Linda Peveto is an artist with a needle and thread. Among her many talents is making western shirts for her husband, Coleman, and cross stitching local landmarks and cowboys.

Coleman Peveto is the rodeo director at the Texas Longhorn, and has over 40 years experience as a rodeo announcer. The majority of his shirts, made by Linda, are of such high quality, they are assumed to be professionally made.

Hanging on the walls of the Peveto home are cross stitched light houses. Her needlework includes lighthouses at Bolivar, the Sabine Pass Jetty and the Sabine Bank, also known as the “18 Mile Light.” Much of her cross stitch collection carries a western theme, in keeping with the many years of the Pevetos’ rodeo activity.

Linda recently finished her latest creation and possibly her most ambitious, a Texas quilt.

She started the quilt about a year ago. With a few interruptions along the way, she finally finished it about two weeks ago.

A State of Texas outline was traced on fabric. Eighty of the miniture states were cut out and appliqued with a satin stitch onto blue or white material squares.

Using a red plaid fabric for the backing, each individual square was sewn to the next with the raw edges facing up on the Texas side, then fringed, which created a finished edge.

“I trimmed all the edges as I went along. I had pieces of cut off fringe all over the house. I still find a little every once in a while,” said Linda. “It was easier to do it as I went along instead of trying to do it all at one time. As it is I’ve got a knot on my finger from the scissors.”

The amount of time and skill used in quilting are too valuable to put a dollar amount on. Homemade quilts are priceless.

The most important thing about Linda Peveto’s quilt is the love that went into it. It will be a treasured keepsake of her family for generations to come.