Thursday, January 11, 2018

Having way too much fun

 I am beginning to wonder how I will know when I am done.

As long as there are little spaces, there is possibility for adding embellishments.

The pocket is now in place but it is really way too big. I am thinking of adding a button loop at the top and a button below the frog to keep things from falling out.

I might have a few nice pearl buttons left from my button blanket that will work.

I needed to quilt the area underneath the pocket but that work will never show.

I decided to use a "morning star" and "evening star" design that I have used in in the past on a star quilt.

The variegated thread  was rather fun to use and the cloud design is in the same pale blue that I used on the back.

I chose a herringbone stitch on the owl's tail feathers, but since the stitches were rather wide and might get caught on something, I back-stitched over all the places where they crossed.

There are a few open spaces left for some quilting or stitchery but they will have to wait for another day.

Yesterday Norie and Paul's sister and I met for a meal to celebrate the second anniversary of Paul's passing. It is kind of a special tradition in Japan and we met at the same place as last year.

Don't we look well fed?

We even had room for a bit of dessert.

Norie took this picture outside the restaurant where they have a small weeping cherry.

This is one of the trees we are considering to plant in Paul's memory in the chapel garden of ARI (Asian Rural Institute)
that Paul supported for so many years,  a school where community leaders from mainly Asia and Africa come to improve their leadership skills and knowledge of sustainable farming and grassroots community development.

ARI's motto, "That We May Live Together" is found in every aspect of community, food, labor, diversity, and mutual respect for servant leadership.

OK, enough for now. Cub pack meeting tonight and I had better get packin'!


  1. I think the pocket is a perfect size, not too big at all, and a button and loop will keep things secure. After Hugh's Dad died, and Hugh's brother was still here from Australia, we planted a silver weeping pear tree, ornamental, it doesn't have fruit, but in 14 years has grown into a beauty.The delicate fronds hang down in fancy droops, it loses the leaves in winter, and is a perfect place to drape quilts. The motto is so lovely, and something we should all strive for. Hugs.XXX

  2. Your sewing is getting really beautiful and your pocket seems a good size :). It is always very dfficult to finish an own pattern.
    Your memory photos are very beautiful and I think that is really important to have a memory way.
    For us, when our elder son Erwan passed away, we planted a red camelia in our garden and each year, when it is blooming, I have the impression that Erwan's mind sends us a lot of positive waves so that we can keep going ahead, even without him.

  3. Good work. You've got the binding on and everything I think you should incorporate more embroidery in your quilts, your stitches are neat and enhance the design. As does the quilting, of course.
    Good to hear you had a nice luncheon with Paul's sister and Norie.

  4. Great stitching. I love variegated threads. Hope the scout meeting went well.

  5. Your vest is beautiful. I think it is lovely to treasure the memory of your dear husband, with a luncheon.

  6. How do you know when you are finished? Almost as good as how long is a piece of string?
    Just enjoy it.
    Love the tradition of meeting up to remember someone special. I do like that idea.

  7. can you have TOO MUCH embellishment? lol x As long as you are happy .. go for it x You look as if you had a good time at the meal x

  8. How lovely to share the anniversary of your husbabd's death with others who loved him.
    And the mola - what larks! It is lovely to really enjoy ones work.

  9. I think your mola is growing really nicely. A weeping cherry will be a great gift.

  10. You have made a real masterpiece with your mola!!!! I can see that we are going to be stopped every few steps at the quilt show with everyone wanting to take your picture again!!!! BRAVO!

  11. Love the stitchery progress on your Mola - I think it's finished when there's no more fun to be had in it. :) It's so very nice to have loved ones to share that tradition with. Much better than the lonely mourning we have here.

  12. A very beautiful mola Bag. It is very positive to honour the passing of Dear one.