jess’ musings

Me at retreat! Our yearly retreat is quickly approaching, and, as usual, I’m eagerly anticipating the reveal of another new mystery that weekend. I’ve lost track of the number of mystery quilts I’ve designed for our annual retreat in Tomball, Tx, but one of the first was Friends and Fellows. I love that name – …

Continue reading what’s in a name?

Howdy y’all! When I started The Quilt and Needle, I really wanted it to be an “online quilting pub” – with great friends, awesome quilting, and yummy food ideas. Over the years, we’ve had tons of phenomenal quilters come and go, making lasting friendships along the way. We’ve enjoyed crazy-cool patterns and grown together in our quilt-making abilities, …

Continue reading my kind of pizza

Hello friends and fellow quilters, As many of you know, exciting things have been happening in the Smith household over the past half year. We welcomed our second child, Sapphire, into our lives on August 17. She is a “woman” with a voice and is already keeping Billy (my DH), Sammy (our 3-year-old) and myself …

Continue reading embracing change

At market I went to dinner with my friend Pati Fried of Red Thread Studios (http://www.patifried.com). After a lovely Greek meal, we got down to shop talk. Pati, who is a quilter and wonderful artist (we shall see great things from her soon) strongly encouraged me to seek out distributors for my designs. She loved …

Continue reading my trip to market – why i didn’t see much of the new spring products

I was up all night getting our fabric and kits into the store. We only finalized the layout and design last night about 11 PM, so it was a loooonnnngggg night. But TOTALLY worth it!! Our vision for a pub online has come true and I hope you all feel at home here. Really, this …

Continue reading we are OPEN!

Like so many other roads I have traveled, building The Quilt and Needle was a longer, bumpier ride than I ever imagined. This interactive quilting community would not be in existence if it wasn’t for the much needed help and support of some very special people: Josh Ward at Josh Ward Designs, brought my vision …

Continue reading thank you’s that need noting…