Monday, February 20, 2012

Japanese mafia quilt?

At the quilting meeting, the meeting place was at the fabric store, I found interesting fabric on sale.

Clouds all over.

I remembered one fabric that I have would go with this clouds fabric well.

They are Japanese Sesar, I don't know correct spelling for it, which is a lion or a dog who guard God, I don't know what kind of God they are guarding, at the front of shrines or temples. These are seen only in Okinawa, not in main land of Japan.

I anyway got this clouds all over fabric, and came home. Then I found another clouds all over that came with the Sesar fabric.

When I saw it closely, there are dragon's pattern all over. And another fabric that I have would go with these very well.


Lined them up.

Wait a minute.

It is becoming "Yakuza (Japanese mafia)" atmosphere.
Yakuza Image

Dragon, Sakura, clouds or water flow, and Oni (Japanese monsters) are popular for the pattern of Tattoo for Yakuza people.

Well. I don't think many Americans would know about this, and it could be a pretty (?) quilt for boys to Americans if I made a quilt with these materials.

What do you think.... better to not make?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Book Review

This week since the last Thursday was the most stressful, tense, and busy in this year because of the assignment of writing a book review for my history class plus usual assignments :(

Since my history professor is a half Japanese, her cousin's name is the same as mine, she somehow seemed to feel close feeling for me. She added a book "The Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II" on the book list to choose a book to read from especially for me. She said all other books have 200 - 600 pages, but this book was around 120 pages. I think an audience for this book is a teenager. THANK YOU, professor!!

It was still HARD for me to finish the book. I took 8 pages notes reading the book, but had to squeeze my notes into 2 pages, double-spacing, 12 points font, 1" margins all sides, which there is not much space to write. She said the grammar and spelling are also graded, but suggested us to take the paper to the writing center at NOVA (free tutoring) for proofreading, and then we can get extra points on it. I don't know how many students in her class are around ESL level though, I appreciate her for adding the special treat for us. Also, I appreciate my housemate for helping me a lot. He has a huuuuuuuuuuuuge storage of knowledge in his brain and is very good at teaching in GREAT patience. Amazing.

SO, I am done with the book review. The tutor of the writing center who was familiar with the book I read told me that I covered the contents of the book very well. GOOD. I can sleep tonight :)

Writing a book review is still ongoing with the second one - have to read 2 books in the semester. I anyway picked up a few books for the second review, which has less pages, familiar to the topic, easy sentences and structures to read for me.

These are the final candidates.

I am interested in the thicker one "The Envoy", but the contents would include about military. The book is about similar story of Schindler's list. I've noticed that I really don't know anything about military even basic words for it since Japan don't have military. It is said in the constitution that we will never join war and never have military after World War II. Since I am not familiar with any kinds of military things, it makes me confuse when the contents include those. And also, this book has 50 pages more than the "Notes on Nightingale", which is a biography of her. So, I'm going to stick with Nightingale.

At one of close libraries, I found an interesting thing when I was looking for the books.

The library loans art prints! Each of them is in a frame. I think this is a good idea so that people can enjoy art prints free and change it when they are tired of one print.

Friday, February 03, 2012

BUSY January!

January was really crazy! Correctly, probably after Christmas last year. I missed many segments that I had thought to put on my blog. Birthday lunch for me, gifts from Japan, visiting friends, visitors of cats, about new classes, panicking with the history class (continuous), new diet, friendship, appreciation, met my customer in person for a custom order, etc, etc, etc. Everything including both happiness and unpleasantness came to happen during this month were very meaningful and interesting for me. Life goes on, so I will leave those which already became parts my history. I took many pictures of these events though.

So, because of this crazy weather (?), I found a small cherry blossoms 2 days ago in my community. I hope we won't have snow so that they could survive longer.

Place mats + a table runner - custom order -

Table runner - white houses -
This table runner matches with this quilt.

Quilt - custom order -
I cannot think a good name for this quilt. This is a custom order quilt. The fabric I received from my customer were these.

She wanted to have random blocks for her quilt; the pattern was discussed prior. I thought just sew the 3 fabric given together randomly would be too busy, so I added solid colors that is similar to the basic given fabric.

Here is the result.

I seldom, probably this was my first time, deal with vivid colors and busy patterns for my original work. It was a little concern for me that if I could put them together well. I brought the quilt to my quilting group for show and tell, and many of the members gave me "Good Job!". So I hope my customer would like it.

Finally, my naughty boy has been so fascinated by squirrels.

He waits and waits at the window for hours to see his friend coming to eat peanuts spread by my landlord.

My landlord started spread peanuts for HIM to give some excitement and fun, but I am the one who have been actually having fun watching him being excited. He is cute.