Stitching Retreat at Premier Estates

Barbara Blankenship © 2006

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If you haven't experienced true southern living at its best, I invite you to step back in time with me and experience my local crazy quilt group's recent retreat. Premier Estates is a beautifully restored Texas Manor built in 1918. When you enter the iron gates of this beautiful manor, time returns to an earlier, more relaxed period in our history. The grounds are shaded with huge oak and pecan trees. Bougainvillea and passion vines grow and bloom along the fence line and ivy attaches itself to the walls of the barn, potting shed, smoke house and yes, the “out house.”

When we walked up the steps to the wrap-around veranda and felt the cool breezes, the only thing missing were the mint juleps. What a delightful experience to sit in the wicker rockers, relax and visit with some of my dearest friends. Here are Jan, Sharon and Julie.

Premier Estates is located about 50 miles southwest of Houston, Texas. You can find out more about this beautiful place online at Our group had such a wonderful time; we've scheduled our next retreat for early October.

Crazy quilters Linda and Lynnis

“Sane” quilters Charlene and Julie

A Little Texas History:
Wallis, Texas was established in 1880 on land colonized by Stephen F. Austin, known as the Father of Texas. The town was established in anticipation of the railroad coming through. Immigrant Czech and German families settled in the area and their influence is still reflected in some of the old homes. Located 50 miles from Houston, Wallis, with a population of approximately 1500, retains its small town southern charm and hospitality.

The Guardian Angel Catholic Church is on the National Register of historic painted churches. Its architecture reflects the influence of the Czech and German immigrants. With this beautiful church, the unique antique shopping, and Premier Estates, Wallis is destined to gain popularity. I hope that in doing so it doesn't lose its small town charm. Wallis is one of the few places in Texas where you can see the stars without the distraction of lights and remember what silence sounds like.

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