Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Christmas in July over at FWFS!

I'm sharing my Christmas placemat tutorial over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio so be sure to go check them out!

FWFS Placemat Picture

Happy Tuesday!

Melissa

Monday, July 28, 2014

Texas Roadtrip QAL - Rio Grande Valley

Welcome to the final stop on this amazing roadtrip through the great state of Texas! I was born and raised in Texas and have been to almost every one of these stops, so it was such a great experience to re-live my childhood roadtrips and learn new things about so many cities. I want to thank everyone that has participated from designing a block, to making a quilt, or just reading along!


The last stop in our Roadtrip takes us down to South (very) Texas in a region known as the Rio Grande Valley (Harlingen, McAllen, Brownsville, Edinburg, South Padre Island  and many more). I'm sure the name is obvious to most, but just in case, it's the very tip of texas where Mexico, Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico meet and a little river known as the Rio Grande provides a natural border. This area has historically thrived on it's large agribusiness (and still does) with one of the biggest crops being citrus. It wasn't until I met my husband, that I had ever had any interest in visiting this little part of Texas. See, he was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley (aka The Valley). He's actually a farmers son and grandson.

Now, I bet you are wondering what the heck is there to do in the Rio Grande Valley? Lots! Check out my list of favorite things to do when visiting!

Harlingen:
Once a month, downtown Harlingen hosts an open-air street market with lots of handmade items, antiques, produce, yummy food and live music. If you are in the market for some antique quilts, there are several vendors that sell some! You can find out more here, Jackson Street Trade Days. While you are visiting the nostalgic downtown area, be sure to check out these little gems! Oh, and how can I forget the amazing Mexican Food! Our favorite restaurants to grab some authentic Mexican food are: Las Vegas, La Playa, and Pepe's!

          Local Quilt Shop: Picket Fence Quilt & Fabric


(source: www.myharlingen.us)

Brownsville:
I am always up for a trip to the zoo and even though the Gladys Porter Zoo isn't as large as most, it still has lots to boast about. My favorite parts about this zoo are the mature trees that create so much shade, the amazing and close encounter Gorilla exhibit, and the butterfly garden. It is just the right size to spend a morning with little ones!
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McAllen:
When we visit the Rio Grande Valley, we enjoy heading over to McAllen for some shopping and eating. McAllen has almost all the big name stores and restaurants. In addition, McAllan has one of the largest bird watching facilities in Texas, Quinta Mazatlan, where you can step back in time and tour one of the last Adobe homes left standing and take a nice stroll on their trails looking at birds and the lush landscape. I have yet to visit Quinta Mazatlan, but hope to the next time we visit and the weather is a bit cooler.


(Source: www.quintamazatlan.com)

           Local Quilt Shop: Life's a Stitch

South Padre Island:
Aside from spending some relaxing time on the beach, South Padre has many other things to offer including deep sea fishing, parasailing, and horse back riding on the beach. At least once a year, my family stays "on the island" for a few nights and enjoy beach life. There are some yummy seafood restaurants that we enjoy eating at including, Blackbeard's and Black Jack's (our two favorites).

If you are getting tired of the beach, you can spend the day at Schlitterbahn located right on the island. Then, when you get tired of the sun and water, take some time to enjoy the nature and wildlife that South Padre has to offer, including some more bird watching at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and my personal favorite, the Sea Turtle, Inc. facility.

Sea Turtle, Inc. is a sea turtle rehabilitation and conservation facility located on the island. Their mission is " to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species." We truly enjoy visiting Sea Turtle, Inc, and viewing all the rehabilitating turtles, but they have definitely outgrown their facility. They are currently planning for a much larger facility and if you like to learn more or even donate to this wonderful organization, you can check that out here. Oh, and if you are lucky enough to be on the island during hatching season, you can witness this phenomenal experience! I recommend following their Facebook page, Sea Turtle, Inc., to get the most current hatchling details.

So, without further ado, I decided to make my block for the Rio Grande Valley representative of the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle.


RGV bLock

You can download the foundation paper piecing pattern  here.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual visit to the Rio Grande Valley! Now it's time to win some thread! Just simply comment with your favorite beach to visit! If you would like a second entry, just let me know that you follow me (via email, bloglovin, Instagram, etc.)! I'll pick a winner on Thursday!

Photo 20140723221424We are in Tyler today and @sewthreadink put together a wonderful guest post over at @prettylittlequilts blog. Go check out her Tyler Rose block and enter to win some Aurifil thread!! #aurifil @alexveronelli #texasroadtripqal

Have a great week and check back soon to find out all the details on the final link up party and giveaways!

Melissa

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Texas Roadtrip QAL - San Antonio and the Hill Country

Howdy, again, y'all! We finally moved on Friday and we are knee deep in boxes and chaos, but wanted to direct you over to our two stops this week for the Texas Roadtrip!

On Monday, we stopped over at Ellyn's Place to Remember the Alamo in good ol' San Antonio.

Then, tomorrow Lissa from Moda Lissa will give us an awesome tour of the Texas Hill Country. Can't wait!!!

I'll be here on Monday to share our final stop, Rio Grande Valley!!

Have a great rest of the week!!

Melissa

 

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Howdy Y'all! I just wanted to direct you to our two awesome stops this week for the Texas Roadtrip QAL, Austin and College Station. Sorry I'm late sending you over to Amanda's blog at What the Bobbin for her amazing and funky Austin block, but if you haven't already checked it out then you must read all out Austin and her the inspiration behind her block.

Jerimiah the Good
(Source: What the Bobbin)

Once you finish up in Austin, it's time to head to Aggieland (my Alma Mater btw) over at Hilary's blog, Young Texan Mama!


(Source: Young Texan Mama)
Hope you are having a great week. We are officially moving tomorrow so wish us luck!

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Melissa

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Texas Roadtrip QAL: Houston

I totally forgot to remind you to head over to Teresa's blog, Third Floor Quilts, to check out her Houston block and also her awesome art quilt based on a vintage geological map of Texas! Oh, and of course another fantastic Aurifil thread giveaway!

(Teresa, hope you don't mind that I snatched a photo for a sneak peek;)
Have a great week, and don't forget we are heading to Beaumont on Thursday with Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork!
Melissa

ps: we closed!!!!

 
 

 

 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Texas Roadtrip QAL - Quadrant 4 Download

Howdy! Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! We kept it pretty quiet here in anticipation of our big move in the next week or so. I did refinish our kitchen table and it's on it's 4th coat of polyurethane. I used the same stain (Jacobean) that I did for my vintage sewing table and really loving it! I'll be sure to share pictures once we are in the new house! 

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I also cant believe we are already on the 4th quadrant and this one is going to be the busiest so far! I hope to keep up as much as possible during this quadrant but please forgive me if I fall behind. Check out the line-up for the next couple of weeks and download the Quad 4 pattern here. Also, dont forget all the awesome Aurifil thread you can win along the way!


July 6 - Quadrant 4 - Download
July 7 - Houston - Teresa at Third Floor Quilts
July 10 - Beaumont - Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork
July 14 - Austin - Amanda at What the Bobbin
July 17 - College Station - Hilary at Young Texan Mama
July 21 - San Antonio - Ellyn at Ellyn's Place
July 24 - Hill Country - Lissa at Moda Fabrics
July 28 - Rio Grande Valley - Melissa at My Fabric Relish


Texas Roadtrip QAL


Oh, and here is 3/4ths of my quilt top!

Quad 3 complete!!! #texasroadtripqal

Melissa

Monday, June 30, 2014

Texas Roadtrip QAL: Big Bend

Just a little PSA to let you know that Cristina over at Pretty Little Quilts is sharing her Big Bend block today on her blog and there is another awesome Aurifil giveaway to enter! Oh, and her blog post puts my writing skills to shame! You must go read it even if you aren't participating!!

Stopping in Big Bed today for the #texasroadtripqal @prettylittlequilts blog! Even if you aren't participating, go check out Cristina's narrative about big bend; her writing skills are awesome!!! She also made a ghost town block that's pretty cool! Great

We are in Tyler today and @sewthreadink put together a wonderful guest post over at @prettylittlequilts blog. Go check out her Tyler Rose block and enter to win some Aurifil thread!! #aurifil @alexveronelli #texasroadtripqal

That's all I got for you today...carry on!
Melissa
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