What was I thinking?

It’s a new year and there are some new readers here, so I thought I’d do a little looking back … and then forward.

My original blog started out as a way to provide recipes for my newly-wed daughters and a record of our epic move from Virginia to Texas back in 2009.

It languished after a while, but found new life when I discovered Jude Hill’s Spirit Cloth in 2014. At that point the blog became a record of my stitch adventures interspersed with the joys of living in the Texas Hill Country and grandparenting six great kiddos (please note, those were two separate activities).

More recently, around the time of our move to the Austin suburbs, I migrated over to WordPress so I could more easily compose posts using my iPhone. However, I do still maintain the old blog, chiefly for its sidebar list of Kindred Spirits in Cloth …

Which brings me to the here and now. I’m currently trying to finish hand quilting a baby clothes coverlet for out youngest granddaughter, Ellis …

Even so, I’ve also got my mind working on a dormant work in progress: a bed cloth titled my heart’s compass. The base for one side is done and ready to be embellished …

but the middle and the other side have a long way to go …

and the top edge is completely blank, which is where my current patch-a-day project called Looking Up comes in.

I woke up at 4:00 this morning, my head buzzing with ideas for Looking Up. Why stack the patches into weeks and months when my days flow in one long, continuous stream? What if I just keep stringing the patches together until they span the width of the cloth?

And what if I just appliqué the resulting strip of patches onto my heart’s compass and then start another strip of patches, and then another and another until I have a whole year’s worth of Looking Up patches?

And what if I put this wonderful gifted batik cloth underneath the strings of patches, sorta like this?

Last, who am I trying to kid by not talking about the individual patches? Of course I want to tell their stories … although I think it might be better to tell them in clusters rather than individually.

So without further ado, here are the patches to date.

January 1-4 … the dawn of a new year … followed by three sunny, blue sky days (taken on my beloved soumak rug, which provides the backdrop for most of my photos) …

January 5-8 … two nights of the waxing crescent moon (called the banana moon in our family) as seen from the back porch … followed by two rainy days when only short glimpses of blue sky were possible …

January 9-12 … a mostly cloudy day … the appearance of the first quarter moon (aka the taco moon) … a golden dawn that brought the sad news of a dear man’s passing (rest in peace Adrien) … and Parker’s moon from this Wednesday …

And then (drum roll please) yesterday’s patch for Logan

who received an early acceptance letter from James Madison University, home of the Dukes and much beloved alma mater of her mom and her aunt.

To say going to JMU has been a life-long dream of Logan’s is not a stretch …

So I guess it’s appropriate that my golden gibbous moon (aka the lemon moon) in a perfectly purple sky looks more like a football …

Go Dukes!

[With thanks to Deb Lacativa for the artistry of her dyed damask and cotton cloth, not to mention her always amazing Dirty Threads]

The week that was

I wrote a whole post about how I was quilting E’s coverlet and then, uncharacteristically, left it in draft mode. Because I guess I knew the linen/harem cloth backing wasn’t going to work …

So I started yet another post titled She’s Come Undone, for the lyrics that kept running through my head as I ripped out two days worth of quilting. No music though … I had to Google the lyrics to come up with the Guess Who song of that title, which now refuses to leave my internal radio. Which is to say, I’m not linking it here.

So I unpinned the backing and pondered what to do. I had some white flannel leftover from the Remember 2016 project and some double weave gauze leftover from P’s coverlet

And both were just the right size, so who am I to argue with the universe? The gauze is now sandwiched between the pieced top and the flannel and I’m stitching them together with a combination of DMC #8 and #12 white perle cotton …

Meanwhile, nothing new (yet) on the art blog as this latest assemblage by Don is still a work in progress (click to see full images) …

And yes, with temperatures in the 80s, it continues to be summer in Texas, so we’re still getting tomatoes. However, temperatures are supposed to get into the 30s over the next few nights … then back up to 80 degrees on Christmas Eve.

50 degree temperature swings? Yep, everything’s bigger in Texas … including, unfortunately, the headlines 🙄

Done and done redux

Once again we managed to finish projects on the same day. Well, in my case, it’s just the pieced coverlet top that’s done, but that’s good enough for a mini-celebration …

and one last look at the other side before it gets pinned to the layered backing …

As for Don, he gifted me with this sweet little painting. More on his gnome series can be found on today’s art blog post …

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/12/gnomes-unlimited.html