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A lover and seller of Japanese Vintage Kimonos & Collectables
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I'm making another quilt for my sister. Yesterday was finally dry enough to layer the quilt.
First picture shows the the patchwork top before I added the border. The other three show the batting (wadding) clamped to the table (last picture, I can't work out how to rearrange the order of them), the black cotton backing fabric that was applied to the wadding and finally the patchwork top put on the other side.
I use spray baste, a spray glue made especially for this job, which breaks down over time. So much easier than quilting pins or thread basting, with nothing needing removed during or after sewing. It is why I prefer to do it outside, the spray glue gets into the air, so it can make things sticky indoors. I bought two wallpaper tables especially for the job.
It took me about an hour and a half to set it all up, complete the layering and put everything away again. I was plagued by flies and midges the whole time and I ended up with backache but I got it done. It is the task that I dislike most when making a quilt. I don't make them because I enjoy making them, I make them because I like the end result. The one highlight was occasional wafts of incredibly lovely fragrance from the bride's blossom and the honeysuckle.
Now to ditch stitch it, quilt the squares, make the binding, trim and then bind the edge.
Still a many hours of work in that but it has started to look like a quilt.
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06/07/2017
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The Scottish Fold Cat, bred to have a life of constant pain.
The British Veterinary Association is warning that the Scottish Fold Cat - loved by celebrity owners like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran for their small floppy ears - are the result of a genetic condition that causes them to have short and painful lives, and therefore shouldn't be bred from. 
Think twice about buying any pedigree cats.
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Byobu (traditional, Japanese folding screens). Another 28 minute video.
The old screens are exquisite but I also absolutely love the one you see being made in this video.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/corekyoto/20170316/
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Check out this excellent 28 minute video showing the intricate art of fine shibori-zome (refined art of tie dye). It is fascinating and the effort and skill of the artisans is astounding.
An entirely shibori kimono can take two years to tie and dye.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/corekyoto/20170323/

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We don't have very colourful birds in Scotland, so I was very pleased to see ths greater spotted woodpecker lady at my window. She has a nice splash of colour and a pretty face. They usually keep themselves hidden.
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20/03/2017
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It will soon be time to change the clocks again.
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The UK's Royal Mail has brought out a range of David Bowie postage stamps. They even have that record sticking out the edge.

http://www.royalmail.com/davidbowiestamps
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