Sunday, February 6, 2011

Last of the crests

The last three crests are done. My stubborn determination has paid off. These three are fuji or wisteria, fuji cho or a wisteria butterfly, and tomoe or a triple swirl. The swirl was quite easy to quilt. It is part of the Fukuda crest and I appliqued it twice on quilts in 1992 but found it a whole lot more friendly to quilt.

The wisteria was easier than I thought it would be. I had some issue with the butterfly. As a person who tends to straighten pictures on the wall or bulletin board, I was about to make the butterfly straighten up and fly right. When I went back to the source material, I found the tip was intended. It took more than a little strength to leave it that way. Now I am wondering how many people will complain that it is crooked.

Tomorrow I can take the work to school so the hands can get an early start on Tuesday. My next task will be all those triangles around the outer edge. I think we put bamboo leaves the last time we had triangles to fill. I am sure I did not save any pattern so that may end up as my Monday evening work drafting some patterns to choose from.
Certainly I have discovered that setting goals for myself works better than alowing others to set them for me. I have noticed that when I fall short, the most likely reason is that I didn't want it badly enough. Outside pressure and expectations are more likely to turn me off. My stubborn and contrary side is peaking through.


  1. Hehehe. I know all about stubbornness and making pictures straight on the wall. I'm terrible about that!

    These are gorgeous too. What do you use to mark your patterns? I could admire your quilting all day:)


  2. When I set goals for myself I tend to get obsessed. It's silly, really. If I decide tonight I want to go to the market about 9:00 tomorrow then I scramble around like a crazy woman making sure I leave by 9:00. There's no reason to leave then other than I thought it was a good time. You said you would be finished by Monday and you are! You and I are much alike. :) blessings, marlene

  3. I must admit that it was sensei's goal setting 'for' me that got the Memory Quilt done for the exhibit. Clothes are much more likely to be the product of my own sewing goal setting.

  4. Just beautiful Julie. I set goals for almost everything in my life EXCEPT my quilting. It's all inspiration and 'when the mood takes me' when it comes to my textile life.

  5. Oh. My. Gosh. What beautiful work you've done. I am so envious.

  6. The quilting is BEAUTIFUL! I love the sashiko feel you have going on here. I used to be footloose and fancy free when it came to quilting but always felt behind because nothing was getting done. Now I set goals and I write them on a clipboard and hang them on the wall. I don't get everything done, but I get more done. Happy quilting!

  7. Good job getting all the crests finished!
    And I also do better when I set my own goals.

  8. Your hand quilting is wonderful!!!! I enjoyed viewing all the different crests.