This weekend, my husband and I traveled to Texas to visit our youngest daughter who is doing an internship there this summer. It was so wonderful to see her again! We did a lot of fun things- visited museums, went to an outdoor community event with food and vendors, saw the movie Mr. Holmes (which we really enjoyed- such a nice change from all of the super hero and action movies which seem to dominate the theaters in the summer!) And of course, being in Texas, we ate our fill of Mexican food!


She is working on an interesting project at the university and the Dallas Museum of Art- researching a mystery behind a painting from the 1500’s. Seems that the painting’s subject and her husband died mysteriously on the same day (possibly poisoned), and the boy in the painting has had his face painted over with another face…. Interesting! She is doing all kinds of research, which my non-scientific brain does not comprehend! We got to see the lab where she does some of her work:


I also got the chance to visit a couple of quilt shops- which you have to do when you travel, right? One shop had this lovely vintage and well worn & loved quilt hanging outside.

Vintage Quilt- Jacquelynne Steves_

Vintage Quilt2- Jacquelynne Steves

And this shop has an actual working post office inside! So convenient (maybe too convenient??) if you buy too much to carry home with you and need to ship it!




There were several rooms, one set up as an old general store (because if you have a post office, you need a general store, too, of course.)


Even the area with the long-arm machine was sectioned off with a really cute old-fashioned screen door:


They had a copy of A Flair for Fabric, a book I contributed to last year. My quilt is on the cover on the right:


Back home, I have been working on a new hexie project. I decided that I wanted to make a lap size quilt from hexies- but didn’t want commit the next 10 or so years of my life to the process. So, I ordered templates to make these giant hexies, they are 5″ across at the widest point. That should make things go quicker, right?

Hexies- Jacquelynne Steves

I’m trying to spend more time on my art- it’s something that I’ve neglected lately, and I really miss it!

Strawberry Art- Jacquelynne Steves

I am busy painting up the applique and embroidery designs which I designed for the Cozy Afternoon Free Block of the Month– I have some ideas in mind for these, and I can’t wait to get them done to show you:

teacup art- Jacquelynne Steves_

art- bird -Jacquelynne Steves

Don’t forget that The Art of Home Free Emagazine comes out next week! Yippee! It’s a little late, but I hope you will think that it was worth the wait :)

The Art of Home Free Emagazine- Summer 2015- Jacquelynne Steves