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!
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!
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!
Good Morning! I was searching through my blog the other day for something and realized I really miss blogging and sharing (in more depth) what I am up to these days! SEW – from now on I will be blogging more frequently to let you know what I am working, what we have new in the shop, where I am teaching etc.
First of all – thank you to all that have stopped by the shop since we opened – we are grateful. In our effort to show our gratitude we have a monthly give-a-way! July we gave away this quilt! Fear not – I have a pattern available if you did not win but would still like to have this festive quilt to show your love for the USA!
I also want to share this adorable quilt with you – the fabrics are by Cori Dantini – my new favorite fabric designer! My granddaughter is part of an acting ensemble and her very first play was “Into the Woods” and she played the granny – so of course I had to buy this fabric collection! We have this wonderful kit available for you! Call us for more information!
I have been asked to help Quiltworx complete a quilt for the new technique of the month – Vintage Rose! The color way is designed by Judel and the fabrics are from Island Batik!
Here is what I have done so far – be sure to “follow” the blog to stay up to date!
You can also keep up to date with our shenanigans on Facebook and Instagram – both under HollyDee Quilts!
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!
2015 was a busy year for us. We had just moved into our new home.
In the studio we had shelving to build, peg board to hang, cabinetry to place. Lots of rearranging as I decided to tweak things, 256 sf of design walls to put up.
Join local groups; Luling Fiber Arts. Create new groups; Settlement Magnolias. Just to name a couple…
My travel included a cruise where I was teaching, NQA in Little Rock where I was teaching and vending, Montana for a tune-up and so much more. My treasured time is when I am quilting with long-time friends and we are enjoying each others company (or when I am with my hubby!)
48 Retreat/Quilt To You Wilt/Cruise days, most of these where a taught, but a couple where I was a lucky participant! 6 visits to guilds to provide lectures and workshops! 22 workshop days at various shops usually involving 2 or more hours of travel each way! 6 shows including NQA in Little Rock. 1 Guest Artist appearance at a show where I was a vendor had a special exhibit and daily bed-turnings.
4 days of Farm Camp for the Grandkids, 7 days of Camp Dee-Dee with the Grandkids! Enjoyed 2 plays that my granddaughter was in, baseball games for the grandson as well as other family time events!
And along the way I finished a few quilts, a couple of them were started prior to 2015, but many were started and made it to top stage in 2015. I also quilted several quilts for customers (but not as many as I used to!)
You’ve been asking for it and here it finally is! A tutorial for how I like to appliqué vines and similar quilt elements. I am using the pattern “One” by Quiltworx for my example.
The first thing you need to do is determine how wide you want your vein. I have 2 samples here. Captains Wheel is the first one, it has a very thin “rope”. The next is ONE and I used a wider cut strip for this one. I make a sample out of scrap fabric and just do the steps to see what I will like. Be sure to use contrasting fabrics for your sample.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful. I plan to do a few more so if you have any gentle critiques please post them in the comments.
Remember I am available to teach at your local quilt shop or your quilt guild. You can find my schedule here.
A couple of weeks ago I was the guest speaker for the Victoria Area Quilt Guild! They are a very busy guild! And so many nice ladies! It was great to see all the familiar faces in the group too – many of these ladies had been on the Quilting Cruise earlier this year!
They meet on the 4th Thursday of the month – you can learn more about them here.
Here are a few of the show and tells from their guild meeting!
After the meeting and a quick bite to eat we started our workshop. Compass Rose Table Runner! This is a great pattern and the there are enough papers included in the pattern to make 2 table runners. This block is also the center for Mariner’s Compass (retreat in October). It is also a featured block in Captain’s Wheel.
Here are a few photos from the workshop.
Thank You Quilt Guild of Greater Victoria! I had a wonderful time!
Get on a boat! And sail the high seas with a bunch of fun quilters!
A special thanks to Veronica Cox of Bear Threads Designs for coordinating of our Quilters Cruise!
I would also like to acknowledge the minute of silence held on the ship to remember the reason we have Memorial Day! Several tributes were held through-out the ship during our week on board! The folks in TX were always on our mind as the state experienced un-precedented flooding over the Memorial Weekend and days that followed!
Our view as we were getting ready to leave Galveston in a drizzly rain on board The Navigator of the Seas for 7 days of fun packed sewing, sight-seeing and sipping! (Be sure to read to the end as you will not want to miss the final photo!)!
Our first full day at sea was a class taught by Winnie Fleming. All of her kits were pre-cut and the students got right down to sewing! Our machines were Janome Horizon machines and were provided by Scott from Citrus Sewing Center of Ocala, FL.
The evening class was taught by Susie Seed, she is an educator for Sulky! She had a fun project called split personality and students were able to try all kinds of threads and stitches while constructing their projects.
My day to teach did not arrive until day 5 of the cruise, after 3 port days, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. I was worried my students would be worn-out by this point as they had had a busy several days so far. But, my fears were quickly set aside, they were all excited and ready to jump in and learn something new! Only 1 photo from my class because I was having too much fun sharing my passion for paper-piecing!
There is so much to do on the ship!
When we weren’t sewing or sleeping, we were sight-seeing or enjoying ship performances. I did not take photos at most of the performances, we saw an ice-skating show, a tribute broadway, karaoke, comedians and lounge acts. My favorite was when the staff performed on the promenade with a tribute to the 70’s including The Village People! If I had not been laughing so hard I might have been able to snap some photos!
Highlights from our excursion to Cozumel….
Our group after the 2nd formal dinner. A big thank you to my husband for being our photographer!
We skipped early dinner one evening which meant I got to see a sunset!
Sipping with our 3 favorite bartenders! Thanks Alice, Elle and Juana for keeping us entertained and “hydrated!” Our favorite place on the ship was the R Bar winding down with friends!
Yesterday I decided to load a quick quilt on the frame. A very cute umbrella quilt from Ronda at And Sew it Began. But of course I had to take a quick project and complicate it – as I talked to myself I decided I should do a different background fill in each block. There are 30 blocks. My brain can quickly think of about 10 fills and then it gets stumped. Oh yeah I also decided to alternate the fills between something with straight lines or grid work vs a more flowing or rounded design. Needless to say I had out all of my modern quilting, doodle quilting and any other book that may give me some more ideas!
Here are the photos – Ronda will get her quilt tomorrow when I see her in Wimberley for our Fire Island Hosta Retreat – she is our chef!
We have been having some fabulous weather here in South Central TX – lots of sunshine and 70’s my kind of weather!