Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fun with Barb modern swap blocks and Happy Thanksgiving in Tokyo

I've done several of Barb's swaps and decided this time to do the modern swap versus the repro swap, since I don't have a lot of modern scraps, and repro fabric isn't available in Japan.

We are to use a black and white print for the center, and any bright for the star points.

Ta-da - the stars are all finished and mailed, ahead of the holiday crunch.  Can't wait to see the variety that comes back my way!

Barb has a really good tutorial for making the flying geese units here:

Meanwhile, we have some of our kids here in town this week for Thanksgiving, camping out in our little apartment.   It is so wonderful to have them here.  

Tommy brought a couple of things for me to mend, and asked for a patch on the pocket of these jeans.  I LOVE doing this kind of thing. 

Finally some fall color in the park near our apartment!! 

The spider statue at Roppongi Hills - a familiar meeting spot from when we lived here when Kaela and Tommy were students: 
Joe, Kaela, Tommy

Lots of Christmas "illuminations" around the city: 

team Lab Borderless - digital art museum - really special experience (though oh so crowded...): 

David, me, Tommy

Ha ha, didn't notice that Tommy photo bombed our lame selfie: 

In a few hours we are going to our favorite Yaki Niku place for our non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  

To tell the truth, I haven't missed all the prep and cooking of a traditional Thanksgiving... but next year I WILL figure out making a pumpkin pie!  The sweet thing was our other daughter Noelle Facetiming me from NC as she's making her first ever pumpkin pie.  Needed to check the jiggle of that pie as it finished cooking.  

Thankful for Facetime!!!  For family, health, faith, our many blessings, too many to count.  

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone celebrating!



  1. Hilarious photo bombing Happy Thanksgiving

  2. Great holiday photos. Your modern blocks will be loved in the swap. I didn't have time to participate this year. It would be nice to tone down the expectations of the holidays.

  3. It looks like you're having a wonderful time with your family. I've never been to Tokyo, but you make it look lovely.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Cynthia!

  4. I will be so fun to see what you get back from Barb's swap--I'm kind of wishing I had signed up! Your pocket repair is like a work of art--love it and that spider!

  5. I, too, enjoyed a family facetime with the clan in the states. Love those pocket patches ... and if you need some black and white prints ... I didn't even realize how many I had until I started Kai's big-boy quilt!

  6. Love your modern stars! I did both!!
    Great photos!!

  7. What a memorable Thanksgiving this will be in your family folklore.
    That was some excellent photo bombing. :)
    I love that center fabric in your stars.

  8. Thanks for posting your stars. I'm so behind on blog reading! Loved seeing sights around Japan. The digital museum is awesome. The spider sculpture is cool and as you say, a perfect meeting place.
    Great wabi sabi patches :)

  9. What striking modern stars! I had to pass on Barb's swap this year. Thanks for all your wonderful photos. I really enjoy seeing the sights! Wonderful patches :)

  10. It seems you had a good Thanksgiving. How great you could have several of your children there with you! Love the city Christmas lights. Also, great patches on your son's jeans!


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