– It’s not all about me

Since I expect to stitch my monthly rows of patches together, I’ve decided to end the odd numbered months (January, March, May, etc.) with a named calendar patch as I did yesterday.

Even months (February, April, etc.) will begin with a named patch, as I did today …
Patch #32
Rose pink linen from a thrifted blouse fussy stitched with one strand of DMC

 

I confess that I’ve been planning this patch for a while as a way to begin celebrating Melissa’s 30th birthday on the 14th. Please note: in our family we do not use the V-word when talking about a certain mid-February holiday … at least not in front of Melissa.
As I stitched, I thought …
Thought that the color of the linen looked just like the foam my mom used to skim off the top of her strawberry jam … spread on the heel of a freshly baked loaf of bread it was ambrosia.
Thought how it’s a leap year, so there are 29 days in February … that Melissa will not be 29 years old much longer … and how I was 29 myself when she was born in 1986.
Thought how the red thread just didn’t look right on the numbers and letters, so I tore it out. And in the gray light of a foggy morning, what I thought was variegated gray thread turned out to be variegated teal … which was perfect, since teal is currently a favorite color of Melissa’s.

Thought how Melissa returned with a zebra print cowboy hat on her 16th birthday trip to Ft. Worth with Don (who was consulting with the Fort Worth schools at the time) … how much has changed since then …

And then I was done.

The sun broke through and I decided it was high time to photograph Don’s assemblage of assemblages …
aka the Front Porch Series. One piece has yet to be shown here …

 

Another was only shown in process …

 

And because they’re hard to photograph, even in panorama …
here they are in three takes from left to right …