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!
these are the same quilt shops I will be going to this Saturday. thanks for the preview.
Terri, Feel free to tell them all HI from the “Yankee Lady” from Wisconsin 🙂
Good for you! Our shop is participating in Row by Row also: Key Grocery and Quilts under the same name on FB. Our row is Migrating Geese. Will you be making it up to Oklahoma? We’re just 30 miles north of the TX border on I-35!
So, I wasn’t sure about going out of State, but hubby just said “if it’s an adventure, I am up for it” so we just might!
So glad you’re having fun! I’m going to Burleson and Joshua this year too. I went to the same ones down I 35 last year during Quilt Across Texas. Loved them. The rest down 35 are great too. Road trip!!
Road Trip Indeed! Hubby and I are trying to also coordinate with our daughter’s days off so she can go too. Can’t wait to visit some of the towns West of Fort Worth starting with Weatherford (we really like that town too)
Fun, I am starting this too with a friend 🙂
Isn’t it better when we can share the experience – my husband does not quilt (although many women at the shops try to persuade him) and he loves to come with. He has a great eye for color so it’s fun to get his opinion too.
Welcome to Texas. Lots of wonderful quilt shops. I have discovered several through our shop hop across Texas the month of Sept. And we usually get special fabric made with a Texas theme. I have a Texas stash I need to start using.
Teri, I am actually grabbing a fat quarter every so often to add to my holiday stash. I recently made a compression hanger for wall size quilts so want to be able to change them out from holiday to holiday. Texas theme sounds great too tho!
I visited four shops in California while visiting my sister, looking forward getting out around town here. Thanks for the preview.
I really missed the boat recently – I was on vacation in Florida and didn’t look up one shop! Next time I go out of town, I need to remember to look around more.