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Come to the Quilt Show, the 2017 BBQG 31st annual Quilt Show that is!

Here is their 2017 Donation Quilt based on the show theme, "Reach for the Stars"

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Our local Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild will be holding their bi-annual show this Friday and Saturday at the Brazos Center.  Hours of operation will be 10A-6P on Friday, and 10A-5P on Saturday.  They will have quilts to view, tickets to purchase for their donation quilt shown above, vendor booths, a Basket Blitz, a White Elephant table, and the Bluebonnet Boutique, as just a few of their activities. 

Come on out and support these hard-working guild members!

 

Check the show brochure you will receive upon entry for a coupon to our shop! 

 

Here is a link to the location and show information.

 

http://www.bbqg.org/bbqgquiltshow.html

Lone Star Quiltworks presents:

Denise Best

 A National Handi Quilter Educator!

 

Denise Best has been around sewing and quilting all of her life.  She learned the art as a child and has been sewing and quilting with a passion ever since.  Denise started quilting on the HQ Avante in 2011.  Today, Denise loves quilting on the HQ Infinity with the Pro-Stitcher.  Denise hails from Kansas City, Missouri where she is active in her local quilt guild.  We are honored to have Denise visiting our shop in November to teach the classes listed below.


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Longarm Bootcamp Basics

Does longarm quilting interest you, and you'd like to learn more about it? Or do you just need a review of longarm basics?  This class takes the mystery out of longarm quilting by acquainting you with the basic terms, machine features, how to load a quilt, and what you need to know about thread, needles and tension.  Handi Quilter longarm systems are user-friendly, come in various sizes for every budget, and are designed by a quilter, for a quilter - just like you!  

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 All About Feathers

Feather designs always add a touch of class to any quilt, evoking a positive response from any viewer.  Learn to draw and stitch these beautiful elements in many different styles, from traditional to contemporary.  Then learn how to fit them in specific geometric spaces, how to turn corners, make feather wreaths, and how to echo and add fills.  It's easier than you think!

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You Can Do That on an HQ?

A longarm isn't just for quilting tops!  Come see how techniques usually done with a sewing machine can be accomplished with a longarm machine.  You'll leave with brilliant shortcuts and ideas for quick and easy projects, and a whole new perspective on what's possible with a longarm.  Topics covered will include "Slap-li-que", Couching and embellishment, Creating chenille, strip piecing, quilting as you go, and applying binding.

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Introduction to Pro-Stitcher

HQ Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines.  User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy to master and fun to do.  Whether you're considering a quilting business or simply want to finish your own quilts, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with an HQ Pro-Stitcher.

Class Information

 

Denise will be visiting our shop on Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th.  Saturday, she will teach Longarm Bootcamp Basics from 9A-Noon, and All About Feathers from 1P-4P.  On Sunday, she will teach You Can Do That on an HQ from 9A-Noon, and Introduction to Pro-Stitcher from 1P-4P. 

 

Cost for this class will be $200, however, we are offering all four classes for the low price of $100.  

 

For this price we will be unable to offer individual classes.  You may attend 1,2,3 or 4 as your schedule allows.  Please note this is a non-refundable class as Denise will be traveling a long way to visit us. We will take a lunch break each day from Noon until 1P.  An optional lunch can be added for $10 per day. 

 

If you are interested in these classes please call the shop at 979-595-1072.  This class will fill fast as our Handi Quilt National Educator classes are very popular.

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We have a great trunk show at the shop for you to visit!

From ByAnnie we have 12 different bags to show you that we are featuring throughout the year in our ByAnnie Club.  Annie is known in the quilting industry for her well written and thorough patterns, plus she has great tutorial videos on her website. 

 

We are proud to feature her patterns in our shop both for purchase and class use.  These bags will be on display at the shop from 9/15 through 10/15/17 in our classroom area.  We would be happy to open them up so you can see inside of them as they have wonderful pockets and

storage compartments inside.

 

Shown below are just three of the twelve projects we have on loan from Annie.  Each one that we have chosen for this club builds on your skill level as you progress throughout the year.  You will learn how to put in a zipper, use clear vinyl, make a quilted background, bind your project edges, and more!  All of Annie's projects make super gifts and holidays will be here soon.


Shown below are just three of the twelve projects we have on loan from Annie.  Each one that we have chosen for this club builds on your skill level as you progress throughout the year.  You will learn how to put in a zipper, use clear vinyl, make a quilted background, bind your project edges, and more!  All of Annie's projects make super gifts and holidays will be here soon.

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Lone Star Quiltworks ByAnnie Club

 

Here is a link to our Fall Class Schedule listing not only all the classes we are offering but also our ByAnnie Club dates.  The first class is coming up on Friday, September 22nd from 10a-1p.  

Come join us for a great class, meeting some new friends, and of course some surprises!  Scroll down to see each class description.  

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Judy Niemeyer Wedding Ring Week

Come and join the always patient always amazing Jan Mathews

 for three days of fun filled Judy Niemeyer classes!

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Jan is a Certified Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx instructor.  Jan will be here Monday, October 16th through Wednesday, October 18th from 10A-5P each day for three days of intense coursework.  You may work on any Judy Niemeyer foundation pieced wedding ring pattern.  Pictured in this email are Judy's two newest patterns Diamond Wedding Star and Autumn Pines.  You may also use Judy's Bali Wedding Star pattern if you choose.

 

Cost for this three day class will be $85 per student plus your pattern of choice.  An optional lunch can be added each day for an additional $10 per student.  Class size will be limited to eight students to provide a superb learning environment.  If you are interested in signing up for this class please call the shop at 979-595-1072. Some prior Judy Niemeyer pattern construction experience requested but not required. 



Armando is visiting us!


Armando will be visiting the shop on Wednesday, September 20th for all brands of machine cleaning and repair, both for sewing and embroidery machines.  If you would like to reserve a space please call the shop.  You will need to bring your machine to the shop no later than Tuesday, September 19th at 6pm.

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Demo Days Avante!

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We know you want a Handi Quilter!  Do you think you want an Avante or an Infinity? 

 

September is Handi Quilter Demo Days!  

What this means to you is that we are selling our floor models at deeply discounted prices.

 

Here is a link to our Avante information

 

Please notice that the price listed for this machine on the 

Handi Quilter website is $20,990 with the Pro Stitcher, and $10995 without.

 

Our price will be $15,999 with the Pro Stitcher!  That is a $4991 savings and we can offer financing for you through Synchrony Bank.  We will offer a full five year warranty on this "gently" used one year old machine.  We will also include a Handi Quilter certified instructor training class covering four different topics 

that we have scheduled for November 11th, and 12th, an additional $200 value!

Demo Days Infinity!

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We also have our shop Infinity on sale. 

This is the machine that Maegan uses. 

 

Here is a link to our Infinity information

 

 Please notice that the price listed for the Infinity on the 

Handi Quilter website is $27,990 with the Pro Stitcher and $17,995 without. 

 

    Our price will be $21999.  That is a $5991 savings and we can offer financing for you through Synchrony Bank.  We will offer a four year warranty on this machine.  We will also include a Handi Quilter certified instructor class covering four different topics that we have scheduled for November 11th and 12th, an additional $200 value!

 

If you are interested in either of these machines please give us a call at 979-595-1072, or drop by and visit us!

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We Need to Help!

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 I cannot get my head wrapped around this!


This is a picture of I-10 in Houston on the way to Beaumont approximately one week ago.  

Many of us feel helpless as to what to do.  I am a firm believer that money is the best assistance we can provide 

for now.  There will be time for quilts later.  


Next week Lone Star Quiltworks will be donating 10% of our gross weekly revenue to Hurricane Harvey relief.  


I plan to divide the total money raised between the JJ Watts foundation and assistance to public school teachers who will be helping replace school supplies for children in need.


 Please come in and buy something from us, or purchase something online.  Every little bit will help. 


We continue to pray for all those affected by the storm in 

Houston and beyond.


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On the lighter side!


Deb has developed a class for those of you interested in learning more about some of our 

Baby Lock sewing/embroidery machines.  


Come and make this cute little boxed zipper pouch, and yes, you will be learning how to put a zipper in!  Class dates are Thursday, September 28th from 10a-3p, or Friday, September 29th from 10a-3p.  


Class cost for all supplies, machine use, and instruction is $10 per per student.  An optional lunch can be ordered for $10.  How sweet is that?  A class, a pouch, use of a supplied sewing machine, and a lunch all for $20!  


Please call the shop at 979-595-1072, if you are interested.  

Spaces will fill fast!


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Cuddle Sweet Strips

 

Look at these darling new cuddle strips we have!  They are flying out the door.  These are each 10" X 60" long and made out of that wonderfully soft minkee/cuddle

fabric that everybody loves.

 

Pair them with layer cakes, another 10" strip of fabric, or another Cuddle Sweet Strip for some fun quilting combinations.  You can see all of them here:   Cuddle Strips

 

Autumn Armstrong Pillowcase Fundraiser

 

We still have pillowcase kits available for purchase for our annual Autumn Armstong pillowcase fundraiser 

benefiting Phoebe's Home. 

 

Come and purchase a pillowcase kit from us for $8.00.  Take the kit home and make the pillowcase.  

Return the pillowcase to the shop by September 30th. 

 

Your $8.00 and your pillowcase will go to Phoebe's Home as we are donating the fabric for our portion of this endeavor. 

 

Don't have time to make a pillowcase?  You can give us a monetary gift in cash or by check made out to Phoebe's Home.  PLEASE do not make checks out to Lone Star Quiltworks!

 

Here is all of the information for this VERY worthy cause.  Autumn Armstong


Barn Quilt Trails Block of the Month


We still have spaces available in our Barn Quilt Trails Block of the Month starting October 24th.  This is a beautiful crayola crayon technique with embroidery accents on top.  Information can be found here:  Barn Quilt Trails

   

Imagine Block of the Month

And we still have a few spaces left in our very fresh looking Imagine Block of the Month by Nancy Halvorsen that begins September 19th.   This project can be either a quilt or individual wall hangings that can be placed in a stand for viewing. 

Information can be found here:  Imagine

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Do you love reproduction fabric?


Then this message is for you!  We have moved 50 bolts of reproduction fabric to our SALE center.  Out with the old and in with the new!  It is time for Quilt Market and I want to freshen up our repro area, so my loss is your gain.  

Don't forget our sale fabric is always reduced to 50% off retail with a two-yard cut minimum.  Do you live out of town?  Here is a link to all of our new sale offerings http://lonestarquiltworks.com/online-shopping/fabric/sale


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Fingerless Machine Quilting Gloves!

Do you love to machine quilt but have fussed with hoops or trying to hold onto your fabric while moving it under your free motion foot?  Enter the fingerless gloves above!  We discovered these gloves at Spring Market.  They were designed by a machine quilter and are made of micro-suede on the bottom with a breathable fabric on the top.  They will work with touch screen sewing machines so you don't have to keep taking your gloves on and off while quilting, and have a padded palm area.  If you wear rings you can continue to do so as the 4th and 5th finger are cut shorter onthese gloves. We have had good feedback from our customersalthough they do seem to run a little large. Fingerless Gloves

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 Looking for a fun Christmas quilt?   Hoffman, one of our most gorgeous batik designers has kitted this darling Sew into It! Tree Hugger pattern by Cindi Edgerton.  This kit includes all of the fabrics to make the top, your pattern, and the required papers for paper piecing.  This is the perfect kit for someone with a small apartment who might not have room for a tree, a student dorm, or just to place on the back of a door in your Christmas decorating line up.  

Here is the link, Sew Into It Green

 The Hoffman Tree Hugger kit also comes in silver and white!

Here is the link, Sew Into It Silver

Someone you know and love is sure to love this as a gift!


Autumn Armstrong Fundraiser

We are still selling pillowcase kits with all of the proceeds from the sale and all the pillowcases going to Phoebe's Home, our local domestic violence center.  I looked back and we turned in 160 pillowcases in 2015, and 225 in 2016.  I am hoping we can beat this for 2017!  We will be accepting both donations and the pillowcases until Saturday, September 30th if you would like to help.   Here is all of the information  

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Some new items to share with you!

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Binding Babies

These sweet little girls have made it to our shop!  We discovered these cute gals at Spring Market.  Grab one to wrap your 2 1/2" binding in half and pull through the slot.  Keep wrapping your quilt binding onto your little girl and then place her on a vertical spool pin on your sewing machine.  Start sewing your binding on your quilt and pull your already folded binding back off while you are sewing.  How cool is that!  We have lot blondes, brunettes, and red heads in stock, with different colored polka dots! 

What a great gift for that special friend!

 

 Binding Babies

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Dance of the Dragonflies

Have you seen this gorgeous Hoffman quilt kit?  Dance of the Dragonflies is a pre-cut and pre-fused applique kit using hand dyed Bali batiks that measures approximately 40" square.  You will need to add a Super Nova background choice, but what a stunning finish you will have!

 

Dance of the Dragonflies

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Sulky Petites Display

We have added a new display that contains the top colors Sulky carries for their #12 Petites.  Their Petite line is great for hand embroidery and equals to two strands of embroidery floss.  The great part is you don't have to strip your floss with Sulky, you can pull off just what you need, no tangling, and a compact spool with snap ends for tidy storage. Sulky #12 can be used in your machine as well. Other uses are applique, couching, needle punch,

bobbin work, and more. 

 

Sulky Petites  Click on the color numbers and watch the colors change!

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Hazel Nutt by Laura Heine

Some of you were able to attend our Laura Heine collage class in April.  This is one of Laura's newest pattern, Hazel Nutt!  She is so cute and we have tons of background fabrics that would work perfectly with Hazel.  Finished size is 43" X 54" for Miss Hazel. 

Pattern includes full size templates and instructions.

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Imagine Block of the Month by

Nancy Halvorsen starts in September!

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Barn Quilt Trails Block of the

Month and Class starts in October!

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Announcing Lone Star Quiltworks Fall 2017 Class Schedule!

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Come and join us for a new learning experience!  Our teachers have outdone themselves this trimester with many new classes for you to enhance both your quilting and or sewing expertise.  From beginning level to advanced there is something for everyone.  Plus there are many special events listed as well with out of town teachers visiting the shop.

And don't forget you can rent a Baby Lock sewing machine from us for the nominal fee of $10 per day if you don't want to bring your home machine to the shop.  Of course we are really hoping you will love one of these machines and take it home with you at a discounted price!  (A little ulterior motive here, eh?)

Seriously, our classes fill FAST so call soon if you see something you like.  

Here is the link ...http://lonestarquiltworks.com/fall2017

We have samples up and ready for viewing at the shop.

Want to sign up now?

Call us at the number listed below!

979 595 1072

 

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This is a picture of my beautiful friend Autumn who passed away on August 18th, 2014. Autumn was the victim of a senseless act of domestic violence.

 

Autumn was first and foremost my friend, and second one of my customers. Autumn, her Mom, and her Aunt are also my Kerrville retreat buddies. Last year we worked with Autumn's Mom and our local domestic violence shelter to find a way to honor Autumn.  We would like to repeat our plan annually, so this will be our third year of the Autumn Armstrong pillowcase drive.

 

During the month of August, we are asking you to help us make pillowcases to honor Autumn.  All proceeds from this event and the pillowcases themselves will be donated to Phoebe's Home, our local domestic violence shelter and prevention center.  Please see details below:

During the month of August stop by the shop and pick up a pillowcase kit.  Your cost will be $8.00, (cash or check only please.)  Directions to make the pillowcase will be included in your kit.  We are asking that you take the kit home, make the pillowcase, and return it to the shop by Saturday, September 30th. 

 

If you live out of town, or just can't make a pillowcase, please consider making a donation for this very worthy cause, (again cash or check only please).

 

I cannot tell you how long and hard I thought about this plan last year in hopes that it will somehow help another family on down the road. In 2015 it was very well received and we proudly turned in 160 pillowcases plus a large donation to the shelter.  In 2016 we again had a record pillowcase turnout and a large donation to the shelter.

 

In January we helped them out again with our Pantie Raid, and were able to donate several large boxes of ladies and children's underwear, socks, and pajamas, so I guess you could say we have kind of adopted them!

 

I strongly believe in keeping our fundraising efforts local.  Additionally, we are primarily a women centered business and while I am well aware that domestic violence effects men as well, statistically women and children are at great risk.  My thoughts with this campaign is that it keeps things local by benefiting Phoebe's Home with a monetary donation, and the recipients of their services with a special pillowcase that they may keep.  Last year the director of Phoebe's Home told us they used all of the pillowcases we donated to clients who stayed with them through some very difficult times.  Just think about how much joy a pretty pillowcase can give someone.

 

We plan to make this an annual even to honor Autumn and show our continued support for Phoebe's Home.  My prayers are that maybe we can prevent one more family from dealing with senseless tragedy and violence.

Lone Star Quiltworks presents Barn Quilt Trails by

Sharon Wilhelm

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Everyone just loves a good barn quilt!

And we have a good one this time from Sharon Wilhelm encompassing her Crayola crayon technique background with embroidery on top! 

 

We are planning on running Barn Quilt Trail as a Block of the Month beginning in October with the bonus of an optional class to make Blocks #11 and #5 with Sharon as your teacher!  She will be visiting the shop on Thursday, September 14th,

and Friday, September 15th from 10a-4p each day.

 

Sharon will teach you how to use your crayons for base coating, shading, shadowing, and highlighting with color and textures.  After coloring, learn how to heat set and preserve your block/quilt colors during washing. 

 

Next, Sharon will teach you a basic embroidery stitch to make the barn "pop" up from the background.  Sharon and her husband Loren will present this workshop using two cameras and a TV screen so everyone will receive a phenomenal teaching experience!

 

This will be a 13-month Block of the Month starting on the 4th Tuesday of October.  Your pattern and fabric will always be ready for pick up and/or shipping on each 4th Tuesday of the month.  You will pick up 12 individual blocks for the first twelve months, and the 13th month pick up will consist of the borders and binding. 

Finished size of this quilt is 75" X 75". 

 

Signup fee will be $20. Your monthly charge, to include your pattern and fabric, will be $22.00 per month, plus applicable tax and optional shipping.  We will require a credit card to be on file with us for billing purposes.

 

While you do not need to take the class to participate in Barn Quilt Trail as a Block of the Month, if you would like to take Sharon's class on Thursday September 14th and Friday, September 15th from 10a-4p the class fee will be $70 for both days or $40 for one day.

 

She will be teaching you the Barn Quilt #11 Block, (red barn with green tree background), on Thursday, and Barn Quilt #5 Block, (red barn with the snow background), on Friday.  An optional lunch may be added for an additional $10 per day.  There will be very limited space for Sharon's class so if you are interested please call 979-595-1072 ASAP!

 

The first twelve people to sign up for this Block of the Month will receive a bonus gift with their first month's pick up!














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  Alex Anderson and "the trick"!

 

Those of you that know me well know that before I bring a new product into the shop I do quite a bit of research about it. 

 

About a year ago at Market I happened upon Alex Anderson of long time quilting fame demoing a new rotary mat, new rulers, and a new rotary cutter. 

 

Right, so who needs another one of those I thought to myself!

 

Fast forward and I have followed these product reviews online.  They have been getting AMAZING reviews so at Spring Market I decided to go for it. 

 

These new mats are double sided, for light and dark fabrics!  Her rulers have a coating on the backside that prevents slippage when working with fabrics, and her rotary cutters are for both left and right handed customers! 

 

When working with the rulers if you are trimming the edges of a block you can "spin" your sewn unit around on the mat to reach all four sides, preventing you from cutting improperly and possibly injuring yourself. 

 

Alex has come out with the most popular ruler sizes that the majority of quilters are using and continues to introduce more as the demand grows for her product.

 

Here is a link to Alex demoing these products

 

Scroll down and to the right for the "trick" video!

 

Should you be in the market for a new mat, rotary cutter, or looking to add to your ruler stash I hope you will give these products a try.  We have had a few customers purchase them already since we put our shop display out and they have reported back to us that they love them.  This past week we had a "bee" visit us just because they heard we were carrying Alex's products!


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Nancy Halvorsen's new Imagine Block of the Month!

 

We are proud to announce our participation in Nancy Halvorsen's return to designing fabric for Benartex with the debut of her Bree line!  Nancy has written an accompanying book called Imagine using her new fabric line which includes a stunning inspirational quilt.

 

Shown below is the 66" X 85" finished quilt.  Doesn't it just make you smile to look at this bright and cheery quilt?

 

Nancy's book includes optional pillows, mini quilts, and seasonal banners that additionally can be made.

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This Imagine Block of the Month will start on the 4th Tuesday in September and continue for 12 months through August of 2018.  This is a twelve month Block of the Month.  Your pickup and/or ship date will always be the 4th Tuesday of each month.

 

If you would like instead of making a quilt you can make the blocks into individual wall hangings that finish at 14" X 14".  (An optional stand is available for purchase.)

 

Participation in the Imagine Block of the Month will include the book and all of the fabric to complete the shown top plus your binding.  Your cost will be a $20 sign up fee and $20 per month plus applicable tax and optional shipping.  We will require a credit card to be on file with us for monthly billing purposes.

 

If you would like to participate in this Block of the Month please call us at 979-595-1072.  We believe this happy Block of the Month will fill FAST!

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2017 IQF Bus Trip

 Friday, November 3rd!

Lone Star Quiltworks is pleased to announce we will be hosting our   10th annual International Quilt Festival bus trip to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Friday, November 3rd.  This will be the 43rd year for this show which features over 1500 hung quilts and 1100 vendor booths.

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The Plan


1)  Meet in the parking lot of LSQW at 8 AM Friday, November 3rd, 2017.  We plan to board the bus and depart by 8:30 AM.  A         light breakfast will be served on the bus.  Feel free to bring  a thermos of coffee! 


2)  We will arrive in Houston at approximately 10 AM and be dropped off at the Transit Center.  (Please note this is also the

      afternoon pick up location.)


 3)  You will be able to view the quilts and shop from 10 AM to 6:30 PM. 

 

LSQW will provide you with information regarding where you can take a break during the day to rest your feet, eat a bite of lunch, or have something refreshing to drink.  Motorized wheelchairs are available for rental from the convention center.  They cannot be rented through LSQW.

 

4)  We will board the bus to return to Bryan at 6:30 PM. Water, hand sanitizer, and a light snack will be provided.

 

We will stop on 290W at McAlister's deli and pick up a box dinner consisting of a dry turkey club wrap with condiments on the side, chips, and a cookie.

 

5)  Arrive in Bryan at the LSQW parking lot around 9PM.

 

Easy-peasy!  Why would you want to drive?


The Cost

1)  Cost for everything included is $95 per person, (same price as 2015!). Payment is required at time of registration which will       guarantee your seat on the bus. 

 

2)  The $95 fee includes your transportation to and from the show, a light breakfast, tip for the bus driver, ticket into the

      show, a small gift, a return snack, and your dinner from McAlister's. 

 

3)  Please be aware that this is a non-refundable purchase unless we are able to fill your slot with a potential rider from our

     waiting list.  Should you need to cancel, and we are able to fill your slot, you will be given a gift certificate to the shop.

     Should you need to cancel and we cannot find a replacement rider, you will lose your money.  You are welcome to "gift" your

     space to another friend if you choose but please notify us of this change at 970-595-1072.