The bird quilt is so large now that I have to spread it out on the balcony to show it completely. I integrated a very old embroidery I made for my Mom about 25 years ago. It was my own design, embroidered on a silk cushion cover. The fabric broke after a few years, and my friend C, a professional textile restorator, repaired it -- I cannot see where. But there was newer damage. I think the latest quilting will strengthen it and help to maintain it for some time.
My mother died in 2001. I got the cushion cover back. There is a strong scent of her perfume about it. When I took it out of the drawer, I and J felt her "presence".
What else is new? A falcon in the sunshine, a bird in a cage, quilting on the night piece and -- a diving bird, just diving. You see: When we went out watching birds, my parents and I, who all loved to do this, we could never be sure to see anything interesting. Birds like to be hiding.