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?

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 🙄

Rounding up the stray patches

May 4, 2021 – Hungry? Not really …
May 5, 2021 – The long arc of summer

A while back I saw this on Instagram …

and it resonated … a lot.

So I googled around and found enough similar images to make a stab at it … because “when you’re not hungry, but you eat because your mouth is lonely” is the best explanation I’ve ever found for why I find myself wandering into the kitchen … again and again.

The Long Arc of Summer patch was dreamed up on a Texas summer’s eve as we watched Griffin shagging high fly balls launched by his dad.

It may have been early May, but summer in Texas is a six-month affair, stretching from May to October, leaving a scant two months each for the other seasons of the year. If we’re lucky …