Pump Boys & Dinettes – Something New and Exciting

As you can probably guess, I got side tracked from my normal sewing, cooking, horse riding and sight-seeing activities… I just haven’t been posting. Why do you ask?

The reason is that I have been working with the Carnegie Players in Cleburne Texas on a theatrical project.  One thing I always wanted to do was be in a musical – I have absolutely no acting experience.

I cannot even begin to tell you how exciting it is to be part of this amazing adventure.The people are so nice and while a lot of work, the process is also great fun.

Becki Esch (aka Rhetta Cupp) is my on stage sister – I am Prudie Cupp.  Us girls own a diner which is situated right next door to Jim and L.M.’s service station and what fun we have! This show is so full of fun music, songs and jokes that everyone who comes to see us enjoys themselves.  We even have had folks dancing in the aisles!

This past Sunday I had the amazing opportunity to sing to my very own husband!  Yep, our Director – Kate Hicks – chose him from the audience to be the “Best Man”. Of course, he has always been the best man to me, but I will cherish forever the opportunity to sing to the love of my life on stage.

Kate picks someone new every show – you could be the next “Best Man”.

All the folks that are in or work with this show have really worked hard to make this so much fun. We have a full crew of live musicians – many of which sing, dance and have a part to play in our story as well. Dick Helmcamp is the Musical Director as well as “Hank” at the station.

There are still two full weekends left to come see us – and you should!  Shows are Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.  Click here for more information: Pump Boys & Dinettes

Plan on spending some time laughing, singing and dancing in the aisles!

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 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 the way, we were too late when we arrived and they had closed – 4PM on Saturdays for everyone’s reference.

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

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.

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
722 E. Northwest Hwy
Grapevine, TX  76051
www.mustlovefabric.com

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 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 Dream
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.

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 Up Studio
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!

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 Center
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.

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!

Row by Row – Texas Style

Well, 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


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 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!


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 Friends
2238 Michigan Ave
Arlington, TX  76013
www.quiltamongfriends.com

Maple Leaf row with a pretty stained-glass effect


Lone 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 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 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 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 & 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 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!


Poppy 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

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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