Willy Nelson’s song floats through my head on so many occasions lately. One thing is learned quite quickly if the great state of Texas is visited. If you want to go anywhere…………it’s a lo-o-ong ways! None of this “just down the road a piece” stuff. Such was our last Wednesday when DH and I left Harlingen (TX) for Lakeway, a suburb of Austin, to visit with a MN friend who had come down for a month of soaking up this good ole TX sunshine. She had found a resort that had darling cabin/cottages for rent and so we just had to check it
Her talents are not only quilting-directed but she is a fab rug-hooker with many original patterns to be found on her web site, Oak Ridge Cottage Rugs. Teaching/leading workshops keeps Kathy on the move a significant amount of the year.
I did mention that she’s a quilter, too, yes??? Of course, that means that, since she’s been down in TX for a few days, she’s found a quilt shop or two!! So, after a fab lunch at Los Pinos (sorry, no food photos this time!), the 3 of us headed to The Cotton Cupboard. Since Harlingen has only 1 (miniscule) quilt shop and the next closest (adequate..?) shops are up in the Corpus Christi area, the prospect of a shop like I’m used to in MN was quite exciting! I was not disappointed! MN gal, Jessica Dieterle, and daughter, Elly Gibbs, own/run this amazing quilters’ oasis!
Some interior ‘shots’ to give you a feel for this textile awesome-ness….
Inspiring samples are everywhere and the fabric organization really gets your “creative juices” flowing!!!!!! There’s even a wonderful corner for those (whether young or more mature) who would be accompanying the quilt enthusiast……
The necessary(?) results of my visit…
That fishy fat quarter was an impulsive “must have” but I want to draw your attention to the basting pins package. Click on any photo to enlarge. Note the yellow “star” highlighted words in the upper left of the packaging. “Fine wire” is the phrase that’s important!! When pin basting batiks, the fine-wire pins will save your hands/wrists from really struggling to get the pins to penetrate the fabric (due to the often leftover dye-process residue). Also, the hole left after the pin is removed is much smaller (although, all such holes disappear with washing!).
Our route home took us on backroads that wound through the eastern edge of what is known as the Texas Hill Country……through towns such as Wimberley and near towns with imaginative names like “Dripping Springs”. Absolutely gorgeous area and very much UNlike anything one would typically think of when thinking of Texas. It turned out to be a 6.5 hour drive home (a tad slower than going the route we took through Austin when we came!) but oh so worth it!!!!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and joining my Texas musings! Please, do come again……………..hugs to y’all………..
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