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

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!


A Little Bit of this…..and that!

Earlier this year as I was meeting with fabric reps they would ask about my Halloween collections – I told each of them I wasn’t going to order much for halloween as I wasn’t confident I would get samples done and did not want to end up with bolts and bolts of Halloween fabric.

And then I would purchase a full line of Halloween fabric from each rep!  What was I thinking!!!

So…..we have lots of fun Halloween fabrics and we have several samples in the shop for you to see.  I am going to showcase them here on the blog as I have a chance!

This one is called Spooky Town and the designer is Cori Dantini from Blend Fabrics, I just love this artist!  We have 3 other lines from her in the shop and 2 more on order…..  once again – what was I thinking????

This was the free pattern on the manufacturer site – cute enough – but we really wanted to showcase these cute cute cute fabrics….


So I used the foundation from the free pattern but then changed out some of the fabrics and changed up the piecing and here is what we have for you…. this quilt is cute and fun to make – the fabric arrived on Monday and we had a quilt top done by Thursday (and I was in Houston on Tuesday!)  Quilted free-hand with my favorite whimsical style of sort of custom!  Kit price is $60 and includes the pattern, all fabrics for the top and binding.


And here are a few close-ups….


After Row by Row ends you will find us ecstatically putting our fall spook on!




A Mariner’s Compass!

One of my students made this beautiful Mariner’s Compass; then I was asked to quilt it!  She patiently waited for this quilt to move up the list of quilts to be quilted!  I sent her a couple of sneak peek photos once it was loaded.  But this did not prepare her for what she would receive – upon receipt of the quilt and shams her note to me said simply  “It Came!  It takes my breath away!”  Another happy client!  Her quilt was so stunning to begin with – the choice of classic colors made this an amazing quilt to start with.  She had sent me a pieced back originally.  Then it was determined she would need to send me a different back; I must say I was so excited to use the new backing as I knew the quilting would be stand out!

Without further ado – I will now share some quick photos of Pat’s quilt.  You will be able to see it in all it’s glory in May at the Lakeview Quilters Quilt Show.  I will also be a vendor there!  I hope to see you!  PS – my shop opens the week AFTER the LQG show!


NOTE: I have removed the slideshow and replaced with photos – slideshow was playing inconsistently.

I would appreciate some feedback regarding the slideshow – do you like it?  Or do you prefer individual photos with comments?


Houston! We have a Rodeo and Quilts!

Texas is BIG and Houston is HUGE!!!  So is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!  There are many Go-Texan competitions as part of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and on more than one occasion I have been asked to be a participant in the “Quilts” Competition. Even having a quilt I own – take Best of Show Metro along with several other ribbons that year!

So there is a story that goes with this quilt.  I purchased the top at my guild auction in 2003 and it was bidding war to the end.  Luckily some folks sitting near by adversary convinced her I was not going to give up and she finally stopped bidding.  What she did not know, is my final bid was truly my final bid – had she bid one more time this beauty would’ve gone home with her.  I arrived home and tentatively showed my hubby – he wondered out-loud what this had cost him; I don’t think I told him that night!  Fast forward to May 2004, I entered my now finished quilt in the Lakeview Quilters Guild show, out of 3 entries in its category it took 3rd.  I had it appraised that year and I highly recommend you have your special quilts appraised, this one appraised for 4 x my initial purchase of the top.  Some interesting information regarding appraisals – the backing fabric DOES matter.  As part of the quilt I was given a beautiful Jane Sassaman for the back; that added value.  I used to say “it’s just the back” but not anymore.  Also, the number of years you have been quilting, your status in the quilting community and many other little things add to the value of your quilt.  I have considered having this quilt re-appraised because my status in the quilting world has changed and it is probably more valuable now.  Fast forward to 2006, I was asked to allow this quilt to represent the NASA/Clearlake/Friendswood Go-Texan Region and I of course agreed.  Well this quilt, took Best of Show, 3 first places and a judges choice!  Be sure to view the photo of the label I included below – I give these women ALL the credit for any ribbons this quilt has received.  I am just the quilter and the proud owner!


Another block! The background is a Hoffman 1895, color Havana – I have been known to purchase this by the bolt! All the fabric in this quilt are batiks. The patterns for the blocks were from a book by Jane Townswick
A close-up of one of the blocks in Chocolat
This is the second label for this quilt. Prior to shipping it off to Houston for the competition I wanted to update the label to include that it was part of the 2006 HLSR Quilt Competition. This label is significant to me because it reminds me who made each block and/or border. These talented women are members of the Lakeview Quilters Guild and there work is some of the finest I have seen when it comes to appliqué!

For 2016 I was asked to quilt this quilt for the competition.  I do love how these wool appliqué quilts quilt up!  Be sure to find this quilt when you visit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year – be sure to share your photos!  Here are my photos; but they never do the quilt justice because the quilt is not yet trimmed and there is no binding.  The binding always just gives a quilt that polished look!

An overall view of Ronda’s beautiful wool appliqué quilt!
A dragonfly close-up – doesn’t this make you smile?
The border – appliqué and piecing
A basket of sunflowers
Another view of the back – more light this time
And one more of the back – do you need a drool bib yet?

Wishing this quilt and it’s owner best wishes in the quilt competition for Houston 2016!


Block Swap Re-Visited

For many years I have been a member of Lakeview Quilters Guild!  My first meeting was in August of 1997, they were talking about a retreat.  Sounded interesting so I signed up and a couple of weeks later I headed to Round Top TX with a new friend on a new adventure.  I was attending a retreat with 65 quilters, most of whom I had never met.  Pat and I were assigned to the 3rd floor but the a/c was not working on that side of the 3rd floor.  There were a couple of beds for us in the other house, the stairs to our second floor were the old fashioned, teeny tiny steep stairs and we both opted to stay in the other building on the 3rd floor with no a/c.  We opened the windows at night and it really was quite pleasant.  We were really lucky because future years with heat hovering in the high 90’s we would’ve been toast trying to sleep with no a/c.

This retreat holds a special place for me – it is always held the weekend after Labor day and the facility is amazing – the friendship we enjoy there is even better!  Over the years I have been able to share this special event with my sister, nieces (from GA and UT), my daughter-in-law and numerous friends.  I love to walk from room to room and house to house just visiting with friends and learning from each of them.  Sometimes I even sew!  It is always very inspiring!

I love to do block swaps and one year (2002 or 2003)  I gathered a group to swap 16 blocks, they had to make 16 beautiful fall blocks AND add sashing with a corner stone on two sides.  The rules changed and while we did make the sashing and corner stone we did not attach them.  We had 1 year to make our blocks and sashing.  We had no deadline for finishing the quilt.  I received a call in 2015, one of the group was so excited, she had finished her quilt and needed it quilted.  She used a technique by Sharyn Craig called Twist N Turn to set her blocks.

“Side Note” – Sharyn Craig was the first speaker I saw at the Lakeview Quilters Guild and her program was the best thing I had ever seen, her quilts were beautiful and she was so funny and inspiring and genuine!  When she came back to our guild several years later I was worried that she would not be as good as I remembered since that had been my first guild meeting ever!  Well, she did not disappoint the second time around, she was even better!

I have not been able to visit my old guild since I 2014 when we moved to the “country”, however, in bringing everything full circle, I will be participate as a vendor at their bi-annual quilt show May 13 & 14.  The women in this guild are the reason I am opening a quilt shop to share my passion with other quilters.  My guild is full of inspirational women that have always shared their gift and passion with me!  Thinking of them makes me smile!

So I guess you want to Cherie’s quilt now?  It is beautiful!

These blocks were amazing, Linda A. made the feathered stars, Karla made the pine-burr blocks.  Several chose beautiful blocks designed by Carol Doak.

Do you do block swaps?  I know so many quilters that don’t because they don’t get back a “perfect” block.  What I get back are memories!  That is why I love doing block swaps!  Perfection can be over-rated!

Go make someone’s day special!  Give them a smile!  It’s free and it will make you feel GREAT!