Texas Christmas Quilt – Susannah Quilt Block

As promised, here is today’s quilt block for my Texas Christmas Quilt.  I picked up this block on my Texas Christmas Shop Hop from Kaleidoscope Quilt Shop.  This shop is located in downtown Whitesboro.  While the street view of the shop was not overly impressive, don’t let it fool you. The shop is super deep and has a wide selection of fabric and a super friendly staff.  When I go back to this shop, I need to time it better. There is a yarn shop next door that is only open from 10-2 each day, that I would love to check out as well.   

Now, back to the block. According to the pattern, this uneven 9-patch is attributed to Beth Gutcheon. Gutcheon is most known for her mystery novels, but her first two published books were actually quilting books.  I opted to use the horseshoe fabric from the Howdy Christmas collection to add a little Texas flair to the traditional block. 

Well since I have 22 more blocks to complete, I better get back to my sewing machine.  

Texas Christmas Quilt – Elfin Magic

Today’s quilt block, Elfin Magic, is now complete.  Don’t you just love this block? The little elf shoes and plaid tights are so adorable. 

While this block is not a traditional block pattern, it did come together fairly quickly. It used a couple of stitch and flip corners to create the angle pieces – I’m thankful for the designer, Lisa Paul, not using HSTs for the little fiddly bits.

My only frustration so far with Texas Christmas Quilt, is I have not been able to chain piece my work.  When I piece a top, I love to create long chains and then do all my pressing. I seem to be sewing a few pieces and then heading to the ironing board.  I must say I miss just getting in a zone with the hum of my sewing machine.

I picked up the pattern for this block of the Texas Christmas Shop Hop at Must Love Fabric in Colleyville, Texas. 

Look for another block tomorrow.  

Christmas Quilt – Block 2

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.

Stay tuned for more blocks. 

Christmas Quilt – Block 1

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. 

A Texas Christmas Shop Hop

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.

Stay tuned to see the blocks as I complete them.