Cruisin The Texas Coast


Join us on a recent private quilt shop hop along the Texas coast near Corpus Christi. What shops did we visit and see! Share with lovers of Texas!

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Cruisin The Texas Coast

Set up the GPS – we're going on a Shop Hop! The sky is a perfect blue and a nearby shop hop is too much to resist. For this Contessa and her quilter husband, it was the first real shop hop we had attended. We've done a "one stop shop hop" and a virtual shop hop, but this time, the car got to go along!

Cruisin The Texas Coast


What did we find to be exciting about a shop hop? First, of course, are the prizes, large and small. There were large prizes such as a serger and an ironing board for those who completed all five shops. There were smaller daily prizes such as a $25 gift certificate to one of the shops. Each shop also offered a gift bag if you spent more than $10, which, I confess, we managed to do. We came home with a poster of standard quilt sizes, a needle cheat sheet, and much more. The gift bags also contained a seam ripper, numerous postcard patterns, buttons, and more. Each shop also made sure that you had plenty of water for the 80 degree day and snacks to hold you over to the next stop.



At our first stop, we saw the largest quilting machine in Texas.



I asked the owner of Quilting Touch why they decided to do the shop hop and heard that folks just needed to get out for a change. This was totally true, and the number of people shop hopping proved this. From what we observed, everyone had masks and kept a safe distance from others.



Just a few miles down the road is Quilt'n Thyme, although the address shows a different city. This is a smaller shop with some wonderful antiques on the shelf and lots to offer for children's fabric. There were baskets and boxes everywhere with smaller bargain cuts of fabric. I love trains and have already used some on some holiday postcards for our Guild challenge.



Next stop was Sew Hooked, a well-named shop near the ocean. Her fabric selection included lots of Texas and ocean motifs. They also had some red truck fabric that I have coveted for some time. Who can resist when the family of fabrics is on sale?



Heirloom Elegance has finished renovating since the hurricane damage two years ago. The shop is completely remodeled, and they have added a classroom. They also had the serger on display for those who wished to drool. A quilt pieced with a serger showed what it could do.



Last stop was Rockport for Sew-by-the-Bay. They moved in January to their new shop with so much more space and a classroom. This shop gets remembered for its yummy batiks and friendly staff. With a parking lot large enough for a bus and picnic tables, this shop has "road trip" written all over it.



My fabric "library" (i.e. stash) is feeling major relief from the mounting pressure of no new fabric and Hubby already has a new Texas quilt on the machine!


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Moving a hot iron while it has contact with fabric. Often ironing can stretch and distort fabrics and seams. A better alternative is to press, where you just lay the hot iron down and lift straight up from the fabric.

See Also: Pressing
A type of sewing machine which makes overcast seams and cuts off the excess automatically.
Debi Warner
Author and humorist, Debi Warner, retired after many years as a clinical librarian and information specialist. She has her Master’s in Library and Information Science and achieved a Distinguished level in the Medical Library Association’s Association of Health Information Professionals. She has worked on teaching physicians to use computers and electronic resources. She also worked on several grants teaching the public how to use the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus public database and is co-author of several articles on health literacy. She took up quilting after retirement in 2012 and chaired the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show in 2019. She currently teaches several quilting classes over Zoom and writes for QuiltingHub.
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