HAPPY MAY DAY!

It’s full-on spring; the flowers around my valley are in vibrant bloom and the sun is shining. I pulled out a wonderful Japanese Cotton fabric designed by Yoshiko Jinzenji, bought some time ago from Marcy Tilton

It was so much fun to play with pattern placement on this fabric, particularly because I had a limited amount, so I had to be extra creative.


The pattern, once again, is Vogue 1453 by Sandra Betzina; since this is my 4th make, I guess it qualifies as a TNT…

Those little striped circles are “porthole pockets” lined with a black and white stripe remnant…

While I was making this, I listened to The Sympathizer, written by Viet Thanh
Nguyen, which just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It is beautifully written, somewhat difficult to listen to, due to the subject (the war in Viet Nam), and especially interesting to me, as I lived in Saigon for two years during the war, so many of the descriptions of places, and names were familiar to me.


Big news in our family…our granddaughter Stephanie gave birth to our first great-grandchild,
Amethyst Elizabeth…

Mother, father, grandmother and baby are all doing well!

Our next-door neighbor’s farm stand is bursting out in all its glory…I made White Beans with
Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) and Lemon  the other night

and also Crispy Cauliflower with Capers, Raisins and Bread Crumbs, a favorite when the fresh cauliflower arrives.

I think this is my favorite time of year to cook, with all the beautiful young vegetables and fruits making their appearance. We’re also enjoying baby potatoes, peas and radishes from Dave’s garden.

Between Dave, me and our housekeeper, we keep Paddy’s grave decorated with flowers all the time….

How we miss that beautiful boy…Thank you for all your kind wishes.

After I finished the vest, I dove into my stash in the studio and managed to cull at least 20% of my fabrics (and that’s A LOT) and found an additional way to organize them, my left brain being in the ascendant last week! Now I have to deal with all those discarded fabrics…

This week, I am visiting BOTH Visible Monday AND Hat Attack…thanks to Patti and Judith for being such wonderful hostesses!

TTYL


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