Saturday, November 30, 2019

Quilt Shop Stop Ahead

Our girl's been in Oklahoma for 18 months and although I've been there a couple of times, her Daddy never has. She makes the trip home quite a bit (we'll take her and our boy anytime we can get them) and it hasn't been long since her last visit. This last weekend we remedied that with a little  road trip that allowed us time to catch up on podcasts:

On a 7 hour trip, we pass through 2 decent sized towns and lots of little towns with 500 residents. One of those little towns has a quilt shop. It's hard to resist a shop called Front Porch Quilts

When you bring up their website, this is what it says:

It's a little shop, with lots of treasures.

I assured DH that I only wanted to pop my head in for a minute. Famous last words. LOL. So, as much as I would have liked to linger, I hurried  as much as one can hurry in a sweet little quilt shop where folks are friendly and a good visit is always welcome.
I snapped a few fast pictures - Texans are proud of their country and state - these patterns are popular:

Western prints are big sellers too and I was tempted, but I have 2 bins of western fabrics and need to use some of what I have first:

They have a wall of patterns:

And books:

And a good selection of tempting fabrics

and sample quilts from which to choose:

She was starting a big sale and I caved to temptation. It's been a good while since I bought fabric. This plaid really spoke to me so I bought the rest of the bolt - 9 yards - half price. It'll be perfect for a backing.

I bought a yard of this green check for a couple of baby quilts as well as a yard of this little flower print:

And a couple of yards of these 2 brown prints - all for $4.50 / yd

I loved these 2 Fall fabrics and bought 3 yards of the one on the left and 7 of the one on the right - $4.50 again

And I topped it all off with a layer cake of this flannel for a masculine quilt:

After our stop, we continued on. We know the way, but turn on the GPS anyway. It made me chuckle when these directions popped up:

Dairy Queens are a major spot in vast, rural Texas. Even if you have to drive 196 miles to get there.

I'll share more about our trip in my next post. I have too much I want to share for 1 post. :)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Good to Sew

DH brought home a deer on Monday and the dehydrator is working hard on the first batch of jerky. Cutting up a deer makes a big mess of my kitchen so I spent some time scrubbing surfaces and washing all the dishes DH uses. Yes, it looks like a tornado when he gets in my kitchen. 😉But we'll be snacking on jerky for the next year and that makes it worth a little mess.

Besides stitching bindings on the front side of 2 quilts, I haven't sewn a stitch since August 10th, but yesterday I was reunited with my sewing machine. The soggy wet morning was an added bonus. I felt spoiled as it was too wet to get around and DH ran to town to run some errands and he even returned with dinner which left me with more sewing time.

I wanted to get a quilt made for our boy for Christmas and Jackie said she'd get one quilted for me over Thanksgiving and yesterday was the only day I had to get it pieced. It's been a long time since I spent the day stitching up a storm:

It felt good to have the top done at the end of the day.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

What I've Been Up To

Between long sale days

 road trips



 hauling boys around

sorting and processing cattle

 and a horse sale

 time to post has been hard to come by. You would think these 5:00 sunsets would allow for lots of computer time, but that has simply not been the case. Last night we got home from the horse sale (a 4 hr round trip + 9 hours at the sale) at 8, unloaded, took showers and fell into bed. This morning DH was out the door at 6:30 in search of a deer. We're spoiled because DH doesn't have to pack up a whole hunting camp. He's got 128,000 acres right outside our door to hunt and hopefully we'll soon be in the middle of making jerky and enjoying tenderloin.

 DH and I have been fighting head colds for a week, but it's not been bad enough to keep us down. I may even get to sew a little this week...God willing and the creek don't rise.

In between it all, we do take time to stop and enjoy the majestic moments in our daily lives:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Hello Winter

We've really enjoyed a beautiful Fall, but I'm always sad to see it come to an end.

I think this qualifies as the end of Fall. No doubt we'll still have some beautiful, warm, sunny days, but this pretty much signals the arrival of Winter:

The other day it was 11° when I dropped the boys off:

I was told (in jest and not by DH) to not take pictures because they didn't look like cowboys all bundled up, but this is reality. Ranching isn't always glamorous. 😄

Our main concern is the freshly weaned calves. The next day we had a 51° swing and that often means there will be calves to doctor and we had a few, but not many.

We've officially finished our Fall Cow Works:

Which means I've been released from the kitchen, but I've been reassigned. DH and I - and Skeet -

spent Saturday fixing a leak:


or 2

 or 3


or 4


Thankfully, it was a beautiful October day. For us, winter can be brutally cold, but the cold comes and goes and we have a lot of pretty days which makes our daily activities easier because when you ranch, you spend your days out in the elements, but it's a good life and we're grateful for every day we're able to spend together:

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