Road to Brenham

This is the Road to Brenam quilt we’ll do as the next Quilt Along.  It will begin on Monday, August 12.

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Road to Brenham

The finished size of the quilt will be 96″ x 96″.

Within the next week I will post fabric requirements and additional drawings showing the quilt in other colors.

Brenham is located in central east Texas . . about 1-1/2 hours from Houston (though I think it takes that long just to get out of Houston!) and, according to the 2010 census, has a population of about 16,000.   A bit more about Brenham, Texas . . if you want to know more, you can visit the Brenham/Washington County website.

It’s been many years since I was in Brenham but it is a beautiful area . . in the middle of bluebonnet country.  About 20 years ago, I bought several climbing roses at the Antique Rose Emporium and the last time I was past the house where I planted them, one of the climbing roses had about taken over the neighborhood . . was a great bloomer and a gorgeous rosebush considering it probably doesn’t get much attention.  I think I’ll order a couple of climbing roses to feed the grasshoppers and see if I have any luck with them here.

Like other Quilt Alongs, instructions will be posted Monday, Thursday and Saturday.  I have not written the pattern yet but will let you know the approximate duration as soon as I know.

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Is it me or does this one look especially challenging (difficult). I didn’t do the last one, but, broken down, it didn’t look that hard. Have to see what the late summer brings.

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    Sherrill says

    I always thought the ice cream commercial was funny when it said ‘the cows think they’re in heaven’! LOL That quilt’s gonna be beautiful!

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    Carol Harper says

    When we lived in Houston, we shopped a LOT at the Antique Rose Emporium — especially in blue bonnet season! Loved that place (Houston not so much).

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    Jennifer says

    I love Brenham and one of my best friend’s parents retired there. It is a great place to be in TX and it never hurts to swing by Blue Bell!

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    Ida in Central PA says

    Love Brenham! Love Blue Bell1 Any time I get down there I visit. My ex was an Aggie, and that was one of the places he *had* to take me. :)

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    says

    By August maybe I’ll have all my stuff with due dates finished and I can start this one. It’s gorgeous.

    I’ve visited the Antique Rose Emporium several times. When we moved back to Oklahoma, I wanted some hardy roses that didn’t take a lot of babying. I bought something called a Katy Rose that was developed from stock found along I-10 in Katy TX. I thought if something could survive living along I-10, it would do OK. It certainly has! Those bushes reach almost to the eve of the house and they are gorgeous.

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    says

    I love, love, love this one, and maybe by August I’ll have the fabric to join in making this one. Never know til I get the yardage instructions. It looks amazing, and I could break the pattern down into the blocks looking at it, which is a good thing. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Sherry Moran says

    Oh, another one I want to make! Another thing to look for in Brenham is a monastery where they raise miniature horses.
    When we made a trip down there, we did the tour at Blue Bell (with samples) and the tour at the Shiner brewery (with samples) all in the same day!! What a combo!

    • 9.1

      Kathie says

      I was born and raised in Houston. I miss so many things about Texas; but not so much the heat and humidity. I lived in southwest Missouri, for 6 years, and the best thing about it was that I could still get Shiner Bock and Blue Bell. Now I am in Pennsylvania and I can’t get either.

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      Tracy DVR says

      Sad to say the Monastery closed a few years ago, the nuns (Franciscan Poor Claire’s) were all elderly and no longer able to and care for themselves nor the minis. It was a neat place to visit and the Chapel was serene. They also had a ceramic shop on site run by volunteers, everything was made on-site.

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    wanda ll says

    Now ladies come on down. In the Spring they have the Bluebonnet Festival and the fall it is called the Scarecrow festival. It is in a little town just a couple of miles from Brenham called Chappel Hill. Yes just like the sausage. That is where it is made. You can have a wonderful time and see more arts and crafts than you can ever imagine and see Bluebonnets or pumpkins. It is so fun…..

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    Deb K says

    We used to be Bluebell fanatics. In fact, when we moved to Georgia in the 80’s, I even cross-stitched their logo (with the little girl leading the cow) to remind of us of the wonderful homemade vanilla. I also brought some back to Georgia on dry ice when I flew back to Texas a few times. Ice cream and Taco Cabana fajita tacos were always part of my carry on luggage. I have to admit that I’ve defected and now prefer HEBs Creamy Creations 1904 vanilla but that I still love Brenham. I look forward to hearing more abouT this quilt. It will be fun. Thank you, Judy.

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    Deb K says

    We used to be Bluebell fanatics. In fact, when we moved to Georgia in the 80’s, I even cross-stitched their logo (with the little girl leading the cow) to remind of us of the wonderful homemade vanilla. I also brought some back to Georgia on dry ice when I flew back to Texas a few times. Ice cream and Taco Cabana fajita tacos were always part of my carry on luggage. I have to admit that I’ve defected and now prefer HEBs Creamy Creations 1904 vanilla but that I still love Brenham. I look forward to hearing more abouT this quilt. It will be fun. Thank you, Judy.

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    Becky says

    I nearly cried when I saw “The Road to Brenham was the name of this quilt I want to make! My mothers ancestry runs deep in Brenham. We visited there 11 years ago w/ her two younger sisters. We were on a genealogy mission. Had attended a Family Reunion in Austin (none of us live in Texas, sadly) then spent 15 glorious days in Brenham doing research and visiting the cemetery. My Great Grndfather and his brother were stone masons thru out Texas. Many headstones in the cemetery in Brenham and Independance were made by them. When I’m finished w/ this quilt, I’m going to call it my Grandpa Frank quilt (‘My Great Grandpa). Mother bought a very old quilt from one of the shops there. She gave it to me several years ago. We ate at the restaurant barly a block from the courthouse. I just love Brenham.

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    says

    Another winner, definitely. Maybe you can get the same kind of rose and it will do equally well. Maybe the grasshoppers won’t be out in such numbers for a few years.

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    Lynn says

    I am so pleaseed that you are giving us the fabric requirements early, Judy. It gives plenty of time to choose the perfect fabrics for those of us who need to buy in. My Llano has all of the borders (and binding ) cut and joined, so set to finish tomorrow. As usual it has fit together like a glove. I love your instructions, they always make putting a quilt top together so easy and stress-free. Thansk so much for putting your Quilt Alongs together.

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    Ida Tendam says

    Judy,

    This quilt looks great and I probably have enough fabrics in my stash to make it.
    I live in New Braunfels, TX. Are you near here? I’m originally from West Lafayette, IN, but the winters were getting to be too much for me.
    Love your webpage and posts.
    Ida

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    Lavonna Campbell says

    I love this quilt-so beautiful. I had been thinking that I needed to do a blue quilt, and this one just speaks to me in shades of blue! I’ll be there on August 12, and thanks for sharing another super pattern.

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    Deb K says

    I’m loving the quilt. One of the things I especially like are the borders. They aren’t just plain strips of fabric. By the time I get the center of quilt done, I’m sorely tempted to take the easy way out. Having us working on the border now is good.
    I got caught up through Instruction #2 as of yesterday. Now, I see that Instructions for Part 3 and 4 are up. I have to travel for work this week but will set a goal of getting #3 and 4 done this coming weekend upon my return.