building. The porch made a perfect backdrop.

As soon as we entered, we were greeted by a lovely lady behind the welcome desk, other patrons were going room to room looking at the fabric and finished quilts. One of my favorites is a cute baby quilt with block-sized Peach Tree Quilts RowPeach Tree Quiltsanimals.

As we were walking around, the (I believe owner) commented on the age of the building. She said that it was the oldest building standing in Weatherford. In fact, “see that hole over there in the floor? That hole was used to hide the children when the Indians came raiding from the reservations in Oklahoma”.  It is certainly not uncommon to learn about Texas history in a quilt shop.

The row for this shop is a summer scene depicting trees and will be a fine addition to my own projects.


 

Fun atmosphere, good food and great prices at Montana Restaurant in Weatherford Texas

Fun atmosphere, good food and great prices at Montana Restaurant in Weatherford Texas

Montana Restaurant – Weatherford
1910 S. Main Street
Weatherford, TX 76086

Since we were not prepared to do a day’s walking at the Peach Festival, it seemed better to find a new restaurant

Veggie Quesadilla at Montana Restaurant - Weatherford

Veggie Quesadilla at Montana Restaurant – Weatherford

to have lunch at. Luckily, we found Montana Restaurant. From the beautiful exterior to the interior filled with charm and good food, we could not have picked more wisely.  I loved the Veggie Quesadilla  and it not only was delicious, the price at $6.29 was just perfect.

 

 

 


 

 

 

The first rural shop we visited was well-stocked, full of interesting projects and opened just for me!

The first rural shop we visited was well-stocked, full of interesting projects and opened just for me!

A&K Quilting – Bridgeport
12103 FM 2210 E
Bridgeport, TX 76426

Due to time, A&K Quilting in Bridgeport was the final shop on our journey.  This was also the first fully rural A&K Quilting Rowshop we were to visit to date.  When we pulled in the driveway, I thought that we were going to have to come back another day, but then the owner came driving up and said she would open up just for me!  I felt so special.  For a shop in the country, this one did not disappoint. The high ceilings provided a perfect backdrop for some amazing finished quilts that must have been quilted on the Gammil long arm situated within.

The row for A&K is a pretty pieced flower row that could be used in so many ways.  I just can’t wait to try this one out too.


 

So, this is the end of our Saturday trip, but not the end of our Row by Row adventures, I am sure there are more shops to visit and great folks to meet.  Never know, maybe we will have to try a Shop Hop one day too!


 

Row by Row – Texas Style

175x99_texas_fppngWell, it took me almost 6 months, but I finally got enough of my quilting supplies unpacked to begin working on some projects.

Then, just as I was searching for inspiration, I discovered Row by Row.  Visit the site linked here to learn more about the specifics, but suffice it to say, I am killing two birds with one stone.  Not only will I be able to explore my new community and those around me, I also will be designing a fun “first Texas” quilting project with my daughter, Alexandra.

The adventure begins on the 1st of July and goes through the 2nd of September, 2014.  The theme is the changing seasons.  Each shop you visit provides a free pattern for the row they have designed for the event. As I said, check out the page for more about their contests, but I won’t be participating in that part. I am more interested in visiting shops, meeting new friends and getting to quilt something unique and fun.

Below are the shops I have visited so far – I can’t wait to visit more!

My adventure began at a local shop in Joshua, TX

Sandy’s Quilt Shop

"Snow Happy" Row from Sandy's Quilt shop
615 North Broadway
Joshua, TX  76058
www.sandysquiltshop.net

 

 

 

 

Sandy’s was my first experience with Texas quilt shops and I have to say they started me on this journey. Thanks so much for introducing me to Row By Row – Texas!


 

Country StitchesCountry Stitches Quilt Shop
426 S.W. Wilshire Blvd.
Burleson, TX  76028

Country Stitches is a cute little shop that sits in Burleson, TX.  From the moment I walked in, I felt at home. The cozy decor, inviting fabrics and helpful folks made my experience very positive.  I also gained a bit of advice regarding my thoughts on purchasing a long arm quilting machine – thanks ladies!


 

Moda's High Street creates a pretty pinwheel look in a row

Peggys Quilt Studio
2410 Superior Dr.
Pantego, TX  76013

Pretty pinwheel look that can be for about any season depending on the fabric used.  I can see flowers, snowflakes, or Autumn seed pods in this.

 

 


 

Quilt among friendsQuilt Among Friends
2238 Michigan Ave
Arlington, TX  76013
www.quiltamongfriends.com

Maple Leaf row with a pretty stained-glass effect


 

Lone Star house of quiltsLone Star House of Quilts
1210 West Abram St.
Arlington, TX  76013
www.lonestarhouseofquilts.com

Simple, but effective row – I can see using a blue snowflake pattern for this one!

Little did I know that Lone Star House of Quilts has an amazing specialty – historic quilts and reproduction fabrics.  While this has not been an area that I thought of investigating, I must say that I am very curious!


 

Quilts n moreQuilts ‘n More Studio
211 W. Avenue F
Midlothian, TX  76065
www.quiltsnmore.biz

This fall row is full of beautiful applique and color – a perfect candidate for using up scraps from that stash!


 

Common ThreadsCommon Threads Quilting
315 S. Rogers St.
Waxahachie, TX 75165
www.commonthreadsquilting.com

Pretty and simple composition for fall – I like how the pumpkin seems to dance with the leaves


 

Honey BeeHoney Bee Quilt Store, Inc.
9308 Anderson Mill Rd #300
Austin, TX 78729
www.honeybeequiltstore.com

Of course Honey Bee would include some springtime fun!


 

Austin Sewing and VacuumAustin Sewing & Vacuum
1401 S. IH 35 Suite 170
Round Rock, TX  78664
www.austinsewing.com

I just want to hit the beach after checking out this fun little row!


 

A Sewing BasketA Sewing Basket
560 N. Main St.
Salado, TX  76571
www.thesewingbasket.com

While I was visiting this shop, they were just working on a Fall version of their block – how clever, by changing material and embellishments, this block can qualify for all 4 seasons!


 

IMG_0931Poppy Quilt ‘N Sew
3010 Williams Dr. #156
Georgetown, TX  78628
www.poppyquiltnsew.com

How fun – I wonder just where Quilt Diva is headed?  I bet there is a fabric store somewhere along the way!


 

So far, I have visited 11 shops – more than enough to make a quilt, but I just can’t help myself.  My husband and daughter are also up for many more road trips before this is all over!

 

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