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!

 

Florida Vacation – 2002 to 2014

Florida Vacation 2002

Terry, Amber, Kyle, Alex and Robyn on vacation in Florida - 2002

Terry, Amber, Kyle, Alex and Robyn on vacation in Florida – 2002

If the truth be told – and I am telling it, Terry and I have not been on vacation since our last trip to Florida in 2002. To qualify that, we brought the kids to Disney World and Universal Studios.  As you can see, we all look a little younger and a little lighter!  In my defense, I am an amazing cook 🙂 The kids say that this trip doesn’t count and the last “real” vacation Terry and I went on was our honeymoon in 1992.

The trip in 2002 was amazing. Our children were neither too old or too young for this sort of vacation. The only problem was that I got a little too much sun and had a mild case of heat stroke.  DRINK WATER!

Below are a few pictures from our original trip – then I will  showcase our most recent adventure.

Florida Vacation 2014

Our 2014 adventure was a solo trip. We spent the 31st of May through the 7th of June in a condo at Star Island Resort in Kissimmee, FL. The facilities were gorgeous as you can see:

During our stay, we enjoyed so many fun activities – but shied away from the bigger attractions like Sea World, Disney World and Universal Studios.  Instead, we looked for interesting and fun things to do as the mood struck us.  But that, my friends is for another day.  We simply did too many fun things to post it all at one time.  So for now I end with a look at then and now:

Cleburne Car Show June 2014

Yet again, our new Texas community never seems to be lacking for interesting things to do. Today, Terry and I took Sam for a drive into town to attend a car show at the Conference Center in Cleburne.  While many of my posts are word-heavy, I think this time a picture should be worth at least a thousand words.

Enjoy!

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