Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beating the heat

Nikko gets her morning walk before the sun comes out, and will be glad to wait until after dark for her evening walk. I can't say those times are cool, but anything would be cooler than while the sun is out.

I laid out the first 24 black and white blocks on the bed. I have been marking and cutting bits and pieces from my stacking boxes. Many in the "black" box had other colors, such as florals. though they were on black backgrounds, so not many I could use. 
The same with the "white" box. But, I hit the jackpot when I opened the "gray" box. Some read as rather dark and many are light, so they can be used in a variety of ways.

I have cut 24 more blocks, and so far fewer than two blocks will contain the same fabric. (some of my scraps were too small to cut a whole set".

I haven't had any feed-back from Kai as yet, but I am hoping he will like this as much as I am enjoying the results. 
I'm wondering if I switch to using some dark blues as I move to the edge, if I could find some good yukata print to use for the border like this one I made years ago. 
Adding blue might open many more possibilities of scraps and the center would still be black and white. Well, I have lots of time to think it over.

If I did make blue and white blocks ... and they didn't work, I would have enough to make one of these for my own pleasure ... or maybe a 'Big Girl" quilt for my first granddaughter, Kai's sister who will be next in line.
Over 23 days of temperatures over 30 degrees, and high humidity. It is predicted to get even hotter before we might see some respite. At this rate, this quilt may get pieced in record time.


  1. HI Julie !! Wow, Kai's quilt turned out fabulous ! What a terrific blend of lights and shadows ! Very sophisticated and artistic pattern. We think you should put it in a show, if possible. It really is gorgeous, and the border makes it pop even more ! You did a wonderful job, and Kai will love it !
    We know what you mean about the heat of summer. It certainly is best to do the walking when the sun's gone, because the daytime can be broiling. Sending hugs and blessings to both you and Nikko ! from Marina and Daryl Lynn

  2. I wonder if I have ever seen a black and white yukata print. No, I am sure I haven't so you might have to go for a very dark navy and white yukata print, if you have any.
    I can see you do have a black and white Japanese Family Crest print. Is there any more of that fabric?
    Although it is hot outside, I found it much hotter INSIDE and taking a walk in the shade of a park was quite pleasant. Now for another tropical sleepless night.
    Try to stay cool.

  3. Hope you can stay cool. Not fun when it is so hot.

  4. it is beautiful x Stay safe and COOL x

  5. Love the black and white blocks. Take care in the heat, the summer will turn to winter in several months.

  6. Love that black and white quilt. Please look after yourself in this mad heat in Tokyo.

  7. Great article..I am looking so forward to your blogcomment and
    I love your page on your post.. That is so pretty..

  8. very beautiful and so lovely work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!