Thursday, October 1, 2015

Houston Quilt Festival Info

We are less than a month away now from the annual spree, Houston Quilt Show, and I would imagine by now your plans are certainly in the hopper about heading that direction. But, in the event you are still on the fence or are unable to attend this year, take comfort knowing you can still visit Festival in the virtual world of the internet! is headquarters and point of entry of all things quilting. Here you will find links taking you to separate exhibits on display in Houston. Take a tour of the Festival Gallery of Quilt Art: Home for a real treat. These quilts come from around the world and depict 'home' for the artists.

You can read columns by Mary Fons which explore the world of quilt-making from a young perspective. Being raised by a fairly well-known quilter, Ms. Fons brings a unique perspective to news and happenings in this particular art form.

If you've been to "Houston", you've earned your merit badge and know when to arrive, where to park and what shoes to wear. But, if you are attending for the first time and want a few tips, here is a good read from Quilter's Newsletter. And YES, you can bring and use a camera but be certain to read all signs which prohibit the use in any particular display.

One small piece of advice I can offer: The doors WILL NOT OPEN one minute earlier than 10:00 am and you will find quite a crowd gathered in front of the Center. I recommend arriving 5 minutes AFTER 10:00 and you'll sashay right in. You can purchase your tickets online and avoid staying in line at the box-office, too.

While taking classes is mentioned in that article (above), it's probably too late to sign up for any at this time so that will leave you all the time in the world to browse the Shop aisles on the left side of the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Show side on the right side.  The Convention Center is too massive to even describe. There are quilts hanging everywhere; your eyes are not going to be able to take it all in.

The catalogue is a very good way of keeping track of what you find appealing.  Write in the columns and you stand a better chance of finding it later in the day. Tip: If you find something you really really like, get it there and then. You'll tell yourself, "Oh, I'll come back and get it later. I don't want to carry all that around all day long." You may never find it again. You may never find the booth again! I'm talking BIG. This space is enormous. You should also know that there are baggage-checks where you can leave your purchases safely. There are NO carts or wheelie-bags allowed at Festival.

Food: There's a food court to one side of the Festival. You can buy nachos, hotdogs, cheese-steak sandwiches and drinks but you are also welcome to bring your own lunch and snacks. The trick is to stay hydrated and well-nourished because you will be doing a LOT of walking. However, if walking is an issue, the Convention Center has scooters and wheelchairs available for rent.

 Wear a pair of shoes you've already broken in. This is no place to be fashionable.

Bring a friend, for sure, because it's fun to talk about what you find or see. If you are traveling in a herd, separate. It's better for you and it's better for the other participants because trying to stay together means someone is going to lag behind and someone else is definitely going to sprint ahead which means you're going to get separated anyway. There are places you can meet up at an appointed time and regroup.

Relax; If you get tired, there are places to sit down along the back wall. Head on over and take a break. They hide the bathrooms back there as well.

Enjoy: Quilts on display here are the best of the best and you will be astounded at the work that has gone into each one. They are inspiring and amazing.

If you find yourself thoroughly exhausted when you leave, you did it right. Your head may be swimming, your arches aching and you wonder how you'll make it home again or to the hotel. You may even be telling yourself, "I'll never do this again!" But, after a good night's sleep, you'll wake up and think, "Man, was that FUN!"

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sept. & Oct. 2015 Class Schedule

Hello! It's almost fall again and we have our roster of classes up for your inspection.

Check it out and sign up early to ensure you get a seat.  There is plenty of time between now and Christmas to get some handmade gifts all wrapped up and ready to place under the tree.

Remember, we have the "Best Deal In Town"; a coupon for 6 consecutive months of unlimited classes for only $60.00. Just sign up and show up to 2 or three classes in the first month and you've already saved! Now you have 5 months more to sign up and enjoy learning new techniques, make projects you might have wanted to make for years and met new friends.

We also have unstructured "sit n sew" sessions..... Sit 'n Sew Friday, the Mini's, Farm Girl Vintage, Dear Jane, Applique Group...... these are ALL open to everyone who wants to share in the camaraderie of quilters as we stitch the quilts.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 985-845-9554.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Row By Row Experience

By now, you surely have heard about the Row By Row Experience but you may still have a few questions left unanswered.

What is this?

Row By Row is a different kind of "hop" where you go to shops across the United States and Canada and pick up a free pattern to create a quilt row, 9.5" x 36.5". You can pick up as many or as few as you like. The shops also have kits for sale to make their specific row for a nominal fee. 


Yep, it's free for the asking.


To give you an added incentive to visit a shop you may otherwise not. It takes place only during the summer months because most people take vacations at this time. The dates are June 22-Sept. 8. After that, it shuts down until Oct. 31.

What am I supposed to do this this (these) row(s)?

Anything you like! You can make just one and hang it in a small space or sash a few of them and make a bed runner. You can go crazy and make a king-size quilt! 

What's with the license plates?

Ah!!!! Remember those steamer trunks with the stickers from places it's been? Think of the license plates as a reminder of the shops you've been and collected the rows. Each one has a unique 'vanity' statement and each state is unique to the other, just like car plates. Here is ours.... naturally with a french twist! $5.99

Ok, but what do I do with them?

You can add them to the final design of your quilt or use them in other projects. We have patterns at the shop to give you more ideas. 

Here is a link to the Louisiana Row By Row Experience Facebook page to give you an idea of what others have been doing.

So, what do I do with a quilt when I finish?

If you have made a quilt with a least 8 rows, be the FIRST to bring it in, quilted, bound & with a label on the back and you will win a fat quarter bundle at any participating shop. Our bundle is still waiting for a winner and this is true for many shops here in this area.

Cool! Hey, wait... how much longer do I have?

We stop giving out or selling kits on Sept 8 and you have until Oct.31 to finish your quilt if you are wanting to win a prize. 

But I live in Michigan! I can't get to Bright Hopes! Will you mail me a kit?

Sadly, not until AFTER Oct. 31. We can sell and mail the plates but not the pattern or kits. These are the rules set by the organizers. 
But if you would like us to put you on our 'waiting list', give us a call at

August Heat - Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

We are approaching the second weekend of the South Louisiana Shop Hop and were blown away with the number of Hoppers last Friday and Saturday. It has to set a record!

This year has 12 shops participating, with 2 new shops in the Lafayette area. 

You can see the location of each shop on the map above and the list of great Prizes for Hoppers who fill up the entire passport with stamps. 

Below is the $250 Prize Basket you can win at Bright Hopes Quilting..... it's packed with great products and patterns. 

Now, in years past, each shop would hand out a different pattern and create individual quilt kits for sale to complete a 'sampler' style quilt.

This year, each shop created a unique quilt based around 12 colors in 4 hues, Light, Med, Med-Dark and Dark.  Each shop is selling a pack of four strips in one color; our's is Teal.    Below, you can see the Bright Hopes Quilt.

We have finishing kits to make this big bright quilt, measuring 68" x 85", $54.99

If you'd like to make it larger, we have a finishing kit to add 12 more inches around the outer edge, $14.99. It will then measure 80" x 97".

The new class roster is firming up and I'll be posting it next week......  and if you are still picking up Row By Row patterns, don't forget to check ours out hanging behind the register. We have kits to make it easy and license plates as well. (While supplies last)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

July - August 2015

Hello Again,

Here is the newest Calendar and Schedule of Classes for Bright Hopes Quilting.

As you can see, it's going to be a busy and exciting 2 months with all the classes and SHOP HOP!!!!! Whoo-hoo!!!!

If you see a class you would like to take, give us a call or better still, drop by, sign up and get he Supply List.

With our Fabulous Class Coupon, you can take as many classes as you like for 3 consecutive months for the absurdly low price of $30.00 You cannot, CANNOT beat this deal and no, there are no strings attached. No threads, either.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Row By Row Experience 2015 Starts Monday, June 22

 The Long Wait Is Over!
Row By Row Experience 2015 has officially begun. Pearl and the Gang have been busy gearing up and decorating the store to W E L C O M E
you to Bright Hopes Quilting  as you swoop your way across Louisiana. 
We think everyone is going to have a blast on this summer-long event as you visit new shops along the way as well as your favorite 'local'.

We open the doors at 9:30 Monday Morning!!

Summertime is the perfect time for the Row By Row as people traditionally take road trips and vacations. Now you have another reason to seek out a shop you've been hankering to get to. Here is a convenient map of the Gulf States Quilt Shops which are participating this year. You can zoom in closer and click on each pinpoint to see the name and location of each shop.
As you stop & go, ask for and receive a free pattern for that shop or to make it easier, you can purchase a kit for that particular shop. Most shops will be selling the cotton fabric 'vanity plates' as well, as a reminder of which shops you visited. Like THIS!!!! We love ours!

Now, you might be thinking, "I don't have time to drive around collecting patterns and whip out a quick quilt!" and we wouldn't blame you.... but wouldn't it be fun to have unique, specially-designed row patterns for future projects in your pattern collection AND YOU HAVE ALL SUMMER!?!?!?!

 So, even if you decide not to try to win a bundle of fabric by being the first quilter to bring in a finished quilt (and we mean finished right down to the label on the back!), be sure to ask the shop what they made and pick up the pattern (free) or the kit (ours is $14.99).

Each pattern will finish 9" x 36", which is a great size to make a variety of projects. For example, think mini-wall hanging, totes bags, table runners, bed runners! 
If you would like to see some fabulous quilts from last year's Experience for inspiration, click here.

Keeping with the nautical theme, we have designed several patterns, sold exclusively at Bright Hopes, featuring local subject matter.

Pearl has created a pattern to use all the vanity plates you have collected and we have kits cut & ready to go.
The Boiling Pot by Mary Green
How perfect is this for South Louisiana!? This is a fun, fast fusible appliqué pattern that you can knock out in a jiffy and makes a terrific souvenir/gift to commemorate a visit from distant friends.
Madisonville Lighthouse, a paper-pieced pattern, including a finishing kit of buttons, crystal and embroidery thread (day scene).

And finally, for Pin Collectors, here is the official
Row by Row Experience enamel pin. 

Here is a complete list of shops, state by state and the Canadian provinces.
(Hint: you can see all the vanity plates listed under each State, as well!)

Collect no less than 8 patterns and design a quilt top. Quilt, bind and LABEL your finished quilt and bring it into any participating shop. If you are the first to do this, you will win a hefty prize from that shop. 

 SORRY, you can only win this once.

If you make a Bobbin the Robin, bring it with you as you hit all the shops and take photos of your little bird. We have this pattern in stock again. Georgia is teaching a class on making the Robin on July 6! Sign up!!
 Upload the photos, as many as you like, here and be in the running to win a cool selection of products form Zebra Patterns. There will be one winner per state and province in Canada.

If you would like to make this roomy tote bag, the pattern is available for free from Timeless Treasures. We have kits to make this version ready to go!
The fab map fabric we used inside this tote blasted out the door as soon as it arrived but we have received a new bolt, so if you were disappointed, now is your chance to grab some, while it lasts!
The rules of the Row By Row Experience are brief and simple.

One free pattern per quilter per shop. 
 (please do not make photo-copies of these patterns)

You may purchase as many duplicate kits and plates as you like.
We cannot mail kits, patterns or plates during the event. June 21 - Oct. 31. After that time, we will be able to mail these items anywhere.

There are NO Passports needed to join in this "experience". You can make as many of the rows as you like and assemble them in a quilt. If you do a little search on line, you can find great examples of how quilters assembled last year's rows.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Class Schedule for May and June 2015

Hello Quilters!!!!

Here is our new roster of classes for May and June. Again, you will find them in the PDF format (give it a few seconds to show up on your screen) and as individual screen-shots for those of you who are unable to see the embedded text.

Take a good look and sign up early as the classes fill fast.  Give us a call at 985-845-9554 for availability.