Today I am trying to recover from four days of fun in Fayetteville. My friend, Marti, arranged for us to have a quilting retreat in Fayetteville, Texas. It gave me the opportunity to spend time with Diane, a friend I met through Marti. Diane creates beautiful quilts, and I spent the four days learning so much from her. The clown car was packed to capacity, and we said we would have no room for any new purchases…😉 We found the room!
Our plan was for each of us to make the Village quilt. In preparation for this trip, we pooled our fabric remnants and scraps. We also had cut a lot of the pieces needed for this quilt. Marti had seen a variation of this Village pattern, where the doorway piece had a character fabric. We thought it was so cute, so we gathered all of the fabric characters we had in our stashes. Diane donated so much of her fabric to this project.
Before Marti and I met Diane in Fayetteville, we stopped in Luling. Diane had told us about her friend, Denise, who owns the Holly Dee Quilts Shop. The shop has a great selection of Marcia Derse fabric. There was a quilt made of Derse fabric on display, and I just loved it. Denise was so helpful in providing helpful hints on making this curved log cabin quilt. I added to my Derse stash by buying some more of the Treasure Hunt and Art History fat quarters. At this early stage of our retreat, I already had a new project on my list.
We stayed at Wisteria Bend Cottage, a bed and breakfast in Fayetteville. The owner provided such a personal touch and many amenities that made our stay cozy and comfortable. She even had two ironing boards set up for us. The lighting in the house was perfect for our sewing sessions. It was enjoyable drinking my morning coffee on one of the front porch rocking chairs.
After productive morning sessions, we would head out to eat lunch and explore the beauty of Central Texas. On our first outing, we visited La Grange, Texas. Bistro 108 has a menu that is worth visiting more than once. We visited the Texas Quilt Barn in search of background fabric for the Village quilt that Diane is making for one of our Meemaw friends. Diane is so generous with her time and skills. The Texas Quilt Barn will be a year old this August. It had a nice variety of fabric.
These are the results for my first morning session. Diane showed us fabulous short cuts for piecing, measuring, cutting, and so much more.
On the third day of our retreat, we drove to Giddings, Texas. We have had so much rain, so the landscape is filled with every variation of green you can imagine. We were lucky that the weather was still cool-ish in the morning and in the evening.
Diane had told us about a quilt shop in Giddings that had quality fabric at great prices. We drove over 30 miles, on country roads, in the middle of nowhere, to get to Meme’s. After forty minutes, we arrived at our destination, and I could not believe the amount of cars that were parked on the lawn surrounding the house/shop. Inside, we found a crowd of women, dropping off quilts to be long armed, and carrying bolts of fabric to be cut or purchased. I was able to find $13 dollar Christmas fabric by Moda at half-off prices. We each walked out with a load of fabric.
This adventure was followed by a trip to Round Top, Texas. This is a 610 acre town in Fayettville County. The 2010 census reported a population of 90. Round Top hosts an antique show twice a year. After lunch at Garden Co., we visited the artisan shops in this scenic shopping area.
After Round Top, we visited the Spoiled Quilter in the town square in Fayetteville. It had been closed on the first two days of our visit. The shop has a unique way of displaying the fabric, making it easy to view and visualize its use.
When we returned to our cozy house in Fayetteville, we would spend our time walking the town square and neighborhoods. Marti provided us with musical DVD’s to watch and made Cosmopolitans for beverage. We managed to get a bit of sewing, and more cutting done in the evenings.
After four days of sewing, cutting, laughing, and friendship, I could barely get up this morning. I need to relax from my retreat before I get started again.
This is what I was able to get done at our retreat:
35 Blocks…only 100 more to go!😉 Close up