– Finished …

Patch #240 But not done

One year to the day, the project that began as patchplay has become Land of Flood and Drought …


Finished, which is to say backed, quilted and edged …

64 inches long by 10 inches wide, representing over five feet of rainfall in the year 2015.
The winter/spring months of January through April …

The first flood of May …

The drier summer months of June through September, especially July and August when only one inch of rain fell …

The second flood in October, one month which had rainfall equal to the entire year of 2011 …

Ending with more dry times in November and December …
But the cloth can also be “read” from top to bottom. The thermals and clouds in the skies …

water flowing from Hill Country creeks to rivers …

The earth rippling with the heat of summer sun …

cooled by rain …

water moving through cracks in the land …

roots reaching for the water below …

There’s so much more I could say, so much more I could stitch. So yes, it’s finished, but I hope it will never be done.

– So close

Patch #239 Land of Flood …

It’s so close I can taste it …

Close-up: attaching a solid linen backing to a paperless pieced top using overcast stitching

like the scent of rain about to fall.

– 52 weeks ago

Patch #238 Patchplay

As I pulled out the final basting thread in Land of Flood and Drought, I had a strange feeling. So I looked back and found this post http://imgoingtotexas.blogspot.com/2015/08/more-nuts-than-usual.html from 52 weeks ago, to the day. It was the first time I invoked the phrase “Patchplay” … the day I came up with my own funky take on Jude’s paperless piecing … the day I truly embarked on the cloth that is now almost complete, although I had no way of knowing that at the time.

A couple of months ago, I “edited” the Land of Flood and Drought by cutting off the top …


Today I cut out two of those yellow patches as memory keepers …
and any day now, I think I’ll be showing you the finished piece. But in the meantime, feel free to check the Index to see how “Patchplay” and “Land of Flood and Drought” evolved.