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
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
Maple Leaf row with a pretty stained-glass effect
Lone Star House of Quilts
1210 West Abram St.
Arlington, TX 76013
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
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
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
Of course Honey Bee would include some springtime fun!
Austin Sewing & Vacuum
1401 S. IH 35 Suite 170
Round Rock, TX 78664
I just want to hit the beach after checking out this fun little row!
A Sewing Basket
560 N. Main St.
Salado, TX 76571
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
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!