We Love Our Pets Week

13 Apr

Be sure to check out the Benartex Blog at http://sewinlovewithfabric.blogspot.com/ where they are celebrating We Love Our Pets Week!   There is a project featured in Fons and Porters’  Easy Quilts that uses Joey the Shop Dog fabric and the Benartex Blog talks about it.  How exciting!  Joey is very flattered!  He’s just laying back in the shop this week on one of his favorite things…a big fluffy pillow!

Please check out their Blog and stay tuned for Joey’s new Nap Mat project!

Joey on back of chair


Joey the Shop Dog is a Star!

14 Nov

Did you know that my mama designed fabric about me!!  It’s called Joey the Shop Dog and it is made by our friends at Bjoey-fabric-posterenartex.  There are lots of prints and two panels, one makes a little stuffed Joey!!!

joey-and-his-new-friendHere I am with the stuffed “Joey”.  Can you tell which one is me??? (I’m on the right).  The panel even makes a baby Joey to put in the pocket of the bigger Joey.  I love it!!!

When the fabric was shown at Quilt Market in Houston, I needed to be there to meet all of the shop owners and tell themjoey-in-booth about myself!  It was hard work for a little pup, but I was up for the challenge!

Here I am in the booth.  Since it was Halloween, I got to wear my Underdog costume.  Don’t I look like a super hero?   I even had a little sofa and everything so that I could sit next to Mama!  It wabenartex-booths great!  Here is another picture of the booth with the quilts they made with my fabric.   Isn’t it pretty?  I think they did a great job and I’m so thankful to all of the Benartex people for being so friendly to me and making me safe.  I love them very much!
I met lots of people from all over the world!  I met folks from Russia, Germany, France, England and more!  Of course there were wonderful American shop owners there too.  I joey-tuckered-outliked meeting them too…I could understand what they were saying!  But at the end of the day, I was very, very tired.

But thank you to everyone who bought my fabric.  A percentage of all of the sales of this fabric is going to be donated to Petfinder.com so please tell your friends.  Joey the Shop Dog fabric ships to quilt shops this month!   I know it will be at Quilter’s Emporium!underdog

Licks and kisses,
Your pal,   Joey







Joey The Shop Dog Facebook Page!

4 Oct

Joey is the shop’s Mascot…the Top Dog, the Big Kahuna,  Big Cheese….uh,  well, he’s pretty pupular!    Currently, Joey is in second position in the Houston SPCA Calendar Contest!  Great huh?  Votes cost $1 per vote and currently he is at 670 Votes.  All proceeds go to the Houston SPCA, which is where we adopted Joey.  I hope that you “Like” Joey’s FaceBook page (Joey The Shop Dog) and consider voting for him on the Calendar Contest.  Just Click on Joey’s picture to take you to the link for the contest.   Rah Rah Rah Joey! ~~Rose Ann


Joey the Shop Dog!

A Funny Thing Happened Since the Last Time I Posted….

4 Oct

Glass House fabric by Rose Ann Cook and Benartex

I designed a new fabric line with good people at Benartex!  It’s called Glass House and it is available in stores now…for sure it is at Quilter’s Emporium!

I had a great time creating this collection.  It’s a blender line in gorgeous colors in the textures of glass.  I think they are beautiful (of course) and customers who have seen it also love it.  I hope you like it too!

~~ Rose Ann

Our 2014 Quilting Cruise

5 Apr
Needful Things Table Mat

Needful Things Table Mat

Machine embroidered cosmetic case

Machine embroidered cosmetic case

We had a boat load of fun on our recent quilting cruise!  We sailed on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, which is a huge, beautiful ship!  Our teachers this year were Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings, noted author and designer, Karen K Stone; Jan Mathews, a gifted Judy Neimeyer teacher, and me, Rose Ann Cook.

We had lots of fun classes to occupy everyone’s time and I’m going to share several photos to show you what everyone did.

Karen Stone's class "Windsor Gardens"

Karen Stone’s class
“Windsor Gardens”

Machine Embroidered Cowboy Boots

Machine Embroidered Cowboy Boots

Jan's Compass Rose Table Runner

Jan’s Compass Rose Table Runner

Lisa Bongean's "Garden Blossoms Class"Lisa Bongean’s “Garden Blossoms Class”


Karen K Stone's class - Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Karen K Stone’s class – Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues

Jan Mathews Class Cactus Flower Table Runner

Jan Mathews Class
Cactus Flower Table Runner

Lisa's Just Picked Table Runner Class

Lisa’s Just Picked Table Runner Class

Karen Stones class English Paper Piecing

Karen Stones class
English Paper Piecing

Fancy Feathers Wall Hanging

Fancy Feathers Wall Hanging


The Quilter’s Bucket List

2 Aug

Do you have a “Bucket List”?  A list of things that you want to accomplish during your life?  I do!  I’ve been blessed to have been able to check off a few of the things on my list, like having my shop featured in the Quilt Sampler Magazine…that was a biggie!

Recently, I was able to check off another one..having a book published!  Woo-hoo!  “Czecherboard Quilts” was released in JImageuly from Kansas City Star Publishing.  In it, I share stories about my father’s Czech family and I’m so proud of it.  Of course, I have plans to write another one, featuring stories about my mom’s Canadian/Scottish heritage.  If I don’t do that, I’ll never hear the end of it when I see her in the afterlife!

But back to the bucket list, I have a lot of projects still in my head that I want to make at some point or another…Feathered Star quilt, Baltimore Album, Dear Jane, etc. etc. etc. Machine quilt a great feathered border.   

What is on YOUR quilting bucket list?  Maybe it’s learning a new quilting or piecing technique.  Is it making a quilt for all of your grandchildren? 

We can offer classes at the shop to help you complete the items on your list…just let us know what you want!  Perhaps we will host a monthly Bucket List Club… who knows where this will lead? 

What is on YOUR Quilter’s Bucket List?

~~Rose Ann


Had a terrific time in Kansas City Spring Market!

28 May
Gorgeous Falling Leaves fabric!

Falling Leaves Fabric by Timeless Treasures

I just got back from Spring Market at Kansas City, MO….my new favorite city to visit!  The city itself is just lovely. Pam, Carol and I stayed near the Plaza.  Beautiful shopping, dining and spectacular things to see..including Hari Krisnas singing and dancing with other street dancers as we ate outside at PF Changs!  We saw other amazing things on the road including a banana.  No, not a banana that you eat, but a banana that you DRIVE!  We were coming home and were traveling down a remote Toll Road in Oklahoma.  In the distance I saw something yellow coming towards us and asked for Pam and Carol to check it out!  It was a full sized vehicle, which looked for all the world like a banana…with wheels!!!  I wonder what kind of gas mileage it got?  hmmmm

Anyway, the 3 of us were totally energized for this trip!  We had just reviewed the responses of our pre-market customer survey and we were prepared for looking into new things to bring back!  Here are some photos of things that you can look forward to seeing at Quilter’s Emporium soon!

  So many news fabric designs…Civil War Repros from Jo Morton, great gradiated designs from Karen Combs, and new finds from Moda, like Zen Chic…all will be coming through the doors soon!  We ordered quite a wide variety with a real nod towards the new Modern Quilting Movement.  There is something for everyone!

Brigitte from Zen Chic – Moda!

Check out the fabulous new quilt from  Zen Chic hanging behind Bridgette!  Stunning…just stunning!

We were also introduced to an old embroidery stitch that is gaining a renewed interest.  It is called “Twilling”.  I plan on hosting “Twilling” classes for an hour most Saturdays in June.  Come and check one out.  They will start at 3pm, but check the class schedules to confirm.  It’s fun and quite addicting!  You’ll love it!

~~Rose Ann

Several have asked for an updated photo of Joey, the shop dog.  He was working with me today so here’s a pic of him trying to take a nap by my desk.  I sure missed him while I was gone!

Joey is “hard at work” by my desk.

Shop Hop Starts Today!

21 Mar

Happy Shop Hop Folks! Well, it seems that the whole of Houston stops when we participate in the Greater Houston Shop Hop! Well, it doesn’t really, but isn’t it nice to think that quilters are THAT important???

We had lots of rain yesterday and I was worried about what today would bring. Mother Nature, God bless her, has seen to it that the rain stopped and that the temperatures are so comfortable and cool! Yea! I’ve taken some photos of the shop at the first of the day so that you can see what we have to share with you!

Check out the fabulous quilt from the Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild at our Shop Hop Check in Desk

First of all, when you sign in to get your passport, you have got to notice the gorgous raffle quilt displayed by the Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild! It’s received so many oohs and aaahs already!

Moda's Collection for A Cause "Friendship" Kits are In!

New quilt kits and samples are in the shop! Check out Moda’s new “Friendship” quilt kit! I just loved it at Fall Market and I couldn’t wait to get it in stock! Well here it is! Isn’t it great???

Max and Karen team up for Relay for Life 2012!Next we have Karen and Max, who are standing next to their beautiful quilt called “Triumph”. Proceeds from the sales of their tickets will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life 2012. Karen and Max are on the Mommas in Pajamas Team and they do great work each year! Congratulations to them!

Calendula Patterdrip Quilt! - Crabapple Hill

Here is the Calendula Patterdrip Quilt, pattern from Crabapple Hill! Quilt kits available!

Finally we have Calendula Patterdrip’s Cottage, a great quilt design from Crabapple Hill!

We have it situated near the fall flannels and it is really stirring up interest! We also have prepared kits on our website so buy one while they are in stock! ~~More later~

Rose Ann

Greater Houston Shop Hop starts this Wednesday!

18 Mar

I am so jazzed up!  We’ve had another great weekend at Quilters Emporium!  Last night was our UFO Pajama Party at the shop and I heard that Lori and Bonnie had a terrific time with all of the ladies in our newly decorated huge classroom!  How terrific!

Today the shop hosts a visiting Round Robin group from the Greater Houston Quilt Guild (Welcome Ladies!!!) and we finishing preparing for the shop hop that starts on Wednesday the 21st!  Visit the website for details.  http://www.shophophouston.com/
You receive your free passport at the first shop you visit.  We have stunning batik quilt that has received rave reviews so far!  Better visit all of the shops so that you get all of the blocks and setting for the quilt!  The only quilt section that is NOT included in the shop’s kits is the final border, which you can purchase at any of the shops.

Hope to see you on the hop!  Lots of fun, shopping, food, freebies AND you can win one of over 180 prizes!!  Woo-hoo!!!!!
~~Rose Ann

What a Fun Cruise!

18 Mar

Last month’s cruise to Key West and the Bahamas on Carnival’s Magic was such fun!  Our teachers, Susan and Christine (the Swirly Girls), Lisa Bongean (Primitive Gatherings), and Shelli Ricci were absolutely stupendous and the reviews have been wonderful!

I think they had a terrific time too!  You should check out their blogs!..  http://www.swirlygirlsdesign.com/blog/  Susan and Christine have a terrific entry about the cruise.  It’s a riot! 

Lisa and Nick http://lisabongean.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/happy-valentines-day-everyone/  had a terrific time too! 

We were so pleased and  we look forward to the 2013 cruise!  On February 17, 2013, we will leave on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas with teachers, Heidi Pridemore (Whimsical Workshop), Bonnie Sullivan (All through the Night), Tom Russell (Katy Texas Quilt Artist), and Shelli Ricci, (Thread Artist).  It will be a fun time so sign up soon!  Details are on our shop website at www.quiltersemporium.com.


Rose Ann