Was found on our Texas trek of a few weeks ago. Named the Picket Fence, it wasn’t the largest but, oh,did it have a bit to offer! Observe how nice and warm the exterior photos are (a note to my Northern readers!!!!)……..
The building to the right, in the above photo, is a cozy workshop/sewing space that’s separate from the retail area/building. That has some nice advantages during busy shopping times! I was told that the structure used to be a bar which accounted for some of the interior appointments, such as……….. This photo gives a view of a very substantial “counter”, which was the ‘bar’ in the former saloon. It was far too sturdy to destroy in order to……put in another!!!! Makes sense!
At the very back (where you see that blue quilt hung on the wall) is a raised platform for the music artists who provided entertainment regularly in those days. Rumor has it that Freddy Fender performed there. I couldn’t come up with any evidence, though………… They do quite a bit of custom quilting. I’m not too surprised as there seems to be very few shops in the area (of course, this info may change as soon as we are down there for a longer time and can do a bit of exploring!!! I know that McAllen is the next, very large, town West of Harlingen and there is at least 1 shop there.
It has some quilting threads, a good notions wall and a nice selection of patterns. There are regularly held sew-ins and workshops. I’m sure I will be a customer in the months ahead.
OK, well……..I’m back to ……….. well, not much stitching going on at the moment. Yesterday, Ms Sweetie decided to have a major breakdown (not exactly sure what happened!) while doing a swap-out of the open-toe foot for the ruler foot. It resulted in several calls to Salt Lake City (Utah) and a Handi Quilter tech, named Greg (awesome fella and the patience of Job!!!!) who talked DH through a complete dismantling of the machine (opening the casing, etc) and performing the fix. I think Ms Sweetie (HQ Sweet 16) is on the mend today. Then this morning……..again, “life” happened and a plumber will arrive later this afternoon to alleviate whatever is stopping up my kitchen drain. TMI (too much information)?????
Anyway, I’m off to get ready for next Monday’s guild meeting and starting a paper piecing test run for a friend’s pattern (more on that to come!!!!).
Let’s go do something quilty!!!!! Til next time………………