Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Finally moving forward

I have been holding off on laying out the black and white quilt for planning the backing because the only space large enough is the second floor apartment, and with it closed up in the heat with the electricity turned off, it didn't seem like the best option.

Well, my daughter has offered that space for a friend to use during a stay in Tokyo, and I needed to get a few things done to make it liveable.  Today I took out two futons and hung them outside to air. Then I went to do some cleaning, starting with washing the floor in the loft, then the main room floor, windowsills, hall etc. I opened all the windows. Not sure the place was cooled off any but there was a slight breeze....    and as long as I was running up and down anyway, I decided to take the quilt up and lay it out and see what I could come up with for the backing.

I really like using tenugui for quilt backs and I had found these partial rolls at the Salvation Army store. They aren't black and white but indigo-dyed. If they were made into a yukata, the prints could be matched up into a picture of a dragon in the clouds. Since these are just random cuts, I needed to lay them out and come up with a plan. I didn't really want to chop up those strips any more than necessary other than to adjust the length. The center strips are from a roll representing a sumo wrestler. (the kanji is his name).

If I look at the weather report for the rest of the week and into next week, it seems a week of rain is predicted. Of course, my weather app on my cell phone is wrong more than 50% of the time. I should be glad for this day of sun ... and take every advantage I can. I can stay inside and do the sewing when the rain comes.

For now, I will hunt up bedding, electric cords, dishes and utensils, and whatever might be needed for a few weeks stay. I can't say life is dull!


  1. Your indigo dyed tenugui will make a very nice backing for the black and white quilt. And there's nothing quite like "company" to liven things up a little. Enjoy your rainy day sewing - ;))

  2. The fabrics for the backing look like they will work very well. Sounds like you have had a busy time sorting out all the setting up of the apartment.

  3. Those are fun patterns to work with and nice for a backing. We had a soaker, yesterday so everything outside is wet.
    My sister is visiting for a few weeks so I am setting her up in our trailer so she has her own space, but I can't lay out things till it dries out.
    Today I am just burnt out, did too much this week while sick, so I am just going to rest till she gets here and make steamers, a nice easy dish to steam up.


  4. I like those strips. Enjoy your house guest.

  5. Those backing fabrics are amazing. I would love to look in a Salvation store in Japan. I can just imagine all the gorgeous clothes and hence fabrics, one would be able to select from. Enjoy your time with your friend.

  6. Wow - what a beauty - love the design and rhythm. You always seem to be busy with a great project.