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:
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Sunday 1:00 – 3 4:00 pm
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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…..
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!)
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!
In 2013 we had some fun at a few “Quilt til You Wilts” at Pinwheels and Posies. This is a “retreat” at a shop where you go home at night and sleep in your own bed. We would sew from early morning til late at night. What a great way to get immersed in a more complex quilt or technique!
This quilt was born during one of these events. I was happy to quilt Janeane’s quilt for her and she was willing to work around my crazy schedule last year with the “big move”. I had hoped to complete the quilting before I moved, but it was not meant to be. I know how much work is put into these quilts and I did not want to feel rushed on the quilting. So the quilting was put on hold until things were “settled” at the new house. I am so glad I waited, the quilt was able to talk to me and give me quilting ideas where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. I am thrilled with how it turned out and so was Janeane!
As a workshop leader for quilting classes I so enjoy watching students learn new techniques and take on projects that they never thought possible. This last set of Oh My Judy Stars students were just amazing. They did their pre-class homework, then did their in between homework and they just really had a good time.
Here are a few photos from the group, not all the students were able to attend the final class, if they send me photos of their quilts I will share in the future.
Agnes and her husband chose the fabrics together for this quilt, I think they make a GREAT team!
The quilt below is Mariner’s Compass. Pat will be making this quilt queen size, she will be adding 4 corners to this octagon to square it up to 60×60, then she adds 4 more corners to put it on point along with a fabulous paper-pieced border that will have a white background with chocolate accents. Pat’s center wasn’t laying quite as flat as I thought it should, I was able to show her how to “spin” her seams and now it is flat flat flat. She was over the moon thrilled with learning that new tip! Pat has already made Glacier Star and it is in my studio awaiting it’s turn for quilting – will you want to see photos of that one?
Sara had purchased this kit from Pinwheels and Posies, she changed up the color placement in the Lone Star center and I just love how it turned out. After a few tense moments while working through her Y seams Sara is now very pleased with her quilt – AS SHE SHOULD BE!
And here is Sandy’s Summer Solstice – don’t you love the tropical feel of her colors!
My students were doing so well in our final class that they encouraged me to pull out my project and sew – here is my Fire Island Hosta. This quilt is going to be a lot of fun to teach, new techniques that will be used in several of the upcoming patterns from Judy Niemeyer Quilting. While it may look difficult at first glance – if you read the pattern and use all of the helpful registration points this quilt will go together quite easily.
And below is a teaser – I am teaching at a retreat in August in Wimberley, TX. I will be teaching the Captain’s Wheel pattern. One of our retreat attendees as been busy with her pre-class homework, here is one of Sharon D’s “Compass Rose” blocks for her quilt. Linda L and Sharon J have also been busy, they have all their fabrics cut and they have each made at least 1 Compass Rose Unit. Do you want to make this quilt? I am teaching this class at Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX – class #1 is July 30 and the 2nd class is August 13.
Which Judy Niemeyer Quilt do you want to make? What is stopping you?
Exciting news on the pattern front! Quiltworx aka Judy Niemeyer Quilting has just announced their newest Technique of the Month. These are released on a bi-annual basis. The pattern will be going through a rigorous testing process over the next few months and then the final results will be printed and ready for release January 2015.
RETREATS RETREATS RETREATS – I plan to teach the new Technique of the Month in shops as well as retreats – if you are interested in a retreat let me know.
The first technique of the month was Glacier Star (2011) and I was totally in love. I have taught this class numerous times as well as made several quilts in collaboration with Pinwheels and Posies.
Be sure to check the schedule on the left side of the screen – I have been adding events for the coming months. There are 3 retreats scheduled for 2015 – post a comment if you want more information.
Today is Niemeyer Wednesday at Pinwheels and Posies. Each month I hostess an open sew for students that are working on their Quiltworx patterns from classes I have taught. They can come sew from 10-4 for just $10, WHAT A DEAL!
This is one of my favorite days to teach, they bring in their projects that they have been working on and we usually have at least 4-5 different patterns being worked on. Quite often I am asked to help them pull fabrics for their next Judy project and I always enjoy spending other peoples money!
Here are a few photos from April’s Niemeyer Wednesday…..
Maybe I will get May’s Niemeyer Wednesday photos posted a little quicker!
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.
A fantastic rainbow of color – I hope this is as pretty as think it is going to be!
I think I am in love!
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?
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.
The original pattern includes a rope that undulates around the quilt between the border and the Captains’ Wheel blocks
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!
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?
Once a month I hostess a finishing class for students that are working on their Judy Niemeyer quilts. Some come to pick out fabric, some come to cut fabric, some come to sew. We all show up to be inspired! I have been teaching these classes for several years now and watching these quilts come together is always a treat!
So to inspire you I have chosen a few delights!
Be sure to check the calendar to see if I am coming to a guild or shop near you in 2014. I would love to come teach at your guild or shop!
WOW! – I have been so busy these past few weeks. It will take me a few posts to catch up – but catch up I will do!
Prior to leaving for Montana we had another fun filled Quilt Til You Wilt (Almost 40 hours of sewing over 3 days) at Pinwheels and Posies http://www.pinwheelsandposies.com I taught the Mariners Compass Quilt and had some fabulous students. The class was not full so we also opened it up for previous Mariner’s Compass Students to come work on their quilts. It was so wonderful for those beginning the quilt to see the progress made by previous students. Of course Peggy made sure we were well fed, including those fabulous cakes from “Nothing Bundt Cake”, chocolate covered strawberries and lots of nourishing food
This morning I slept in – the sun was already over the mountain. We had a lot of entertainment last night and so the pillow was very welcoming. I would love to share some of the entertainment, but what happens at a Quiltworx Retreat – stays at a Quiltworx Retreat! (Well at least it won’t be printed here!) We also had a very important history lesson – we all now know why George Washington chopped down the cherry tree!