Monday, December 23, 2013
December book club block is finished.
Considering all the trouble I had drafting this feathered star for a twelve inch block, I am satisfied... and a little surprised at how nicely all those little pieces went together. Yes, fabric is forgiving.
I considered doing some applique in the corners, but I think I like it as is.
If you read "The Christmas Quilt" by Jennifer Chiaverini, you will understand the significance of the eight-pointed star with red tips, and the feather star block. It is a fairly easy read, since I have managed to finish it within the month. My copy was sent me by my elder son and also includes "The New Year's Quilt" which I have almost finished. I am enjoying the Quilter's Book Club reads and some day may even have a reading quilt to snuggle in.
Rice is steamed and then pounded in these "usu", mortars made from tree trunks. The sticky paste then goes into delicious soup or is eaten with an assortment of garnishes such as seaweed or bean paste.
The American scouts take Christmas cookies to share and we enjoy the cultural exchange, We even get some mochi to take home and we enjoyed some with our breakfast soup.
There was singing (I led one song ... repeat-after-me ... with lots of motions), and some presentations and speeches.
Many members of my Cub Pack travel over the holidays so we bring in other packs from the Tokyo Zone to share the festivities.
The first three scouters in this picture and the lady just left of me have been my friends for all those years. The young man with arms folded is my Committee Chairman and assistant Cubmaster and the reason I still survive as a leader at all.
One benefit of the long ride there and back was time to finish the next bit of Gala quilt homework.
The turkey has flown in the door. Several church services await my singing, and tomorrow promises to be a busy day with family and friends'
Here's wishing a Blessed Christmas to my blogging friends.