Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Work In Progress Wednesday - Scrappy Cats

This week I started hand quilting my scrappy cats quilt.  I finished the top several years ago and it has been on my "hope to finish" list since then.

Started 2015

My plan is to work on it until it is too hot to hold on my lap.  We'll see how much I get done before then.  It's a fairly small quilt.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Convenience Store Magazines

Japanese convenience stores sell many things, including magazines.  The magazine area is usually at the back of the store, near the restrooms.  You can almost always see men looking at the magazines in the store. It seems no one buys magazines and takes them home to read them. Even if I could read Japanese, I wouldn't buy a convenience store magazine that has been touched by countless other people.

(photo from the internet)

(photo from the internet)

Some of these magazines are "adult" magazines.  The three largest convenience store chains, Seven-Eleven, Lawsons, and Family Mart, have decided to stop selling adult themed magazines by the end of August. The Ministop chain has already stopped selling the adult magazines.The reason? They want to improve their image with foreigners ahead of the Rugby World Cup this fall and the Tokyo Olympics next year. 

So, does this mean the stores didn't care about their image with Japanese citizens, but are concerned about foreign visitors?  What about where you live - are adult magazines sold at convenience stores? Are the store chains concerned about foreign tourists?

Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 42

Year Two of the temperature quilt  

Week 42

February 10 - 16  

45, 39, 50, 46, 46, 43, 55 

Here is year 1 for comparison.

Sarah at Sarah Did It! is continuing to host us on Wednesdays, so please check out the temperatures around the world.  Feel free to join in! 

I am reporting the high temperature each day.  My Year Two temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme remains the same: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black  

Sunday, February 24, 2019

More Hardanger with the Stitch Group

Yesterday our stitch group met and continued working on our hardanger projects. I love these afternoons stitching with my friends!

After we finish our hardanger projects, maybe next month, we will begin an assissi project.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Tokyo International Quilt Festival - Three Popular Qulters Exhibit and Educational TV Quilts

Somehow, I only saw two of the three in the "Three Popular Quilters Arrive in Japan" Exhibit.  

The third quilter was Cécile Franconie from France. Sorry, no photos.  

We walked through the NHK Educational TV Character Quilts area. It wasn't so interesting for me, so I only took a few photos there.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Smalls Stitch A Long 2019 - February

This month I've stitched a heart ornament.  The pattern was a freebie from  I used the same kimono fabric as last month's ornament for the backing.

This Stitch A Long is hosted by Mary of Mary's Thread.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tokyo International Quilt Festival - Teacher Quilts

I think this is the Professional Category of Quilts.

The next two photos are the same quilt - front and back.

I love all the details on this one.

You know how I like hexagons.

Another favorite of mine.