Texas Treasure

One of the many reasons I love Austin, is the hidden treasures that can be found in the city.
The Texas Folklife Gallery is one such treasure. The stated mission for this gallery is :Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State.

The gallery is located in this simple, modest house.
I have driven past this house before, not realizing the importance of this location.
Last week, I visited the gallery with my sister, Emma, and my friend, Nancy. We went to the gallery to see the Quilting the World’s Conscience Exhibit, where Tierney Hogan has one of her quilts on display. I had read the story and seen the quilt, Stories My Father Told Me, on Tierney’s blog. Walking into the gallery and seeing this piece hanging, front and center, was quite an inspirational experience.

All of the quilts on display present a powerful reminder of the importance of preserving and respecting our diverse cultures.
Tierney, thank you for your art and inspiration.

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.