Block number 2 of my Texas Christmas Quilt is now complete.
In an attempt to make progress on my Texas Christmas Quilt, I am completing the easiest blocks first. Today’s block is a variation on a Nine Patch. When I first saw the completed block on the Shop Hop group page, I fell in love with the fabric. However, when I finally made it to Garland to pick up the free pattern from Rocking Bobbin Quilt Shop, I was disappointed to learn that they had sold out of the fabric. So, I took to Etsy and found the entire collection of Howdy Christmas fabric by Northcott at Andi’s Quilt Co. If you are interested, here is a link to the shop. ANDI’S QUILT CO
The pattern came from Rocking Bobbin Quilt Shop in Garland. They are located just off I-30 in Garland. Here is a link to the Rocking Bobbin.
I have completed the first block for my Texas Christmas Quilt.
As I shared previously (here), this summer my sister and I completed the Texas Christmas Shop Hop. This week I was able to finish cutting all of the fabric. I cut almost 1000 pieces of fabric, sizes ranged from 1-inch squares to 8.5-inch squares and everything in between – squares, rectangles and triangles.
Here is a breakdown of the fabric I will be using for the front of the quilt; I have not decided what I am going to do for the back yet.
Horseshoes – 1/4 yard
Cowboy Hats – 1/4 yard (only because I needed to fussy cut the pieces)
Cowboy Boots on Green – 1/4 yard (only because I needed to fussy cut the pieces)
Green Stars – 1/4 yard
Christmas Plaid – 1/8 yard
Red Paisley – 1/8 yard
Red Textured – 1 yard
Green Textured – 1 yard
Red and White Dots – 1/3 yard left from another project
Black Solid – 1/3 yard
Yellow Solid – Fat Quarter
Brown – from my scrap bin
Poinsettia – from my scrap bin
I decided to start with the easiest block first. This block came from the Blue Ribbon Quilt Shoppe in Wylie, Texas. The Blue Ribbon Quilt Shoppe is a little different than your typical quilt store. It is inside of a renovated house and is stuffed full of fabric. We were taken aback to find fabric outside on the covered front porch on the rainy day we visited. However, I loved seeing a group of older ladies sitting around a table doing hand applique work. Here is a link to their website if you want to check them out. BlueRibbonQuiltShoppe.com
One block down, 25 to go. Check back soon for the next block.
Last weekend my daughter headed back to college. So now, I have to admit summer is over. I had such lofty goals for this summer, that just didn’t happen. As John Lennon said “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” I had lots of plans, but instead I lived life.
While several most of the projects I had hoped to get finished did not happen, the one thing I did complete was the Texas Christmas Shop Hop. This quilting shop hop was scheduled for July 1st to August 15th. There were a total of 24 participating shops. Each shop provided a different quilt block pattern (with a few having more than one). When joined together they create a Texas Christmas Quilt.
My sister and I hit the road mid-July after I recovered from another bout of Covid. It took us a few weeks to visit all 24 quilt shops. The shops were scattered throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area from Denison to Waco and Celeste to Hurst. Thankfully most were pretty local, but we did get to enjoy a couple of day trips. We had a blast shopping and making memories.
The blocks varied greatly in style, technique and difficulty. Some were very traditional pattern piecing, while a few included appliques, embroidery work and even yo-yos. However, together they will create a beautiful throw size quilt.
While each shop did offer a kit for sale to complete their block, I opted to use different fabric to help the quilt have a little more unified feel. I purchased a couple of fat quarters from the Howdy Christmas fabric line by Northcott. Below are the fabrics from the Northcott line that I will be using. Together with some added coordinating fabrics, I believe I will have enough to complete the quilt.
All the fabric has been washed and I am currently in the middle of cutting all the pieces. I am looking forward to sharing the blocks with you as I complete them. While work is keeping me busy, hopefully I will be able to find a little time each day to work on it and have it completed in no time.
My guest room doubles as my craft room. In addition to storing my endless stash of yarn, and a closet full of supplies, it contains a twin size bed. I wanted the bed covers to reflect my crafty side, so I decided to make a rag quilt for it.