Row By Row Texas – Up and West

As with many of our adventures – this one was unplanned, well sort of.  Hubby and I woke and did our normal Saturday stuff, then decided that since we had no plans, we should do another leg of our Row by Row adventure and see some new areas of our new home.  It just so happened that our daughter, Alex, was off that day so it was the “Three Amigos” hitting the road to adventures unknown.

Ok, time for truth – I never head out totally unprepared.  I first went to the Row by Row page and used their wonderful interactive map to plan out a day-long journey.

This time, we were headed up and to the West of our home in Cleburne (really need to name our new place… Casa Gotch? – The Quilted G? – Firearms and Fabric?  Oh hell, that is for another day!)  WAIT!  How amazing would that be?  Opening a dual-business for my husband and I called Firearms and Fabric??? Something for both mommy and daddy? – alright, I am getting totally off track, back to our adventure.

This trip was especially fun because we, once again, visited areas that we looked at to live in.  Before settling on beautiful Cleburne, TX, we looked at other areas like Weatherford, Stephenville, Springville, Granbury, Azle and more.  This trip took us to those areas:


 

 

 

 

Houston St. Mercantile is nestled among quaint shops in Granbury, TX.

Houston St. Mercantile is nestled among quaint shops in Granbury, TX.

Houston Street Mercantile – Granbury
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26 N Houston Street – Granbury
Granbury, TX 76048

Houston St. Mercantile RowAmong the various specialty shops in downtown Granbury is Houston Street Mercantile.  Like many Texas Houston St. Mercantileshops, the Mercantile is full from floor to ceiling with fabric, notions and projects.  Many of the finished quilts on display have a western/Texas Theme.  Their block consists of a row of beautiful Poinsettia flowers.

 

 


 

 

 

 

The plain exterior hides a fully-stocked shop with beautiful fabrics in Stephenville

The plain exterior hides a fully-stocked shop with beautiful fabrics in Stephenville

Deb’s Flying Needle – Stephenville
1495 W. South Loop
Stephenville, TX 76401
Flying Needle
The exterior of this shop in Stephenville hides a secret – while outside things may look a bit bland, inside this shop is overflowing with gorgeous fabric, notions and finished projects!  I was especially in love with a tealy-turquoise wall hanging that was in their project room.  The row presented by the Flying Needle is a beautiful applique design featuring Halloween characters.  In fact, if you purchase the kit, the fabric for the Flying Needle Rowghosts actually glow in the dark!

 

 

 

 


 

 

Alex and Terry outside Peach Tree Quilts in Weatherford

Alex and Terry outside Peach Tree Quilts in Weatherford

Peach Tree Quilts – Weatherford
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33 N. Waco Street
Weatherford, TX 76086

Peach Tree Quilts is usually much easier to get to then it was on this day!  The 12th of July 2014 is also the Parker Peach Tree QuiltsCounty Peach Festival!  In fact, we had to pay to park at a very nice family’s house ($5) because all the streets were closed off.  Luckily, Peach Tree Quilts was only feet away from the entrance and the festival folk let us walk over without paying the $6 each for the festival.

It was here that I got to take an amazing picture of my daughter and husband!  Like many Texas quilt shops, Peach Tree Quilts is housed in an historic building. The porch made a perfect backdrop.

As soon as we entered, we were greeted by a lovely lady behind the welcome desk, other patrons were going room to room looking at the fabric and finished quilts. One of my favorites is a cute baby quilt with block-sized Peach Tree Quilts RowPeach Tree Quiltsanimals.

As we were walking around, the (I believe owner) commented on the age of the building. She said that it was the oldest building standing in Weatherford. In fact, “see that hole over there in the floor? That hole was used to hide the children when the Indians came raiding from the reservations in Oklahoma”.  It is certainly not uncommon to learn about Texas history in a quilt shop.

The row for this shop is a summer scene depicting trees and will be a fine addition to my own projects.


 

Fun atmosphere, good food and great prices at Montana Restaurant in Weatherford Texas

Fun atmosphere, good food and great prices at Montana Restaurant in Weatherford Texas

Montana Restaurant – Weatherford
1910 S. Main Street
Weatherford, TX 76086

Since we were not prepared to do a day’s walking at the Peach Festival, it seemed better to find a new restaurant

Veggie Quesadilla at Montana Restaurant - Weatherford

Veggie Quesadilla at Montana Restaurant – Weatherford

to have lunch at. Luckily, we found Montana Restaurant. From the beautiful exterior to the interior filled with charm and good food, we could not have picked more wisely.  I loved the Veggie Quesadilla  and it not only was delicious, the price at $6.29 was just perfect.

 

 

 


 

 

 

The first rural shop we visited was well-stocked, full of interesting projects and opened just for me!

The first rural shop we visited was well-stocked, full of interesting projects and opened just for me!

A&K Quilting – Bridgeport
12103 FM 2210 E
Bridgeport, TX 76426

Due to time, A&K Quilting in Bridgeport was the final shop on our journey.  This was also the first fully rural A&K Quilting Rowshop we were to visit to date.  When we pulled in the driveway, I thought that we were going to have to come back another day, but then the owner came driving up and said she would open up just for me!  I felt so special.  For a shop in the country, this one did not disappoint. The high ceilings provided a perfect backdrop for some amazing finished quilts that must have been quilted on the Gammil long arm situated within.

The row for A&K is a pretty pieced flower row that could be used in so many ways.  I just can’t wait to try this one out too.


 

So, this is the end of our Saturday trip, but not the end of our Row by Row adventures, I am sure there are more shops to visit and great folks to meet.  Never know, maybe we will have to try a Shop Hop one day too!


 

3 comments

  • Teri powers

    Love reading about your adventures. I have discovered several quilt shops when I did the shop hop across Texas in September the first year they did it and ever since. I have not visited those shops yet. Enjoy your exploration of Texas!

  • Cindy Roosma

    Sounds like a fun adventure with the family. Hope you enjoy quilting in Texas. I love your business venture idea. It could actually work here in Texas!

  • Very interesting little journey! We’re like the rural lady who opened just for you! In fact, on the way home yesterday, I suggested to hubby that we put a note on our door saying “Hubby got tired so we left but CALL ME and I’ll come right back! ” Our historical building is in the family now since 1943 and was always a grocery store until the last year & a half. Still working on the conversion to a quilt shop. Come see us in Ardmore, OK if you get up this way! Key Grocery and Quilts!