My Cut and Shuffle Plus Quilt at One Quilt Place in Fredericksburg, Texas

May 20, 2016

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.

Row by Row Plus by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter wm

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!

One Quilt Place, historical cottage in Fredericksburg, TX

Cut and Shuffle Quilts by Jan Ochterbeck


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.

Longarm Quilting the Row by Row Plus Quilt by Stephanie Palmer

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:

Back of Row by Row Plus by Stephanie Palmer

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.  One Quilt Place Fredericksburg TX

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  • Reply Laura May 20, 2016 at 6:49 am

    You know it’s actually still 2016, right???
    I wish I lived nearer because the retreat opportunity you’ve presented looks absolutely amazing!

    • Stephanie Palmer
      Reply Stephanie Palmer May 20, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Oh, gosh. That’s hysterical that I wrote that. Laura and Diana, I HAVE actually time warped. Because every day, I am intently working on the 2017 Quilter’s Planner…. making improvements, editing patterns, making changes… I’m back to eating, sleeping and breathing it, and so in my mind, I have leaped into 2017! What a funny freudian slip!

  • Reply Leslie May 20, 2016 at 7:00 am

    The store and surroundings were amazing. It’s a place I will be revisiting soon! And your class was awesome!

  • Reply Diana @ Red Delicious Life May 20, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Wow, that cottage looks amazing! The perfect place for a quilting retreat. And unless you’ve time warped, it’s still 2016. 🙂

  • Reply Jayne Willis May 20, 2016 at 8:14 am

    First, that quilt is gorgeous. Your quilting is so beautiful and impressive! How amazing would it be have a group of friends in a retreat like that?! Great pictures!

  • Reply Summer King May 20, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Howdy from Houston! Love your quilting – you are so creative! I’ve visited Fredricksburg quite a few times; there is so much to see and do there! Short list – good food (and not just schnitzel!), the National Museum of the Pacific War, the Der Stadt Friedhof graveyard, Enchanted Rock State Park (a gigantic PINK granite monolith that the locals call E-Rock), Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (visit in April/May), and fresh peaches and peach ice cream (in July/August). And for those who like wine, there are a string of wineries along SH 290. Thanks for the pics and for promoting this awesome little Texas Hill Country town!

  • Reply this mom quilts May 20, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Wow, wonderful quilting on your plus quilt. I really love the contrast between the heavily quilted areas and the dimension that is created with the aqua portions. Wonderful!!!

  • Reply Tish May 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

    What I beautiful little cabin! It looks so cozy and inviting. That little quilt is amazing! I love how you used simple straight lines to break up the negative space. All those little fillers give it so much texture and life…I just want to touch it 🙂

  • Reply Jan O May 20, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Thanks so much for using my book and my block method. Your Cut and Shuffle Plus quilt is awesome – you truly made it your own with your modern layout and beautiful quilting. Thanks for helping to promote Cut and Shuffle Quilts.
    That retreat center looks so inviting; wish I could take a class there someday.

  • Reply Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl May 20, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Beautiful quilting and I love your modern adaptation of Jan’s technique. That location sounds so wonderful. When do I need to book tickets to arrive? 😉

  • Reply Catherine S. May 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

    wow, what an inspiring place to stay. bet it was fun!

  • Reply Paige May 23, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you for taking us along on your quilting adventure! What an incredible place to stay! And you quilt is beautiful including the binding!

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