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February 18, 2018
More Holiday News from Romany Quilting

It’s hard to believe we have been traveling around the South Island for 2 months, with only a couple more weeks to go.  And so far we have towed our caravan close to 3000km.  So where have we been to lately?  We were interested to see how the town of Kaikoura was getting on.  Last year Kaikoura suffered a huge earthquake which did immense damage to the road and rail link, leaving this town cut off from some time.  The coastline was raised dramatically, and our stay here gave us the chance to see some of the changes.  South ...

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February 14, 2018
Killing Time and Ballet on Pointe from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I finished the Harley Davidson quilt top last week but didn't have the backing fabric that I wanted. While I had a few days of down time, I decided to sew some blue scraps together to make some small blocks. The blue bucket was spilling over. It's not that bad now, but it sure seems that I didn't reduce the volume by much.

I have a new set of rulers that we bought about a month ago. I wanted a 15" square ruler to make cutting tee shirts easier, but the set of four was cheap enough ...

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February 10, 2018
Visit to The Quilters Barn, Blenheim from Romany Quilting

There we were, driving happily along, checking out Blenheim, when we came across a shopping complex known as The Vines Village.  So named, no doubt, because it was surrounded by grape vines, as far as the eye could see.  There are more vineyards around here than you could shake a stick at.   This  is New Zealand’s largest winemaking region with around 65 wineries and 290 grape growers and over 4000 hectares planted in grapes, mainly Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.  Enough to keep any wine drinker happy.

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Tucked inside the Vines Village was The ...

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February 9, 2018
Quilt Shop: One Quilt Place; Fredericksburg, TX from ... Cat Patches

On our shop hop day, we hit the jackpot in the hill country of Texas. After our visit to Kerrville, we headed back into Fredericksburg to check out another shop that was suggested by several of you.

One Quilt Place was back off the main drag of Fredericksburg. It wasn't hard to find with our navigation unit. The front of the store looks like this.


To the right are two cottages used for a studio and accommodations for those attending retreats and classes. There's this one to the right of the main building.



Across the parking lot is ...

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Quilt Shop: One Quilt Place; Fredericksburg, TX from Cat Patches

On our shop hop day, we hit the jackpot in the hill country of Texas. After our visit to Kerrville, we headed back into Fredericksburg to check out another shop that was suggested by several of you.

One Quilt Place was back off the main drag of Fredericksburg. It wasn't hard to find with our navigation unit. The front of the store looks like this.


To the right are two cottages used for a studio and accommodations for those attending retreats and classes. There's this one to the right of the main building.



Across the parking lot is ...

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February 8, 2018
The Sale Haul from Quilt Paint Create

I’m proud to say that I didn’t buy any fabric or books at my LQS’s sale. I’ll admit to looking at the books, but I already owned a lot of them. I didn’t much look at the fabric.
This is what I did buy.
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Some of the floss is hand dyed. I already used the chalk pencil and liked it much better than the wooden ones. The pattern speaks for itself, and the rest I consider “consumables”. No one can break a package of sewing machine needles faster than I can when I’m on ...

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February 7, 2018
Quilt Shop: Creations; Kerrville, TX from Cat Patches

The weather was gray, cold, and foggy yesterday. We started our journey heading up to the Enchanted Rock north of Fredericksburg, but realized fairly quickly that it was too foggy for us to see much. We once made a journey to the Devil's Tower in Wyoming in similar weather.


We couldn't see a danged thing, and that danged thing happens to be huge. So...in a "fool-me-once" kind of reckoning, we decided to turn around and head to Creations in Kerrville. It turned out to be a good decision.

So many people have told me about ...

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Quilt Shop: Creations; Kerrville, TX from ... Cat Patches

The weather was gray, cold, and foggy yesterday. We started our journey heading up to the Enchanted Rock north of Fredericksburg, but realized fairly quickly that it was too foggy for us to see much. We once made a journey to the Devil's Tower in Wyoming in similar weather.


We couldn't see a danged thing, and that danged thing happens to be huge. So...in a "fool-me-once" kind of reckoning, we decided to turn around and head to Creations in Kerrville. It turned out to be a good decision.

So many people have told me about ...

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February 2, 2018
Buried in Quilty Goodness from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
I think I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in preparations for the quilt show in Folsom, CA next weekend.  Set up is Thursday, February 8th and Country Sunshine is going to be prominently featured.  There's about four more feet of binding to stitch, then the hanging sleeve, and label and she's finished!  I'll be rolling this pattern out on my ETSY site next week.  The plate feathers almost did me in.  A couple of my plate feathers are cracked......such is life. 
 

This week has been a catch up week ...

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Quilt Shop: The Quilted Skein; La Grange, TX from Cat Patches

Could it have been a better day yesterday? Right next door to the Texas Quilt Museum was a quilt shop. It was almost as good as winning the Power Ball jackpot. (And think of all the fabric I could buy with that!) Out the door and to the left...there it was.


Walking through the front door...it was what I love most about a quilt shop...so much color. It's like I imagine Dorothy felt when she walked through the doors into the Land of Oz.


This is more than a fabric store...it's also a place ...

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Quilt Shop: The Quilted Skein; La Grange, TX from ... Cat Patches

Could it have been a better day yesterday? Right next door to the Texas Quilt Museum was a quilt shop. It was almost as good as winning the Power Ball jackpot. (And think of all the fabric I could buy with that!) Out the door and to the left...there it was.


Walking through the front door...it was what I love most about a quilt shop...so much color. It's like I imagine Dorothy felt when she walked through the doors into the Land of Oz.


This is more than a fabric store...it's also a place ...

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January 27, 2018
Quilt Shop: Quilted Owl; New Orleans, LA from Cat Patches

It was a rainy day in New Orleans yesterday, as it is today. We're expecting rain most of the day today. It just might turn into a sewing day. We have a short trip to the grocery store planned, but then nothing else...just a day to chill before moving on tomorrow.

Since there wasn't anything else on yesterday's agenda, we headed over about 10 miles from the RV park to the Quilted Owl quilt shop.


It's in what was formerly a private residence (apparently). Behind the sign is this metal owl sculpture.


There is ample ...

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Quilt Shop: Quilted Owl; New Orleans, LA from ... Cat Patches

It was a rainy day in New Orleans yesterday, as it is today. We're expecting rain most of the day today. It just might turn into a sewing day. We have a short trip to the grocery store planned, but then nothing else...just a day to chill before moving on tomorrow.

Since there wasn't anything else on yesterday's agenda, we headed over about 10 miles from the RV park to the Quilted Owl quilt shop.


It's in what was formerly a private residence (apparently). Behind the sign is this metal owl sculpture.


There is ample ...

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January 25, 2018
Quilt Shop: Mes Amis Quilt Shop; New Orleans, LA from ... Cat Patches

There are several quilt shops in New Orleans. I simply chose the one closest to us. As it turns out, it was right along the way to the grocery store, and so it was very convenient. Here's how the storefront looks at Mes Amis Quilt Shop. They have an online presence right here.


Walking inside...yikes. It was a little crowded and cluttered, but it's all good. They had an amazing selection of fabric. What they needed was a larger space.


On this whole wall to the right, everything was on sale. It was all 25% off, and ...

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Quilt Shop: Mes Amis Quilt Shop; New Orleans, LA from Cat Patches

There are several quilt shops in New Orleans. I simply chose the one closest to us. As it turns out, it was right along the way to the grocery store, and so it was very convenient. Here's how the storefront looks at Mes Amis Quilt Shop. They have an online presence right here.


Walking inside...yikes. It was a little crowded and cluttered, but it's all good. They had an amazing selection of fabric. What they needed was a larger space.


On this whole wall to the right, everything was on sale. It was all 25% off, and ...

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January 22, 2018
Annie’s Store and meeting up with NickiJ from Romany Quilting

Annie’s Country Quilt Store in Tinwald, Ashburton,  is a real delight.  Stepping onto the verandah of the 100 year old cottage, there were baskets of goodies to check, and that’s before I even stepped through the door.   Room after room was full to overflowing with beautiful goodies, leaving me to wonder just where to start looking. 

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Passing by on Sunday, I really didn’t expect the shop to be open.  But, as I was told, they are open 7 days a week.  How’s that for great service!  I asked permission to take a few photos as I ...

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January 9, 2018
Creative Heart – Cromwell, and Holiday tales from Romany Quilting

I have been after some dark green Perle No 5 thread for my stitchery project, and while on our South Island holiday I have visited several shops trying to find this elusive thread.   As we passed through Cromwell last week, I called into the shop “Creative Heart” on the off chance that I would find what I was after.    Not all shops keep a large range of Perle No 5 threads, I have found.  But success at last, I found the shade I was looking for, and purchased the five hanks they had in stock.  I took them all, as ...

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Quilt Shop: Suwanee Valley Quilt Shop; Trenton, Florida from Cat Patches

My friend Karin urged us to stop off at this quilt shop in Trenton. Her advice was spot-on during our visit, and so we checked it out. We were talking and drove past initially. When we got turned around and headed back into town, it became obvious when we saw the quilt blocks on the side of the building. There's a wealth of information about this shop online right here.


Here's how the store looks from the front. Check out that painted sidewalk in the entry. And, yes, there is a cafe inside.


It has an interesting history ...

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Quilt Shop: Suwanee Valley Quilt Shop; Trenton, Florida from ... Cat Patches

My friend Karin urged us to stop off at this quilt shop in Trenton. Her advice was spot-on during our visit, and so we checked it out. We were talking and drove past initially. When we got turned around and headed back into town, it became obvious when we saw the quilt blocks on the side of the building. There's a wealth of information about this shop online right here.


Here's how the store looks from the front. Check out that painted sidewalk in the entry. And, yes, there is a cafe inside.


It has an interesting history ...

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January 1, 2018
Quilt Shop: Three Crafty Ladies; Sanibel, Florida from ... Cat Patches


My friend Gail put me on to this quilt shop on Sanibel Island. What a great find! It's located in a sort of strip mall along the main drag through town.


Walking through the front door, it looks like this:


It isn't a large shop, but what beautiful things they had inside! Along the right wall were some beautiful wall-hangings. Most of them were store-designed patterns.


The patterns were for sale hanging with the quilts, and there were even more on the opposite wall.


Look at these adorable buttons. Squee!


This is a craft shop as well as ...

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