Fraternal Twins

Angie Miller loves Frond Design fabrics, and bought some featuring bamboo. I had used this fabric also. I messaged Angie to offer my left over larger pieces along with her order, and attached a photo of my wall hanging. She liked what I had done, and wanted to know if I had the other fabrics. Since I made it a couple of years earlier, I did not have all the fabrics - some but not all. So we began what turned out to be a 20 or 30 message exchange with photos of fabrics until she settled on the combination she liked best. For my quilt, I had adapted a pattern from a magazine, using 6 fabrics instead of the 5 called for in the pattern. I also made the pattern twice as wide. I copied the article and wrote in how I had changed the fabrics and which of the ones she chose would replace which fabric in the original pattern.

 Angie’s version.

Angie’s version.

My version is part of a wall art installation with red appliqued squares and wrought iron hooks screwed right through the quilt (yes, I really did that! ….it was part of the original plan) with air plants hanging from the hooks. Full spectrum spot lights overhead provided the plants with light. I am also a professional Feng Shui consultant, and I used the bamboo to represent rapid, healthy growth. Bamboo is also hollow, and as such, represents a clear flow for life energy (chi), something we strive for in Feng Shui. There are a number of other symbolisms in this installation, all of which are to promote positive energy, especially in terms of wellness. When I made it, I was just finishing a year of treatment for cancer. I am healthy now and supremely grateful.

Angie’s version is the original size, appropriate for a lap quilt or a large wall hanging. She did a gorgeous job piecing it from my notes in only a couple of days. I’m sure she didn’t work on it full time during those 2 days, but wow - Angie, you’re a go-getter!! Your fabric choices look stunning (actually, I told Angie at the time that I liked her combo better than my own - LOL).

It is super important to me to provide personalized service to any customer who has a question or needs help in any way. This is one example. It’s not extra work; it’s a chance to meet someone new and have fun. We are all a community.

 Dale’s original wall installation - two basic patterns side by side, red squares added (in elemental symbolism, squares represent earth and grounding), 3 air plants in clear glass holders hanging from wrought iron hooks (for healthy life and growth - as long as plants are kept healthy!! LOL).

Dale’s original wall installation - two basic patterns side by side, red squares added (in elemental symbolism, squares represent earth and grounding), 3 air plants in clear glass holders hanging from wrought iron hooks (for healthy life and growth - as long as plants are kept healthy!! LOL).

Dale Domingue