Here are the nine pieces of "Milkweed Cycle" assembled in a circle. They were carefully sewn together by Joann, one of our group of nine. The plan is that the upper part of the circle will be set into the brown fabric at the top. The bottom half of the circle will remain circular. Some embellishments will be added after the whole thing is machine-quilted. There will be a brown binding around the whole piece.
At "6:00" on the circle is the first stage of the milkweed, a seed - and an adorable earthworm - in soil. The progression of the milkweed cycle goes clockwise around the circle. There is actually one piece that is out of order, "Fertilization, " just to the right of "12:00" on the circle, which we somehow didn't catch when we laid the pieces out. It seems we might leave it as is rather than have Joann take it apart and redo it. She worked hard to get the circle to lie flat and did a beautiful job of it. We could philosophize that cycles don't necessarily progress 100% linearly.
It's fun to see the nine pieces coming together as a whole. The only guideline we all followed was to put the sun at the tips of our pieces (the center of the circle) so the bottom of each of our depictions would be at the outer circumference.
It's so true that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.