I saved the earth element for the other side. There will be rings of stones. I chose naturally dyed silk (will talk more about that later) which has hardly added any weight or thickness to the cloth. It has stabilized. Everything. There is a new natural calm. I spent a day basting with pins and thread. Readying the cloth for a light quilting treatment after " the hoop" arrives. Once it is all held together, I will begin the final layer of story. More quilting. And then the binding. I don't always add bindings. But I like the sense of safety a traditional edge might invite.
I hope to celebrate Mom's birthday, April 2, with the final stitches on this cloth. She would have liked that.