It’s been an exciting 2016 for me, filled with lots of new beginnings. One of the best developments in my life is the traveling I get to do… teaching longarm quilting classes at quilt shops and shows all over the country. I love visiting new towns (buying lots of new fabric) and meeting quilters.
It’s hard to believe my good fortune… but this is the gorgeous little historical cottage I stayed in last week when I taught in Fredericksburg, TX. Fredericksburg is filled with Texas hill-country, small-town charm. It has a Main Street with unique boutiques and restaurants, and most importantly, an incredible quilt shop called One Quilt Place.
The shop rents out this pretty cottage, along with another facility that sleeps 8, for quilting retreats (only $65 a night!) You better believe that I’ll be going back, with friends in tow next time.
Here’s the inside of the cottage, built in 1886. Five children were raised in this house!
When I teach, I bring a few of my quilts to show students. This time I brought my Row by Row Plus Quilt I made using my friend Jan’s book, Cut and Shuffle Quilts, that was released this past January.
I had a great time making this quilt, all because Jan thought up an ingenious method of piecing, called the Block Mama Method. You make one simple block, and with Jan’s easy technique, you chop it up into pieces, stitch it back together in one of four different variations. I chose to make her version of the Plus Block, and put it in my own funky, off-set layout, surrounded by negative space.
This is my kind of piecing. Simple. Elegant. Modern. Versatile.
I had so much fun quilting this. First I stitched the straight lines, to create a long strip of negative space, and then I filled in between those lines with a combination of free motion quilting and ruler work. If you missed my post on how I did the little circles with the Handi Quilter Mini Circle Ruler, you can watch that quick video HERE.
Here’s a shot of the back of the quilt:
And here’s the binding, using Sun Prints text by Alison Glass. Can you believe that this was the first time I’ve done a machine binding? I could definitely use some practice, and I think I might do it differently next time…. but it sure is quick!
If you’re interested in visiting One Quilt Place for a trip with your quilting friends, give them a call at 830-990-4140 and tell them I sent you! Beverly and Steve, who own the place, are lovely, warm, welcoming people.