Here is mine!
Here's a close-up of the center. You see my imperfections more easily-- the strip across the vase is crooked! And one of my stars isn't close enough to the trunk. I also ran out of the orange thread while in New Zealand and had to substitute something else! I notice all these things AFTER they're sewn down and I figured I like my projects to look handmade (=imperfect!)... I also had a heck of a time with the machine quilting.. machine issues, operator error until finally my trusty Bernina 1130 was called into action and performed beautifully. For some reason my Juki wasn't behaving.
Since I received Wendy's before I finished mine, I was able to photograph the two pieces side by side. I did wait until mine was done before I opened hers so here you go! I love what she did; and don't believe a word of what she says about her limited ability to sew down wool... her buttonhole is fabulous! And the threads all match!! HEEHEE!! Mine was a bit of a hodge-podge and I love variegated threads. So there you are.
I eliminated the very large leaves used at the end of the stems and substituted various flowers; I also embroidered french knots on a few and did embroidery on some leaves and the tulip, to jazz them up.
This was a great project to undertake with two people doing the same pattern but interpreting the pattern to our own tastes. I think I'd love to do this again and will be looking for another
We are back in California tonight with much trepidation. I left Oregon with my mom in great turmoil over her move to the memory care facility on Friday; I also have a brother who hasn't been very involved in her care but feels the need to muck things up so that's been a bit stressful.
Also, I haven't mentioned this but our 30 yr old son decided to pursue a dream of his and is joining the Marine reserves officer training for the next 18 months. He is leaving on Saturday for Quantico, VA for bootcamp and then who-knows-where for the rest of the time. Sadly our daughter in law is taking little Eli to Germany for the next 3 months while Ben is in bootcamp... and, imagine this: she is not allowing me to come visit. GASP!~!! How will I survive?? Seriously, it's quite an undertaking and we are very proud of our son's determination while at the same time, sad to see him go. He's very excited to be a Marine, and I can't fault that! I'll keep you posted.
I am truly heartfelt at what a wonderful group of bloggers I've met and I wish everyone a very healthy, successful, and happy 2019!