Perfect Four-Patches

In BOM I demonstrated how I like to make 4-patch units. After much trial and error (like posting to my old blog site and then trying to figure out how to get it here!) I think I have a document that will be helpful! Forgive any grammar or spelling errors – I was stretching my brain to get this far!

Now for the meat and potatoes!

Start with 2 fabrics for your 4-patch units.

Cut strips desired width. In my sample I cut 2” strips. I also have my fabrics layered right sides together and I am using my stripology XL to cut perfect strips. (if you are following this to make your block – your pattern wants you to cut your strips 2-1/2″ YOU SHOULD! or your block won’t work!

Look at those pretty strips. I used FQ and I layered my fabric right sides together so I can just pick them up and sew after cutting the strips.

Check your 1/4″ seam allowance and get ready to sew those trips. At home I use my Jan Krentz tool, but we have a very similar tool available at the shop to check your 1/4″. On my Juki machine I also like to use this great seam guide that screws in place.

Press your strips carefully (when you get to the end of the blog you will see why I said to press carefully!). I pressed towards the dark fabric to prevent shadowing.

Now place your 2 strips sets right sides together and nestle them at the seams.

Set your stitch length to a basting length – approx 5

If you are using a seam guide – move it to the side or change your presser foot. Line the nestled strip sets together – and use that long stitch to baste them together – just next to the existing seam. On my Bernina I use a long serpentine stitch that goes side to side over the seam.

The basting stitch is the cream thread!

After you baste the strip together it is time to sub-cut the units. Because I started with 2″ strips I will sub-cut these 2″. If you started with 2-1/2″ you will sub-cut 2-1/2″ (unless you want rectangles instead of squares). I had a brilliance moment when I realized I can use my Stripology to do do my sub-cuts too!

Look at all those units that are now ready to SEW!

Friendly reminder to set your machine back to regular stitching mode!

Look ma – no pins! Because these units are basted together I can just pick them up and sew and sew and sew!

I love chain piecing and the basting stitches insure no slippage!

Here I gently pulled the unit apart after stitching and I can just pull those basting stitches out. Once in a while I might have to use the scissors or seam ripper but they usually just come apart.

I love to “spin” my seams to I have a very flat center!

I lightly press the back of the unit to “train” the seams to go where I want them to!

Oh My GOODNESS! Look at that pretty center! Remember no pins were used.

Now that you have reached the end of the blog I will confess – my sample block didn’t line up on the edges – even though that center was perfect! Well I didn’t PRESS carefully and my blue fabric has an extra fold over near the seam. (It’s really hard to see in the photo!)

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Dreams – that you didn’t realize you had!

Note: I have not created a blog in a really long time so hopefully this will all work….

So today a fellow shop owner shared this sentiment and it really hit home! Yes I have seen this many times over the years, but this year, 2020, more than any other has caused me to reflect on what really is my dream! It is being a quilt shop owner! Sharing my quilting knowledge with all of you and being an inspiration as best I can!

So a little back story! 1995 my friend Holly and I did a lot of crafts. We decided to sign up for a quilt class. The class was to be held at the original Thimbles & Threads in Draper, UT. It was a tiny little location with a screen door that went “whack” when it closed. Everyone was so nice and inspiring and I just knew I wanted to be a quilter! My husband ventured to this shop with me at some point and made a random comment about one day I would own a quilt shop! Seed is planted but I did not realize it at the time.

Fast forward to 2015, yes 20 years later! We have moved to Luling and are blessed beyond belief! He is chauffeuring me to one of my teaching gigs – where I will show pretty quilts I have made and hopefully inspire a few quilters to try something new! He asks if I have thought about opening a quilt shop! Well in my mind that seed that was planted 20 years prior is now a TREE! and I have permission! I start looking at properties in our town and a local quilter, who is also a building owner has just completed renovation of an old building on the main drag of town – and it is beautiful! This was our home for just over 2 years and then our wonderful building owner made it possible for us to move to one of her other locations and we now have an amazing location and a huge classroom. In June when we could finally invite quilters back to sew and we heard the giggling and visiting that occurs in a quilt classroom we knew we were back! 2020 you have been a tough one – but we are going to survive!

Thank you to each and everyone of you that follow us on Facebook, Instagram, our website and our store! We are here for you and we are grateful you are part of our dream!

Dee and the crew at HDQ – including Corey, Lindz, Liz and Michelle!

Regarding Masks Wearing

We are currently open Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 4.
We also have resumed the Open Sews and are holding a few classes.

Beginning May 2020 all customers entering the store need to wear a mask.  
Please be responsible when wearing your mask.  
A handmade mask WILL NOT protect you from getting COVID-19.  
It is designed to be a barrier from you transmitting to others.  
Wear your mask for limited use and then LAUNDER it!  
DO NOT microwave your mask!
You should have multiple masks so you can always have a clean ready to go mask.
Many counties in TX are now requiring a mask be worn anytime you are in public and you could be fined if not wearing one!

Just where have you been?

So it has been a while since I last posted (December!).  So sorry to keep you out of the loop.  Facebook gets a few posts and then there is mail chimp for the shop communications.  This year has been flying by in a whirl!  We have participated in several guild quilt shows, I have been teaching across Texas for guilds and shops and at retreats!  REGISTRATION for our Kids Kamps are happening now!

We just completed our first year as a brick and mortar quilt shop and we are very excited for the future.  Our next big event is our Customer Appreciation “Quilt Thump” on Saturday, June 17th right here in Luling, TX.  Our quilters have been collecting “seeds” and will be rewarded for supporting our first year with chances on raffle bags and auction items.  Please call 830-875-5432 to rsvp that you will be attending the quilt thump!  It won’t be the same without YOU!

Another auction item – quilted and bound! RSVP NOW so you will have the opportunity to own this quilt!

Auction item – this adorable sample is quilted and bound. Backing fabric is cuddle cloth – oh so yummy!

We have Row by Row coming up starting June 17th.  We have a really fun row this year and are super excited to be participating in Row by Row Junior program as well.

Our first Junior program. Kit is pre-cut READY to sew! A great row to start with!

Our Row for adults! We have a variety of kits available for this pattern, from rugged outdoors to Tula Pink. We hope you will have a little bit of fun with our row. (Pattern/Kit do not include border/binding – we have an optional charm kit available as well)

And as always we are adding new samples to the shop on a very regular basis – here is what we have to show this week.

Fabulous fabrics from Marcia Derse make this a rich yummy quilt! A quick easy Villa Rosa pattern and you will have this kit made up in no time at all.

Dimples for color and a fabulous background from Libs Elliott. You need to see this quilt in person to appreciate how happy it is! We supply the Dimples – you choose your background and accent border fabric!

We add to our tools and notions wall almost weekly, our list of classes is varied with a variety of teachers as well.

Need inspiration?  We will be starting a wearables group soon!  Are you interested?  Let us know!

And on the home front we had an exciting storm last night.  As I washed dishes I realized the water pressure was low – hubby went to check and came back in “You won’t believe what the problem is”  See for yourself!  Luckily I am married to Mr. Fixit and we were back in business in time to go watch the sunset over the horizon!

Stay safe and dry!  Stop by the shop and visit for awhile!


Countdown to Christmas!

Countdown to Christmas!
We have decided to post ALL of our specials for our Countdown!

You can choose which day(s) to come visit! Sale is limited to STOCK ON HAND – NO SPECIAL ORDERS!

December 5th – Books & Patterns (but not Judy Niemeyer!) 25% off
6th – All Christmas fabric is $25% off! Yippee!
7th – If it has a stripe – it’s on sale! 25% off!
8th – All FAT quarters are $2.00
9th – Batting including Fusible Fleece – 20% off
10th – Judy Niemeyer Patterns – 25% off
11th – Batiks are on sale for 20% off!
12th – Coloring Fabric – if it is Crayola licensed or fabric for coloring on! 25% off
13th – The entire COLOR WALL is on sale 15% off
14th – KITS KITS KITS! Kits are on sale $15% off
15th – FAT QUARTER BUNDLES are 25% off
16th – SOLIDS are on sale 25% off
17th – Gift Certificates! Purchase a gift Certificate for $50 and only pay $45
18th – BLACK & WHITES are on sale – 25% off
19th – Western Fabrics are on sale – 25% off
20th – Notions are 25% off – get your favorite tool today!
21st – WIDE BACKING FABRIC – is 30% off! That’s right 30% off!
22nd – All Panels are 25% off as well as their companion fabrics!


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Gazette Issue #7 – November 2016

Lots to cover this month – I hope you will read to the end!  I will try to put the fun stuff at the top just in case your time is limited!

Monday’s are OPEN sew 10-4
Come use our classroom space, great lighting, design walls and tables already set up.  FREE

Friday – November 11 10-3
Christmas Tree placemats or table runner! This class has been rescheduled SEW let’s have an open sew!  You work on your project and it is FREE!

Sunday – November 13 10-4
Judy Niemeyer Sew Day!  This event is designed for those that already know the technique and are currently working on project or ready to start a new one.  No instructor for this one, but Denise is available all day to answer your questions or help you with the next step.  Fee is $25.
Want to learn how to paper piece?  Watch our schedule for classes.

Ann’s Poppy! Made using the pattern African Violet!

Wednesday – November 16 9-noon
Learn how to make these festive dinner napkins for meals with your loved ones!
Fee is $25 (and (2) half-yards of fabric – what a DEAL!)


Saturday – November 19 9-noon
T-Shirt Prep Class – learn what it takes to make a t-shirt class!  Bring your t-shirts and start the process.  (no machine required for this class!)  Additional classes will be scheduled for the actual sewing and construction of your quilt.
Fee is $15 (no supplies at this time)

Saturday – November 19 4-6
Outlander Party!  Andover Fabrics is releasing their latest collection from the book (and TV series) Outlander.  We want you to be the first to see it live!  Join us at the Luling Oil Museum at 4:00 pm for tasty treats and drinks all Outlander Themed!  Then we will open up the fabrics for you to touch and feel!  They are beautiful!


Wednesday, November 30 9-4 – OR – Sunday, December 4 & 11 1-4
Machine Quilting 101!  Learn how to use the walking foot and the free motion quilting foot to finish those Christmas Gifts!  We use panels designed by Renae Allen along with her companion book!  Denise has lots of tips and tricks to share!
Class fee is $45 (purchase of kit is required and homework is pin-basting your quilt)


Friday – December 2 9-noon
Mini Quick Curve Ruler Christmas trees!  Make placemats, table runner or wall hanging!
Fee is $15 (does not include supplies)


Saturday – December 3 9-noon
Poinsettia Blocks made with Quick Curve Ruler!  Learn how to use this ruler!  Makes sewing curves a breeze!
Fee is $15 (does not include supplies)


Saturday – December 3  1-4 -OR- Wednesday – December 7 9-noon or 1-4
Christmas Stocking Class – use our cute panel to learn how to make your own Stockings.  It is a lot easier than it looks!
Fee is $15 (requires purchase of a pre-printed stocking panel and 1 Fat Quarter)



Saturday – December 10 9-1pm
Bargello Tree Skirt Class -learn to make this beautiful tree skirt using the 9 degree wedge ruler!  You will be surprised how fun and easy this project is!  Once you learn how to use your ruler then you will be able to make fun table runners and bed runners as well as creative borders for your quilts!
Class fee is $25 (does not include supplies)


Coming in 2017
Block of the Month – Using the Quick Curve Rulers!

Quilt Skillz – a comprehensive Learn To Quilt Class!  I am working on my sample and will share in the December Gazette!

Have you heard about our Customer Loyalty Program?
We are Over-The-Top EXCITED about this one!
Sewing Seeds!  Reap What you SEW!
Ask us next time you come!
Save the Date!  Saturday, June 17, 2017 is Customer Appreciation Day!


Here are a few photos from classes/retreats held last month!  My favorite is Olivia and her beautiful mama – they were in the Walk A Bout tote class!  Who do you share your passion with?

November is the month when we reflect on what we are thankful for.  I am thankful for a supporting family, those that live near me as well as those that live in other states.  Starting with my wonderful husband (Here is a photo that shows he really does go above and beyond!)


he is my rock!  It is also fabulous that he can build almost anything I dream up!  New racks/shelves/displays are added to the shop on a regular basis, custom built by my handy man!  (These are needed to hold all those scrumptious bolts of fabric!)  (Want to know more about that quilt he is removing the registration threads from? Scroll to the bottom of this post!)

I had a wild idea that we should sell “Barn Quilts”  My daughter-in-law taught herself how to do these and they look fabulous in the shop.  Did you know you can get a custom barn quilt painted by her?  My son and grandkids have also jumped into the fray when I had a health mishap and needed to be rescued at a quilt show where I was vending.  The grandkids love to SEW when they visit and their eagerness reminds me again and again how important it is to hand our sewing enthusiasm down to the next generations.

My sister who hops on a plane to get the computer system going and brings her partner in crime for added manual labor.  Then she surprises me by flying in again for the grand opening!  Then also drove 5 hours to attend the PUPs retreat in Memphis.

My sister-in-law Jeanine for educating me on the purchase of my computer system and credit card handling, always ready to answer my questions and get needed supplies for me.  Her partner in crime has even jumped in and he is my ergonomic specialist!  Watch for bi-annual seminars and learn how to treat your body right!

Finding that perfect employee – I have lucked out here big time!  Lindsey is AWESOME! and she knows every bolt of fabric!  She is always eager to help you with your project and doesn’t mind pulling out multiple bolts of fabric until the perfect one is found!  Her pint-sized helper is also a great employee!  When he is in the shop you know you will not need to open a door!  He also loves to open boxes and always exclaims with delight “It’s FABRIC!”  Man I love that kid!  During the spring and summer we were also able to have several local high school kids help out!  Watching them learn was a great reward for me!  Thanks Sarah, Lexi, Jordan and Shelby!

Our teachers are phenomenal and are always to share their great knowledge with you!  Thanks to LouAnn, Vanese, Marilyn and soon Kathy!  We are always looking for new classes, tell us what you want to learn (or teach!)

Friends and family that stop by the shop, offering words of advice – finding that special fabric that they couldn’t live without!   And those that are too far to stop by the shop send words of encouragement on a regular basis!

Most importantly all the quilting and sewing enthusiasts that find their way to our shop!  We want you to know how important you are!  We have what I believe is the BEST customer rewards program in the nation!  Our “Sewing Seeds”  and I am sure after our customer appreciation event on June 17, 2017 (save the date!) you will agree!

All of this adds up to success!  I couldn’t do it without all of you (and I really wouldn’t want to!)  and for all of this I am truly Thankful!

A few more photos to share – this is Vintage Rose – I was honored to create this beautiful quilt to represent Quiltworx in the Island Batik booth at festival.  Doris Rice, the Quilting Queen quilted it for me on a very tight deadline!  (I will post photos of the quilting when I get the quilt back in December!)


Be thankful and kind and remember – tomorrow is not promised!


Gazette Issue #6

Oh my Goodness – September just flew by and we are 1/3 of the way through October and I am just now reaching out!  Hubby and I were very happy to put September to bed this year. He started the month with a tear in his retina on Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.  The next weekend found me at the ER (after vending at the Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild Show) with a 10mm kidney stone, surgically removed the next day!  A big thank you to my son and grand-kids for coming to the show to pack my booth!  I was miserable for the next 2.5 weeks until the stint came out – the next morning at 6:45 am I flew to Memphis, TN to teach at a retreat!  On Saturday of the retreat I realized I had energy and I was BACK!  I also realized that I had not feeling well for a few months, I had chalked it up to being busy opening a new shop and having a different routine!  I am SEW EXCITED to be back in the swing again and we have lots planned – so much that I am just starting with October – but stay tuned to our Facebook and/or Instagram pages or follow our blog to stay up to date!

On our website there are 2 schedules of classes and events for the shop:
Shop Schedule  -or- Google Calendar

On the schedule you will find:
T-Shirt Quilt Class Information
Multiple Madness Dresden Plate Class – uses beautiful fabrics with a 12″ repeat
Visits from local longarm quilters to help you turn your TOPS into QUILTS
A FREE Quilting Ergonomics Lecture (October 22)
And Lots more – click on one of the above links to learn more!



May your bobbin run out (as that means you are sewing!)  May you smile and find peace while you sew!  May we see you soon!
Til Then Best Wishes,

Denise & Lindsey
Tara, Corey and Holly

Contest! Sewing with Dolls!

For our September and October promotion we are asking for participation!  We have some really fun doll panels for you to stitch up and then the fun begins!  You get to dress them up!  They can be trick-or-treaters or they can be a formal couple!  Totally up to you!

This is a great project for adults and kids.  A fun activity with the grand kids or girl scouts.

The panel is $12.50, shipping is $3.00 + applicable taxes.  (No shipping if you stop by the store to get yours!)

Panel includes a girl and boy doll.  Click here to order yours!  There are 3 pairs to choose from.  Olive and Oliver; Goldie and Gray or Rosie and Rowan.  Designed by SeeKateSew and produced by Riley Blake Fabrics.

Your panel must be purchased from HollyDee Quilts either in the shop or online.  You can bring your dolls into the shop -or- you can send us photos of your dolls!  All entries must be received either in the shop or via photo by October 24th.  Voting will begin (via the blog, email and/or Facebook) October 25th through October 31st and on November 1st we will announce a winner.

Prizes for adult entries will start with First Place is a $25 gift certificate to HollyDee Quilts, Second Place $10 and Third Place is $5.00.

Prizes for entries from kids 14 and under First/Second/Third will receive a pillowcase kit!  Fabric tailored for boy vs girl!

BUT WAIT – there’s more – the more participants the better the prizes!!!  We will add to the $ amount of each gift certificate as we get participants.  A participant is defined as someone who purchases the panel with the intent to complete an entry.  However, once you purchase the panel there are no returns – so be sure to complete your entry!

Here is one of our samples!  Frankenstein and his Bride!


Stop by, call or go online today to order your panel and get started!  We can’t wait to see what you do!


Denise and Lindsey

Gazette Issue #5

Summer has come to an end and the kiddos are back in school.  Only a few more days of Row by Row and it too will end for the year.  We are so appreciative of every customer that walks through our door, follows us on social media or visits our website.  Without each of you we would not be here!  We hope to be here a very long time!

NEW HOURS – Effective September 7th our new hours will be:
Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 – 3 4:00 pm
If you are traveling and think you might not make it prior to closing – just give us a call and if we are able to stay open we will!  You don’t know; if you don’t ask!

To stay up to date with our goings ons – we encourage you to follow our blog -or- follow us on Facebook -or- follow us on Instagram.

We have doubled our fabric since we opened and we have more arriving almost daily!
Some of our favorite collections……

Looking for some quick Christmas gifts?  We have a variety of panels to choose from…..


And we have kits galore!  Here are just a few……

Classes and Events!
Below is a list of our upcoming classes and events…..
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I hope you enjoy all of this information.  Your feedback is appreciated!

Going to Pieces here in Luling TX!

Denise, Lindsey, Corey and Holly (and sometimes Aunt Tara!)

The Bag Ladies of Luling!

A little delay in posting here – but better late than not at all right?  On August 6th we had Louann here to teach the “WalkAbout” tote!  All of our students went home with a completed bag and a bag full of tips and tricks shared by Louann!

We are hoping to schedule another class for this bag in the near future – let us know if you are interested!  These would make AWESOME Christmas presents!

Louann’s bags – the center one is her daughter’s knitting bag!

Louann’s bags – the center one is her daughter’s knitting bag!

Pieces and parts to be used as demos during the class! Won’t these make a fun bag!

In process

Is it inside or right-side out?


Just lovely! Great accent colors!


Looking sharp!

I love love love Genia’s bag – what a great project!

I love love love Genia’s bag – what a great project!

I love love love Genia’s bag – what a great project!