Where did January go?

Goodness, that went fast (click for full images) …

Fortunately, there were balmy days when I could sit out on the back porch and dry my hair in the sun, with companionship no less …

although those days were followed in short order by this year’s version of last year’s February Freeze …

The good news is I’m in the home stretch with E’s coverlet, which has also served to keep my legs warm …

And I’m really psyched about continuing my Looking Up patches now that I have these blue sky and gray day linen beauties from Malka at Stitch in Dye (who lives just up the road in Austin, although we’ve never met due to Covid) …

My photo doesn’t do her cloth justice so please go take a peek at her shop. I confess I can never resist her sample packs of linen and cotton …

And wait, what? She has a blog?! Who knew?

23 thoughts on “Where did January go?

  1. Seems like we were just celebrating an anniversary and birthday in early Jan and now it is almost time for Valentines Day! E’s coverlet, the tiny squares, the dotted heart, her name on the last little square- what an enchanting coverlet.

    Since I have cold on my brain as last night it didn’t get down to 3 degrees but a balmy 8 degrees…I love the photo of the branch encased in ice, simply spectacular!

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    1. the printed tie-dye swirls on that little patch just called out to become “Ellis” … probably my favorite bit so far (although the thread bead heart comes in a close second) …

      temps were still below 32, but the sun melted off most of the ice by mid-afternoon yesterday … temps are forecast to get back up into the 60s by mid-week (quite a change from last year’s week-long single-digit freeze)

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  2. I just love the calendar patches. They appeal as something universal — timekeeping — and also uniquely you — a long project fulfilled with dedication, patience, and craft.

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    1. me being me, I realized that I probably should have aligned the patches differently to make for smoother appliqueing … at least I figured it out after one month rather than after a year-full of months … and thank you, I guess it’s “my thang” (do whatcha gonna do)

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  3. Great to hear you finally got some cooler weather. And Woo Hoo, can’t wait to see E’s finished coverlet. And those hand dyed linens and cottons are lovely. Have fun with them!

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  4. Been wondering what you’ve been up to. I can see now, it was a lot! Your ice branch is beautiful. Love the heart added to E’s coverlet. I can imagine her tracing it with her little finger.

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    1. yeah … kantha stitch is a joy to work, but it doesn’t make for very interesting blog photos … once I finish securing the edge I’m planning to get back into the middle of the coverlet to do some more embellishing … and yeah, those little thread beads feel wonderful (much much better than french knots)

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  5. E’s coverlet is so precious – every single stitch done with love. Astonishing icicles and cold your way; and a wonderful record of the sky and the stars and the moon…Apart from the cold, the post seems like gentle times…

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    1. gentle times indeed … flowing by with ever-increasing velocity … my plaint these days: “it can’t possibly be cleaning day already … didn’t we just do it?”

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  6. Hi LA – totally agree about the disappearing days or the increase in the speed of time. You guys seem to be having some horrendous cold weather so it was good to see you could get out into a bit of sunshine. Glad the coverlet is in the home straight. Go well and stay safe and warm. B

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    1. it’s a good thing I’m almost done … two year old Ellis climbed out of her crib for the first time the other day, so moving to a bed is surely going to be sooner rather than later

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  7. Wonderful to see all that time captured in stitch. I love the dyed fabrics too – the postage costs from the US to the UK would make it double the price for me though.

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  8. The Ellis quilt is progressing in such a lovely way. I thought of you both when that freeze hit…hopefully, no harm done. Looking Up patches are carrying along on a new journey – fascinating. I have not purchased any of Malka’s fabrics (YET!). Its only a matter of time. Ha! Bless you and Don.

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    1. the edge is done, but the middle calls … still plenty of stitching to do … our “big freeze” is laughable compared to what you all routinely go through in the winter, but Texas is Texas … stay warm, spring will come

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  9. I lose track of time always…. Still have a Christmas card to send. Thought it would be a New Year’s card. And now, well, Valentines? 🙂 Love how you keep going.

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    1. I am a total failure when it comes to Christmas cards … and for years I made New Year’s resolutions to send more “real” correspondence, but that too has fallen by the wayside … blogging I can do

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  10. The lightning bolt! I love a good storm, how it shakes things up and clears the air. And admiration as always for those perfectly even stitches of yours in the coverlet (and everything else!)

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