|Hole in the Barn Door Quilt Block|
Between Heaven and Texas takes place in the fictional town of Too Much, Texas, ninety-five miles slightly southeast of Dallas. We learn how Too Much began: "When Texas was still a republic, George and Flagadine Tudmore and their four children set out from Arkansas to Austin with the intention of claiming the six hundred and forty acres of land that was being offered to new settlers. . . By the time the Tudmores reached the Texas border, the temperatures had been above one hundred for twenty-two days running, and the family's water supply was dangerously low." Flagadine said, 'It's just too much, George. Too much sun. Too much wind. Too much heat. Besides, there's something about this place, don't you agree? But whether you do or you don't, this is as far as I go.' And that . . . is how Too Much, Texas, got its start."
Mary Dell and her extended family live on the F-Bar-T Ranch established by their ancestors, George and (particularly) Flagadine Tudmore. "Each succeeding generation of Tudmore women signed the title of the ranch over to her daughter upon the younger woman's marriage."
If you'd like to make a block to go with the setting of the book, here are some suggestions to get you started. Click on the link to go to the free pattern:
Hole in the Barn Door Quilt Block
Texas Puzzle Quilt Block
Texas Treasures Quilt Block
Texas Rose Quilt Block
The Star of the Alamo Quilt Block
In an interview, author Marie Bostwick comments, "I was born in Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but I have lived in Texas four times as an adult and really came to appreciate the state and its people. There’s a unique sort of energy in Texas, a boldness, and, in a way, an innocence that I find appealing. They still believe that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. Texans are proud to be from Texas and they make no apologies for that. It’s hard not to admire that spirit. And Mary Dell Templeton is a true blue Texan, the epitome of all that is good about Texas, with all the grit and grace that marks a true daughter of the Lone Star state."
Have you ever lived in or visited Texas? What are your impressions of the Lone Star state? Inquiring minds want to know! Answer in the comment section below. (If you are reading via email, you must first click on the blog title to be able to comment and read the comments of others.)
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