Once I moved to the city, all of that ended. It wasn’t until forty years later when I moved to Hennessey, Oklahoma that I once again began riding. For my city slicker friends let me explain the difference between a farm and a ranch: if you plow it, plant it, harvest it – it is a farm. Since we have turned all of our fields into grazing pastures for our horses, our place is considered a ranch, but I doubt we will ever think of it in that terminology. To us and our children it will always be ‘the farm’. It is a place dear to our hearts where you come to see what the world was supposed to look like without the fast paced life of our current society. We ride our horses and, once again, I can feel that feeling I felt as a child, wild and free.
So, when I see western fabric I look at it in a completely different perspective than other fabric. When a salesperson comes to the shop and shows me fabric I try to figure out what I can use this fabric for and if my customers would be interested in it. But when they pull out the western fabric I go back into time where I am eight years old and riding the range singing at the top of my lungs “Give me land, lots of land and a starry sky above, don’t fence me in.” And then I hear me saying “I will take it all.” There will always be a bit of country in me and there will always be western fabric at Prairie Quilt.