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About Texas Quilt Gal

“When all t'world goes one road, I go t'other.”
― James Herriot, quote from All Creatures Great and Small

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
― Robert Frost, quote from The Road Not Taken

Those two quotes are pretty much me in a nutshell! I was born in northeastern Oklahoma, lived on a farm most of my young life, and now live in far north Texas, seven miles from the Oklahoma/Texas border! I married my childhood sweetheart in 1969, had a wonderful son and beautiful daughter, and now we are grandparents to 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. We have lived in either Oklahoma or Texas all of our lives.

Our wedding day in 1969 and our 50th anniversary

Texas Quilt Gal is a continuation of My Sew-Called Quilts and I write about quilting, needlework, recipes, and gardening. I learned to quilt in 2010 when my sweet Mom, who lived with us for 8 years, passed away at age 98, and I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands. I own quilts from both my grandmothers, and I wish I had been smart enough to learn from them when I was younger. My favorite quilts are traditional, scrappy, and gradation. I taught myself embroidery and crochet in my 20s and still love the hand-work, and I really enjoy cross stitch.

This is how I pictured retirement but it's a bit busier than that!

We are both retired and now spend our days renovating our new home and spoiling our five cats and two dogs - all rescues. My husband likes to "makes things", and I like to quilt in my sewing room and enable my fabric addiction. Gardening and weather watching occupy the warm weather months, and I love to bake year-round.

Some random facts about me:
  • I am a Christian, and United Methodist is my denomination. I have either attended or worked in churches all my life until we retired. We have not attended a church in recent years, but my beliefs and faith have not faltered.
  • I had our first child in May of our senior year of college and walked across the stage to receive a degree in mathematics two weeks later.
  • I intended to use my degree in mathematics to teach junior high math. The town where we moved after graduation had a position available, but only if I was a football coach in addition to math teacher! I got a job as a secretary instead and never renewed my teacher certification. I wore many office "hats" from administrative to data input to management. My later years of employment were in churches.
  • In 2007 I said good-bye to working for someone else and started my own catering company, For Goodness Sake. I catered for a local coffee shop, my church, wedding showers and weddings, corporate clients, and individuals until 2013. It was my best job ever!
  • During our life together we have moved from Oklahoma to north Texas, to south Texas, back to Oklahoma, then again to south Texas. Those moves were all job-related. In October 2020 after four years of retirement, we moved back to far north Texas, 7 miles from the Red River, which divides Oklahoma and Texas, and only 55 miles from our daughter, hubby, and their two Littles.
  • We have seven rescued animals - four kitties - Katy, Jack, Rosie, Toby, and Gus, and two dogs - Boomer, a black lab mix, and Baker, a 3 year old Red Heeler mix, Our kids say that our animals have become our children, and they are right!
  • I have advanced training as a storm spotter for the National Weather Service and have a lifelong fascination with and love for thunderstorms and towering supercells, so that officially makes me a weather geek.
  • I have my Conceal Carry license and own a Puma 1873-22 revolver - a cowboy gun!
  • I love all things UK. I recently did the DNA test and found my ethnicity is 71% England and Wales and 29% Ireland and Scotland, so that explains that.
For any of you who care to know, I am a conservative and a proud patriot. I believe in  our constitution and am thankful for our freedoms. It is disheartening and frustrating to be categorized as a "threat" by the President simply because I vote as a Republican. And the midst of soaring inflation, violence and crime (in which criminals are categorized as victims), degrading moral values, humiliation of and threats to those who choose not to be vaccinated, and the treatment of  children as sexual adults. I pray that God will save our country from itself.

I realize that my political views probably differ from most of the kind folks who comment on my blog. There have been times when I have felt uncomfortable and unwelcome while reading some blogs whose authors express negative feelings about conservatives. I was actually scolded by one blogger for simply stating that my beliefs differed from hers. I am determined that no one ever feels that way while reading my blog. You have a right to feel the way you do just as much as I do.

If you've stuck with me this far, thanks for reading!


  1. What a wonderful bio of you and yours! I am a Chopin which goes back to France and Switzerland. I am 97% European! Mother's family goes back to Germany so there is some of that but mostly Pennsylvania Dutch. We have been retired for 21 years now. We share the same beliefs! Go Trump!

  2. I’ve been following you for some time on Instagram and just today noticed you have a blog. I will follow you on both Instagram and your blog.

  3. Nice to meet you! I live in Ohio, originally from western Pennsylvania. I have relatives in Paris, Texas!

    1. Well hey Sandy! Wow we were looking online at houses in the Paris area, but they were gone before we could look at them. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Linda, my husband and I are native Texans. We grew up in Houston, married and moved to Austin and lived there for 45 years. In 1997 we bought property north of Lampasas and moved here in 2004. We love living in the country and hope we can do so till we die. We have two sons and 6 grandsons. I taught school in Austin for 12 years and am glad not to be teaching now! And we are thankful to not be living in Austin! It was a lovely little city when we moved there in 1960 but it has always been a very liberal place and is now insane! The country folk around here are more conservative and we fit in better. We are very conservative in our politics and worry a great deal about our country right now. We have had a cabin in Colorado since 1980s and loved spending the summers there after I left teaching and Peter could work from there. But Texas is home and we are selling that place. Keeping two houses is too hard at our ages. I quilt, have recently taken up crossstitich again and have become a Flosstube addict! I garden, though with the deer it is a challenge. And I love to read and belong to a book group in town that meets once a month. I love your ‘About’ section and will follow your blog and look for you on Instagram too! Carol in Texas

    1. Carol thank you so much for stopping by. I loved reading about your life - you sound like someone I'd like to know! My husband and I have come to the same conclusion about Austin. I'm going to have to check out Flosstube. Yes please look for me on Instagram - I'd love to follow you!

  5. Good morning from the Texas hill country! I just found your blog (by way of Pinker n Punkin, who I'm also new to. I love your politics :-) - I also have a math degree (UT San Antonio) but my career took me into software development. I'm fortunate to be one of those working from home (since 2014). I split my time between Texas and southern Arizona, because my husband's job is there. My sister and brother in law also live in north Texas, near the tiny town of Honey Grove. My BIL is a hamm radio guy, as is his son, and I think they do things storm related. If you hear of any one named Durbin, it might be them :-) Now I'm off to read your blog and check out your instagram, I'm delighted to find another happy place on the internet!

    1. Oh Patty I wish I had your email to reply "in person"! Thank you for reading my stuff (and approving - lol!) and how neat we share the math thing. I had an opportunity my junior year to go into the computer side of things but chose instead to go the education route. I have often wished I had gone the other way but computers were just huge machines back in the late 1960s, and we had no idea they would become such a blockbuster industry. We had a good friend who grew up in Honey Grove - his last name was Hawkins. I'll sure look for the name Durbin, do you know if he is registered as a storm spotter? Thanks so much for your comment - let me know if you find me on IG, I'd love to follow you.

  6. You visit my blog on a regular basis and I try to return to yours. Until today I didn't realize we had so much in common. I read your bio while trying to find a "follow" button on your blog.

  7. Hi Linda! I reciprocated and found your blog. We do have a lot in common with our Christian beliefs and republican politics! I have a sister that lives in Broken Arrow so we are out that way every few years. I enjoyed looking at your projects and reading about you. I responded to your comment on my blog, but duh, I don't even know if you will see it. Ha! I started my blog years ago, 2008? and I don't post as often as I used to I still try to post every few months at least. I print my blog using blog-to-print about every two years and that is kind of like my life stories in print. I rarely print photos as I put everything important I want to remember in the blog then print it. Thanks for stopping by there! - Rachel


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