Sunday, November 02, 2014

A Package from Burma!


A young friend from church is married to a man in the foreign service; they and their three lovely little daughters are finishing up a two-year stint in Myanmar, their first posting. Myanmar used to be called Burma, and I still think that is the better name. Jen is a quilter and when I started posting pictures from my [ongoing] Tula Pink phase, she started oohing and aahing, and I thought the right thing to do was buy a copy of the book and send it to her. Which I did. She had written about the lovely fabrics in Burma, and yesterday I received a FB message from her mom that a package from Burma had come to their house and it had my name on it. Could we meet before church? We could.

These are Kachin fabrics from Burma, lightweight, exquisite cottons that come in 2-yard or 3-yard pieces. Please enlarge the photo and see the beautiful weave of the green fabric. I left the tags on prominently because they are interesting, too. Such a welcome surprise! And she's threatening to give me some of her scraps when she returns for a short stateside stay this winter before their next posting -- in India!

Yesterday I made tracks most of the day. The R5 is taking shape, and although it is taking a while to do, I don't really feel this is moving slowly. There are a lot of little pieces, and a lot of units to assemble. Finally, of course, will come the setting triangles and the foolhardy process of trying to remember whether to add them before or after stitching the lattice to the blocks . . . .  This project began as a L-E and to some extent, it still is. I have strips for "rails" pinned to each set of "ties," and am kind of assembling those sections of track as  L-E while I sew completed rows together. As they say, "It's complicated." But I'm loving it, and so does Himself, who was quite dubious when we left the station . . . .


You can see some sections of ties with their pinned rails in this picture. But that's not what this photo is about, really.

At Guild last month we were each given the cutest darn jelly roll, hand produced and assembled by one of our members (who, as far as I know doesn't blog, which is a pity because she'd likely produce a mighty fine blog) and we were given the assignment of making "modern log-cabin type blocks" that would finish at 6" using those fabrics and fabrics we would add that matched the colors.

I grabbed trusty old Tula, and cut three blocks that I Leader-Endered along with the track and then made up one of my own. There's enough fabric left for prolly one more, and I'll be getting to that later today.


6 comments:

Barbara Anne said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh! Fabrics to drool over from far away! Yum!!!! How nice of you to send the Tula book to her and how nice of her to say thank you with such lovely fabrics!

Cheers for your RRtracks quilt progress! It's all about enjoying the process as Sue Bender wrote and you're doing just that.

Love your modern Log Cabins, too!

You've been busy!

Hugs!

Janet O. said...

Beautiful fabrics! What a nice way to thank you for the kind gesture of sending the book.
That RR track looks too complex for me to do in L-E fashion. I can't think that hard! : )
It is looking great!

Sandy H said...

I've been to Burma (1998) and Thailand (2008) and came home with beautiful fabrics both times; I'm about to head to Burma again in December and will be in the Kachin State, so I'll definitely be looking out for textiles like these while I'm there!

SBQuilts! said...

So lovely. Fabric from abroad, and from loved ones at that, is the BEST! Maybe you'll bring it to a guild meeting so we can all paw it!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Wonderful - lovely - and excellent . . . happy stitching on all of your projects!!

LizA. said...

Aren't you the lucky one! They are BEE-YU-T-FUL! Can't wait to see what you make with them. And the R5 is really chugging along nicely.