I bet this is a title of a country song: "comin' to Texas..." But what rhymes with Texas other than Lexus? LOL!
Anyway my ramblings are beside the point - I really am coming to the Lone Star state in April!
Specifically I'll be flying into Dallas, TX on April 5th with my dad and traveling to Mansfield, TX where most of my dad's family lives.
Why am I taking this trip? Because in 2010, my grandmother finally moved out of her huge rambling farmhouse in Asheboro, NC and moved all the way to Mansfield, TX to live with my aunt.
Her health hasn't been the best this winter so when Dad announced his trip I decided to tag along to see my grandmother one more time.
Is it not true that we value the people only after they're gone? My grandmother was a true caregiver and talented seamstress. She didn't make quilts when I was growing up, but she sewed me more polyester "slacks" to keep the bugs from eating my legs off than I care to remember.
To be honest, I didn't see her much in the last years she lived in Asheboro, but every time I came by she was always so happy to see me and my new family, ready to cook up a big meal to feed us, and always sorry if she didn't have at least a pound of cookies and sweets to fill us up with.
It will be very nice to see her again, finally meet a whole branch of my family I've never seen before, and visit part of the US I've traveled to twice, but both times don't count.
Just to clarify that sentence: the first time I came to TX was in 1984 when I was 6 months old and the second time in 1998 with marching band - bleh! No, both times definitely don't count.
But of course I'll have to stop in a quilt shop or two in Dallas, Mansfield, or any of the towns along the way. Does anyone have any suggestions???
I'm really looking forward to this trip in the spring and since I know many followers are also Texans (thinking of you Lane! Yes, YOU!), maybe we could meet up while I'm this far west.
And to clarify - no, I'm not planning on teaching any workshops, no, I'm not traveling anywhere else, and no, I'm not staging a year long tour of the whole US. I'm just going to TX and coming home, that's it!
Anyway, I'm just putting this news out there. Now I need to head down stairs to create a handwork project to keep me happy during the 2 hour flight. Grandmother's Flower Garden or Lone Star? Definitely a Lone Star!
Let's go quilt,