No More Pinterest

Yesterday was Movie Monday for me. I started my day by watching old movies to relax, before I went onto business. After a busy afternoon of errands, I went to my computer. I had not visited Pinterest for some time now, so I thought I would just glance through. Too many minutes later, I had a list of new projects that I thought would be fun. I especially liked this Christmas quilt made by Angie, from The Little Fabric Blog.
Who needs another Christmas quilt? I don’t need one, but I do want one.

The pictures and directions for the quilt are very easy. Angie adds a link to Allison from Cluck, Cluck, SewOn this link, Allison gives a tutorial on Stack n’Whack Blocks. I had some Christmas fabric that I purchased at the B & B Quilt Shop the last time I was in Buda, Texas. Then I remembered seeing some great fabrics at the Mesquite Bean that I knew would coordinate well with what I had in my stash. Since the Mesquite Bean is on the same road as my exercise class, I stopped by to pick up a few more fabric pieces. I completed the first step of cutting 9″ blocks. I will stack and whack them tomorrow.
Note to Self: No More Pinterest

Fabric and Pie…What a day!

Fabric and Pie…who needs anything else?
My Meemaw friends and I visited three shops on the Bluebonnet Shop Hop that began today. We started at A Quilter’s Folly, in Austin. We met my friend, Nancy at the shop. Then we visited the B&B Quilting Shop in Buda. It is one of my favorite shops. One of my Meemaw friends wants to go back when it is not so crowded. By the time we finished in Buda, it was past our lunch time. We stopped in old downtown, Kyle, Texas at our new FAVORITE all time places, The Texas Pie Company. Oh, my…

The cream pies are sold whole or in slices. The fruit pies are sold whole or in 10 oz. sizes. They have a scrumptious chocolate fudge pie and also a chocolate fudge pecan pie. We were in Pie Heaven.

Our last stop was in New Braunfels at the Quilt Haus. This shop has a great selection of cute baby and children fabric.
Two of my friends are not quilters, so they just went along for the pie. We will make quilters out of them one day. They gave us their free fat quarters. We walked around like quilting nerds, wearing our Shop Hop Ribbons.

I bought this small wall hanging kit to piece and embroider. I just loved the wool birds.

This is my loot:

I loved this elephant panel. I do not how I plan to use it yet. This fat quarter of sassy cats also made it into my bag of goodies.
The cream fabric is for the house quilt that I will be making with my friends at our own sewing retreat this summer. We plan to rent a B&B in La Grange for four days. There is a quilt shop close by.😉

I will not be in town to visit the San Antonio shops that are participating in the Shop Hop. Tomorrow, I will be driving back to Austin to visit the Quilting the World’s Conscience Exhibit at the Texas Folklife Gallery. I am looking forward to seeing Tierney Hogan’s work of art. My sister and Nancy will be visiting the gallery with me. I also hope to be able to visit Nancy on Sunday at the Uncommon Flea Market where she will have some of her beautiful work.

Mystery Reader

Mystery Reader day was so much fun.
My granddaughter said she figured it out as soon as she heard my clue about liking to quilt.
The children loved the story, Bear Says Thanks,by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.
I took some of the fabric squares I had pieced for the I Spy pillow top I was thinking of making my granddaughter.
The children oohed and ahhed over the fabric.
We set out the 9-patch grids I had printed, and we passed out the bag of construction squares I had cut.
I told the students to take their time in choosing the colors and making their design.
I even gave them the option of drawing and making a design on their two inch blocks.
We spent about ten minutes just thinking about our color and design.
Then it was lunch time.
I had forgotten how crazy it is in a school cafeteria on the day after Halloween!
I left after lunch and recess.
Before I left, I reminded the students that every one has a story to tell.
I challenged them to share their stories with their friends.
The teacher said she planned to have an afternoon of art, reading, and writing stories.
The students said they would send me a picture of the class quilt they make with their blocks.

During lunch, I told my granddaughter that I planned to make a large floor pillow for her reading tent at home. I asked if she wanted to be part of choosing the theme and fabric, and she said she wanted it to be a surprise.
So, surprise it will be.
I will make an I Spy pillow top.
I stopped by the B & B Quilting to see if I could find more fun fabric to add to the I Spy project.
My stash has been depleted of fabric that has cute stuff to “Spy”.
The people at the B & B are so helpful.
I purchased 4″ strips of fabric that had designs and characters that relate to my granddaughter.
 Butterflies, Buttons, Chocolate Covered Strawberries and More
I also purchased the fabric for the sashes.


Winnie the Pooh and Me

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.
A. A. Milne

My sewing room is out of control with fabric since I am working on three different quilts.
In the midst of this disorganization, I took a trip to B&B Quilt Shop to pick up the fabric I ordered for the Tribute quilt.
Oh, my! So many “surprising discoveries”!

I did show some self-control, and only purchased the fabric and a square ruler…but, I took note on some fabric I will be using for another quilt. This shop has a quality selection of Texas wildflower fabrics.  I am working on some possible designs and I will be collaborating with my friend, Nancy.  I will talk more about this at a later date.

I had to pick another purple fabric for the binding on the Tribute quilt, since the wrong order had been placed.
However, the fabric I chose is a perfect replacement. The pink will be for the border.
Another discovery…the Buda Soda Fountain!
Actually, I had visited this yummy place when I last took care of my granddaughter.
We both got a sugar high and went bonkers…I know, Bad Grandma.
This was my new discovery at this quaint soda parlor:

Last night, I attended my first meeting as a member of the Alamo Heritage Quilt Guild.
The people were very welcoming, and the presenter, Michael Young, was amazing.
He is formerly from Louisiana, but is now living in San Antonio.
I loved what he repeatedly said about fabric : Let fabric do the work for you.
Also, I received the cutest membership name tag.
I need to embroider my name.

I am looking forward to learning more with this group of creative people.