Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Welcome Home Wednesday

After several days of travel it is VERY good to be home. 💗

Dallas was a welcome change of scenery.  It was downright cold and windy when we arrived and the remainder of the time we were there it was a little cool and damp, but it was not bad. We strolled the show, made connections, shook hands and walked, talked and laughed... we took in a few sights.

When we needed a change in scenery and a break from the noise of the convention center we went for walks.  Our hotel room overlooked the grassy knoll where President Kennedy was assassinated. And we explored a park/cemetery near the convention center where there were bronze statues of a herd of long-horn steer being moved on a cattle drive, complete with a few cowboys.

With further research, I have discovered that there were numerous Civil War monuments removed in 2020.

When we finished with the show we went in search of a store to purchase a few items to take for meals at our friends' house.  

We passed the time driving listening to a few audio books (I was hand-quilting and listening).  Fireflies in December was excellent.  We also listened to another Nicholas Sparks book, Two by Two.  We didn't quite finish it, but I'm not certain I will bother.  This is the first of his books I have not enjoyed.  It was about a man that was mistreated and taken advantage of by his wife.  It was a dysfunctional relationship and nothing like our own marriage.  We are a team and there were several times we (Dave mostly) shouted at the cd player telling the main male character to stand up for himself and at the main female character to stop it!

Sparks' stories often have some sort of emotional tragedy followed by growth, recovery and healing.  I am certain that Two by Two will have a "happily ever after" ending, but... oh, it was painful getting past the pain and dysfunction of their relationship.  Whew...

Our time on the farm with our friends is always precious and enjoyable.  The Hen House quilt was delivered and my customer was quite pleased.  However, it was delivered before a photo shoot could be done.  Oh well...

After plenty of food, fun, laughter and card games, it is always so good to return home and sleep in your own bed.  As I woke this morning I considered all that I have to do, but before I started making my to-do list, I counted my blessings.

#1- The simple fact that I woke up and was able to get out of bed without much difficulty or pain.

#2 - The comfort of home and the companionship of a loving husband who cares for me and supports me in my endeavors.

Of course, I have much more than just these two items, but after some time reflecting I turned my mind to things on my To-Do list.

❧ Prepping for the kick-off event of the Pieces of the Past Sew Along and book signing in Raton, NM.  I need to get fabric cut and prepare some step out samples for the first two blocks that will be available at Patchwork Phoenix.

❧ Acquire fabric for a commissioned baby quilt.  It is for the first grand-child of a local rancher and county commissioner.  I know the design and colors, it is just a matter of making a purchase.  I haven't spent a great deal of time looking, but soon!

❧  While delivering the Hen House quilt, my customer sent me home another top for me to quilt.  As soon as the baby quilt is finished I will turn my attention to this one.  It is a memory quilt for her sister and is made with fabric from shirts of her husband who passed away two years ago.

Time to get moving!  I have done laundry, I have unpacked and I went for a walk... and I have been here writing... I have dilly-dallied long enough and I really, really MUST get moving.  Quit procrastinating Melva!!!  But, of course, tomorrow is another day! 

What do you find yourself doing when you are not quite ready to focus on all of the tasks that are really calling for your attention?

Leave a comment... You know I'd love to hear from you.

Stay Pieceful,


PS - I was able to complete the quilting on the table topper and it is ready for binding.  And I drew out the blocks for the row quilt sew along that I have decided to host.  Many more details need to be ironed out, but soon... just add these to my list of things to do. ;)

Linking with:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation


  1. I am happy to hear that you got home safe. Sounds like y'all had a great time. It is really sad to me that part of our History is no longer around for us to enjoy. I just don't understand the logic of some people's thinking.

  2. Looks like you have some work to do! Making progress on that table topper. I never got into hand quilting but it does seem slow and relaxing. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  3. That black and red quilt looks incredible (even from that little closeup). Have fun with the quilts! (oh, boy - I surf the web when I should be focused on something else... or playing spider solitaire!)

  4. Glad you are home safely and sounds as though you had a great time! The black and red quilt looks awesome. It saddens me to see our history being removed right before our eyes. So sad.

  5. I'm glad you had decent weather while you were in Dallas and then got to enjoy your time with your friends. I lol'd at you and your husband shouting at the cd player. We do that with the TV quite often.
    I feel as you do about being able to get up in the morning and to enjoy the company of my husband. That makes a pretty good life right there.
    I haven't been able to focus much on sewing, mainly because I get distracted worrying about our daughter and her upcoming divorce. We are full of advice, but only she can control how she deals with it and how she comes out of it.
    Have a great weekend Melva, and thank you for linking with To Do Tuesday!

  6. I'm working on a project of using up some holiday fabric that I've had for a few decades. I've cut strips, now squares of the largest strips that I intend to turn into a few quilt tops then work my way down to the smaller width strips. We'll see how many quilt tops I can get done this year.