I had a lovely time chatting with Mrs. Ochiai yesterday. I hadn't seen her since before summer vacation. We showed each other our summer pictures and look at what she's been doing since she got back home! (besides appliqueing all those leaves on the Carolina Lily quilt I showed a couple days ago.)
Mrs. Ochiai and her family went up to Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan and enjoyed the wide open spaces so unlike the rest of Japan. (Too many mountains). Tetsu and I went on our honeymoon 17 years ago, but I haven't been back since. While in Hokkaido, Mrs. Ochiai found some pretty little tissue holders (at exorbitant prices) and bought a couple thinking "Hey! I could probably make one of those!" And look what she made! She used scraps of hand-dyed fabric and ironed them to some fusible interfacing and then hand appliqued it all down. She even used her own pictures of Hokkaido as a pattern! Now that's artistic! Can you even tell which ones are the tissue cases and which ones are the photographs? I think I'd like to try my hand at this. Not too big a project don't you think?