Stars Across Texas

I thought that I would post something positive that I am experiencing in my quilting life.  I have found that when a Quilter is under stress it is so difficult to find creativity and certainly expecting to have things turn out perfect will not happen!  I am sure that this is why I did not take up quilting until I retired!

The motto for the San Antonio Area Quilt Guild is “Well Done is Well Done”.   The statement has been made many times over within the Guild regarding the judging of the show quilts and the first time I heard it I really had to ponder over its’ meaning.  It is a statement that should apply to almost anything we do in life.  While I really made a lot of “dumb” errors in making my Enduring Love quilt (see previous post), I have found that embroidery work in the evenings is so relaxing and calming.  It is almost mistake proof (unless one messes up tracing the pattern).

So while the world has been crashing down on Clay and I for the past 14 months, I have been able to complete 8 of the 12 blocks for my Stars Across Texas.  Here they are:

The Alamo

The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

Texas Our Texas

Texas Our Texas

The Yellow Rose of Texas

The Yellow Rose of Texas

Cowboy Hats and Texas State Rangers

Cowboy Hats and Texas State Rangers

Texas Butterflies

Texas Butterflies – Bigger in Texas

Texas Bluebonnets

Texas Bluebonnets

Boot Scootin' Across Texas

Boot Scootin’ Across Texas

The Texas Flag

The Texas Flag

I have 4 more blocks to finish and then I will design the setting.  I have a lot of ideas on how I want the finished quilt to look.  I used Presencia Embroidery thread for this project.   I wanted a different look for this quilt so I chose a light and a dark variegated gold/brown color for the embroidery.  Presencia thread is wonderful to work with – not sure what I will do with the tons of the other embroidery thread that I have stashed away.  I purchased the thread from Rosie deLeon-McGrady who has a great website – check it out – http://www.redworkplus.com.

It appears that we are in for more heavy rains tonight. We have received almost 30 inches of rain where we live.  I believe that San Antonio has received over 20″.  The normal rain fall for South Texas (prior to the drought) would be on the average of 30 inches.  So you can see we are way above that in our area which is Southeast of San Antonio.

Have a great week-end.  I hope to be able to post more and more this summer.

3 thoughts on “Stars Across Texas

  1. Is this a quilt you are designing now or is it available now? I want to get the pattern, so please let me know. I have a dear friend in San Antonio (where I lived for six wonderful years!) and she has kept me up to date on the flooding. So sad for everyone. Sharon

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  2. The pattern was made in 2005 by Wisteria Quilting Designs. Here is the link to the pattern to purchase. http://www.acowgirlquiltshop.com/shop/Patterns/p/Stars-Across-Texas–by-Wisteria-Quilting-Designs-x2455845.htm or go to http://www.acowgirlquiltshop.com and search for “Stars Across Texas” It sells for $12.50. I purchased the pattern for the embroidery pattern and was originally going to make it just like the original design. But I usually change patterns around – just for my benefit.

    I was born and raised in SA and I have seen many extremes in the weather, but the drought has been terrible and I have never seen the Blanco out of it banks. But given the 10 years of little or no rain and the drought I knew this would be how it would be.

    This is a fun pattern to work with you should be able to order it. I purchased it at Creations in Kerrville where they had a sample quilt on display. The Designer used different thread colors, but I wanted a different colorway.

    It appears that this shop has the pattern in stock. I will post a picture of the pattern on the Blog for you to see how the original setting is. Nanette

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  3. Thank you for the info on the pattern. I love your blocks. It will be interesting to see how you put them together. It will be wonderful.

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