Monday, September 5, 2011

Quilt Across Texas

Quilters Crossing, where I work, is participating in the first ever Quilt Across Texas Shop Hop for the whole month of September! 
sorry for the shadows in the pic
We were asked to make a quilt using the fabric line designed for the shop hop. Each of the 111 stores had a block assigned to them. We were allowed to use any of the blocks but only allowed to give instructions out for our own block- I guess this is to add incentive to shop hoppers to get to the other stores and receive their block instructions so they can complete the quilts if they desire?  It seems weird to me to sell a kit for a quilt that has incomplete directions though....we'll see.

We only used blocks from stores in our region which we thought might help those wanting to duplicate it. My mom pieced the patchwork blocks on the top and bottom and the block with the yellow rose in the center of the quilt and bound it at the end, we got the four corners from the panel and I designed the settings and center and quilted it. 
I really drew on my experience doing a round robin to complete this project.  It was very much like that because I had to work with fabrics I would not have chosen myself and make them work nicely together. It was a challenge, and I can't say I am completely thrilled with the results but, customers have given pretty positive feedback so hopefully it is successful at selling the fabric!
We get a lot of requests for quilts from charity organizations in the area and we are thinking of donating this quilt to one of those in hopes that they can use it raise some money. I am open to suggestions as to which organization. I would have to say I would like it to be local and a 501c3 non profit though. 
Anyone with any ideas please leave a comment. Thanks!


  1. I really like this quilt. You could always just donate it to your new almost neighbor. jk

  2. I love love love it! Y'all did an awesome job, especially for not being crazy about all the fabs you had to use. I hope I can replicate it -- or come close -- with *my* fabs when they get here.

  3. Hi lovely Texas lady.
    Your quilt is Gorgeous !! I know it takes a long time to do one..
    Im your newest follower on your blog now. I hope you come over and join my Tablescapes. I have a home down by the Gulf Coast, Texas.
    I hope you have a great day.
    XXOO Diane


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