Monday, August 29, 2016

- What makes a home

Patch #242 Blueprint


When the land was exceptionally droughted in 2011, we brought our family pictures to my daughter's house in Austin in case of brush fires. We also brought the blueprints for our new-to-us home as I knew I would want to rebuild it if the worst were to happen.


The drought passed and the blueprints came back home, home being the place we love being together. But I can't honestly say if it's the concrete and timber that I love most or the land upon which it sits ... the land that I'm slowly but surely documenting week-by-week in One Hill Country Year.

And because we will be on the road come Wednesday, Week 5 
http://onehillcountryyear.blogspot.com/2016/08/week-5-august-28-september-3.html has joined the cloth a bit early ...


It's ironic, living in the hills when we had always thought we would retire to the beach. And even though our planned two-month sojourn to the Outer Banks has been shortened to a tentative single week in October, Don has made my daydreaming easier with his new "paint by number" series in which he colors within the lines formed by wood grain ...



leading to depictions of beach ...



and mountains ...



both of which we now call "home."

Sunday, August 28, 2016

- Sometimes you can't go ...

Patch #241 Home


I used to do cross stitch a lot ... exclusively at times. This is the first patch of cross stitch in this project and I'm over it. Lesson learned. 

But the concept of "Home sweet home" felt right since Facebook reminded me of this post from six years ago ...


Hard to believe how much has changed ...



Moving on.

The sun decided to return over the course of last week ...


but it wasn't until today that the excess moisture in the ground dissipated and the air felt less like a wet sponge.

As I made my picture walks for One Hill Country Year (Week 4: http://onehillcountryyear.blogspot.com/2016/08/week-4-august-21-27.html) I found more flowers each day. And butterflies, but they eluded my attempts at photographing them.

No matter, there was more than enough to fill a week's worth of patches saturated with color ...


which joined up with the previous week's to make one month ...


I think it's becoming a habit.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

- 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.

Friday, August 26, 2016

- So close

Patch #239 Land of Flood ...



It's so close I can taste it ...


like the scent of rain about to fall.