Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Boro-inspired Mini finish and grandbaby Charlotte


Hello hello from sunny Austin TX.  I've been here a week, and it's heaven to be with my first grand baby, Charlotte Jane.  Our very first selfie attempt: 



It is just so fun to be here, in their busy young household.  Seeing my "baby" being a mother really is such a huge thrill!  Kaela making waffles Sunday morning: 



I'm helping Kaela get organized in their new home, and soaking up every minute with Charlotte!  Big happy smiles and she's finding her voice too - it's so cute! 



Oh ya, quilting;).  

Here's my mini for September, finished a few weeks ago.  I used all scraps from mask-making  (Japanese fabrics, and Liberty), against an indigo background.   

Thank you for bringing us all together, Wendy, to share our little creations.  Wendy will list us on her blog The Constant Quilter  here.  

This one was pure play.  I used a little glue to collage my pieces onto a piece of good indigo, and then quilted vertical lines in narrow rows, to secure it all down. 



I included a couple of sashiko  momiji (maple leaves) for fall.  These little leaves are from Susan Briscoe's book Simple Sashiko.  



I think this mini will always remind me of making masks.  Actually it signals the end of my mask making career, or at least a healthy pause.  They are easy to find now, in stores and online.  Somehow the thought of never making another mask, is so freeing. 


xo
Cynthia





25 comments:

  1. Your Boro mini is just incredible. Love the leaf stitching so much! And Yay! for you finally getting to spend quality time with your granddaughter. Precious times.:)

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  2. Hi! I am so happy that you are there in with Charlotte and your family, finally. Charlotte is such a pretty and smiling little girl. And your daughter, too, looks wonderfully happy. Enjoy every moment.

    Your little quilt is delightful. I too hope I never have to make another mask, what a horrible chore that was.

    love

    lizzy

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  3. I'm in love with both of your minis,the boro inspired and the wee one you borrowed from your daughter for the photoshoot! So good to see the happy face of new grandma!

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  4. I too enjoy watching my daughter mother her children. Is that white dog a Bolognese?

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  5. What a lovely grandbaby--she has a super smile!!
    Nice little mini--love that maple leaf...
    hugs, Julierose

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  6. What a lovely piece of art made of recycled scraps from mask making. You are going to remember the pandemic every time you see it, and be happy you were safe.
    Three generations of glorious girls!
    Queenie

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  7. Beautiful daughter and beautiful babe. Relax and enjoy your time with them.

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  8. How wonderful that you got to meet your granddaughter. She is precious. I am with you on the masks...I hope I have made my last one. It is not something I have enjoyed but was happy to help people out as I had the skills needed.

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  9. Your quilt is so original and charming, but I must admit your granddaughter stole the post and both of your smiles says it all. Glad your'e able to finally be together.

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  10. Love your mini, and I'd like to find a way to make a quilt that reminds me of covid, but more about the experience, not the deaths (is that possible)? This may be the way.

    Love seeing these photos of you with your granddaughter! Yippee! You made it to the US! Such a cutie, and love seeing your daughter, too. Have fun!

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  11. Oh that beautiful baby!!! She is so sweet and it is so great to see you with her. I know you are enjoying every moment with her. Kaela looks radiant. Motherhood agrees with her! Your mini is amazing. You have inspired me to try making a boro. I particularly like the fact that this one will always remind you of what we have all endured during this pandemic. I have linked you into today's post. Enjoy those hugs and kisses!!

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  12. Your selfie is so so cute! It is so wonderful to see you so happy and enjoying your family time. It was long awaited. I'm so happy for you.
    I really love your little piece. What a great composition and the pops of pumpkin work so well. The sashiko adds another element of interest.
    I had no idea you were such a great art quilter!
    That bow on Charlotte is ADORABLE. I'd be holding her and kissing her constantly and the pups are sweet too.
    Soak it all up!

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  13. Your mini is wonderful and so is that baby! I am glad you made it to the states to see your family.

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  14. Charlotte is adorable! I just got a new granddaughter and am loving every minute with her too!

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  15. What a wonderful post! I so envy you! Do you think waiting to see Charlotte until she is this big was a plus? The reason I’m asking is I can’t decide if I want to see my first grandchild just after he is born (in December) or if I should wait a couple months... my daughter is pushing for a December visit.

    You indigo collage is just beautiful too. It will be a happy memory of mask making during the trying times of the pandemic.

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  16. So glad to see you are in TX with your adorable grand-baby! Love your Sept mini. Such a clever idea to glue those scraps in place and quilt over them all :)

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  17. I am so happy to see you with that precious grandbaby, Cynthia! You have waited long for these moments. Your daughter looks very happy in her role as mother, too. Charlotte is adorable!
    Your mini is a wonderful marker of the closure of your mask making career. In the future it will evoke many memories of this strange time.

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  18. How exciting for you! Your daughter and granddaughter are lovely!!
    Love your mini quilt too!

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  19. Many congrates on meeting your grandbaby face to face. She's a real cutie! The mini is cute too!

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  20. Love your mini boro quilt! And of course wee Charlotte steals the show, very cute!

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  21. Your mini is majorly beautiful. I especially love the embroidered maple leaves. I'm walking through many glorious red and yellow ones these days on my trails. And what an adorable baby! Charlotte and Jane are names in my family passed down.

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  22. Pure bliss!!! How wonderful to be with your family. Love the baby pictures - there's nothing more beautiful than a baby's smile! Also love your mini!!! It's inspiring me to think about looking through my Japanese fabrics and start something using them :):)

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  23. I'm so happy you're able to be there in Texas with Charlotte and the rest of her family. What a treat for you to get to meet her in person and hold and play with her. She's adorable!
    Your mini is fun, especially the colors you chose. I didn't make many masks, didn't enjoy the process at all, and I'll be glad when we don't have to wear them again!
    Safe travels to you whenever you head back to Japan.

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  24. I'm beyond thrilled that you are finally with your precious grand baby! I know you are soaking it all in. Your daughter is no doubt thrilled to have you there. Enjoy every minute of it! And cute mini!!!

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  25. Somehow I missed this. Yay, you finally made it to the States! How fun to see your granddaughter, who is a doll! I love the selfie. Love your mini too, which is a great way to commemorate all the masks you made. I want to try that boro technique, maybe with some of my vintage scraps.

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