Thursday, September 18, 2014
Enjoying the steps to autumn
Considering all that mix of fabrics, it actually doesn't look too bad.
I think the message is enough without all the extra words.
I have been working slowly on the four-inch blocks and have completed 100.
Today I took them to my quilt group and laid them out on the table.
I am still looking for a plan to put them together.
I have more sofa quilts than I use so I prefer to make a single bed size. I would need several hundred to do that if I just sew them together.
One friend suggested making them into eight inch blocks by sewing four together and putting a star block alternating.
I thought of making an eight-inch star of each block but that may lose the pattern of light pieces.
If anyone has an idea, I am open to suggestions.
Fall is definitely in the air. The higan-bana or spider lilies have begun to bloom here and there.
"Higan" is the autumnal equinox and these are the harbingers of fall. One neighbor has a planter full of white ones but these are the most common sight. I love seeing them along the borders where forest meets the fields.
Last night as I was walking to the station after choir practice, I noticed young people hanging out along the edge of the sidewalk.
Some had blankets spread on the ground.
Some had folding chairs.
There was even a pup-tent!
The line went on and on. It is a 30 minute walk to the station ... actually two stations away where my train crosses with the very expensive ride ... and about two thirds of the trip were all these young people. At the end, there was a policeman making sure the line was out of the way of pedestrians as those kids placed their stuff.
Well, curiosity may have killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back. I had to ask.
Next morning the sale of I-phones will begin near the church.
All these kids were in line waiting for the store to open so they could be first (a relative term in this case) to buy one.
Sometimes when some much-wanted thing goes on sale, one can see a line forming the night before. It is something I have seen while making early morning rice deliveries, but those lines are at most a block long and often someone pays the homeless guys to hold the spot until just before the store opens in the morning. This was a VERY LONG line and all made up of young people. Not a weekend either. School? Jobs? By now, if they are not sleeping after having stayed up all night, they are texting on their new gadgets.
Ah, life in Tokyo ... streets lined with spider lilies or shoppers ... Never a dull moment.
And now ... it is off to Scout Camp ... where it is scheduled to rain tomorrow. Rain gear packed. A Scout is prepared!