Spiritual batteries recharged!

This past weekend I went on St. Martha’s ACTS Retreat as a team member. I had the privilege of helping host just over 40 retreatants. To say it was a spirit-filled party was an understatement. Set just north of Tomball, Texas at Circle Lake Retreat Center, the setting was perfectly serene.

Almost exactly a year ago I attended as a retreatant. Back then, I so lamented my lack of a camera to catch the beauty of the place. Not this time! I purposely kept my photos devoid of people … except for St. Francis! As we were all kept VERY busy, I missed so many little pockets of the lovely center. My deepest regret was not having my camera in my pocket in the early morning when the steam rose off the lake. It was simply beautiful.

2014 Texas Row by Row Quilt – Part Two

This is the last of my eight rows for my 2014 Texas Row by Row Quilt. Fabrics Etcetera is located in Webster, Texas. Their row of bird houses was fun to make and I loved their choice of fabrics. I really enjoy putting together a block that represents things like a house, or a boat, or even a jar of bugs. It is fun to see the picture evolve as you are sewing.

Lone Star Quiltworks is located in Bryan, Texas, home of the Texas A&M Aggies. I was not able to get to the shop last summer, so I had to wait until the 2014 Texas Row by Row event was over. They mailed me the pattern and I used fabric from my stash to create the row. Lots of fusing on this row and I zigzagged around the fused pieced. The pieced bluebonnets turned out nice! I was a little nervous. Great directions helped!

Quilter’s Emporium is located in Stafford. Lovely quilt shop! This row’s name is “Regatta!” The row was as challenging as it looks, but I was pleased with the results!

BJ’s Quilt Shop is located in Bay City. They apparently do not have a website so a link is not provided. My friend, Sally, who also participated in the 2014 Texas Row by Row, picked up the pattern and fabric pack for me. The row is called “Harvest Time.” This was the only row I sewed where all the fabric pieces were actually cut to size by the shop. Talk about spoiling your customers! I think it sewed up in twenty minutes. Not so with any other of the seven rows. My favorite jar is the colorful bug jar.

Now I gotta turn the rows into a quilt top. Planning on hanging it in my quilt room.

2014 Texas Row By Row Quilt – Part One

I finally almost have all my eight rows pieced together on my 2014 Texas Row by Row Quilt. The 2014 Texas project began last summer (started in June and ended in September). I noticed the pieced row hanging on the wall behind the cash register when I visited our local quilt shop, The Quilt Room, in Huffman. After collecting eight patterns from different shops, this is one of my favorite rows!

The gist of the experience is to create a quilt using at least eight different row patterns collected from participating shops. It is kinda like geocaching, or a ginormous Easter egg hunt, only more fun if you are a quilter because fabric is involved. The participating shops create a pattern which is free. They also sell the fabric for the row.

This pattern is from Sew Let’s Quilt It in Dallas. I wasn’t able to travel to Dallas but the pattern and kit became available for shipping after the event was over. They gave me enough fabric for two rows so I shared with my friend, Sally, who picked up a row for me! You see how this works?

This row and fabric came from Quilter’s Patch in Victoria, Texas. My little sister, Gretchen, picked this row/fabric kit up and mailed it to me. I have to admit to a little bribery. I told her if she did me this favor I’d make her a table runner for Christmas! She probably would have done it for me for nothing. It’s the kind of person she is!

Sew Contempo has a lovely shop! I wanted to linger but had to get back home. I love the colors they chose for his block! It was fun to put together.

Next post will show off my last four rows!

This year’s 2015 Texas Row by Row starts in mid-June and I hear the theme will be water. This year lots more Houston-area shops will be participating. I’m pretty excited as I think Sally and I have hooked Michele into joining in the treasure hunt for quilt patterns!

Follow link to find out what is planned this year for 2015 Row by Row Experience. The project began in 2011 with just 20 shops participating in New York. In 2015, all 50 states and Canada will be participating!