I put the final hand stitch in the binding of Marrakesh this morning, and wasted no time getting a few photos while we had dry, partly sunny, and very windy weather. Warning, photo-heavy post follows!
Marrakesh is destined for the annual benefit auction for the church camp, held over Labor Day weekend. After washing it measures 72x70 inches.
These photos were taken before washing out all the stencil markings, so some might still be visible to eagle eyes. A bit closer look at the stencils used for the central portion.
Though I used stencils for most of the quilt, the outer border was quilted with freehand feathers, three on each curve. Barely visible on the front, you might be able to see the quilting on the back a little better.
Moving outside, we were experiencing strong wind gusts all day, though the temperature rose to the low 70s!! Since it wasn't snowing or raining, some outside photos seemed like a good idea even though the yard was a tad muddy and more than a little drab.
Second attempt at keeping it over the rail until I could snap a picture.
Ha! Caught mid-fall. Couldn't resist posting this one!
My favorite tree in the back yard.
We (the quilt and I) wandered back by the creek. A lull in the wind made it fairly safe to shoot a couple quick photos on the rocks left by the winter floods/ice jams. Every spring it's like a new shoreline along the creek, with plenty of new fossil rocks for the finding. We have yet to find an arrowhead or any evidence of earlier Native American occupation here, though it seems like it would have been a great hunting area with all the wildlife, especially deer, that we see on a frequent basis.
And some miscellaneous photos of every blooming thing I could find while hiking the fields.
Snowdrops at creek's edge, no doubt replanted during a flood some years back. Thinking of moving them closer to the house when they finish blooming. This spot was covered with remnants of last winter's ice jam just a couple weeks back.
The beavers aren't far away.
Looking across the creek, more beaver damage to three adjacent trees, this one being the worst. Between beaver damage and that mountain spring/stream cutting into the soil at it's base, we will no doubt lose it in the next year or so. Nature rules!
After a soaking rain this afternoon, we're hoping for another partly sunny day in the mid-60s tomorrow. I for one sure hope the snow has left for the season!
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