Friday, September 9, 2022

A small project

My daughter, Marie in Boston, is involved in distributing food to those of her community in need. Unlike my Tokyo daily onigiri delivery, there are rather large bags for people to pick up, and some need to be delivered, requiring a day of physical exercise. 

Thankful for the dedication of a Chinese Christian fellow's help to lighten the load, she asked if I could make him a small gift. 

Similar to a labyrinth I made for myself, I put this together. I used the same quilting templates I had created for mine, but in the corners, I am planning to put the kanji characters for spring, summer, fall, and winter.

I have used those characters before with applique on a big quilt, but am thinking of outlining the strokes with embroidery, using pink, green or yellow(for summer) red, and white.

I used Olympus pearl cotton for the labyrinth ... a light violet but ran out and had to finish it with a different brand (DMC 4) which was close enough that it doesn't show.

A church friend has offered to print out those characters in the needed size, and pass them to me tomorrow. 

Today I hope to sew a hanging sleeve on the signature banner for the 150th anniversary celebration at our church the first of October. There are still signatures to be collected, but I am thinking if it is hung, it could still be signed and might attract others to add their names.

This year's stewardship banner is still waiting, so that will be next on my list ... needing to get finished by October. Progress is a wee bit slower since I have returned to work three or four afternoons a week. And the giant spoon is again stirring up my room.


  1. Phew Julie, do you ever slow down and put your feet up for a wee rest??? I am always amazed at your hours you put into each project, and the kangi characters will be so fitting in the corners. Great way to have them printed out.

  2. Your labyrinth is a lovely gift - and the addition of kangi characters will make it even more special. It's funny that you mentioned the giant spoon - I think it has a cousin over here at my house - LOL - ;))

  3. I am sure the labyrinth will be received with delight!

  4. I am sure many fingers will walk the labyrinth and stop to look at all the embroidery.
    You are going to make someone very happy.

  5. So pretty. I'm happy with my walking labyrinth too and it is a meditation to just make them.