Marilyn Belford’s latest quilt is a likeness of contributor Rundy. Rundy often helps her with computer and handyman related problems, so she was quite familiar with his habits and features, though she did work from a photograph to make the quilt. If, like me, you are wondering what that plant is in the background, wonder no longer. It is entirely a figment of Marilyn’s imagination. In the original photo, Rundy is actually standing in a doorway. (Scroll down to see the original photo.) Even clicking on the image to see the detail, I bet you will find it as incredible as I did that the entire portrait is done with fabric and thread.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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