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Geometric Texas

Posted on: November 24th, 2017 by Lorna McMahon

It’s been more than a month since I have done any sewing. And that is a looooong time!

Last Saturday I led a workshop for the Oakville Quilters’ Guild and was asked to do a little demonstration of the wavy line quilting. I brought along a few of the blocks that have been made for testing different quilts I designed and I also brought the paper pieced Geometric Texas. This was a paper pieced block designed by Kristy of Quiet Play Designs.


I don’t usually choose to make something that is paper pieced. This is only the second block I have made using the method. But I couldn’t resist. Kristy designed the block in an effort to help raise money for those displaced by the hurricane Harvey. And knowing I was planning to attend Quilt Market soon afterward made me feel a closeness to those Texans. I wanted to do what I could to promote the fund raiser any way I could and showed my finished block here on the blog and on social media.

When I went to Texas for Quilt Market in October, I finally had a chance to meet Kristy in person. She flew in from Australia for the event. 

I added white and grey borders to make my block bigger and quilted using my organic wavy lines during the demonstration at the workshop. The backing is some random print I found in my stash and it has a lot of sewing notions and a little love so I thought it would make a cute backing.


When I finished the quilting on this Texas block I decided to make it into a wall hanging to gift to my sister for Christmas. I added corner tabs for hanging and then finished it off with a black binding.

My sister Georgina and I drove down to Texas from Ontario Canada. And it was the first time in over 35 years that we had a chance to hang out together and have some fun. I do hope that we will have a chance to do something like this again, but even if we don’t, I want to make sure she remembers our trip for years to come.

We had joked around during our trip about getting a tattoo of Texas and all the states we passed through. But I really think this was a more fitting tribute to our trip and the memories we made along the way.


The “Geometric Texas” quilted wall hanging finished at 19″ x 20″
and was the 59th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.
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11 Responses

  1. What an awesome gift to commemorate your time together, Lorna. I'm sure she will love it. 🙂

  2. Beautiful quilt, Lorna! The fabrics you used, are lovely – as is your paper-piecing of this block! So glad you had this time with your sister again.

  3. A great gift for your sister to remember your trip to Texas together!

  4. Kathy says:

    What a treasure – the mini and the trip! I like the way you framed the Texas block and I love those triangle corners for hanging – just genius!

  5. I love this little quilt. It is beautiful, and crafted by a wonderful friend.

  6. Danice G says:

    Very pretty quilt, I love it. Your paper piecing is excellent also.

  7. Yes, I like the quilt over a tattoo any day, even of Texas (my home state).

  8. Emily says:

    I love how you have turned this beautiful quilt into a memento of a special time. It's a beautiful quilt! Lucky sister!

  9. KaHolly says:

    Love, love, love it! I’ll be there soon, so will definitely put that pattern on the top of my must have list!

  10. SarahZ says:

    Such a great idea and a fun way to always share and remember that trip! My mind did do a bit of a double take, seeing the paperpieced quilt on your blog😊 xo!

  11. Beautiful. A great keepsake of your trip to Texas. I can't believe you drove all that way.