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2 Farmhouse 2.0.jpg  Three days ago was a marathon sewing day; made 200 blocks in 7 hours. (4" squares)201 blocks 4 Feb 19.jpg  I built another 30 blocks today, because I wanted more blues, greens, grays.  That's a good thing.  Plenty of leftover blocks to decorate art panels for the backing fabric.  

Here's the Farmhouse 2.0 so far . . . 4 rows done.  8-1/2 rows to go.

Row 4 w Farmhouse Quilt 2.0.jpgSame colorful squares as the previous Farmhouse Quilt.  I added some other neutral fabrics.  All the blocks are 4-patch on this Farmhouse 2.0 version.   No border--I want it plain and it uses up more scraps.  Oh goodie!   

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Previous Farmhouse Quilt (pictured on the frame) had alternating plain blocks.  

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I'm planning the next quilt already.  Going for a darker quilt, with city lights of colors appearing here and there.  It is a chance to introduce the scary BBQ potato chip fabric.  Can't wait for you to see that fabric--its delicious!  Ha. Ha.  Remember, if you don't like the fabric you bought, then you aren't cutting it up small enough.  

Thank you for looking at my work.  I appreciate your "from the heart responses" regarding my previous post, previous life, bumpy ride.   YOU are amazing friends.  



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Love that comment about not liking the fabric you bought meaning you aren't cutting it up small enough pieces!  You do make me laugh!
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Hello,  What is the device in the 4th picture that the quilt is coming off of.  Is that specific quilting jig equipment?  I'm thinking about making my first quilt(s)for our tree house fold out bed.  Honestly, I want to make it as easy and quick as possible and get on to other jobs so I'm researching how it can be done quicker/easier.   The Mrs. made a quilt when we were first married (after I asked her and bought her a vintage 401a and new domestic serger).  She reminded me it took a very long time to make.  We have uber machines here and I think we can make any kind of jig needed to speed things up.  Best regards, Mike
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Linda has a long arm quilting machine.  I think you're seeing part of the longer machine.
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There is an old photo somewhere here that someone posted of a seated woman in a long dress, using her sewing machine and a scroll/frame, similar to a long arm setup, to do her quilting. This was set up at her sewing machine table. It can be done, but will take some time. The piecing may take time, as well, depending on the pattern.
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Progress on Farmhouse Quilt 2.0

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I finished piecing the Farmhouse 2.0 quilt.  12 rows x 13.5 blocks each row.   The photo above shows progress at 11 rows.  Folded the quilt as I worked on it, because there's not enough floor space in the red dining room.

2 piecing body pillows.jpg 

Above - Center: 15 blocks end to end to make two art panels for the backing. 


Body Pillow Covers Project:
Had 4-patch blocks leftovers, so I started Step #1 building smaller 58" long panels to quilt pillow covers for body pillows measuring 20" x 54".  


I cut and sewed more 4 patch blocks to introduce more blues. 
1 piecing body pillows.jpg 

Step 2--I'll add off white muslin margins to the body pillow panels (prior to quilting on the frame with backing and batting).  Step #3 will involve finish sewing the pillow covers with a zippered end for installing the large pillow form.

I'm getting excited about offering these quilted body pillows for sale at summer shows.    I let you know how well they sell.  Body Pillow is great sleeping support.  Two of the body pillows will match the two Farmhouse Quilts 1 and 2.  

Here's a look at a DIFFERENT quilt I made with a matching body pillow:

1 blue green .jpg  2 blue green quilt.jpg 

Thanks for looking at my stuff.



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Is the body pillow a large pillow case that can be laundered?
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Is the body pillow a large pillow case that can be laundered?


Hi Mavis. Thanks for your question.

Yes!  The finished quilted body pillow case can be machine laundered, just like a quilt.  These are fun to make and a good scrap buster project.

Construction:
Overcast seam edges on the inside keep everything quite sturdy and tidy, no thread fray.

Both the front and back panels of the large pillow cover are quilted in 3 layers--top, batting, backing. 

I install a zipper in the end of the pillow cover during construction, before sewing the side seams to join the back and front pieces.  Fast construction. 

The quilted body pillow cover is slightly larger to accommodate anticipated cotton fabric shrinkage from washing, about 1" per yard. 

Regarding the pillow:
I'm using 20"x 54" 100% poly fill hypoallergenic body pillow (machine wash), reasonably priced at $10 each.  Target brand.   The customer can change it out if they like.  

While researching--I noticed some brands of pillows say, "spot treat only" while others say machine wash.  There is a wide price range of pillows out there, but I'm offering a basic machine washable body pillow to show off the quilted cover.  

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I sure do love that DIFFERENT quilt and the body pillow. It has such a serene look about it that I would think it would be wonderful for a bedroom. Does that pillow take the place of a dh? hehe Just checking! Your Farmhouse 2.0 quilt is wonderful but I still like Farmhouse quilt 1.0 the best. Don't even know why but maybe it is because it has those larger squares separating the 4-patches and my eyes like that look better. However, one would be lucky and happy to own either one. Cannot wait to see what's next!
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Hello KLO,

I think the body pillow will help me sell the two Farmhouse Quilts.  I'll let you know what happens.  Otherwise, the body pillows for sale at my show tent this summer--I hope will attract some attention.  I am selling them as  items for leg support, as well as comfortable support for "expecting gals".    It is just an experiment.   Thanks for you thoughts about the 4 patch, and alternating plain blocks.  I appreciate hearing from you.


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More Progress on the Body Pillows

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The first photo (above) was taken without the studio lights on.  Photographed in Natural light, so you can see the meander pattern. 

I chose free style meander for this quilting BECAUSE I couldn't see where I was going. 

I relied on my right hand to drive the machine, and my left hand to FEEL for the thread I just laid down.  Studio lighting can present a problem sometimes when the thread doesn't offer enough contrast to see where I'm going.  Light thread on light smaller print fabric is a guess and by golly situation.  Just go for it and hope for the best.  

When I long arm quilt the queen size quilt Farmhouse 2.0 --I'll be doing meander again.  I don't do meander very well--not enough practice.  I do feathers on most of my quilts WHEN I CAN SEE WHERE I"M GOING and I can use colorful thread with more contrast.


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20" zipper installed on one end.  I made the body pillow case a little bigger to allow for cotton shrinkage after washing/drying.  And, having a bit of room makes stuffing a big soft marshmallow pillow into a nearly 5 ft. pillow case somewhat easier.  It was a wrestling match for a few minutes.  Oh, that would have been a funny video!!!
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In order to fit a 20" x 54" body pillow form-- I had to reduce the number of blocks from the original panels (before adding border) (before quilting).  
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I wasn't about to waste those blocks I took off of the original panels.  I joined them together and made another pillow.  In the photo, the top finished pillow is the result of those discarded blocks from three panels.  I started out making 6 body pillows, but with the discard blocks I'll actually build 8 pillows.  At the summer shows:  I'll have to stand on the table under my tent and shout out to all the pregnant women I see.  "Comfort Pillows, Comfort Pillows, Come Get Your Soft Comfort Pillows."  

The quilted panel (lower) is the original design, and matches the Farmhouse 2.0 quilt.  It's next on my list to quilt this week. 

Beware!!  I'm getting ready to cut up that BBQ Potato Chip fabric . . . a quilt that will be a hoot!!!



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Maybe you should get a pregnant lady to model one of those body pillows. You could take a photo and perhaps blow it up a bit so it's easier to see and then put it in a frame situated on an easel to sit on a table near those pillows? Although I guess most people know what a body pillow is and maybe you would be hard pressed to find a pregnant lady to pose. Anyway, I cannot help believe that someone (or several someones) aren't going to snatch up the Farmhouse quilts with the matching pillows ... if not for themselves then as a gift (Christmas or birthday) for a friend or relative. They look so wonderful just in the photos so I am sure that in person they are even better.
Hey, maybe you need to shout out to the husbands of the pregnant ladies who walk by to get them to buy their soon-to-be-Mother-of-their-child to buy one for a gift. Cannot wait to hear how you make out with the sale of these items.
And by the way, I am looking at my stash and scrapes in a whole different light since you have posted these Farmhouse quilts! Thanks for that.
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Oh my gosh.  I started doing more research on body pillows and [love] got a couple more ideas. 

There are body pillows with fancy pillow covers featuring sexy "doll" images, etc.  I don't think I'll be selling those.  

BUT--

I chuckled seeing this fun shaped "giant pickle" pillow.  How humorous is that, ladies?  I might make some of those with a little trapunto stitching just for the 'L of it!

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I forsee a line of fruits and vegetables in your future, Linda. Bananas, butternut squash, zukes, oranges...
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Hello group,  This is my take on subject of body pillows.  I learned back in the mid-90's from a Navy Warrant officer who had a bad back.  He'd been stationed with me at a Special Boat Unit and I saw him after he transferred on deck of a ship in San Diego.  He mentioned his back pain and how it helped to put a pillow between his legs.  But there is more to it than that.  Body pillows are made for therapeutic benefits.  I don't remember this coming up in the subject but a quilt along with a therapeutic body pillow would be the "cat's meow".  Our cat named "Starbucks" who think's he's a dog half the time would agree with me.  Here is a link for some of the reviewed better types:  https://freeyourspine.info/best-body-pillows-for-back-pain/  Best regards, Mike
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Oh yes!  A couch potato pillow? 

A banana pillow with guitar straps--making it a pillow you can carry around or hang up.  

OR-ange you smart Lori!!  I can always count on you to come up with even more ideas.  Love ya, gal!!!

Hmmmmmmm--I have lots of that BBQ potato chip fabric--a fun place to start!



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Thanks KLO and ke6cvh Mike,

KLO--I like your idea putting an easel with a photo of a person using the body pillow as an example to help sell my stuff.  A picture is worth a thousand words, right?  As you suggest, I will use my salesperson barking skills to present these as a "great gift".   Perfect.  Thanks for suggesting that.  I hope you will join in the fun, bust some fabric scraps and make some too and post your photos.  A body pillow form for under $10--makes the project so do-able.  One could stitch in the ditch to quilt them.  A long arm certainly isn't required to make these.  I'll let you know how they sell at the Memorial Day Show.  I like having something new and interesting to offer this year! 

Mike, you are genius to share the story of your Navy friend with the bad back, using the pillow between his legs.  Wow, I didn't realize there were so many health benefits.  You are right--the body pillow's length gives an extension of support beyond just cradling the head and neck.  Building these quilted body pillows started out as only a "decorative" idea.  Thanks for teaching me some new stuff.  Please tell Starbucks, "meow" from me.    [wave]


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By the way - I want to say:

I ran out of white 20" zippers for the body pillows.  I ordered two dozen more from my favorite online vendor Zipper Shipper.  At the fabric store one can pay almost $3 for a zipper.  Instead I buy them for $.85 each zippershipper.   

I DO NOT recommend zipperstop.  I waited longer than 6 weeks for an order of olive 16" zippers.  Delay, delay, China, etc.  Two phone calls, many excuses.
I ended up cancelling the order, and re-ordered from zippershipper and had my zippers in a week.  I'm just saying . . . 

https://www.zippershipper.com/


I buy Hobbs 20 poly/80 cotton batting, 96" wide by 30 yards from an Ebay  "4longarmquilting"  based in the United States.  $126 per roll plus shipping. Fast, fast delivery.  Great product.  100% reliable.


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Mrs D, your body pillow would be very helpful for people with painful hips or knees - pregnant or not. Many people (me included) have had knee/hip problems that can be exacerbated, because they (and me) sleep on their side, without the support of a large pillow between their knees for support. I use 2 pillows placed together so that my hip, knee, and ankle are comfortable, and I awake pain free. I remember the agony of knee ligament surgery, and the comfort of a long supportive pillow was better than any pain meds.  
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Mrs D, I meant to say that your 'body pillow' is also known as a bolster pillow here in the UK. They are long, bed width, and very comfortable/soft/supportive/plumpscious depending on how much you pay for them. Very popular during Victorian/20C times.
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Hi charley 26,

Marie---Wow!  That's wonderful to hear--you use pillows placed together for your hip, knee, ankle, and pain management.  Thank you so much for telling me about your experience.  Perhaps I should forget quilts, and just make body pillows?  I'm so encouraged about this project.  Thanks for your help.  

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Marie---Wow!  That's wonderful to hear--you use pillows placed together for your hip, knee, ankle, and pain management.  Thank you so much for telling me about your experience.  Perhaps I should forget quilts, and just make body pillows?  I'm so encouraged about this project.  Thanks for your help.  


Yes. Lying on my side, the pillow keeps my thigh, knee and lower leg in a super comfortable position. It was so comfortable after knee ligament surgery some years ago, and now I just tend to keep 2 extra pillows in the bed for this purpose. I think people who have had hip replacement surgery are recommended to use pillows to support the affected hip if they cannot sleep on their other side. It helps prevent accidental hip dislocation - and a return visit to hospital.

Don't stop making quilts though, I look forward to seeing your fabulous new additions.

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Linda, when the kidlets were...kidlets, I was making all their jammies, including zip up footie pajamas. At that time, ( early to mid 90s) I was buying a roll of zipper, along with additional slides. I don't recall where I bought them, but I did find this: https://www.joann.com/make-a-zipper-kit/prd28088.html
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Hello group,  Small rolls it looks to be up to 12 yards with zipper pulls are available on Amazon it looks from size 3 to 5.  On ebay I see a 200 yard roll of size 3 for 99 dollars with pulls but that is upholstery size.  Here we can go to the city where there are stores, old school, that stock and one sells nothing but cloth and sewing supplies for ladies who make everything from school uniforms to curtains.  They have a bar with different colored rolls of the plastic zipper hanging down to the floor.  I buy cones of thread there as well and if I want something special out of Manila I will need to buy a larger amount but they've ordered it (I bought several cones of ticket 80 gold for loopers on sergers and also different colors in larger sizes they don't normally stock).  Some of the stuff is amazingly low cost like the big cones of serger thread.  They also tailor to the people still making a living off treadle machines and stock belts as well as smaller size thread and even a discount table with smaller amounts of cloth at the front.  I've heard it used to be like that in USA but now I heard most Walmarts don't even stock for it and it's ebay or Amazon all the way (which I also use at allot for supplies).  Best regards, Mike
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Linda I used to use Hobbs 80/20 until I found out Pellon makes an 80/20 batting. I've never been able to tell the difference between the two in a quilt and the Pellon is MUCH cheaper through Walmart online. And free shipping with $35 order, or ships free for store pick up. Walmart carries much more online than they do in store.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pellon-Natures-Touch-Natural-Blend-80-20-Batting-96-Wide-9-yard-bolt/38571009

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Thanks Cari,  I'll put the Pellon 80/20 batting on my list of things to try.  That's quite a good savings.  
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Hey Mrs. D,  It just dawned on me that I use a pillow between my knees as I sleep on my side also. However, I use a little travel pillow and need bigger so I think a (perhaps smaller) body pillow is in my near future. We have a queen bed and I just don't think hubby will be thrilled with another "body" taking up that much space ... but we will see. Cannot wait to see what you come up with next!!! Oh and thanks for the zipper buying suggestion. I need some long zippers and cheaper is better than expensive.
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I'm a believer in three pillows. One for the head, one for between the knees, and one to help keep the muscles relaxed as it goes along the body but not full length so I can go to a fetal position if wanted.  Unfortunately, this doesn't happen all the time.....I'm also a "roller" back and forth.  There was research that actually tried to determine which side it is better to sleep on from more than one source.  This link has "famous" people that researched it.  Best is back but who really sleeps anymore on their back.  It states 3 pillows best then discusses the pro's and con's of right or left side sleeping.  Improper sleeping can aggravate the back and even the hip or knee (if one likes to prop up a leg on a table and not support the middle).  Short of sounding like a sales person at a mattress store it is actually a very important issue if one is sleeping in wrong positions....speaking of recliner chairs did anyone know that lazyboy recliners made seats for tanks in WW2?  Link included about sleeping on sides, back, and stomach (worst):   https://www.medicaldaily.com/sleeping-positions-stay-healthy-best-and-worst-ways-sleep-during-night-296714
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Oh, and for zippers, I know they're not the cheapest out there but I only use By Annie zippers any more, unless the project really calls for a smaller size teeth. They're the perfect size for purses and bags but great for other things too, have really large pulls which is handy, they're soft so you can sew over them, and wider tape than most other zippers so you don't even have to have a zipper foot to install them. I buy the long 4yd with several pulls.

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Finished Long Arm Quilting the Farmhouse Quilt 2.0  

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Farmhouse Quilt 2.0 has a 2-piece border to match border on one of the body pillows. Still waiting on my zipper order to finish the matching quilted body pillow for this quilt.   

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Lifting up the finished quilt, so you can see the small print backing fabric and art panels.  

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Detail of the scrappy fabrics.  Installing the folded 2.5" wide binding.


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Photo: bunched up quilt placed on my lap.  Turning binding and hand stitching (about 4.5 hours work, while listening to TV).


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A Preview of things to come . . . the very scary BBQ Potato Chip Fabric . . . that will become "Picnic" working title of my next quilt.
 


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Since we're all sharing about pillows:  My wife and I have each used a second pillow as a "body pillow" for years -- just a regular sleeping pillow, under the knees when on my back, or between when on my side.  They weren't quite the right shape, but readily available.  (If two people both use a sleeping pillow lengthwise, beside them, it can take a lot of room in the bed.  And we've tried "real" body pillows, like yours, but found them much too big -- we thought it was like sharing the bed with two extra small people.  :-)

But a couple of years ago we discovered (because we were searching for slightly compact pillows for our camper van) that JoAnn sells 14x18 poly pillow forms that are perfect for us.  They're as long as a regular pillow, but take up less room across the bed.

I'll bet you could whip off covers for those in minutes, and sell them as low-cost leaders.  [smile]

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Hello Paul (pgf),

Thanks for the idea of the 14 x 18" smaller leg/back support pillow.  

I want to show you something I made from old bed pillows about 15 years ago.  At the time I had a 2 pixel digital camera (not so good photos).

This is Seth:
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My husband Jon said my porch person looked like a former neighbor of his--named Seth.
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Then, I made a friend for Seth.
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Her name is Sweet Lucille.  Bed pillows, pool noodles, gloves, wig, hat, sunglasses, neat red tennis shoes.   This photo taken on the porch of our old place.  Husband Jon made the bench.  I'm embarrassed to say I crumbed together some junk to sew a sad cushion with bolsters.  I believe people thought I was the one sitting on my front porch all the time watching cars go by???

From there, I made Earl.  I have a printed photo of him somewhere in my archives.  Earl wore an olive green three pc. suit, blues bothers hat, and shades. 

Earl was a prize I put together for a garden group raffle.  Earl sat in our backyard on lawn furniture under a canopy for a long time before I sent him on his way.  Since we lived out in the country in the middle of nowhere, having Earl to sit and chat with in a garden setting was quite nice.  He was quiet fellow.

I sold Seth and Lucille at a craft show (donated $$ to a local youth garden we sponsored).

Then Jon and I made other things like, "Jumping Jack Flash" from welded bar, pool noodles, pillows, old clothes.  At our old place we had rustic split rail fence around the backyard, and Jack was jumping the fence!  

There was one problem working on the Jack Flash project.  I tried to dress him and couldn't get the corduroy overalls on him, so I took out both leg seams, and after dressing him I sat underneath him and sewed his pants up by hand!  Wish I had pictures of that!!

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Jon made "Aunt Bea"

We had beautiful gardens at our old place, and such fond memories.

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We left this paradise to go save the Victorian that had sat vacant for 30 years.  

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We made lots of free form things for the yard--made us laugh!

Thank you for indulging me--letting me show you my old photos.   

Seeing them makes me happy--thinking about the warm breeze, sun in my face, and days of growing flowers and green beans on trellises.

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Today is -5 degrees F.  Yesterday was -10.  So far, we've had 57 inches of snow this winter.  A good 30 inches more than last year.  I'm out of coffee and other groceries because I've been stuck in the house for more than a week.  Time to get out the big sweep, clean the snow covering my car, and let the motor run for 20 minutes to melt the 1/2" ice on the windshield, under a foot fresh snow.  

A shout out to STEVE VSS--are you wearing sandals and a t-shirt again today? Darn you.




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Fantastic creations, Mrs. D!  Thanks for the morning smiles.
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I made some soft sculpture heads about that many years ago. They were a lot of fun to play with. Hhhhmmmmmm I need to make a couple just for fun.
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This couple appeared on a seat beside the footpath on the River Wye. They were there for several months, I thought their book choice was quite amusing. I keep hoping the artist will replace them with another treat


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Hi Miriam.  I hope you will show us some of your fun soft sculpture work.

Thanks Marie for sharing your pictures.  I love the couple seated on the bench.  That-- is--- so--- cool.

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Hi Miriam.  I hope you will should us some of your fun soft sculpture work.

Thanks Marie for sharing your pictures.  I love the couple seated on the bench.  That-- is--- so--- cool.   


Thanks - not my work though, but I do wish I had thought of it [biggrin]

Yes, they did give quite a shock to some of the locals! For a while at least...

This is another group, from the Outer Hebrides (Scotland) last year when I was on holiday, not the best shot, I came across them unexpectedly whilst driving.
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