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Mary, that is a simply superb quilt. Double Wedding Ring is a labor of love, especially the way you've done it with all the individual wedges for the arcs (instead of simply cutting an arc of fabric). Assembly is not for the faint of heart. The scalloped edges are just fantastic.
This quilt is a masterpiece and from how you have described your brother and his wife, they will cherish this gift.
Oh, Mary--that is one amazing quilt! So beautiful and so much work! How long did it take you to make it? I can send you my snail mail address if you would like to make another one.
Mary that is besutiful. I am sure they will treasure it.
Here's my clay workshop in the garage, now located in the area where DH used to have his Lionel train layout. I've spread out all of the leached clay I plan to use for the next few weeks, creating bugs, flowers and other ornamental whatevers to put on stakes. First flower looks suspiciously like a zinnia. (Couldn't help myself .. used two shades of red clay and two shades of yellow clay just because I had them available.) Other objects will probably look less like "real" things. Maybe I'll aim for an orange dragonfly-ish thing. And chartreuse/purple ladybugs.
I will mutter to myself "Go for weird, go for weird" as I select clays for the next object.
I really like your flower. From the mat it looks about five inches big? You have such a wonderful work space to enjoy this new spring gardening in.
Wow! That looks fantastic!
Thank you very much, dear Pirate, for your kind words.
I am trying to set a good example for all of you to show you what you can do if and when you wear out your shoulders, arms and fingers with hand needlework, quilting and other such skills that require the fine motor coordination of youth. If you live long enough you might find you need a hobby that allows you to "get by" with child's play which is what I am doing with this clay stuff these days.
There are fine artists who use polymer clay .... I am not one of them. There are sculptors are there who use polymer clay that dazzle the eye and make jaw-dropping works of art. I am not one of them.
But I surely do have a good time with what I am doing with this stuff and my shoulder and arm are not complaining at all. LOL
Here's the posey stuck on a former garden stake and in a pot of squirrel-battered wax begonias. I think it is happy to be outdoors and looking sunward.
*those* are exactly the kind of flowers I need in my garden. The kind that you can't kill. :-)
I like your flower. Mine die for lack of water or the dog eats the blossoms. I'm not much of a gardener. I'll be looking for more of your creations.
Our summer heat has arrived. It was 97 here today so I stayed in my sewing room and sewed the binding on the front of the quilt. It's a long way around and slow going because of the curves. I usually machine stitch the front and back, but I'll hand stitch this one because it's so special.