Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tokyo--Spring time flower quilts

Here are two of my favorite spring time quilts from Tokyo! Thi first quilt was primarily gray, black an tan, with just a hint of pink thread on the blossoms, which doesn't show well in the photos.

This next quilt was truly amazing! The three deminsional flowers looked so real you wanted smell it! The hand work was incredible!! Oh how I would love to see the Cherry blossoms in Japan some day!

Spring is arriving!! This week as I drove to the coast for a work meeting, the tips of the trees were barely pink. The leaves and flowers were just beginning to bud out. Along the side of the road there were hundreds of wild daffodils already open. I always enjoy that drive through the mountains this time of year. In my yard, the daffodils are about to burst open, the hyacinths are so fragrant, with tulips to follow in a few weeks.

I stopped at another of my favorite quilt shops…yes I know I said no more fabric…but they had perfect cherry blossoms to go with the fabric I purchased in Tokyo. Check out their web site at Quilters Cove in Newport Oregon, always has a great selection of Ocean and Sea related fabrics, along with light houses and a great selection of Asians. They also do orders via the web and mail, always with great service!! Watch for pictures of that project, which is next on my list!

This weekend, after I get my taxes together, I will be finishing the brown and turquoise espresso quilt, as I only have six more blocks to go. Watch for photos as soon as it is finished.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Escape to anywhere--more Tokyo photos

Escape to somewhere, anywhere is my dream today. Here are photos from Tokyo that reflect my desire to escape! It’s been a very tough week, 4 days checking in on my mother-in-law, who has changed drastically since I last saw her. Trying to figure out how to help her through this next phase, when she is clearly angry and bitter with what life has become. Incredibly sad for her and feeling a bit helpless as she has become so negative she is impacting her care givers.

Back home, after several extra hours in flight delays and two hectic days at work and then two days of residency for my MBA. Next week I take dad (who lives with me) to the surgeon to review upcoming major surgery…yes I am on overload.

So today is PJ day…not getting dressed, trying to unwind and unpack (both physically and mentally), do a few loads of laundry, think about paying a few bills, maybe work on getting taxes ready for the accountant and most of all spending at least one hour in my sewing room, working on the coffee quilt from the last posting!