Behind the Design: Quilt Star Heaboard


Hemlock & Heather had existed for about a month in August 2012 when Kelley and I dreamt this headboard up. This piece came about because Kelley had a family quilt that was falling apart, and she had the idea to recreate the pattern in wood. 

One weekend while she was away, I went into the garage and started trying to bring it to life. I used some reclaimed beaded oak that was given to me by a remodeler back when I was working in the building industry. I spent all weekend in the garage working on that headboard. The star pattern consisted of 96 parallelograms that had to be individually cut and laid in place. But I loved the process of designing by discovery, designing by doing. And this same basic process would come to inform our work a year later when we made our first Texas wall hanging and the main focus of our business shifted to state shapes. 

New Beginnings

If you or someone you know is looking to turn their side hustle or garage hobby into their career, check out our new venture, The Founders Club. We’re creating a place for people like you to find support from like-minded people in pursuing that dream. 

Also, if you are looking for a statement piece for your home or your business, send us an email, and let’s have a conversation. 

We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you over at The Founders Club

Thanks, y’all. 

-Kris & Kelley

Like many great discoveries in history—chocolate chip cookies, Post-it notes, the Slinky—Kris and Kelley Denby came up with their popular Texas wall hangings almost by accident.
In 2013—about a year into their sputtering business of repurposing furniture, called Hemlock & Heather—the Denbys decided to make and donate something to a silent auction that would benefit the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West. Kelley, who is from West, asked her husband to build something “Texasy.”
So Kris came up with a colorful wall hanging made entirely from reclaimed wood and in the iconic shape of Texas. It sold for $150. 
“People just went crazy for it,” recalls Kelley. “We were like, Maybe we’re on to something.”

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