The Next Chapter

I may have mentioned in an earlier post that my word for the year is “ACTUALIZE”.  I wanted something that would inspire me to do the things I really want to do and not procrastinate.  Life is short, make the most of it.

Back in 1995 I started quilting, I think the seed was planted then that I wanted to own a quilt shop and share my new passion with everyone I came in touch with.  A few years later while taking a workshop from Mary Lou Weidman she asked each of us what our favorite part of quilting was; I replied sharing what I know with other quilters.  Time Warp to 2011 I became a certified instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting aka Quiltworx and I have had a blast.  Traveling around Texas and even outside of Texas to teach and vend at shows has been so much fun; but I want to be more productive in my own community.

As you recall in 2014 we made the BIG move to the SMALL town of Luling, TX.  There is just something about this town that calls upon me to make an impact!  While we are not residents of Luling; we live just past the county line; I consider Luling my new hometown!

So begins the next chapter, and I am so excited about it!  I have found a perfect little building right on the main drag.  The owners have just completed a fabulous renovation and I must say it is full of charm and excitement.  I can’t wait to share the inside with you – but for now you will have to whet your appetite with a few photos of the outside and the town.

For you to really appreciate the work that has been done I will start with a before photo from google.

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The before photo!
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The address! 405 E Davis
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The building, original brick, new awning, new doors and windows.
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Looking forward to seeing what my sign bidders come up with!
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Two doors down from the shop! It’s all happening here the last weekend in June! Two doors down in the other direction is a cute little shop that sells “beverages”

Stay tuned as I will be sharing photos from the inside soon.  You will also get a sneak peek at the fabrics that will be lining our shelves!

Looking forward to seeing you all VERY SOON!

Dee

An Even Dozen – Quilt Tops that is……

In January I posted a quiz on my HollyDee Quilts Facebook page – How many of my own Judy Niemeyer Quilts Tops do I have to quilt?  The answer was 11 – that was on January 16th.  Today is February 1st and I now have an even dozen!  I am so excited because I just finished my Captains Wheel Quilt Top, pattern by Judy Niemeyer.  (Judy’s Original).   (Someday I will count how many other quilt tops I have of my own to quilt!)

I started cutting the fabric on December 16th.  (Remember I also am a long arm quilter and we had the holidays in there –  I did not sew every day on this project, I just fit a couple of hours in here and there.

The fabric - time to chop it into little pieces.....
The fabric – time to chop it into little pieces…..see the tan and bright yellow in the back?  They did not make the cut!

A fantastic rainbow of color – I hope this is as pretty as think it is going to be!

Lots of little pieces
Lots of little pieces – the one in the very front here are the replacements for the tan and bright yellow

I think I am in love!

Look at the magic when you sew those little pieces back together to make a big piece of fabric again!
Look at the magic when you sew those little pieces back together to make a big piece of fabric again!
When you take the time to spin the ends you get rid of that huge bump that makes it very difficult to quilt.  And a very pretty pinwheel.  Thanks to Ardelle from Canada for teaching me how to do this!
When you take the time to spin the ends you get rid of that huge bump that makes it very difficult to quilt. And a very pretty pinwheel. Thanks to Ardelle from Canada for teaching me how to do this!
I think I like this one....
I think I like this quilt!

See the fabric that randomly changes color around the smaller captains wheel block – that is the replacement fabric – much better than tan don’t you agree?

Corner picture
Corner picture –

If you have already made this pattern or are currently working on it – you will notice that my corner is different than the pattern.  I added a line down the center of the corner so my color wheel would work it’s way around the quilt properly.

Overall photo - something is still missing!
Overall photo – something is still missing!

The original pattern includes a rope that undulates around the quilt between the border and the Captains’ Wheel blocks

The pattern adds a rope and I found a slick way to do this - I am so excited to teach this method!  This is not the finished look, I still need to press it back and tack it down.
The beginning of my rope – it is not finished here!

The rope really finishes it off and I love how the colors change as it goes around.  I purchased the fabric at Houston International Quilt Festival in November with no particular project in mind – serendipity!

And now the overall with the rope attached - what do you think?
And now the overall with the rope attached – what do you think?

Now for some fun…..  The pattern is “Captains Wheel”  This is a companion quilt for “Mariners Compass”.  Both of these quilts need names – do you have a good idea for a name?

My Mariners Compass
My Mariners Compass