Saturday, November 9, 2019

Material Girl Quilt Shop

I hadn't planned on finding a quilt shop yesterday (two days ago now, because it's taken me that long to write this short update. 🙄)
  We were driving around and looking at furniture stores when I saw a quilt shop on Maps right on our route to the next store.

(I put a link to the shop's website, but as of today it hasn't been updated since Nov '11.)

It's a sweet cozy shop!

The shop owner Alice greeted me warmly.

Alice didn't mind me taking pictures for my blog 🥰.

There's possibly a classroom back there. I didn't explore too much because my Heartbeat was waiting for me in the car.  

Alice and I talked about our quilting, getting to know each other a bit.  The shop isn't offering classes at the moment as she's without a teacher.  ....hmm, a future opportunity, perhaps? ☺️!!

Friday, November 8, 2019

An evening with the Quilt Guild of Dallas

Just a quick FYI before I tell you about my day...
It. Rains. In. Texas!!
The saying is that "everything is bigger in Texas" seems to hold true. Even the raindrops feel bigger here!
Ok, onto my day....

I am often amazed how easy it is to get information these days.  Social media is a fantastic resource!
I am a Facebook fan. You can find a group for just about anything! (At least I assume so. I have only looked for quilters or needle crafters myself.)
When I moved to Texas, I did a quick search for quilting groups and found the Texas Quilter's Group (tm). It's a closed group, I did have to "apply to be a member" by answering  three questions before I was accepted.
I made a post to introduce myself and to ask for guilds close to where I would be living. I can tell you, I was thrilled to get responses!
I was invited to six guilds, a quilting bee, and a Quilts of Valor group! There were also mention of several quilt shops in my area. It's going to take me a while to visit each one!!

I was told that the Quilter's Guild of Dallas meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Guess what yesterday was?! Yep, it was the second Thursday! And even though my GPS showed that it is a 40 minutes drive (into Dallas), I was determined to go because Linda took the time to comment on my FB post and invite me. Thanks, Linda!!

The November meeting happens to be the guild's charity sewing event. Which takes place at the Best Little Retreat Center in Texas.
I walked into a room that was buzzing with activity and sewing machines running.

Tables were littered with color coordinated scraps.

Looks like some were also theme coordinated too.

Many design walls were in use.

I noticed that the walls were custom made design walls! I mean, the whole wall! Corner to corner and as high as anyone could reach!
In the first room, ALL the wall space was covered like this!

Quilt tops were not limited to string piecing.

One quilter was attaching bindings.

She had a pile of quilts that needed to have the binding turned and stitched down.

This is Bonnie who invited me to turn bindings with her when I pretty much walked in off the street and asked for a job 😆.

And so I spent the next two hours or so chatting with Bonnie and stitching this binding.

And though I haven't made the commitment to become a member yet, I was given a welcome packet.

And I won a door prize!

I'll have to return when there's a regular meeting. I walked into the frenzied end of day rush to get a much done as possible. Only a handful of ladies introduced themselves to me. But I felt very welcomed. Almost like a raindrop falling into a puddle. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

My first Texas Quilter's Sit and Sew

I attended my first Texas Quilter's Sit and Sew!

 I was invited by my friend and fellow Possum Town Quilt Guild member, JoAnne!  She had moved here around the same time I moved to Mississippi.  But she is part of the group that rooms together at Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge.  And that's where we became friends.
 JoAnne is working on an English Paper Pieced Flower Garden.  The colors are bright and happy.

Some ladies are having a closer look at the incredible satin stitched applique on this quilt top. I should have gotten some close up photos because attention to detail was amazing!!

 Everyone is encouraged to bring their own project to work on and a lunch if you plan to stay. 
As you can see, there were a variety of techniques!...
A machine pieced Jacobs Coat

... English paper piecing

  ... Appliqued circles

... Embroidery

these tiny circles ready to be appliqued look perfect!

And there's my Double Wedding Ring in progress ☺️. I got a few more wedges put together. It's progress!!

I really enjoyed this group. It was very casual and comfortable. The conversation was nonstop, one topic after another. And any topic was fair game.
I hope to spend more time with this group!!