Kingwood Area Quilt Guild Texas

The Kingwood Area Quilt Guild in Texas chose the Half Square Triangle and Four Patch workshop. From these two basic units we have so many options for quilt blocks and in this workshop we are able to make fifteen different quilts. These are blocks for the Northern Lights quilt found in the first Nickel Quilt book.

  Blocks for the Texas Two Step quilt found in the Amazing Nickel Quilts book.   On this design wall are two different sets of Jacob’s Ladder blocks from the More Nickel Quilt book.  The two blocks on the left are set in the same straight set I used for my quilt.  The group of blocks on the right is layed out in a diagonal set.  When I have my Jacob’s Ladder quilt with me I always show how different it appears by just giving the quilt a 45° turn. And through the magic of Photoshop I’m able to show you how the same grouping of blocks would look like in a straight set. For comparison here is my Jacob’s Ladder quilt in its straight set, giving every other block a quarter turn.  

This is what it a section of the quilt looks like in a diagonal set.  The block itself seems to disappear and the quilt looks like it is made from nine patch blocks set on point with added black triangles and rows of sashing, with black squares and bright fabrics.

So Many ways to use those 5″ squares!


Batiks Galore

You just have to love the adventure of finding a quilt shop located in the country. Batiks Galore is in Joshua, Texas and not easy to find – not even for Texans! When teaching in Texas a month ago one of the workshops was held at the retreat center here. We even had a GPS and passed this place up twice – we ended up calling someone else who was meeting us there and she told us what buildings to look for. Does this look like the entrance to a quilt shop and retreat facility? It is!

What’s the best (besides the fabric) is the welcoming committee – so if you see these guys you know you are getting close.

And of course, since this place was sooo easy to find the first time, we decided it would make a great meeting location when I was being transferred between guilds (ha!).  I told my next program chairperson it was a good thing she had me with her or she might never find this place and we managed to only pass it by once!

This is the shop with the only sign around letting us quilters know we have finally arrived.

The adventure of finding this place might actually be a marketing strategy – one of those “I survived it” stories. So if you are anywhere near Joshua, Texas just try finding this shop – be sure to pack water and granola bars!


Granbury Quilt Guild

Whew! I’ve spent the last couple of days packing 4 tubs of quilts, boxes of product, and workshop handouts to ship to California. It takes a lot to get this show on the road and I am very thankful for all the extra work the program chairpersons do in hauling me and the quilts around.

This is a full size SUV with the back filled with tubs of quilts and boxes – for the best trunk show ever!  I love being able to share the quilts with everyone and they get shipped ahead via FedEx. I wouldn’t be able to bring this many quilts on a plane and I don’t really trust the airlines with my quilts.  In one year alone my suitcases arrived a day after I did on four different trips (not a good track record) and who needs that kind of stress!?

Look at all the quilts – those are 8 foot tables!

Half-Square-Triangles and Four Patches for this workshop – and yes, 15 different quilts can be worked on – oh the possibilities!

I don’t allow participants to get a whole lot of sewing done during class, especially in this class, since they can sew at home. Instead, I keep interrupting with demos – I have so much to share and we have a limited amount of  time together. My mission is that I want everyone to have as much fun working with 5″ squares as I do, so I need to provide tons of ideas to work with.

A stack of 5″ squares –  the possibilities are endless!

Two patch and half-square-triangle units ready to be sewn into blocks.

Beach Party blocks look great with white or black backgrounds (shown below).

Churn Dash blocks.

Jacob’s Ladder blocks.

Shoo Fly blocks are one of the blocks in the Texas Two Step quilt.

Sunny Lanes.

The strangest part of this job is getting to know and becoming friends with the gals I work closely with (like the program chairpersons and if it’s a home stay, my hostess) and then not seeing them again unless I have a return visit to the guild.  Many times like with the Granbury guild it’s the same person.  Marsha was my hostess for this guild and she put up with me for 4 nights. All my hostesses on this trip were wonderful – one of the days I may surprise someone – especially someone in Texas or another southern state and show up on their doorstep in January or February!

Okay gals let’s see those quilts!