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Red & White–By the Numbers (details) pieced by Barbara Black, quilted by Pamela Dransfeldt. Design inspired by patterns from Gay Bomers & Brenda Papadakis, From the exhibit “Ruby Jubilee.”


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Join the crowd for fun, friends, & fabric at International Quilt Festival’s Ruby Jubilee this fall! GET INSPIRED by nearly 50 great exhibits featuring more than 1,300 gorgeous quilts, fabric art, and wearables. LEARN in “small-batch” classes and lectures, taught by a fantastic faculty of 125 experts. Get tips and techniques to create your OWN masterpiece, in a warm and encouraging atmosphere unique to Festival.

DISCOVER great new fabrics, glorious antique and new quilts to collect, incredible new notions, embellishments, tools, patterns, jewelry, books, gifts, design software, sewing, and quilting machines. Just imagine what you can do with them!

SHOPPING is a big part of the total Festival experience, with more than 1,100 booths chock-full of fantastic new products to bring out your creativity! FREE Plus free learning experiences on the show floor like Make It University!,TM Meet the Teachers, & Open Studios.TM

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When was the last time that quilting was an adventure?

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Well, if you’re looking to spice things up, learn something new or just quilt with a better view, check out Cactus Quilt’s Cruise! Cactus Quilts is hosting its second quilting cruise with a 7-day cruise, April 12-19, 2015. The cruise, aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Sea, will host classes on the 3 days at sea and participants can explore while in ports of call which include Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise departs from and returns to Galveston, Texas.

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Galveston to Jamaica

Aboard Royal Caribbean’s NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS Discover Jamaica, Grand Cayman & Cozumel

Quilting Classes/ Workshops during 3 fun Sea Days with: Veronica Cox

is the owner of Bear Thread Designs, Inc. and has traveled extensively, teaching the art of fusible appliqué, using The Appliqué Pressing Sheet™.

Quilters will have the chance to try their hand at new techniques, work under the guidance of instructors who are subject matter experts in their field and interact with quilters throughout Texas and beyond. Sharing stories, making new friends and exploring new destinations are just some of the many activities participants will enjoy. This year instructors include Lynn Roddy Brown, Veronica Cox and Karen E. Overton. To learn more or to register contact cruise consultants, Al and Pat Magee at (713) 729-3040 or visit Cactus Quilt’s website at www. Space is limited, so call today to reserve your spot.

Lynn Roddy Brown

is a Designer, Teacher and Author of Quilting Books using scraps. Several of Lynn’s scrap quilts have appeared in Quilt Magazines.

Karen E. Overton

is owner of Quilts ‘N Kaboodle, a company founded in 2003 that specializes in longarm quilting and T-shirt quilt creation. Karen is a certified Square ‘N Square instructor.

Kits are available for classes, supply lists will be provided. Quilters will have various chances to enter a drawing for a quilt.

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It's time to dust off our fall projects and enjoy Downton Abbey Fabrics (pg 36) and Civil War Era quilts (pg 14). Get ready to cruise while quilting (pg 3, 55) or go on a SHOP HOP (pg 12). There is loads to do!

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Dear Friends, I am excited about this year’s Quilt Issue of TEAinTEXAS. Quilting, sewing and needlework have been the creative legacy passed on by my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother conjuring almost as many memories as seeing my grandmother’s tea cup collection. As a young military spouse, both quilting and afternoon tea were avenues that allowed me to reach out in friendship to others- keeping me from focusing on long separations during my husband’s deployments. As we prepared this year’s issue, I am once again enveloped in the peaceful world of tea and quilts. This is truly my favorite

issue each year, because it is filled with potential. Whether it’s a project to try, a place to explore or new friends to meet- every page is filled with inspiration, adventure, creativity and enlightenment. This year I have visited many tea rooms, explored shops and museums, completed my first quilt round robin and participated in a shop hop – all because TEAinTEXAS inspired me. I hope you find the same hunger for adventure as you turn the pages. As Confucius said, "Wherever you go, go with all your heart."

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Tyler’s Azalea Belles Celebrate 50 Years

The lovely Azalea Belles are a fixture of Tyler’s famed Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, extending to Trail visitors the Southern hospitality for which Tyler is known. This year the Belles celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Azalea Belle program, which began when two Tyler Chamber of Commerce secretaries were asked to be Belles. In 1967, the Chamber decided to start inviting high school girls to be Belles. Originally, only a few were selected, and now it's grown to approximately 32-34 each year, notes Susan Travis, Assistant Vice President of Tourism at the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Belles are freshman and sophomore Smith County high school and home-schooled young ladies who apply to the program and selected based on an interview with the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau, which runs the program. This year, there were 33 Azalea Belles, and they are pictured below at the 2014 Azalea & Spring Flower Trail Opening Ceremony at the home of Guy and Joan Pyron, 212 W. Dobbs, along the Azalea Trail. This lovely garden setting is open to visitors during the Trail, as well as year-round. The two original Belles also attended this special reunion, and are shown in the image of the Belles taken at the GoodmanLeGrand Home. Learn more at

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Dressed in colorful gowns, the Belles are stationed in popular stops on the Trail, where they serve as event ambassadors, greeting visitors and answering questions, as well as taking photographs. They also volunteer at different events throughout the year.

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CALENDAR October 2-5, October 30 – November 2 Canton’s First Monday Trade Days Explore a world of antiques, home d�cor, clothing and gifts at Canton’s First Monday Trade Days. While in town, visit the charming Square. At the First Monday Grounds, there are more than 7,000 vendor spaces, providing an amazing treasure hunt. 1-877-462-7467

Second Saturdays: An Evening of Art, Music and Wine, McKinney Explore downtown art galleries, great local and regional music and enjoy dinner at one of McKinney’s outstanding eateries. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Last Saturday of each month Last Saturday Gallery Night at Granbury Square Granbury art galleries and the Yeats-Duke 1858 Working Museum host this free art walk the last Saturday of the month, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet the artist events, opening receptions, demonstrations, hors d’oeuvres, wine and music. September 20-21 Antique Elegance Dealers, Richardson Victorian & Period Furniture September 22 – November 26 Harvest Tea at The Dallas Arboretum Have tea amidst the botanical splendor of The Dallas Arboretum, one of the most fabulous gardens on the planet. The Arboretum’s sumptuous, three-course tea, served in the charming Restaurant DeGolyer, is an esteemed Dallas tradition. Also tour the classic DeGolyer estate and then enjoy a stroll through the gardens. Don’t miss Pumpkin Village. Fall is always beautiful in Dallas, and this is the perfect way to take it in. Call 214-515-6500 or September 25 and 27 Textile Exhibit, Museum of Texas Tech University Come and See! Free event showcasing 12-15 items from the Clothing and Textile Collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University, 3301 4th Street, Lubbock, TX 10:30-noon, Sept. 25 and 27. For information (806) 834-5146 or marian.ann. October 4 United Way Goes Country, Granbury Features Texas country music artists, Cory Morrow and the Rankin Twins, live and silent auction, a raffle, dinner and dancing; 6:30pm at the Hood County Reunion Grounds, 641 Reunion Court, Granbury, TX 76048. Individual tickets are $125. Call (817)579-5100 for sponsorship information. All proceeds fund the United Way of Hood County’s organization

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October 10 – 12 60th Annual Fall Pilgrimage Tour of Homes, Natchitoches, Louisiana Natchitoches has rich variety in its lovely historic homes. Here is your opportunity to step right in and explore them. Stroll along beautiful Cane River Lake and take in the sights downtown; Enjoy fabulous Louisiana cuisine and hospitality while you are here. You can even stay in one of the area’s many historic accommodations. Call 800-2591714; October 10-11 Southern Garden Symposium, St. Francisville, Louisiana “Offering Prestigious Speakers Amid Gracious Surroundings” is the 2014 Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville, featuring a series of workshops held in charming locations throughout this historic community, garden tours, and special events including an afternoon tea at a lovely private home. or call 225-635-3738. St. Francisville is an exceptionally charming historic town with a number of exceptional historic homes. It is located near Baton Rouge.

is $7-$10. Tickets available on parade day at TMF’s Rose Stadium, 400 Fair Park Dr.or in advance 903-566-7424. The Queen’s Tea, 1 p.m. is free and open to the public and is your chance to meet the queen! Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr., 903-597-3130, x 11. There is an “Old Rose” Open House at the GoodmanLeGrand, with tours, entertainment, horse and carriage rides, and refreshments. Free admission, 624 N. Broadway, 903-5311286. Learn more about all the fabulous Rose Season events throughout October at December 4 – 7 The 7th Annual Dallas Woman’s Forum “One Enchanted Christmas” Holiday Celebration Tour the fabulous Alexander Mansion, home of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, and enjoy a fabulous lunch in the holiday bistro. The event is held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance/$12 at the door, (chlldren under 12, $5). Raffle Tickets $5. Lunch is $15, and reservations are required. Call 214/823–4533 for tickets or http://www. and click on events. Proceeds benefit the Alexander Mansion, Alley’s House, the Landauer Group Child Care and Birdie Alexander Elementary School. Louisiana’s Holiday Trail of Lights Various Dates November - December The cities of Shreveport-Bossier, Monroe-West Monroe, Alexandria/ Pineville, Minden and Natchitoches invite you join the chorus and get in the holiday spirit with holiday lights, festivities and cultural events to make the season unforgettable. It’s why we say Fa La La Louisiana! Traveling along 1-20 and 1-49, you’ll enjoy such highlights as Minden’s Fasching Fifth Season Festival; Natchitoches Christmas Festival, with thousands of lights and fireworks illuminating Cane River Lake; MonroeWest Monroe’s Christmas on the River Festival with holiday shopping in Antique Alley; and of course, holiday food traditions in Louisiana are meant to be savored along the way. Learn more at

October 17 Vogel Alcove Presents Third Annual Ambassadors of Hope Awards Luncheon, Dallas Featuring Stacey Bess, award-winning author of “Nobody Don’t Love Nobody,” and the inspiration for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “Beyond the Blackboard.” Benefitting Vogel Alcove, it will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 the Omni Dallas Convention Center; vogelalcove. org/luncheon. Vogel Alcove provides early childhood education and childcare for homeless children. October 18 Rose Festival Parade and Queen’s Tea, Open House at GoodmanLeGrand, Tyler Tyler’s favorite event, the Rose Festival Parade, starts at 9 a.m. Front and Glenwood into Rose Stadium. Admission

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Japanese Tea is Perfectly at Home in an English Setting The beautiful historic Georgian home of Dr. and Mrs. Don Vann in Denton has a wonderfully English feeling, and it has been the site of many a traditional English afternoon tea, with classic black tea such as the Vanns’ favorite, Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend. But these days the Vanns are turning over a new leaf, and are just as likely to be enjoying Japanese green tea at afternoon tea. Dr. Vann is a Regent’s Professor of English, Retired and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Texas. He co-founded the Denton Dickens Fellowship in 1988 and is also a member of the London Dickens Fellowship, The Vanns enjoy traveling to London each year, having afternoon tea at their favorite places, and always come home with lots of teas. The Vanns’ stately home is situated on Denton’s “Silk Stocking Row” of historic homes. When Dr. Vann was teaching, the Vanns would invite his students over for afternoon tea at the end of the term. And they have a lovely Christmas tradition of inviting neighbors and close friends over for a Christmas tea on Christmas Eve. The Vanns recently began incorporating Japanese green tea into their tea tradition, after their daughter moved to Japan and began sending them green tea. The said they can highly recommend green tea. Green tea is reported to have many health benefits, contains no caffeine, and it fits right in with an afternoon tea cake, especially one that uses green tea in the batter (see recipe). You can catch Dr. Vanns engaging presentations on English literature at UNT’s Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning Emeritus College, a leisure learning program for adults 50 and up, that offers an array of fascinating presentations on a variety of subjects, as well as travel opportunities. Learn more at

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Dr. Vann’s Green Tea Cake 2c. cake flour 1 t. baking soda 1 t. salt 3 t. powdered green tea 1 1/4 c. granulated sugar 1 c. canola oil 3 eggs 1 c. buttermilk 1 T. vanilla 2 c. powdered sugar 1 t. green tea powder 2 t. soft better 1 15 oz. carton whipped cream cheese 1/2 t. vanilla 1 T. milk Set oven at 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and green tea powder. Whip oil, sugar, and eggs, add vanilla. Mix in half the flour mixture and half the buttermilk, mix, then add rest of the flour and buttermilk. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9" cake pans and bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. For the frosting sift powdered sugar and green tea powder. Add butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and milk. Whip until smooth.

The Chestnut Tree in Denton, always a vibrant and bustling tea destination on the Denton Square, is going strong as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Featuring delectable family recipes, showcasing the work of local artists in its evolving gallery, and always sporting a friendly ambiance and creative college town vibe, the Chestnut Tree draws a crowd.

private parties, afternoon tea by reservation, holiday high tea

The Chestnut Tree in Denton Celebrates 20th Year

The Chestnut Tree Teahouse and Bistro Lunch served Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Brunch served Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 107 West Hickory Street Denton, Texas 76201 (940) 591-9475

Owner Valeree Clegg says the key to its longevity lies in The Chestnut Tree’s ability to adapt to change. “We have to be willing to be not just a tea room,” says Valeree. “We offer catering, and brunch, as well as afternoon tea.” The Chestnut Tree’s recipe is definitely working! The Chestnut Tree’s Holiday High Tea is an annual tradition that has endeared the tearoom to many tea enthusiasts. Multiple seatings are offered each year and the event sells out in advance.


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When it comes to quilters, many of those outside this creative community may see them as gentle ladies who sit around and chat while stitching a blanket, but that vision is more likened to quilts of yesterday. Quilters of today can be liken to the adventurous explorer and quest-focused Indiana Jones, though they have little interest in finding the Lost Ark or Crystal Skull.

finding someone who has participated in the events before can be helpful, much like quilt guilds.

Quilters are no longer content to make quilts from left over pieces of fabric they find after making clothing for their family. If quilters are willing to travel across the country and even across the world to attend an expo or show, exploring the quilts shops and groups outside of their own community is a small feat. This merger between creativity and travel allowed for shop hops to be quickly accepted and explored with eagerness.

“Maybe they just want to shop for what makes them feel happy, there’s no harm in that,” Mather says. “Every shop will have something different with a different feel, so they need to seek out the shops that fit their taste.”

Shop hops have been popular for years, and encourage quilters to explore beyond the shops they routinely visit. A shop hop is a group of brick and mortar quilt shops that coordinate an event where many if not all of the shops in the group are visited by a participant within a predetermined time frame. Shop Hops can be localized, such as the Greater Houston Shop Hop, or on a larger scale, such as the Quilt Across Texas Shop Hop. Some shop hops, such as the Row by Row Experience 2014, has participants across the United States. Rules are generally set forth where you visit a certain number of shop, receiving some sort of stamp or entry into drawings for prizes, collectibles or patterns. “Shops hops are popular because you have a group of people who come together to share their love of the same things - fabric and shopping,” says Linda Mather, creator of the Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop in Waco, Texas. “Fabric is so inspirational and can make you feel happy or give you that warm fuzzy feeling. Ladies would rather shop for fabric then clothing that doesn't fit or groceries they have to cook.” Those participating in a shop hop for the first time can be very excited at the start of the adventure, but can quickly become overwhelmed when they see the list of shops, so participating with a friend or quilt mentor can help. For a beginning q u i l t e r ,

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Mather says to keep from getting overwhelmed they should visit the shops with patterns they have bought and want to buy fabric for, or fabric swatches to match when looking at a shops inventory, but if you don’t have a list in hand, don’t worry.

Shop hops are a great way for quilters of any level to learn of new shops, new techniques, patterns and more. Exploring outside your routine retailers can help you grow as a quilter as well as help you give feedback to your local quilt shop on fabrics, patterns and products that shoppers find interesting. So get out there and shop, and let the fun begin!

By Michelle Lindsey

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A Garden’s Bounty Infuses TSQG’s Auction Quilt “Batik Garden” (below) is the lovely, hand appliqued auction quilt of the Texas Star Quilters of Van Zandt County’s Quilt Show. Featuring batik fabrics, some of the blocks are from the book Aunt Millie’s Garden by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins, others are designed by "The Lakers" or other sources. "The Lakers," a sewing group of 5 Guild Members who live near Lake Tawakoni and sew together weekly. Jim Erickson, the only male member, did the long-arm quilting and the quilt has won several show ribbons in north Texas. Raffle proceeds go to local charities and the Guild anticipates that this year's ticket sales will be the highest ever. Among the unique features of the Show are a Man Cave for the guys to sit and visit, and a Scavenger Hunt in which children view all the quilts in order to find several items and win great prizes.

Texas Star Quilters Guild of Van Zandt County Annual Quilt Show October 17 & 18, 2014

Admission: $3 Hours: Fri & Sat 9-4pm

Canton Civic Center 800 Flea Market Rd. Canton, TX

Enjoy Autumn Tea at the Dallas Arboretum SEPTEMBER 22 – NOVEMBER 26 Seatings at 11am & 2pm • Monday-Friday Come and celebrate fall with a visit to the charming Restaurant DeGolyer. Enjoy a three course elegant tea presented by Gil’s Elegant Catering, tour the historic estate of Mr. and Mrs. DeGolyer and view the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village with over 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. Reservations required. Call 214-515-6511 to reserve your seating. 8525 Garland Road • Dallas, Texas 75218 • 214-515-6500 2014 Donation Quilt: Batik Garden

The Dallas Arboretum is a non-profit organization that is supported, in part, by funds from Dallas Parks & Recreation.

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Civil War Era Quilts Quilts from the Civil War era are like a message in a bottle from a poignant period in our nation’s history.

The Civil War was fought from April 12, 1861 to May 9, 1865. As we approach the 150th anniversary of its conclusion, there is renewed interest in this chapter of American history. Historic quilts are among the artifacts that help illuminate that history and bring the stories to life. They also provide a fascinating record of quilting in the mid-19th century, and sometimes carry a social or political message. For her book “Southern Quilts: Surviving Relics of the Civil War,” author Merikay Waldvogel documented more than 1,400 quilts, working with museums, historic homes and the families who owned the quilts. Speaking at the Historic New Orleans Collection’s Antiques’ Forum, she said women made quilts for soldiers going off to War, and quilts that survived the War were cherished by the families, handed down with their stories from generation to generation.

By Stephanie Miller For example, a beautiful block quilt in the Winedale Quilt Collection of the University of Texas at Austin’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, was made by Rachel Brown Ross for her brother Daniel Calhoun Brown, who enlisted with the Arkansas Volunteers as a first lieutenant and later as a captain. The quilt, a lovely hand-pieced and hand-appliqued and handquilted cotton quilt entitled “Rose with Oak Leaves and Lilies,” is believed to have been with Brown for most of his Civil War service. It was in the family until 2006, when it was donated to Briscoe Center by Brown’s great, great grandson.

“Rose with Oak Leaves and Lilies,” features abstract floral designs. It was made by Rachel Brown Ross of Pope County Arkansas ca. 1862-64, and was with Daniel Calhoun Brown (1837-1912) during his service in the Confederate Army. It is part of the Winedale Quilt Collection, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Log Cabin quilt, from 1844, made using strips of cotton fabric and velvet squares of different colors. Hand sewn and embellished with decorative embroidery. Owned by John W. Tabor, who organized the 17th Texas Regiment in 1862. Courtesy of the Texas Civil War Museum, Fort Worth, Texas from the collection of the Texas Division United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Confederate Museum.

Waldvogel shared stories of Union soldiers taking quilts from Southern homes because they needed them to keep warm. Families often hid their prized quilts with the family silver. One striking example of a Civil War quilt is Susan Robb’s Confederate Quilt, which is part of the Collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. A colorful applique quilt made in Arkansas around 1860, it shows two rows of soldiers, one with

This beautiful red and green floral applique quilt is an example of what springs to mind when we think of a classic quilt. Red and green were popular colors for quilts because the red and green dyes were colorfast and would remain true. Perhaps that is why they are so classic. They were popular in the United States in the 1850s, during the time of German immigration. This quilt is from the collection of Carolyn Miller.

the Confederate National Flag and one with the Confederate Battle Flag. The quilt depicts the flags and soldiers’ uniforms in amazing detail. The center panel’s applique of a stork devouring an Eagle, an image that also appeared on War currency, represents the vision of the South devouring the North, Waldvogel said. She also discussed The Cherry Mansion quilt, a Star quilt on the bed that Union Army General Ulysses S. Grant slept on at West Tennessee’s Cherry Mansion, which was his headquarters at the time of the Battle of Shiloh. The quilt was later donated to a museum. Waldvogel, a member of the Quilters Hall of Fame, said early 19thcentury quilts fell into these categories: whole cloth, which had no piecing or applique and provided an opportunity for the quilter to show off her quilt-making skills; center medallion, a neoclassical style of which the Lone Star quilt is an example; Equal Size Blocks, which involved putting pieces together as in a jigsaw puzzle; and Center Mosaic in which shapes were used to create “ tilework.” Album quilts had become popular during the 1840s and 1850s and included the name of the quilter, the city where she was born, and sometimes her birth date. Styles of the Civil War era included Broderie perse, with pieces cut out of chintz fabric; Red and Green floral applique which arrived around the time of German immigration and was popular in the 1850s; and Pieced Star, which became popular after the Civil War. Fancy quilts were often displayed as part of a set of bed furnishings, while plain quilts were for everyday use. North Texas Quilter and Collector Carolyn Miller, a member of the American CAROLYN MILLER Quilt Study Group, presents on quilts at North Texas Happiness is Quilting in McKinney. She Quilter and Collector shared that historic quilts often carried a political message, and gave women a way to express their opinions. For example, the “Drunkard’s Path” pattern became popular during the Temperance Movement in the 1800s, to encourage

moderation or abstinence. A quilt with the letters WCTU, would have denoted the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement, founded in 1907. Women also made quilts to promote women’s rights and other causes. The “Whig Rose” quilt, for example, supported 1830s-1850s Whig party ideals, such as public education. A lovely log cabin quilt in the collection of the Texas Civil War Museum, represents another charming and longstanding quilting tradition: quilts given as gifts on significant occasions. This quilt is hand-sewn and embellished with decorative embroidery, according to Texas Civil War Museum Executive Director Cindy Harriman. It was a wedding gift to Martha Jane Anderson and John W. Tabor, married in Winston County, Mississippi. John W. Tabor moved to Texas and in 1862 organized the 17th Texas Regiment, of which he was elected major. A striking orange, beige and yellow quilt in the collection of Chestnut Square in McKinney appears to depict a vibrant sunset. Carolyn Miller said this design would have been the Crown of Thorns or Rocky Mountain Road, when the quilt was created in the 1860s-1870s. Since the 1930s, she notes, it has been called the “New York Beauty,” a name coined by the quilt pattern companies. During the Civil War era, as now, women’s groups created quilts to fund worthy causes. Waldvogel discussed the silk Alabama Gunboat Auction Quilt. This quilt was created to raise funds for a gunboat to patrol Mobile Bay, but plans changed and eventually the funds were used to buy hospital supplies. The quilt is now owned by the Birmingham Museum of Art. Stephanie Miller is a journalist who enjoys tennis, photography, and sharing tea and cultural event-related travel finds with Tea in Texas readers. She enjoys needlework and hopes learn to quilt someday, when time allows. Most of all, she loves spending time with her wonderful family and sweet yellow Lab.

This vibrant quilt represents the Crown of Thorns or Rocky Mountain Road Design of the 1860s-70s, known since the 1930s as “New York Beauty.” It is part of the collection of Chestnut Square Historic Village in McKinney.

The “Drunkard’s Path” pattern became popular during the Temperance Movement, which began in the early 19th century. Using a quilt to promote the Temperance Movement is representative of how women used quilting to convey political messages or promote a cause. Collection of Stephanie Miller.

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Experience down home hospitality that can only be found in Waxahachie. You’ll find the legendary Ellis County Courthouse, plus numerous unique dining and shopping opportunities. Upcoming events include: SCREAMS, Mini Grand Prix, Crossroads of Texas Film Festival and Texas Country Reporter Festival. | 469-309-4040

DWF Continues Long Tradition of Service The Dallas Woman's Forum, established in 1906, was the first departmentalized club in Texas. In 1930 the organization purchased a stately home for a meeting place, 4607 Ross Avenue, where the members still gather today. Built in 1904, the Alexander Mansion, as it is now known, was one of many mansions built along "Dallas' Fifth Avenue." Very few changes were made to the house and it retains most of its former glory from the beveled glass front doors and the grand staircase with its amazing stained glass window at the landing, to the oak and mahogany paneling and the the original lighting fixtures. Decorated in all its holiday finery it is a vision to behold. From the onset the Forum members were very proactive in the health, education and welfare of the citizens of Dallas, especially the children. The tradition continues today with three of the current initiatives reflecting their dedication to those founding principles – work with the Birdie Alexander Elementary School, support of the Landauer Childcare Group and, most recently, the addition to the Community Outreach Program of Alley's House. In addition, the Forum maintains a restoration fund dedicated to restoring the Alexander mansion to its full grandeur.

The 7th Annual Dallas Woman’s Forum Holiday Celebration at the Historic Alexander Mansion December 4th-7th, 2014 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Tickets: Adults $10 in advance/$12 at the door Children (Under 12) $5 Your ticket includes:

• An enchanted stroll through the magically decorated rooms guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit • A tour of the historic Alexander Mansion, one of only two remaining mansions that lined Ross Avenue at the turn of the last century • Access to the unique boutique upstairs where 20 merchants offer many specialty gift items for sale • A chance to enter a raffle with unique items donated by the boutique merchants ($5/ticket) • A selection of handmade baked goods to purchase and take home with you In addition, you may purchase a delightful lunch including beverage and dessert in the Holiday Bistro. Reservations Required ($15/inclusive) For Reservations for Holiday Celebration and/or Tea Room call 214-823-4533 or order online at Proceeds benefit the Alexander Mansion, Alley’s House, the Landauer Child Care Group and Birdie Alexander Elementary School

The 2014 European Tea Room

The major fundraising project of the Forum for the past seven years has been the annual Holiday Home Tour. This year's event, One Enchanted Christmas, will offer tours of the mansion, a boutique, a bake sale, and a cafe offering a different menu each of the four days, December 4-7, 2014. Tickets are $10/adults in advance or $12/adults at the door and $5/ children under 12. Lunch at the Cafe is $15 and reservations are required. In addition, during December 11-14 and 17-20 guests can continue to enjoy the holiday spirit at the European Tea Room in the Alexander Mansion. A delightful three course afternoon tea complimented by a glass of champagne will be served during one seating at 12:00 Noon. The all inclusive price is $47/Adults and $20/Children under 12. Event Tickets and Cafe or Afternoon Tea Reservations are available online at www. or by calling 214-823-4533.

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Most of us travel to Mexico frequently, because of its closeness and affordability. In my quest to seek out an intriguing and interesting hotel in Cancun, I came across one called Nizuc. This Mexican Presidential Palace was the equivalent to what the United States calls “Camp David.” Two years ago, the palace was transformed into a resort and spa.

Enjoying hot tea in Mexico is a challenge. Most people prefer other beverages while on a vacation holiday. During my three day retreat, my villa was appointed nicely with almost any amenity available by request and delivered by a butler. I was able to arrange high tea during my entire stay. Every day, my tea would be strategically delivered in different parts of the villa. This creativeness allowed me to have a

different tea experience. My tea was enjoyed by the pool, a drawn bubble bath, and a beach cabana. Having an enjoyable tea experience can be created anywhere with a little planning.

Heather Clary is a Certified Tea Master. She is a native Houstonian, Texas Aggie and a single mother of three children. Her interests include Japanese tea ceremonies, tea blending, traveling, quilting, and running.

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Tea Affair A lovely afternoon tea in a historic setting benefiting a great cause, Tea in Texas’ Dallas Tea Affair is always an affair to remember, and this year’s event was one of the biggest yet. Noted Interior Designer Margaret Chambers presented a lecture on decorating with antiques, and a fabulous silent auction featuring lovely tea items, art and antiques, raised thousands of dollars for this year’s charity, City House, which provides shelter for youth in

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to Remember Collin County. Guests at the event, held at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, especially enjoyed a festive teacup exchange, sharing the stories and memories associated with their teacups. Attendees also enjoyed blending their own teas to enjoy at home. Table hostesses wowed the crowd with lovely tablescapes, all of which had a story to tell. Tea in Texas Publisher Lee Garcia presented awards to outstanding leaders in the tea community. Make plans to join Tea in Texas at the 2015 Dallas Tea Affair next Summer. It’s not too early to start shopping for that special hat, and searching for a teacup for the exchange.

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Tea with Shakespeare in England Our friends from Tudor World in England shared this photo from a very special afternoon tea recently. Janet Ford of Tudor World reports that the� light hearted afternoon took place in the sunny quintessentially English tea garden of Hathaway tearooms, previously a 17th century coach inn, in the heart of Stratford upon Avon. Tudor World's Shakespeare and his wife Anne, delighted the guests with sonnets, snippets from plays, music and insults. Guest enjoyed a high tea that consisted of finger sandwiches, scones and handcrafted cakes, along with lashings of English breakfast tea!� Learn more about this charming destination at

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Restaurant & Tea Shoppe Join us at the English Tea Room for a relaxing get-away. Enjoy a pot of tea from our selection of over 200 choices! It's a unique, European experience right here in Covington, Louisiana! Breakfast, Lunch & High Tea served daily 734 E. Rutland St. Covington, LA 985-898-3988 and or call 973-664-0986

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Miss USA Contestants Enjoy Tea at Houmas House

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The lovely contestants of the 2014 Miss USA competition joined 2013 Miss USA Erin Brady for a beautiful afternoon tea at Houmas House Plantation in Louisiana during the festivities leading up to the Miss USA competition in Baton Rouge in June. The ladies enjoyed a fabulous day of Southern Hospitality at the gracious plantation home, with an exquisite tea in the Carriage House. They also had their photographs taken on the majestic grounds of Houmas House. Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, was crowned the winner of the 63rd Miss USA pageant on June 8. Finalists were Miss North Dakota, Miss Georgia, Miss Louisiana, Miss Florida and Miss Iowa.


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Caring For a Collection:

Beyond Purchasing Pieces In 2006, Kristen’s grandmother gave her a collection of teacups and saucers that she had collected from the many places she’d visited over the years. It wasn’t the first time Kristin had received something from her grandmother, nor would it be the last. When her grandmother gave her the tea cups and saucers, they were gently tucked alongside her china in a cabinet where they would be safe, but she was left with the question of what to do with them now? According to antique dealers and tearoom owners, a popular reason tea and china collections are started is because the collector received a piece or pieces from a elderly family member and the memory they evoke is of treasured family times. “People collect the things they do because, most of the time, it is something they have a fond memory of such as a grandmother’s cups and saucers, dolls they had as a child, and other things that brings backs the past,” said Mary Schurr at Your Cup of Tea, an English style tearoom in Houston, Texas. Collectors often choose to display their treasured pieces in beautiful glass cases or cabinets that illuminate and protect them from dust and limit the chances of harm, but Shurr says that while displaying pieces can show off the beauty of the pieces, the true treasure is interacting with them. “When it comes to caring for your china pieces, I quote, Lord Wedgewood, that the best way to care for your china is to use it. Don’t store it away to leave to family or friends, the best way to display your china is to have it on your dining and kitchen tables.”

Schurr agrees that sometimes a collection may be too big to use on a routine basis and displaying them, rather than packing them away is a great way to showcase the pieces not used. “I have a great deal more china in the Tea Room than I use, so I have some on display around the room and in a display cabinet.” This is also an ideal way to appreciate pieces that are too fragile or may have damage, rather than pack away and hide in closets and cabinets. Seeing teacups and saucers from your grandmother may remind you of your favorite memories with her such as learning to sew, but it may be hiding your own childhood tea set, which reminds you of laughing with your childhood friend as you pour tea for your dolls while wearing your mother’s jewelry. Rotating pieces can help keep those memories at the forefront of your mind. Schurr says, that while she encourages collectors to use their collection, great care is still important when cleaning and caring for the pieces. “Sun and tea can stain the inside of your fine china cups, to clean them soak in warm water and half a cup of bleach. Then remove and wash with warm water and rinse well.” Washing china by hand is recommended, while placing them in a dishwasher is not, as the prongs can scratch the pieces, detergents can be too harsh and even heat damage can be a concern. It is recommended that if you decide to stack pieces, place a soft piece of cloth or even a coffee filter between them to prevent scratching. If you choose to hang cups or use plates stands remember to do so with care. “I try not to hang cups on hooks, but if you do,

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Hanging more fragile or antique fine china cups can stress the handles and stacking too many cups can stress the rims and handles that hold the weight. Receiving china pieces, whether tea cups and saucers or a dining set, can be a incredible gift, but recipients who use them for family gathering or dinner parties may find that their collection is not big enough or key pieces may be missing. Baytown, Texas, resident, Joyce Cox, understands this. Though she's not looking for more pieces right now, she likes to know she has the option. She proudly displays her mother’s china in a cabinet where her family often gathers for meals filled with chatter and laughter. “My mother collected it piece by piece,” she recalls referring to the large collection, of plates, cups, glassware and more. While she is not actively looking for more pieces, she has asked her granddaughter, a tea cup collector, if she’s seen pieces of the set when she searches for tea cups. In fact, the two collections are often a topic of conversation between them. Mary Moll, co-owner of Houston’s Antiques on Memorial, agrees that

china and tea collections start because a few pieces were received as a gift or was born from the desire to host a tea party. “China is special because of its beauty, differing shapes and variety of designs,” Moll says, add they have their own decorative element whether on a shelf, table or buffet. For those looking to grow their collection, she adds pieces can be found at antique shops, estate sales, garage sales or through a china matching service, such as the one at Antiques on Memorial. “English bone china is considered the finest,” she says, noting that the bottoms of cups and saucers can give great detail on a piece’s origin. “Look for quality, designs, translucence and weight,” Moll says. “For weight, lighter is better.” Regardless of whether you are looking for a specific pattern, designer or just finding ones that catch your eye, adding to a china collection can be adventurous. Holding that treasured piece in your hands and know that you’ve finally found it is a feeling like no other!

one day she made the decision and offered them to her friend a n d fellow military s p o u s e , Michelle, who also had a collection of tea cups from her grandmother. “I knew she had a love for the ‘cup of tea’ and felt she would give them the showmanship and love they deserved. I would never have given them to a stranger... only a dear friend who would treasure them,” Kristin recalls, and just as their friendship continues to grow, so does that collection of teacups where the treasured pieces from both grandmothers are the center of attention.

When it came to Kristin’s tea cups from her grandmother, she kept them safely tucked away for 3 years, but she realized these “treasures” wouldn’t be treasured if they were hidden away. So

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central & gulf coast CALENDAR September 6 -27 The Hand at Work, A Celebration of Fine Craft, The Art Center of Baytown, Baytown CAMEO (The Clay Arts Museum and Educational Organization) is partnering with the Art League of Baytown to hold a series of Collector’s Shows, to educate the public about art as a credible investment. The 2014 Show will feature Clay and Textile Artwork from private collections. 281-427-2222

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September 12 Step Into Fall Afternoon Tea & Etiquette, Wellspring Retreat Bed & Breakfast, Round Top Join Certified Etiquette Instructor, Penny Ward at the beautiful Wellspring Retreat Bed & Breakfast in Round Top, located midway between Houston and Austin. Spend the morning shopping at unique shops, and then from 3:00 - 5:00 pm savor Afternoon Tea, while enjoying a session on Teatime Etiquette. Don't forget to bring a teacup & saucer for the teacup exchange. ($35.00) Reservation contact, Linda Brunson at Wellspring retreat, 979-249-2019

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September 20 and October 18 High Tea at the Prairie Street Heritage House, Columbus Tea is available in Columbus, Texas at The Camellia Tea Room. Stop by for tea in a traditional elegant tea room fare in an historical venue and atmosphere. High Tea will be offered at 2:00 p.m. Rates $15 per person. Reservations required 979-732-5555

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September 21 PCOS Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk, Bayou City Step Challenge, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 10 million women in the United States alone. Women suffering from PCOS can experience

Texian Market Days features lots of handson activities, battle reenactments, live entertainment, food, craft vendors and more! Held at George Ranch Historical Park. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages five to 15, children ages four and under are FREE. 281-342-1256

September 27 Lady Di's Tea Party, Bellaire This young man has served from the very start. Mr. Demarcus Davis is looking forward to serving tea this fall. Make sure to gather your hats, gloves, and pearls. 3:00pm 713-660-8990

October 26 2nd Annual Heritage Tea, Sandstone Street Bed & Breakfast, Llano Hats Off to Llano's Heritage is the theme of the 2nd Annual Heritage Tea. Come enjoy a program by the Texas Victorian Lady J’Nean Henderson, along with a Victorian Hat contest and a Tea Cup Exchange. 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Reservations are required. 325-423-2581

September 28 and October 26 High Tea at Mad Hatter’s Tea Room, Caldwell English Afternoon Tea every 4th Saturday menu includes savories, scones and pastries. Please call for reservations. 979-567-3504 October 11 - 12 37th Annual Scarecrow Festival Chappell Hill The Festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home decor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.), delicious countrystyle food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more. Free admission $5 parking fee. 979-203-1242 October 17 - 18 Judy Dierker Holiday Market, Houston You can shop over 100 vendors including handcrafted items, jewelry, clothing, home d�cor, holiday specialties and more. There will also be a Tea Room and Silent Auction. Event will be at The Foundry Church. Hours are 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. October 23 - 25 Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Sale, Houston Contemporary Handweavers of Houston members invite you to their annual sale. There will be unique Tea Towels, Wearable Art & Textiles for the Home. Admission is Free. 713-807-0330 October 25 31th Texian Market Days, George Ranch, Richmond

November 1 41th Annual DBE British Festival, Sugarland The festival will include fabulous Christmas shopping, delicious British food including cakes, jellies, pies and sausages, traditional English cream tea and pub lunch. Entertainment includes Houston Highlanders Pipe Band, Royal Scottish Country Dancers, St. Thomas Episcopal School Highland Dancers and more. 713-729-4049

BECAUSE LIFE IS ABOUT THE LITTLE INDULGENCES. Afternoon Tea Served Every Saturday 2-4 pm. Four course tea featuring our special chai blend, Champagne, tasty open faced sandwiches, home made desserts and scones with clotted cream. 4100 Westheimer (next to Highland Village) 713.960.8472 Fall 2014 |


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infertility, obesity, facial and body hair and/or miscarriages to name some of the symptoms. PCOS places women at a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes, endometrial cancer and diabetes. Come out and walk with for a local cause, 713-487-7267

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by Kim McHugh

What are we REALLY drinking? It’s no surprise that the top questions customers ask are health related such as “What’s the healthiest tea… REALLY!?” The media and internet is filled with claims of what tea can do and it all seems too good to be true. So, while attending the World Tea Expo this year, I was on the hunt for hard core evidence and solid research to back up these claims. I had great success on my mission! I saw the evidence and spoke directly with the researchers at the expo. According to one doctor, Sr. Research Scientist, Dr. Youngmok Kim, Ph.D., drinking real tea (preferably organic) can positively provide better health for organs, bones and even teeth. Tea blocks DNA damage from toxic chemicals, helps balance blood sugar, blocks plaque formations in the brain and lowers triglycerides.

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Through the antioxidant capacity from polyphenols unique to tea, everything from blemishes to breast cancer can be improved. The amount of tea was always the question and surprisingly, as few as three cups a day can have a measurable impact. Most studies have been conducted on green and black tea so they’re getting the spotlight but researches are finding that all true tea can provide health benefits. So, now how do I answer the question of the “the most healthy tea?” I say it’s the REAL TEA that you enjoy drinking, every day. Kim McHugh is a co-owner and founder of McHugh Tea Room in Bellaire, TX. She is a Certified Tea Specialist with STI and the only Certified Tea Blending Master in the state of Texas with certification though the American Tea Masters Association.


by Penny Ward

The proper response when…

When I say “thank you”, is it proper to respond with “no problem”? I have encountered this a lot lately, especially in the service industry. “No problem!” is not the proper response ever and most especially if you are in the service industry (such as a waiter). It implies that you, the customer, would somehow be a problem, but at present, are not. The proper response is “You are welcome!”, or “It was my pleasure!”

When someone makes a mistake and responds with “My bad” or “Whatever,” I feel as if they are just shrugging off their mistake. Is this an appropriate apology? Not really. This response neither takes responsibility for the error, nor shows any concern for the inconvenience their error may have caused others. A true apology such as “I’m terribly sorry” should be forthcoming along with their intentions to correct the mistake.

I call this “the compliment with a “but”. For instance, “I love your dress but you would have looked so much better in a different color” is a compliment until you get to the “but”. I’m sure there are several reasons why people do this, but it is best to just disregard them, show restraint, and respond with a simple “Thank you.” Then, leave it at that.

When someone asks me a question of a personal nature that I do not want to discuss, how do I handle it? Even with the proliferation of personal information on social media, there are still areas of our lives we do not want to share as public information. From the ultimate Faux Pas of asking how much money you make or how much something costs, to the delicate questions of when you are getting engaged, married, having children, etc., people still ask inappropriate questions. They either put their need for information above your comfort, or just don’t realize the impact the question may have on you, both of which show bad manners. You might try the response “Why do you ask?” or, if it is something of a particularly delicate nature reply “Thank you for your concern, but I am just not ready to talk about it.” Good manners always put the comfort and needs of others first! Before we answer, ask, or comment, consider the acrostic THINK. Is it True; is it Helpful; is it Inspiring; is it Necessary; or, is it Kind? Do this, and your good manners will always guide your conversation!

Penny Ward is a Certified Etiquette Instructor and Certified Tea & Etiquette Instructor. She is a speaker, event planner, and the owner of It’s an Affair of the Heart. She is also the founder and director of Houston Academy of Etiquette and Protocol, and can be contacted at www.

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When someone compliments me, but the compliment really sounds like criticism in disguise, how do I respond?

By Michelle Lindsey What does it take to earn the title “One of the Most Haunted Cities in America�? Is there a perfect match up of ghost, ghouls and goblins? Are there a required amount of haunted houses and cemeteries? Maybe it requires that a haunted community have multiple books written about it and be the focus of interest for paranormal experts. But for Galveston, Texas, maybe the secret to staying at the top of the list is having a history as haunting as any Hollywood movie.


Indians and Explorers


In 1528, when the first Europeans landed, Galveston Island was home to Akokisa and Karankawa Indians. Cabeza de Vaca was a Spanish explorer of the New World who was one of four survivors of the 1527 Narvaez expedition which led to his exploration of the area. He traveled the southwestern United States for eight years as a trader and shaman to various Native American tribes before reconnecting with Spanish colonial forces in Mexico in 1536. French explorer, Robert Cavelier de La Salle would also leave his mark. La Salle’s explorations were more extensive than de Vaca as he explored from Canada to the southern areas of today’s United States. La Salle was known for claiming the entire Mississippi River Basin for France, naming Galveston Island “St. Louis” in honor of France’s King Louis XIV.

Pirates Around 1816, under the leadership of appointed resident commissioner Louis-Michel Aury, European settlers began construction of settlements on the island as a support base for Mexico during its rebellion against Spain. In 1817, Aury returned from one of these raids against Spain’s ships to find that French pirate Jean Lafitte had taken up residence on the island. Aury left when he realized the men there were unwilling to revolt against Lafitte. Lafitte’s move to the island came after he was driven from his stronghold in Barataria Bay in Louisiana, where he distributed smuggled goods his brother had procured. He relocated to Galveston Island where he and his brother became spies for the Spanish during the Mexican War for Independence. After settling on the island, he developed a pirate colony called Campeche where he continued to attack merchant ships around Central American ports. Today there are still rumors about his buried treasure. When the brothers left Galveston, they had little more than their three ships and it is rumored that they had hidden their loot in many different places before they were forced to leave Galveston.

A History of War By 1825 Mexico had gained its independence from Spain in the Mexican Revolution and the Port of Galveston was established by the Congress of Mexico. Ten years later the tables would turn and the island would see battle again as Texas colonists fought for their freedom from Mexico in a six month battle known as the Texas Revolution or Texas War for Independence.


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of Texas was born, this valuable island would be named as the capitol. Conflicts between the two nations would continue until a resolution was cemented in the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848 resulting in the annexation of Texas to the United States. In 1836, Michel Branamour Menard and several associated purchased 4,605 acres of land from the Austin Colony and began selling tracts of land and by 1839 the name “St. Louis” had been abandoned and the island was named Galveston as the city adopted a charter and was incorporated by the Congress of the Republic of Texas. The period of rest for the island would not last long. The Port of Galveston was important in the slave trade as the largest market west of New Orleans. Tensions rose over slavery, eventually leading to the start of the American Civil War in 1861, and Galveston now part of Texas, joined the side on the Confederacy. The Battle of Galveston was a land and sea battle where Confederate Soldiers battled to remove Union Soldiers occupying the island on January 1, 1863. Galveston would stay under the control of the Confederates until the end of the War in 1865. Pirate Jean Lafitte’s treasures aren’t the only mysteries that surround the island. The Twin Sisters is a pair of cannons used in the Battle of Galveston on January 1, 1863. The last official mention of the Twin Sisters was in a February 8, 1864 letter to Col. John S. Ford from Lt. Walter W. Blow, who intended to send the cannons to Ford for use in an expedition to recapture the Rio Grande from Federal troops. It is not known if the Twin Sisters actually accompanied the expedition. Legend states that a group of Confederate soldiers buried the Twin Sisters somewhere near Houston or Harrisburg in 1865, to keep them from Union Army, but the truth of the story is not known, neither is the location of the cannons.

Nature’s Fury Following the end of the war, Galveston continued to grow with the progress that had been established even during times of war. Milestones included the creation of 18 newspapers, the opening of the Roman Catholic Hospital in 1866, first opera house established in 1870, and even caring for children with the creation of the first orphanage in 1876. Galveston was not only growing, it was

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flourishing, as more people migrated each year, people with education and wealth. However, in 1900 the island was struck a blow that no naval ship or well-trained military could stop. The Hurricane of 1900 hit the island on September 8, 1900, with winds estimated at 145 miles per hour. The hurricane death toll was estimated at 6,000 and 12,000, making it the deadliest hurricane in history and garnering the title of deadliest natural disaster to ever strike the United States. The impact that this storm had on Galveston was swift and costly. The hurricane brought with it storm surges that washed over the entire island, knocking building from its foundation, destroying more than 3,600 homes. One of the most widely-known homes to survive this natural disaster was Bishop’s Palace, an ornate Victorian-style house located in the East End Historic District of Galveston. It is said that the ghost of Walter Gresham is sometimes seen, inspecting the exterior of the building, whenever the island is threatened by a storm from the gulf.

A City of Strength Despite a record breaking storm, 3 wars, and serving as a pirate’s paradise, Galveston’s legacy is not one of despair, but one of rebirth, growth and resilience. “Through the years, natural disasters, most notably the 1900 storm, have devastated the City of Galveston. Each time it seems the city is torn to shambles with loss of life, Galveston always rebounds back making it better than before,” says Brian Mitchell, Galveston Historical Foundation. “A combination of Galveston’s rich history and remarkable buildings create a mystery that intrigues many and creates a great destination for dark tourism. Galveston is mostly remembered by the 1900 storm, one of the largest disasters in the nation’s history. By stepping in the footsteps of those before us allows imagination and thought to expand. Even if just legends, visitors always enjoy a thrill.”

Michelle Lindsey has loved tea since spending afternoons with her grandparents having tea parties. She collected teacups from around the world while her husband served in the Army. Michelle is now the proud owner of her grandmother’s silver tea set and spends her free time between needlepoint, collecting teacups and supporting military families.


Houston Quilt Shops

Quilter's Cottage Richmond 281-633-9331


Tea Time Quilting Houston 713-861-7743

Painted Pony N' Q La Porte 281-471-5735

CJ's Quilt Shop Richmond 832-222-2033

Quilter's Emporium Sugarland 281-491-0016 Cactus Quilts Texas City 409-965-9778

Plus -- TOP CRUISES OUT OF GALVESTON BAY April 12-19 2015 Texas Quilting Cruise Join Cactus Quilt of Texas City, Texas Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. The ports of call are Falmouth, Jamaica;

May 10-17 Cruise the Eastern Caribbean on the Round Bobbin Sew Fun Cruise Don't bring a machine, sewing machines used on the ship are sponsored by Janome.

May 24-31 Quilt at Sea with Rockport Tours & Bear Thread Designs The best quilting adventure at sea. Our motor coach will pick you up.

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Kimberly’s Junk in the TruNk Antique Sewing Machines and Unique Home Decor We sell and service antique sewing machines. One of the largest selections of antique sewing machines for sale in Texas!

281-253-9785 5722 3rd Street Katy, TX 77493

Downton Abbey Comes to Texas In 2014, pomp and fineries arrived in La Porte, TX. Painted Pony N’ Quilts hosted the arrival of the premiere fabric collection with a festive afternoon tea and period lecture by TEAinTEXAS Magazine’s president Lee Q. Garcia. Guests were graced with fabric samples and door prizes while quizzed on Season 1-3. Playing on the strength of the upstairs women of Downton, the exciting Andover Fabrics collection is THE WOMEN’S COLLECTION, featuring designs chosen in collaboration with the award-winning Downton Abbey production team. Head fashion designers educated quilt lovers at Houston’s International Quilt Market last fall, discussing their inspirational clothing and historical merit. This is the first exclusive collection for Downton Abbey® featuring breakthrough colors and patterns from the Edwardian era. Fabrics, suggesting the transition towards art deco, are available at Painted Pony n' Quilts for a limited time.

Bold and elegant, like the Dowager herself, this collection of fabrics is punctuated by prints and paisleys as big as her presence. The gray, purple, and black colors come straight from her wardrobe, and the patterns speak to her undeniable flair, steeped in refined tradition.

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CJ’s Quilt Shop will celebrate its one year anniversary in October and what a year it has been! What started out as a dream for owner, China Oiler, has become a creative haven for area quilters whether they are looking for inspiration for a new project, searching for the perfect fabric or needing to have a completed quilt topquilted. The shop, located in Richmond, Texas, is the gathering place for classes, quilt group meetings and even special events like Girls Night Out. Classes range from beginner to advanced quilting and with more than 3,000 bolts of fabric, thread and patterns, finding what you need it all in one place. CJ’s Quilt Shops also carries a variety of wide backing fabric for larger quilts and provides computerized machine quilting for projects. CJ’s also believes in giving back and makes quilts for Quilts of Valor, an organization that provides quilts for service members touched by war. In September and October, classes include Texas Novelty Wall Hanging, Topsy Turvy With Table Runner and History of the Featherweight. Sign up for their newsletter at 832-222-2033 or visit

CJ’s Quilt Shop Over 3, 3 000 bolts llts of fa f bric, r ad and pat re att at tte terns asses from beginner t advan to v ced van Wide backing fa f bric f r your lar fo larg arger quilts l lts e make k commissioned quilts ke l lts t ing and thre tt r ad re r longarm quiltltling e off ffe ff fer comput ute ut terize ize z d machine m hi quiltl ing fo f r your proj o ects oj

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Putting The Pieces Together... Beautiful quilting fabric, kits, books, patterns, sewing machines, quilting cruises, classes and more. Classes for quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting and more are available. Helpful and friendly staff.

Quilter’s Emporium has opened up 1500 SF to the shop sales floor! Check out the new wall of custom dyed (brights and primitives) 100% wools, wool kits, flannels, patterns and more! Bolts and bolts of new fabric have been added to our collections including Toscana, Rue Indienne, Autumn Lily, Atelier, and Art Glass. And then there is the expansive blender and color wall! Be sure to look for the fabric collections from Frond! Our new displays, quilts, books, kits and bold ideas will fire inspiration for your future quilt projects! Quilter’s Emporium is an authorized dealer for Janome, Handi Quilter and Koala cabinetry. Our next quilting cruise is scheduled for February 2015! Our friendly staff, fun events and terrific class schedule help you to be the quilter that you want to be! Open 7 days a week. 11925 Southwest Freeway, Suite 11, Stafford, TX 77477

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Set the Scene

“In the quilting world, some of the most popular fabric themes involve the fall season and Halloween.”


Creepy Guests

By Rose Ann Cook

year feature the green witch from “Wicked” for that memorable quilt!

It’s a dark, chilly October evening. You are wearing your comfy robe and curled up in your favorite chair, watching a spooky movie. You are munching on warm baked cookies and drinking your favorite cup of chamomile tea. Your teacup rattles softly as your hand shakes with anticipation at the next scary scene. BOO! Did I scare you? Didn’t think so! Setting the scene is important! Whether it’s decorating your front porch with skeletons, Jack-o-lanterns, and gauzy ghosts for little (or big) kids on Halloween or simply sprucing up the house with colorful leaves, pumpkins, and hay bales for a festive party, you know that these touches help to engage your guests for a fun evening. In the quilting world, some of the most popular fabric themes involve the fall season and Halloween. Bolts of fabric featuring colorful pumpkins, spiderwebs, a spooky house, black cats and more come out each summer so that quilters have time to make that fun quilt for the bed, wall, table, or sofa. Every child who has a trick or treats bag made from these special fabrics will be the envy of the other kids on Halloween night. Even Broadway has a great witch! New bolts of fabric this

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For those of you who prefer a more elegant decor, stunning fabrics featuring fall leaves and gourds in gold, brown, red and orange are used for making table runners and placemats for your festive harvest meals. These fabrics are also lovely when decorating your kitchen or bathrooms. Take strips of colorful fabric and sew them to guest towels. Make a quick seasonal valance for your kitchen window or run a quick hem around squares of fabric for easy napkins. These are perfect for when you want to bring your own lunch at this fall’s International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center this October! In any case, make your teatime special by using your favorite teacups with beautiful quilted table pieces! Wouldn’t you love to sit with a friend and enjoy a pot of fruity Darjeeling black tea and slices of warm apple pie? I love pairing an orange Oolong tea with any chocolate dessert or pear tart. Just remember to savor those upcoming crisp fall days by bringing bits of nature into your interior surroundings for you and your family and friends to enjoy. Happy quilting!

Rose Ann Cook is the owner of Quilter’s Emporium Quilt Shop in the Houston/ Stafford area. The store celebrates its 10th year in 2014 and has been featured as a Top 10 Shop in the Fall 2010 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine. Rose Ann is the author of “Czecherboard Quilts-Stories from My Father’s Family”.

Through September 28 Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange Inspired by the rich history of quilting and cutting-edge contemporary works, these exhibits are sure to inspire your quilting journey. 10 – 4 Thursdays- Saturdays, noon – 4 on Sundays. 140 West Colorado, La Grange; call 979-968-3104.

American art potteries of the first half of the 20th century, in promoting art for the betterment of women, and in turn, New Orleans’ business and cultural communities, still struggling from the effects of the Civil War. Organized with Tulane University and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. 409-886-2787;

September 5 – January 11 Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces, September 27 - December 20 Countdown to Christmas, Texas City Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio Countdown to Christmas with creative 210-458-2300 projects every Saturday through December September 12-13 Threads Through Time 20 from 1-2 p.m. with Cactus Quilts. Kits will be available for purchase. Call (409) Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild Show, Stafford Mark your calendars for this two-day quilt 965-9778; show hosted by the Coastal Prairie Guild S at October 10 - 11 Uptown Blanco Quilt Show the Stafford Center. The 4th Annual Blanco Quilt Show, Heirlo oms – Past and Pres ent: Sept. 27 G. Harvey Trunk Show Celebrating the Art and Artistry of PTL Gallery, Old Town Spring Quilting Yesterday and Today, Facebook. 11am-5pm com/UptownBlancoQ ui ltShow or 830-833-1579. September 12 – December 9 Split Nine Patch Quilts from the Pilgrim Roy October 17 - 18 Collection, National Quilt Museum Texas Star Quilters of Van Zandt County Paducah, KY This exhibit will show you how a simple block Annual Quilt Show, Canton can have tremendous impact. (270) 442-8856; This judged show will be held in the Civic Center in beautiful Canton from 9 a.m.-4 –p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Texas Star Quilters certainly have a great September 13 – March 7, 2015 “Reflecting the Times,” W.H. Stark House, eye for design, and they have thought of everything for their show. It features a Orange Covering Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and “Man Cave” for husbands, and a Scavenger Art Deco, three importan movements of Hunt for children. Admission is $3. the early 20th century. Catch it Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Last home tour starts October 18 Sunset Ministries Quilt Auction, Clifton at 4. Call 409-883-0871; Held at the Clifton Armory in City Park. Preview at 10 a.m. and auction starts at September 20 - January 3 Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb noon. Call 254-675-8337. Pottery Enterprise, Stark Museum of Art A showcase of artful objects connected October 30 – November 2 with the well-known Newcomb College in International Quilt Festival, Houston New Orleans. Works from various periods Shop more than 1,100 booths, choose from examine the role of the Newcomb Enterprise, more than 365 hands-on classes, lectures, considered one of the most significant demos and special events, and view more than 1,500 quilts, dolls and fabric art.

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(281) 633-9331 Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 12noon – 4pm

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Held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.4 p.m. Preview Night Oct. 29 $42 full show pass. Call 713-781-6864, November 7-8 Buda Quilt Bee Show & Christmas Bazaar Start shopping for those on your Christmas list at the Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center.


February 27-28 Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop Mark your calendar for a fun and fabulous shop hop in Waco, Texas! A shopping experience featuring 40 “brick and mortar quilt shops” vendors. It is a “shop hop” in one place featuring vendors are all quilt shops.


1046 Tulane Houston, TX 77008


Located in the Historic Heights

Great Fabric Selection

OPEN: Mon-Fri 10 AM - 5:30 PM Saturday 10 AM - 4PM


April 12-19 2015 Texas Quilting Cruise from Galveston Join Cactus Quilt of Texas City, Texas, on their second annual cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. The ports of call are Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico with three fun days at sea. Quilting classes taught by our superb instructors on the sea days. May 10-17 Cruise the Eastern Caribbean on the Round Bobbin Sew Fun Cruise Set sail for an adventure with Round Bobbin’s Sew Fun Cruise, the only “sewing” cruise on the seas! Departing from Galveston, TX, ports of call include Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Roatan, Honduras. Sewing machines used on the ship are sponsored by Janome America. Learn more at May 24-31 Quilt at Sea with Rockport Tours, Bear Thread Designs Rockport Tours and Bear Thread Designs host a quilting adventure at sea. Departing from Galveston, TX, ports of call include Cozumel; Belize City; and Roatan. Get the adventure started early aboard a Rockport Tours’s Motor Coach, departing from Corpus Christi, Aransas Pass, Rockport, Victoria, Hillje and Stafford (Houston). | Fall 2014

Tea Time Quilting enjoys Fall Fury The Heights, a neighborhood located in northwest-central Houston, is a creative community with artist events and shops lining its streets. The shop owners in this community offer more than just wares for purchase, they offer a welcoming atmosphere that keeps patrons coming back for more and the resident quilt shop, Tea Time Quilting is no different. “We chose this location for our quilt shop because we already had a business here. We have been on this corner for over 43 years with our flower shop, Jana's Flowers,” said Tea Time Quilting owner Jana Snider. This family-owned quilt shop, located in a 1920s home, participates in a variety of shop hops and quilt shows throughout the year, in fact their calendar is filled with activities this Fall: -2014 Row by Row Experience (through September 2). There are more than 100 Quilt Shops in Texas participating. -2014 Quilt Across Texas Shop Hop (September 1-30) has 60 quilt shops participating from all across Texas and are divided into four regions. -International Quilt Festival, an event which allows them to meet new quilters from around the world as well as their own community. “This is our 12th year as a vendor. It is such a wonderful show,” Snider says. “We have the privilege of meeting very talented quilters from around the world including the United States, Japan, Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Holland, England, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, and so many more.” Visit for directions.

Where can you go to find a family-friendly atmosphere, meet new people, find great art and enjoy music and dancing? Then mark your calendar to attended Houston’s First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights.



When you're outfitting your home, Gen's Antiques has the selection of furniture, art and collectibles to satisfy any taste and budget.

“First Saturday Arts Market is Houston's longest running monthly outdoor fine art event,” says event creator Mitch Cohen. “There are 40 canopies with about 50 artists at each show and the artists come from all over Houston, San Antonio and Austin.” The event is curated by Cohen and the artists, who are determined to create a unique and creative atmosphere for visitors of all ages.

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Nearly every art medium is represented from paintings, culpture, photography, jewelry, fiber arts and many other handcrafted items. The family friendly event also features live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s best gourmet food trucks. For Victoria Torres, this event is a chance to pass on her family’s legacy to her 3 children. “We are all artists and love the community,” she says. “The art, music, and people were wonderful experiences for us, especially my kids. They enjoyed everything about it. ” She adds it is an event that will become a reoccurring family activity because the cultural experience and interaction with the art community is something she wants her children to embrace as they grow. According to Greg Nolte, owner of Gen’s Antiques, which hosts the event, this response is the goal of the event. The event offers a look at what The Heights, one of Houston’s earliest communities, has to offer as it embraces its creative culture and supports Texas’ artists. Artist Jacob Del Valle agrees that The Heights location of the event is part of what makes the event so popular. “The Heights gives off an artistic vibe and First Saturday Arts Market being located there made you appreciate the art more. There was good energy all around you, with artists selling everything from paintings to accessories, even handmade soaps.” Each month new art and musicians come together to make it a unique experience. To learn more about First Saturdays Arts Market, visit

(713) 868-2368 Gen’s Antiques 540 W 19th St Houston, TX 77008-4064 With over 300 pieces of local and vintage art on display, Gen’s Antiques is proud to partner with The First Saturday Arts Market every month.

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uilt enthusiasts will delight in these three selections featuring fascinating quilting history and lore– as well as spine-tingling intrigue! Review by Janet Pool


by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes

include many new ways that quilting continues to impact our daily lives. From fundraisers to quilt organizations, art quilts, quilt museums, and, yes, even on the Internet, quilting “is now a vibrant art form, winning new converts who are building on past traditions but making new ones as well. It’s a new millennium for quilting.”


by David Ciambrone

Featuring “two hundred traditional and art quilts,” LONE STARS III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011 by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes “completes a trilogy covering 175 years of quiltmaking in Texas.” Each of these Texas quilts is “made in or completed in Texas by Texans.” The eye-catching photos are simply stunning, and, while viewing the intricate details of each quilt, it is easy to imagine you’re hosting a private home exhibition. Bold vivid colors combined with the techniques of hand and machine applique, embroidery, hand and machine piecing and quilting, tea dyeing, painting, picture piecing, calligraphy, trapunto, couching and beading are used in creating these vibrant modern quilts.

Fall's cooler days invite us to take time for life's simple pleasures...sipping a cup of tea, enjoying a book, snuggling within the comforting folds of a quilt. Readers passionate about quilts will soon find themselves engrossed within the pages of the following tomes. They offer a myriad of ways in which quilts and their one-of-a-kind stories touch and enrich our lives.

With subjects and styles ranging from traditional tumbling blocks and antique quilts to photographs and original art, readers will be mesmerized as they leaf through this book. And who can resist feeling proud of the following special tributes to Texas: Captain Tom: A Tall Texan, Rios, Power of Houston (commissioned in 2000 to celebrate Houston’s Quilt Show of the Year), Texas Triumph, Bluebonnets & Indian Paintbrushes, Lone Star Blues, A San Antonio Fiesta, Big on Texas, and, of course, In Texas You Gotta Play Football.

In 1933, a quilt contest was sponsored by the Sears Roebuck Company at the Century of Progress International Exposition. Their grand prize winner, "The Unknown Star," was submitted by Margaret Rogers Caden of Kentucky. During FDR's presidency, it was presented to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and at some point the quilt disappeared. Almost seventy years later, "Virginia Davies-Clark is called back into the service of the Smithsonian Central Security Service and the Department of Defense along with her husband Andy and her friend Donna to locate the quilt." From the outset, when trying to "accomplish an impossible assignment," they encounter several adversaries also in search of the mystery quilt. Readers will cheer them on as they use their "wits, cunning, intellect, and

Quilters looking for inspiration will collect excellent ideas as they glean information from the sources listed alongside each quilt. In addition to a helpful glossary, Bresenhan and Puentes

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If quilting lore combined with the thrill of a spine-tingling mystery piques your interest, then DANGEROUS THREADS by David Ciambrone is sure to become a favorite.

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guts" to thwart each attempt that is made to kill them and prevent their successful endeavor in locating and returning this quilt with a hidden secret. From start to finish, this riveting read will capture and keep your attention. Ciambrone continues this saga in his author's comments. In 1952, this quilt, newly named "Star of the Bluegrass," again became a Grand Prize winner. It was presented to First Lady Bess Truman.


by Marcia Kaylakie with Janice Whittington

A world of German treasures beer steins | cuckoo clocks pyramids | glass ornaments amber jewelry | nutcrackers plus German food items 210 Gentry St | Spring.TX


This interesting book brings to life, through the artistry of quilts, the vibrant history of the Lone Star State. From practical items such as bedcovers to “commemorative pieces for marriages, births, and deaths, as well as tangible reminders of loved ones,” quilts have been a part of Texans lives. Kaylakie features thirty-four Texas–made quilts which span “the state geographically and range in date from the 1870’s to the turn of the twenty-first century... These quilts preserve in their being and in their narrative and material history, a unique and compelling aspect of Texas culture.” As readers peruse the painstakingly documented stories, they will find themselves gaining a greater appreciation for those who, as they settled this western frontier, “brought their talents, their ideas, their struggles, their imaginations, and, as these quilts show, their creativity.” The variety of themes effectively incorporated by Kaylakie include the following: World War I, Friendship, Oil Field Map, Yo-Yo, Cattle Brands, Texas A & M, String Pieced Star, Signature, Nine-Patch, and Butterfly. Movie fans will be thrilled with a Gone With the Wind Pictorial Quilt. The cover quilt was lovingly stitched and presented to Governor Rick Perry by Amelia Holt Perry, his mother. TEXAS QUILTS and QUILTERS is sure to be enjoyed not only by quilters and/or those who appreciate the art of quilting but others who may find their interest in Texas history sparked by this unique legacy of quilters.

Janet Pool enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, paper crafts and, of course, anything related to tea! Read more with Janet at

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Old Town Spring Houston - Gulf Coast

Master Highlighting Event

Saturday Oct. 4th thru Sunday Oct. 5th in Old Town Spring!

PLUS Saturday Sept. 27th

G. Harvey Trunk Show

Saturday Nov. 15th Mark Keathley Visit

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Thomas Kinkade Gallery

318-A Main Street, Spring, TX 77373


The Hat People 213 Main Street Spring, Texas 77373 281-288-4772 Open 11 am - 5pm Wednesday - Sunday

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Tea at the Ready M y

! n o p a e W Sec re t by Paula Myers

Do you often feel that the world is spinning just a little too fast to take time for tea? That the whole universe is one giant drive-through line, handing you a piece of overheated styrofoam, when what you really long for is a few quiet minutes and a real cup and saucer? Having an At the Ready heart means carving out those sweet tiny tea times wherever we can find them and inviting those around us to slow down and join us. And, believe it or not, the twenty first century has provided us with a secret weapon to actually make it easier to turn a quick cuppa into an instant tea party. I'm talking about the portion-controlled packaging that is now available for every imaginable treat. Marketed for lunch boxes, these little goodies are absolutely ideal for tea time

too! Put a pretty basket next to your kettle and fill it with a variety of individual snack packs - from English shortbread to hummus, nuts and cheesy crackers. That's all it takes to be ready to host the room mother meeting, carnival planning committee or very first tea party for a preschool friend. Or to slow things down for your own private tea time. Paula Myers is a recent empty nester who enjoys nothing better than a good cuppa tea and a “sit-down”. She also loves living in Houston and exploring the many opportunities for tea her city affords – often with a book beside her.

The Art league of Baytown, CelebRating 60 yeaRS Sept


September 6 - 27 The Hand at Work, a Celebration of Fine Craft, 2014 - Clay and Textiles. Exhibiting works from private collectors. Partnered with CAMEO, displaying its fabulous teapot collection. | Fall 2014

October 4-25 National Art Competition, Hosted with the National Society of Artists.

110 W. Texas Ave, Baytown, Texas 281-427-2222

Open Mon. - Sat. 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Reservations Encouraged - (281) 426-3670


tea and

Baytown Houston - Gulf Coast

...a charming and friendly Texas tearoom with a unique atmosphere for you and your friends with a garden, gifts and great food!

the perfect duo.

Come to Baytown

for the finest floral arrangements at Boyd’s Blossoms and stay for lunch at the Mustard Seed Tea Room. 112 Denny Street, Highlands, TX 77562

(20 miles east of downtown Houston, exit 787 from I-10 east)

Serving Faith Daily

VISiT baytown 17th Annual


hristmas stmas onTexas Avenue

December 6th - A Magical Holiday Event in Baytown's Historic Goose Creek District Arts, crafts, quality manufactured items, antiques and collectibles. Affordable vendor spaces available, discounts for early payment. Prizes for best vendor costume & best decorated booth.

2014 Christmas Gift Gallery

with Works of FORTY Local Artists November 15– December 23 Pictures with Santa, Food Trucks, Live Entertainment, Rides, Contests and DJ throughout the day.

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Missouri Tea Travelers Group Tours East Texas

On view through January 3, 2015 Stark Museum of Art 712 Green Avenue Orange, Texas 77630 409.886.2787

Organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Supported by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Lamp, c. 1902, Cat’s claw design base. Esther Huger Elliot, decorator; Joseph Meyer, potter. Magnolia design share. Hand-cut and embossed brass sheeting with copper rivets and screen. Attributed to Elizabeth Goelet Rogers. Hinks duplex burner. Newcomb Art Collection, Tulane University

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The Missouri Tea Travelers, a group of tea enthusiasts who enjoy traveling to different parts of the country to enjoy tea, historic homes and theater, chose East Texas as its travel destination last Spring. The ladies enjoyed Canton’s First Monday, Old Mill Pond Museum in Lindale, the Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum and the Tyler Rose Museum and Rose Garden in Tyler, a production of Hello Dolly in Bullard, an evening tea at Walker Manor in Gladewater, and a show at the Gladewater Opry, concluding their trip with a church service in Tyler. Tea Travelers Founder LaVetta Lea reports that the group enjoyed Texas’ attractions and legendary hospitality.


Connie Crawford, Fashion Patterns by Coni Londa Rohlfing, Londa’s Creative Threads Sam Fung, Janome America Veronica Cox, Bear Thread Designs

THE ONLY “SEWING” CRUISE ON THE SEAS All rates based on double occupancy Leave your sewing machine at home Sewing machines sponsored by Janome America 800-473-9464



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The Tea Travelers first assembled in 2004, when a group of ladies from sister congregations of the Church of Christ in Southwest Missouri started meeting monthly for lunch at a tearoom. In the spring of 2006 LaVetta hosted a weekend tea event for the group and invited friends from Texas and Oklahoma. They attended a theater production in Springfield, a tea was held at Lavetta’s home my house on Saturday, and they attended church together Sunday. This continued each year until 2010 when LaVetta decided it would be fun to have this event in Natchez, Mississippi for the Spring Pilgrimage. Other friends from all over the United States were invited to join the group and they adopted the name “Tea Travelers” at that time. The group has traveled to Kansas City, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Bentonville, Arkansas; and Tyler, Texas in 2014. Missouri Tea Travelers, Tea in Texas likes your style and the fine spirit of friendship and adventure. We are so glad you chose the Lone Star State for your 2014 adventures. We think your story will inspire many other ladies groups to hit the road on their own tea travels!

Frederick Carder (English/American, 18631963), artist; Steuben Glass (American, 19032012), manufacturer, Vase, c. 1920, glass, The W.H. Stark House, Orange, Texas. 41.8.32. Image by Will France.

Highlighting turn-of-thecentury Art Simple, curved and geometric – art forms and popular patterns for you

call 409.883.0871. Walk across the street to the Stark Museum of Art to see iconic pieces crafted by women displayed in the special, loaned exhibition Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, which will be on view through January 3, 2015.

On display now through March 7, 2015, guests can view objects from the Collection, including jewelry, pottery, furniture, and books. These objects show key design elements of three art movements from 1860-1930, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Female artists and art studios produced many of these works. Tours of The House are available Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 am – 5pm, with the last tour starting at 4pm. For more information,

Working as a collective, the enterprise produced a rich body of work – not only worldrenowned pottery, but also metalwork, textiles, bookbinding, jewelry, and other handicrafts. This exhibition is organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and supported by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for Fulper Pottery Company (American, the Arts. 409.886.2787 1815-1935), manufacturer, Vase, 1915Visit and 1920, earthenware with jade glaze, The W.H. Stark House, Orange, Texas. 2008.59.1. Image by Will France.

Ref lecting the Times

Exhibit opens September 13, 2014 Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm, last tour at 4 pm 610 W. Main Avenue, Orange, Texas 77630 409.883.0871 / A program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. ©2014 All Rights Reserved.

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to discover at a new, special exhibition at The W.H. Stark House in the heart of downtown Orange, Texas. The exhibition Reflecting the Times in the Carriage House focuses on three important art movements of the early 20th century.

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Toddler Tea Time by Elizabeth Cerda

What’s that I hear? I think

I hear a voice coming from the woods. "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” said the Rabbit as he took a watch out of its waistcoatpocket as he hurried by. Look! Alice is not chasing a rabbit but the Mad Hatter himself! A MAD-TEA PARTY: What fun to host an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party! Children will be excited when they see what awaits them. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mad Hatters Tea without a croquet set fit for a queen. Begin first by having a story time with a short version of Alice in Wonderland which is ideal to read. By the end of story time, it’s time to eat. Sugar and Spice makes everything nice: Follow with brunch! Ideal are cookies with the words “Eat Me” and flavored sweet mint tea! Not only were many of the decorations purchased from different sources but some even handcrafted. Minimize the cost on essential things by creating your own decorations. Light up their faces by having sparkly face painting. As keepsakes, the children went home with pictures of themselves with The Mad Hatter and Alice, a lovely hat headband they made and a goodies bag of sweets! ALICE’S TREATS: Keep the menu simple to allow for more fun and play. Check for any food allergies someone may have. And make sure when serving tea to children that it’s not too hot for them to drink. Substitute pink lemonade in place of the tea, if you worry about caffeine being served. The delightful indulgences had were:


ALICE IN WONDERLAND MENU: Rabbit Supreme Salad Queen Bee Chicken Salad Sandwiches Croquet Fruit Sticks Raspberry Tea with Mint Leaves Sugar Bite Eat Me Cookies

Elizabeth Cerda has been hosting tea parties for over 15 years for her church and at her home for children from 2 to 102! With two granddaughters ages 2 and 3 the fun has truly begun! For your children’s tea party questions, you can reach her at Eliz

The Scoop British Rock Star Phil Collins Donates Texas Aritifacts to Alamo Rock Singer Phil Collins, a fan Texas history and a collector, has donated his private collection of more than 200 artifacts from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo to the state of Texas. The former drummer for the band Genesis and multiple Grammy Award winner had one of the largest private collections of Texas artifacts, as detailed in his book titled “The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.” Highlights of the collection include Jim Bowie’s legendary knife and one of only four remaining rifles owned by Davy Crockett as well as letters from William B. Travis and other documents. Collins announced the donation in a ceremony at the Alamo in San Antonio. on June 26. The collection had been housed at Collins’ home in Switzerland. He said he had always been fascinated with the Alamo since seeing a mini-series about Davie Crockett when he was a child. The artifacts will be displayed at the Alamo in the future.

New exhibits showcase 19th Century “Divas” and famed contemporary art collection

OPEN Thursdays through Saturdays . . . . . . . . 10 - 4 Sundays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Noon - 4

The Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas has two new exhibits on display from July 3-September 28, inspired by both the rich history of quilting and cutting-edge, contemporary works. Galleries I & III–Quilts from the Thomas

ADMISSION General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8 Seniors & Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6 Tours of 20+ when arranged in advance . . . . . . . .$6

Contemporary Quilt Collection

Gallery II–Pieced Perfection: Nine Divine Divas from the 19th Century Patchwork Divas

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Please check our web site for the Museum’s holiday schedule .

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Sandstone Street Bed & Breakfast

Hats Off to Llano’s Heritage 2nd Annual Heritage Tea October 26, 2014 2:00-4:00p.m. Victorian Hat Contest, Tea Cup Exchange Program by Texas Victorian Lady, J’Nean Henderson Hosted at Sandstone Street Reservations 325-423-2581

325-423-2581 508 E. Sandstone Llano, Texas

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Bed and Breakfast 2013 Llano Heritage Tea Llano, TX by Virginia Walker Innkeeper, Sandstone Street Bed & Breakfast Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a weekend get-a-way before all the hectic holiday festivities begin. Check out small towns in Texas for fall festivals celebrating heritage days, pumpkin fests, antique car shows, German festivals, and more. A bed and breakfast will add another dimension to your fun with being pampered by Texas friendly hosts offering gourmet breakfasts, luxury linens, and some with spa facilities, and not to forget just relaxing in the charming properties of most B&Bs. Reserving a bed and breakfast with friends is a unique venue for quilting bees, crafting parties, or scrapbooking parties to begin those hand-made gifts for Christmas. What a fun way to enjoy bonding with friends or family retreats while engaging in a common project. Some bed and breakfasts host Murder Mystery weekends or other daunting events popular during the fall Halloween season. Inquire with your choice of B&B lodging for events that will surely make fall a fun experience for you and your family or friends. Pumpkin Fest Mesquite, TX

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Prairie Street Heritage House Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room

1118 Prairie Street Columbus, Texas 78934 979-732-5555 |

We think He had this in mind all along?

Blisswood Bed & Breakfast

Offering High Teas - $15 - 3rd Saturday of month, 2:00 p.m. Reservations required 979-732-5555

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Ha Havee afternoon tea at Enchanted Lake Hav Lake, aake, surrounded by beautiful country scenery. Then spend the evening gazing at stars before turning in to your choice of turn-of-the-century Texas Homes. 13300 Lehmann Legacy Lane, Cat Spring,Texas


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Quilters’ Roundup

Enjoying Shopping Experience Bigger than “Heart of Texas” We have rounded up the Best Quilt Shops!

40 Shops for your shopping pleasure. Larger - 32,000 sq ft of shopping paradise! Door Prizes and Demos

February 27 & 28 Friday - 10 am 5 pm Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Heart Of Texas One Stop Shop Hop

Waco Convention Center Chisholm Hall 100 Washington Ave Waco, Texas

Admission $6

for 12 yrs and up Receive a Coupon Book with each admission

If you are a quilter who has not attended the Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop, then you are missing out on a unique experience. The Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop, or HOTOSSH, is a vendor mall consisting of a variety of brick and mortar quilt shops from across Texas bringing their shop’s specialties to one location. While traditional shop hops incorporate a list of quilt shops where participants drive from shop to shop, HOTOSSH brings them all to one place, and that place is Waco, Texas. The event will be held February 27-28, 2015, at the Waco Convention Center. “Attendees can expect to see a venue twice as large as last year’s room, wider aisles and more quilt shops,” said Linda Mather, owner and organizer of the Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop. “The 2015 Hop will offer 40 quilts shops and One Scissor Man. “Just like the regular ‘shop hops’ that have been popular for years, this shop hop includes only brick and mortar quilt shops. You may ride one of the many buses available or drive to the Waco Convention Center and shop all these quilt shops without entering you car again until you are ready to leave,” said Mather. “This year’s theme is ‘Quilter’s Roundup’ and we will have an OK Corral food court with boxed lunches so there is no need to leave the Convention Center,” she adds. Admission to the Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop is $6 for those 12 and older. For more information visit

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Caribbean Quilting Cruise!

Fun in the sun has a whole new meaning when you pair it with quilting and Rockport Tours is partnering with Bear Thread Designs to host the Caribbean Quilting Cruise in May 2015!

Join Bear Thread Designs’ Veronica Cox, Winnie Fleming, and Denise Green, as we sail from Galveston to Belize! You’ll learn all their tips and techniques onboard RCCL’s Navigator of the Seas!

Learn new and exciting quilting techniques, make friends and enjoy making memories as you sail the Caribbean. Start the adventure by catching a ride on a deluxe coach with departures from Corpus Christi, Aransas Pass, Rockport, Victoria, Hillje and Stafford, Texas. Once you arrive at the Port of Galveston you’ll board Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Sea and set sail for a 7-night adventure that will take you to Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Roatan, Honduras. While at sea, quilters can participate in a variety of workshops with award-winning instructors such as Veronica Cox of Bear Thread Designs, Scott Lapham of Janome, Winnie Fleming and Denis Green. Everything you need will be provided, from machines to irons. Complete sewing kits can be purchased for $399 each, so you’ll have everything to need to participate in the workshops. To reserve your spot, register at Rockport Tours has been in business for 24 years and offers a variety of vacation and tour options with special emphasis on seniors/ empty nesters.

May 24-31, 2015

$999 pp/dbl Inside Cabin $1299 pp/dbl Balcony Cabin (Additional Charge for Sewing Kit)


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