Friday, August 22, 2014

Deep in the Heart of Texas Road Trip Quilt Along

I finished my Texas Road Trip QAL top just in time for Finish it Up Friday! I was hoping to get it finished Monday, but at the last minute I added borders and ran out of my background fabric :( Thankfully my awesome friend Kristan who owns Stitcherie is local to me and I could run over and get some more fabric.

When I first read about this QAL over at My Fabric Relish, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  Here is the line up of all the blogs who participated:

June 1 - Quadrant 1 pattern post - Download
June 2 - Dallas - Ashley at Urban Spools
June 5 - Tyler - Colleen guest blogger at Pretty Little Quilts
June 12 - Fort Worth - Lindsey and Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
June 15 - Quadrant 2 pattern post - Download
June 16 - Amarillo - Aoife at thREDhead
June 19 - Lubbock - Jada (guest blogger) at My Fabric Relish
June 22 - Quadrant 3 pattern post - Download
June 23 - El Paso - Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts
June 26 - Midland/Odessa - Donna at Donna's Lavender Nest
June 30 - Big Bend - Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts
July 6 - Quadrant 4 pattern post -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 Lissa
July 28 - Rio Grande Valley - Melissa at My Fabric Relish

Quilt Cutting Requirements - download
 My massive quilt started with this one lone block. A ferris wheel for the city of Dallas. 

 Then it started to quickly grow. Clockwise from top left: Dallas, Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon, Fort Worth, & Tyler. 

Then the quadrants started coming together and everything started taking shape. 

Texas was growing before my eyes! Quads 1-3. 

And then....
Boom! Texas! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out. I used Anna Maria Horner's Dowry collection along with the coordinating solids for the main body of Texas. Both were purchased at Westwood Acres Fabrics. The background fabric I used is Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed linen in Steel, and I purchased that from Stitcherie

My favorite section of the quilt is quad 4 because that is the region I have always lived in :) 

I designed the Aggieland water tower block for the City of College Station, and then for Houston I changed up the block and made it the Astros logo. I made a heart for the Austin block because it is where I was born and raised, and I will always consider it my home.

I absolutely love this quilt and I know it will get lots of use considering how huge it is. With the 4.5" borders I added, this puppy finishes up right around 70" square. I already know it's going to be a beast to quilt, but I definitely am going to try and tackle it myself.

If you participated in the QAL don't forget to head over to My Fabric Relish or Pretty Little Quilts and link up your Texas! There are some pretty awesome prizes being offered!


  1. That is so beautiful! I just don't even have the words to express how wonderful it looks. I love your fabric choices and your quad 4 is phenomenal!!! Glad you were able to get your fabric:)

  2. This quilt is so gorgeous! It turned out beautifully.

  3. Just stunning!!! Thanks so much for participating with us!!

  4. What a masterpiece! You go girl, I just love this quilt:)

  5. Love it!! I'll eventually get started on mine ;)

  6. Wow!!! This is stunning!!! So much hard work put in to this and it shows! Great job!

  7. Beautiful quilt! I love the AMH with the steel background! And the changes you made for the cities that mean the most to you - so personal :) It's been such a great QAL!

  8. I love how yours came out!! I'm finally back to piecing mine and so excited to get it finished. Congrats!!

  9. Love the extra blocks you added for College Station and Austin. Great ideas!

  10. Hilary you made an awesome Texan quilt - Really Fun to look at and see all the wonderful details!

  11. I love your husbands construction crew built that water tank you show in the quilt...I sure do miss living in TX...can't wait to see how you are going to quilt this...


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