Bound and Determined

No, the title’s not a reference to a new S&M book series…sorry.  Did you know Walmart is now selling the 50 Shades series in shrink wrapped packages?  LOL!  Don’t want the masses gettin’ all hot and bothered in the aisles, now do we?

Where was I?  Oh, yeah…

Nope, this is about good old fashioned quilting.  Yes, I did some quilting yesterday!  SWOON!  At the end of the month Mom and I are going to our annual quilt retreat and the theme is ‘A Texas Christmas’.  Easy right?  Throw in Santa and some barb-wire and poof…a Texas Christmas.  Yeah, not quite.  And I’m not redneck enough to create a manger scene with baby Jesus wearing a ten gallon hat, although I’m sure someone somewhere in this state has done just that.

Now, you may be thinking that since I’m a Texan that I love all things Texas.  You’d be wrong.  First of all, brace yourselves, I detest football.  I’m sorry, but it’s not a sport and not even tight fitting uniform pants can change my mind.  For the record, the only good sport is Detroit Red Wings hockey (or Dallas Stars if I’m in a pinch).  Armadillos, those armor plated rodents, dig holes in your backyard and you have to dodge the dang things when speeding down the road.  And the weather…ugh, don’t get me started on that!  There’s not much Christmas-y about Texas.  There are occasions (like autumn and winter) when I envy my Yankee brethren their weather patterns.  There, I’ve said it.

As it is only September, Christmas won’t be on my mind until at least late October so coming up with an idea was a tad difficult.  Here’s what I’ve got…

It you haven’t had enough coffee yet, it’s a mug rug.

I thought a red boot would be Christmas-y, but now that I think about it, I’ve only ever seen Santa in black or green boots.  Sigh.  I chose the boot fabric because it looks like leather.

I fringed the edges because I thought it looked appropriately rustic.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I just didn’t want to do a binding.  I’m going to go back and add a rhinestone star as a spur and possibly, but don’t hold me to it, some leather or twine accents at the corners.

It has been an age since I got anything quilt-related sewn.  Mending uniforms and taking in swim trunks just doesn’t cut it in the creativity department for me.  I’m hoping to get more done this weekend.  The Albatross is still waiting…lurking on my table.

Lee from Freshly Pieced is back…yippeee!  I’m linking up with her.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!


  1. I grew up in Tuscon, Arizona and had to imagine snow until I was an adult living in Delaware. Both of my parents were raised in Texas and I still have relatives there, plus I spent my high school years in San Antonio, so be careful what you say about Texans! (Just kidding). Some day I hope to spend some hard winter time there-from January to May perhaps! Love your blog!

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