The good, the bad, and the silly … in no particular order

It is raining for the first time in 45 days, so I went outside to smell the scent of it and to uncover the new baby tomato plants, which have never before experienced rain …

which lasted all of five minutes … poof!

We’re also growing swallowtail caterpillars which are exceedingly fond of parsley … 15 of them at last count …

And I have no idea what this is all about, but I love it all the same …

On the other hand, I wasn’t loving the paper piecing experiment, so I disassembled it …

Hopefully the third time will be the charm.

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 🙄