Wildflower wander/wonder

As many times as I’ve posted about wildflowers, when spring comes to the Hill Country, I can’t help but post again …

Prairie fleabane
Bitterweed (I think … maybe)
Prairie verbena

As always, looking for bluebonnets …

Then my eye espied a butterfly, but try as I might, I couldn’t catch it with wings open. Until I realized I could take a video, although even that was fleeting …

Which is when it occurred to me that a wildflower video might be a good idea …

Of course, I was fixated on the bluebonnet, but as I watched the video back at the house, it was the tiny coral berries to the right that caught my eye.

Wait, what? How had I missed them? And what were they?

So after dinner I went back out and this is what I found …

A tiny little succulent that looks green when viewed from overhead, its subtle coral only visible when viewed from ground level. And it was everywhere I looked, just waiting to be discovered.

Looking back at the calendar cloth

One of my favorite patches on the Remember 2016 cloth is this one …

which shows how useful a calendar cloth can be …

Made on March 11, 2016, the patch depicts a dewberry flower, the first of which appeared this year on March 17 …

There are many more buds …

and flowers promising a bumper crop of tart berries to come …

Meantime, there were also first appearances of Prairie Verbena …

and Texas Mountain Laurel …

along with the promise of future Bluebonnets …

Zexmenia …

and Stork’s Bill, so named for the appearance of its (eventual) seed head …

We’re also enjoying herbs in abundance …

whilst eagerly awaiting the fullness of time in Don’s newest rock garden …

Feeling more like myself

I am grateful to India Flint for the insights I received during her bagstories project. And I will honor her request not to divulge the construction techniques provided in her private Facebook workshop.

That said, I do want to share part of the journey that led to the creation of this bag …

As you can see, it is somewhat larger than the bag on the right, which was constructed following India’s original instructions …

But those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will most likely recognize its roots in the Remember 2016 cloth, which utilized Jude Hill’s paperless piecing technique …

Indeed, the first patches in this new bag were trial bits from Remember 2016. Others were remains of last year’s Peace Pin Project. And some were made from cloth gifted by Kindred Spirits. Most are linen, either thrift store bought or vintage clothing and linens from my past.
There were even several abandoned slow stitch projects pulled out and finally put to good use …

Speaking of which … I recently went through my scraps, discarding many that were too small and/or too shredded to be of much use. But in going through the myriad bits and pieces, I realized that I recognized each one … where it came from and what project it was used in. The memories that were triggered astonished me. 
So it is that this bag has become a holder of memory. Point to any patch and I dare say I can spin a story (or two or three). In the days to come, I may do just that. But for now, I will rest in the satisfaction of its wholeness and in sharing that here.
Addendum:

First Golden Eye …

Agarita …

and Bitterweed …