Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday Morning Star Count - 160 Hexagons

I’ve basted about 160 hexagons – give or take one or two.  I need to cut more fabric to get another 50 for the back side edging. 

 
I haven't pieced the backing fabric yet, but I did buy batting last week. I was quite pleased with my successful purchase.  I wrote the size I needed (in centimeters, translated from inches) on a card, clipped with a small piece of the thickness of batting I wanted.  At Kanariya, I took my little sample to a sales clerk and said in Japanese, this is what I want to buy, do you have it.  The clerk must have thought I could really speak Japanese because she took me over to an area with different kinds of batting, rattling off all kinds of things I didn't understand. I tried the "one more time, please" phrase and figured out batting was sold in meters, not centimeters.  The thickness (I mean thinness) that I wanted was only sold in 1 meter widths.  The thick kind comes in 2.25 and 2.5 meter widths and is much more expensive.   I'm going to have to piece the batting I bought, but it will work.  Maybe I'll get the backing fabric pieced by next week.

11 comments:

  1. Well done on your language adventures! I think you've done great, not only with this mammoth task of a bed quilt, but with your shopping adventure too.

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  2. Wow, what a great way to practice your language skills...I admire those who can learn a second language...you have been busy with those hexies and I am looking forward to seeing this become a quilt...will you hand quilt this or send it out to be quilted? Either way it will be beautiful.

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  3. Congratulations of your productivity! You are so quick!
    Wendy is right, trying out one's language skills for getting something one really wants is the best way to learn!
    I think all my quilts made in Japan have batting that is stitched together from narrower widths of batting. 2.25 or 2.5 m widths must surely be 'industrial' batting?!

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  4. Great job on basting the hexes. That's a lot of work. I wish I could get to Japan some day. I am devoted to an Asian board game called Go. I think in Japan they call it igo. In Korea it is called Baduk. Do you see people playing a game with black and white lens shaped pieces on a grid over there?

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    1. "Go" is very popular here. It is even shown on television. I haven't learned to play - it might take away my stitching time!

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  5. Congratulations on navigating the language differences. I'm really impressed with your sewing and organization!

    Tracey

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  6. necessity is the mother of language acquisition, believe me! this quilt is on fire, nothing will stop it now!

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  7. Nice work, and impressive with the Japanese. Woot, woot!

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  8. Awesomeness! Will be fun to quilt now, because you get to look at the right side of your pretty fabrics!

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  9. Keep it up! I popped into your last to see your quilt! It will be beautiful hand quilted!!

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