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Published September 28, 2013, 06:17 PM

‘The Last Supper’ quilt masterpiece visits Fargo’s quilt show

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Texas man is showing off his 52 thousand square masterpiece in Fargo, causing jaws to drop at this year's quilt show.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Texas man is showing off his 52 thousand square masterpiece in Fargo, causing jaws to drop at this year's quilt show.

His work rivaling that of Leonardo DaVinci.

Married for 56 years, Dr. Donald Locke and his wife Mariyln know how to put their hands together.

Dr. Locke: "And in the evening she's got hers in her lap and I've got mine.”

Quilting as a couple, out of their living room.

Mariyln: "And he has his sewing machine and I have mine."

Meticulously sewing and stitching squares of cloth into remarkable works of art.

Mariyln: "He made the small quilt first and then he said, I’m going to do something bigger, I’m going to do The Last Supper and I said I think you're crazy.

Dr. Locke: "I think God wanted it done and he looked around for volunteers and I was standing up."

Never realizing he'd give DaVinci a run for his money.

Mariyln: "It was just different, painting a picture out of squares."

And win the bet with his wife.

Dr. Locke: "She says, what are you going to do with this thing? How big is this thing going to be? How long is it going to take you to do this thing?"

Well it took Don two and a half years before the last piece was in place.

Mariyln: "He was naïve; he had no idea what he was getting into."

Dr. Locke: "I didn't work at the thing, as look at the whole picture as a project, I looked at little spots."

Then took those spots, and replaced them with nearly 52-thousand half inch square to create his moving masterpiece.

Mariyln: "Some people, you can tell have tears in their eyes"

Dr. Locke: "I’m pleased with it. I hope DaVinci is pleased with it."

The quilt show runs through the weekend at the civic center.

It was a quiet turn out this afternoon for the second street flood protection meeting.

Only a handful of people showed up.

Up for discussion: The four proposed options of flood protection for the downtown area.

The City of Fargo engineer department plans these meetings to get public input to help make a final decision.

April Walker, City Engineer: “We know we can provide flood protection. What we need to know is what other features and elements are important and we need to hear that from the public."

The goal for the city is to start construction in the fall or spring of next year.

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