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

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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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Retreats
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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!)

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?

Denise

Mariner’s Compass it’s Quilted!

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!

Here are the photos – I hope you enjoy!

The compass rose starts the center of the quilt.
The compass rose starts the center of the quilt.
Another view of the compass rose with more of the other piecing, see how the spokes radiate out from here?
Another view of the compass rose with more of the other piecing, see how the spokes radiate out from here?
These are the sails.  I created "billows" with the quilting.
These are the sails. I created “billows” with the quilting.
Sails, Feathers and Ropes - I loved how the ropes intertwined with the other piecing.
Sails, Feathers and Ropes – I loved how the ropes intertwined with the other piecing.
Spokes and feathers...
Spokes and feathers…
Pretty fill work - the right fill work will let the piecing stand out!
Pretty fill work – the right fill work will let the piecing stand out!
Quilting just for texture.
Quilting just for texture.
More quilting
More quilting
And the back of the quilt.....
And the back of the quilt…..
Back of the compass rose
Back of the compass rose
Corner view of the back.
Corner view of the back.
The full quilt - stunning!
The full quilt – stunning!

What project are you working on?

Dee

 

I am Seeing Stars!

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 chose Amazon Star for her pattern, this quilt is 104x104 and she added an additional border to make it approx 114x114 prior to quilting.
Agnes chose Amazon Star for her pattern, this quilt is 104×104 and she added an additional border to make it approx 114×114 prior to quilting.

Agnes and her husband chose the fabrics together for this quilt, I think they make a GREAT team!

Because of the size of this quilt I had to take the photos in stages.  This quilt has such fabulous visual impact!
Because of the size of this quilt I had to take the photos in stages. This quilt has such fabulous visual impact!
The paper-pieced borders, prior to Agnes adding an additional 5" all the way around.
The paper-pieced borders, prior to Agnes adding an additional 5″ all the way around.

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?

Pat chose Mariner's Compass for her quilt.  Her first "Star" quilt was Judy's Glacier Star, (it is here in my studio waiting for its turn on the quilting frame)
Pat’s Mariner’s Compass – white background with blacks, grey’s and browns.  This quilt is so elegant and rich!  Can’t wait to see it done!

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!

Sara made Summer Solstice, while she did have a few tense moments went assembling her quilt we all LOVE how it turned out.  Her fabric placement for that outer border is FABULOUS!
Sara made Summer Solstice,  we all LOVE how it turned out. Her fabric placement for that outer border is FABULOUS!
Here is the original from the kit - Sara's subtle changes, the inner border in the kit is orange, Sara's is the dark blue - and see how her fabric placement in the border changes that entire outer border?
Here is the original from the kit – Sara’s subtle changes, the inner border in the kit is orange, Sara’s is the dark blue – and see how her fabric placement in the border changes that entire outer border?

And here is Sandy’s Summer Solstice – don’t you love the tropical feel of her colors!

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Thanks Sandy! She sent me this quick photo to add to the blog – Sandy was unable to make the last class. She had actually finished her quilt top prior to the 3rd class! And we had 4 classes!

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.

Fire Island Hosta - watch my schedule (left side of the screen) for when I will be teaching this!
Fire Island Hosta – watch my schedule (left side of the screen) for when I will be teaching this!

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.

Sharon D's Captain's Wheel - she is attending the retreat in August where I am teaching this quilt!  She is on the ball for pre-class homework!
Sharon D’s Captain’s Wheel – she is attending the retreat in August where I am teaching this quilt! She is on the ball for pre-class homework!

Which Judy Niemeyer Quilt do you want to make?  What is stopping you?

Learn Something New Today!

Denise

 

TOM TOM TOM – Technique of the Month

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.

Here are a few photos of Glacier Star –

My quilt top completed in Montana 2011
My quilt top completed in Montana 2011
Peggy's GS - it was going to have extensions added - then the extensions did not  look good with this center - so we made a new center
Peggy’s GS – it was going to have extensions added – then the extensions did not look good with this center – so we made a new center
Peggy's extensions with the new center - much better!
Peggy’s extensions with the new center – much better!
And quilters love purple so Peggy and I made a purple version
And quilters love purple so Peggy and I made a purple version
Linda started with the kit from my quilt and added her spin and then Kim Norton from A Busy Bobbin worked some more magic with amazing quilting
Linda started with the kit from my quilt and added her spin and then Kim Norton from A Busy Bobbin worked some more magic with amazing quilting
Cristyn did not want to piece the circling geese and she is a phenomenal quilter so here is what she did!
Cristyn did not want to piece the circling geese and she is a phenomenal quilter so here is what she did!
Susie's Glacier Star
Susie’s Glacier Star
Holly's Glacier Star!
Holly’s Glacier Star!

Then there was Mariner’s Compass (2013)

My Mariner's Compass - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt!  I told my daughter-in-law I wanted the color wheel and she helped pull fabrics and helped with the design of where the fabrics would go!  My son married very well!
My Mariner’s Compass – I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt! I told my daughter-in-law I wanted the color wheel and she helped pull fabrics and helped with the design of where the fabrics would go! My son married very well!
I taught a couple of "quilt til you wilts" at the local quilt shop and this was Sari's quilt.
I taught a couple of “quilt til you wilts” at the local quilt shop and this was Sari’s quilt.
Shirley Started with this......
Shirley Started with this……
And turned it in to this - fabulous!
And turned it in to this – fabulous!
This is one from retreat in Montana in 2013 - I can't remember who made the quilt - let me know and I will update the blog!
This is one from retreat in Montana in 2013 – I can’t remember who made the quilt – let me know and I will update the blog!  UPDATE – This fabulous Mariner’s Compass belongs to Roger Kerr, owner along with his fabulous wife, Ardelle of  Certified Shop – Quilting from the Heart.

And now ……..  drum roll please………

Paradise in Blooms (2015)

Paradise in Blooms - Wall Quilt
Paradise in Blooms – Wall Quilt
Just add extensions and you get this
Just add extensions and you get this
And another color way!
And another color way!

Stay tuned for lots more details this summer!

Denise

 

Niemeyer Wednesday – aka Judy’s Junkies – aka Judy’s Juveniles

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…..

Millie's been hard at work on her color wheel Mariner's Compass
Millie’s been hard at work on her color wheel Mariner’s Compass
Shirley is working on her Glacier Star
This Glacier Star is coming along!
This Bali Wedding Star is going to be beautiful!
This Bali Wedding Star is going to be beautiful!
Sails and Ropes going together for this Mariner's Compass
Sails and Ropes going together for this Mariner’s Compass
Alice is getting closer - she looks forward to Niemeyer Wednesday because that is her time to work on this project
Alice is getting closer – she looks forward to Niemeyer Wednesday because that is her time to work on this project
Phyllis is making progress as well
Phyllis is making progress as well
Split Log Cabin with Shimmer - this student chose not to "shuffle" the fabrics - I liked her colors so much that I am going to use Shimmer for Cabin Fever - call cut just need to start sewing!
Split Log Cabin with Shimmer – this student chose not to “shuffle” the fabrics – I liked her colors so much that I am going to use Shimmer for Cabin Fever – call cut just need to start sewing!
Sharon is pulling fabrics for her Captain's Wheel - that batik chop is going to make a fabulous outer border!
Sharon is pulling fabrics for her Captain’s Wheel – that batik chop is going to make a fabulous outer border!

Maybe I will get May’s Niemeyer Wednesday photos posted a little quicker!

Enjoy your day!

Denise

 

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

Wednesdays – Niemeyer Style

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!

Rita's Flowers for My Wedding Quilt - This will be for her Granddaughter.
Rita’s Flowers for My Wedding Quilt – This will be for her Granddaughter.
Pauline is working on Indian Summer - here are a few of her lights.
Pauline is working on Indian Summer – here are a few of her lights.
Marilyn has been busy working on Mariner's Compass - her first Judy quilt!
Marilyn has been busy working on Mariner’s Compass – her first Judy quilt!
And look - here is Cheryl's Mariner's Compass - she has her center completely done
And look – here is Cheryl’s Mariner’s Compass – she has her center completely done
But she will be adding 4 Compass Rose units to elongate her quilt!
But she will be adding 4 Compass Rose units to elongate her quilt!
Cheryl has already chosen the fabrics for her split log cabin!
Cheryl has already chosen the fabrics for her split log cabin!
Shirley has had her center done for her Mariner's Compass and is now working on her borders!
Shirley has had her center done for her Mariner’s Compass and is now working on her borders!
But look what else Shirley has completed - this beautiful feathered star came home with me for quilting!
But look what else Shirley has completed – this beautiful feathered star came home with me for quilting!
And another feathered star - Janeane added the queen  borders for Glacier Star to make this beautiful Feathered Star Quilt!
And another feathered star – Janeane added the queen borders for Glacier Star to make this beautiful Feathered Star Quilt!
And Janeane has also completed her Mariner's Compass!
And Janeane has also completed her Mariner’s Compass!
Janeane's time consumer has been this rendition of Flowers for My Wedding - a 50th wedding anniversary gift for her parents!
Janeane’s time consumer has been this rendition of Flowers for My Wedding – a 50th wedding anniversary gift for her parents!
Won't appliqué look stunning in this wide open corners!
Won’t appliqué look stunning in this wide open corners!

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!

Dee

No I haven’t Wilted!!!!

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

Here are a few photos that you might enjoy…

Several of the students are working on the kit using Judy's original fabrics from Hoffman
Several of the students are working on the kit using Judy’s original fabrics from Hoffman
Millie's center
Millie’s center
Millie's quilt is coming along nicely
Millie’s quilt is coming along nicely
Oh Look Millie almost has a wedge
Oh Look Millie almost has a wedge
I love the colors in Sharon's quilt
I love the colors in Sharon’s quilt
Sari has been working on her quilt for her niece
Sari has been working on her quilt for her niece
And the last seam is done - oh but wait she now adding the expansion border!
And the last seam is done – oh but wait she now adding the expansion border!
Did someone say sustenance!
Did someone say sustenance!
Can't go wrong with Gio's
Can’t go wrong with Gio’s
Yes - a very fun group indeed!
Yes – a very fun group indeed!

Quilts Quilts Quilts!

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!

Breakfast yesterday - they removed the calories for us!
Breakfast yesterday – they removed the calories for us!
These nectarines were soooo juicy!
These nectarines were soooo juicy!
Pieces and parts
Pieces and parts
Judy demo's removing the paper!
Judy demo’s removing the paper!
Oh - so that is how you pin that unit!
Oh – so that is how you pin that unit!
The master demos sewing tips and tricks
The master demos sewing tips and tricks
Peggy was the first one to get a wedge together - she was so excited!  (PS - this was the one Judy used as her demo)
Peggy was the first one to get a wedge together – she was so excited! (PS – this was the one Judy used as her demo)
Marking the S Curve on the feathered star queen size
Marking the S Curve on the feathered star queen size
Pinning the S Curve
Pinning the S Curve
Sewing the S curve
Sewing the S curve
Ginny is going to BACK AWAY from the quilt!
Ginny is going to BACK AWAY from the quilt!
This describes Ginny's quilt!
This describes Ginny’s quilt!
WOW!  Ginny - we love your Captain's Wheel!
WOW! Ginny – we love your Captain’s Wheel!
Back Door Quilt Shoppe's new Mariner's Compass - Lauren is form Billings, MT
Back Door Quilt Shoppe’s new Mariner’s Compass – Lauren is form Billings, MT
And here it is with the ropes added!
And here it is with the ropes added!
Cozy Quilts from Ontario, Canada is making this beautiful Mariner's Compass - I wish you could see the prints on the batiks in her sails.
Cozy Quilts from Ontario, Canada is making this beautiful Mariner’s Compass – I wish you could see the prints on the batiks in her sails.
Quilting from the Heart in Camrose, Canada has me lusting after the Kaufman Radiance Silks!
Quilting from the Heart in Camrose, Canada has me lusting after the Kaufman Radiance Silks!
Carol from Batiks Etcetera is working very hard - I just love her autumn colors
Carol from Batiks Etcetera is working very hard – I just love her autumn colors
Sally has made so much progress - I love the purples, greens and blues
Sally has made so much progress – I love the purples, greens and blues
When they figured out how to work the A/C, Ardelle had to creative to stay warm!
When they figured out how to work the A/C, Ardelle had to creative to stay warm!
I really haven't been doing much so I have borrowed Judy's table runners so you can see what the finished quilt will look like!
I really haven’t been doing much so I have borrowed Judy’s table runners so you can see what the finished quilt will look like!
Pinwheels and Posies sample is simple elegance at its best!  The quilters back home are going to love this one!
Pinwheels and Posies sample is simple elegance at its best! The quilters back home are going to love this one!