Sunday, October 13, 2013

A change of plans

Wasn't it Robert Burns who said ... the best laid plans of mice and men, gang oft awa?

Well, I thought I had a plan. With the banner out of the way, I thought I would get busy with my book club block to represent "The Goodbye Quilt". In the story, the mother is making a memory quilt with bits and pieces she remembers from her daughter's life.

My grand plan was to make a 12 inch block using fabrics from quilts I have made for my kids and grandkids. I drew up a pattern of 16 squares and was planning to use two fabrics from each quilt. Oh, it was going to be great fun to make. I cut out the templates and planned to trace and cut the pieces for take-along work. ..... Then .... I went sifting through my scrap collection to find the left-over fabric.

Five hours later, this tiny pile is about all I could come up with. Yes, I still had leftovers from the two most recent baby quilts but darn little else.

I still have not made it all the way through the thousands of one inch blocks so I might find a few more. The truth is, the idea I had in mind is not going to work

So ....... it's back to the drawing board. Maybe I can use the design and templates for something else.

The Taisokai at school was wonderful ... perhaps one of the best I have seen in all the years I have been going. The day was sunny and still a bit warm. The grass area was a bit browner than in past years, not surprising for such a hot summer.

There was an announcement of the number of people attending but I am lousy at remembering numbers ... even long enough to write them down.

Each year the event begins with a march past, the band playing and classes beginning with the college students all the way down to the pre-schoolers marching in ant lining up on the field. I was sitting at the back and it was difficult to take pictures over the heads of the crowd.

The little kids do relay races

The middle school through college do Danish gymnastics. Each year a Danish man and lady come to the school to supervise and teach the classes. To me, little seems to change from year to year except the choice of music to with they perform.

There is always a maypole dance by the 1st and 2nd year JR High and 1st year SR high girls.

This year the weaving of the ribbons on the poles was the best ever.

The high school boys department always make a human pyramid.

Even that seemed a bit more skillful this year.

It is always pleasant to sit in this peaceful setting, meet with friends and catch up with former students. The original buildings were done by Frank Lloyd Wright and this campus was designed by one of his disciples. This sight has history going back to the Jomon era. It is truly a treasure, as are the students who follow in the tradition of Mr. and Mrs. Hani, the founders.

And behind the scenes was the fragrant smell of the "Kinmokusei". Like the spider lilies, the Sweet Olive is one of October's offerings.

Since the flowers are small and hidden among the leaves, you are more likely to notice the smell first.

They will last until the first big rain storm and we will all forget until next year when they are sure to return with the shortening daylight hours.

Tonight I am off to review Scouts for advancement. There is no take-along-work for my block. I will have to see what the one inch box has to offer before coming up with plan B.
Luckily, I have a good book to read.


  1. Julie this school sounds so interesting. It's sort of like the spring festivals we used to have in elementary school when I was growing up. Blessings, Marlene

  2. plans can always be changed .. and the germ of the idea is there .. maybe just make a block from each quilt which will REMIND you of the origonal xx

  3. What a charming day at the school - such talented young people. The slide show gives such detail to each photo.

    I hope you find another wonderful plan for your next quilt.

  4. I really loved your idea for The Goodbye Quilt block, but I'm certain I wouldn't have scraps left from every quilt I have made. Do you have enough scraps for just your children or just your grandchildren? Just a thought.

  5. I am sure you will come up with a wonderful idea for your scraps. I always put things aside and just think on it and then it will come to me.


  6. How about adding NEW fabric to your Goodbye Quilt, fabric that you will be using for future quilts for your kids and grandkids? It would then be a Goodbye and Hello Quilt.
    Beautiful school buildings!
    My world is also being perfumed by the fragrance of the 'kinmokusei' trees in the neighbourhood.

  7. The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley,
    An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy!

    Yes it was Bobbie Burns and I always misquote it!

  8. How interesting to see the school event, especially the MayPole dancing - which I USED to be able to do. I don't think there would be any human pyramids in our schools - too terrifying to the health and safety people!!