Thursday I spent the day with my patchwork friends (Mrs. Harada drove three hours from her new home to visit us.) Our goal was to get as far as possible on the bazaar quilt. What can I say. This is a completely different type of quilt than we've ever done before and all our comments tended to revolve around
"Well, it certainly is bright."
"I hope one of the kindergarten kids pulls the lucky number. A child would like it."
"How are we going to quilt this thing?"
As I've mentioned, Japanese quilters (and all my quilting friends are Japanese) tend to go to softer colors, more controlled patterns and quiet backgrounds. About as far as we can get with this quilt! Still, it is pretty and "interesting". (That word you use when you can't think of an appropriate compliment...)
I had to leave at 3:00 but my friends continued sewing until nearly 8:00. They were on a roll! I guess they decided that they wanted it at flimsy stage THAT NIGHT and by 8:30 I got an e-mail with a picture of the finished flimsy!!! And to think I was still sewing the squares when I left! Went quickly in the end! The picture is one I took when it was still laid out on the floor and nothing was connected!
Unless someone is very motivated, this will probably sit until I get back from the States and then we'll have a basting party and during the summer and early fall the quilt will make its tour through our homes until it is completely quilted and ready for the bazaar in October. Feels good to have that one under our belts!
Back to packing!