Sunday, October 15, 2006

Mourning into Dancing

One of the on-line quilting communities I belong to decided to do a round robin. I had never participated in one before, so I was eager to find out what it was all about. I was assigned to a group of four. Each of us made a center and sent it off to the next person on the list who would add a border and the next month send it along to the third person. Meanwhile, I'd received the center from the fourth person, and needed to get a border done during that first month before sending it on. We could either send along specific fabrics for people to use, or we could let people choose fabrics from their own stashes. We could give guidance or leave it up to inspiration.
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I made my center using the buttonhole stitch applique and batik fabrics, using a collection of dancing ladies that Joe had drawn for me quite some time ago. I sent along my own fabrics. I suggested to my group mates that they might think of the Bible verse, "You have changed my mourning into dancing." I noted that if they were not Scripturally inclined, they might think of the song, "Buffalo gals, won't you come out tonight and dance by the light of the moon."
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During the next three months I was stretched to come up with just the right border to add to the round robins that arrived at my house. Each was, of course, totally unique. It was fun. I began to wonder what the gals were doing with my dancing ladies. Eventually they danced their way home, and to my absolute delight, they looked like this. Clicking on the picture will make it bigger.
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is so cool! And so Nancy :-)) Would this be perfect hanging in your office?
Kathy B

Susan said...

That's beautiful.

Melzie said...

Oh that turned out beautiful :) I am very intruiged by your blog, I'll be back to visit again. xoxo melzie

Melzie said...

Oh that turned out beautiful :) I am very intruiged by your blog, I'll be back to visit again. xoxo melzie

Pam said...

I LOVE this quilt -- it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!