Friday, March 2, 2018

Back to the US time zone: more fabric and WIP

I'm back from my trip to Thailand.  What a fantastic trip I had!!  I met up with some old friends and we had lots of laughs and fun going places together.  What is amazing is that our old math professor came along on some of the trips with us.  She's 78 years old and still strong and she's really funny.  We went on a 3-hour hike which you can read about it here, and she kept up with us all the way.  Can you believe she and some of my friends have already planned a trip for my next year's visit?  As much fun as it was, I had to come home and get back to work.

I have a few more pieces of fabric to add to the stash.  I showed you some of the new additions here, and since then, I added a few more.  I was in the mood for green and I just loved these pieces.

When I was at QuiltCon 2018 on Saturday, I found this fabric in a half yard bundle and thought they go well with the ones I got above.  So they had to come home with me.  :-)

At the same fabric store in Bangkok, I also found some grey fabric that I wanted to include into my grey stash too.  Aren't they lovely?

There is a new baby in the family.  My sister-in-law has a new grandson and she said the colors are navy blue and grey.  I pulled out my blue and grey flannel for a new Faux Rag baby quilt.  Let's see what will happen with these......

Get sewing and have some fun!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

River boat rides

I found some pictures of our river boat ride along the Chao Phraya river.  This river goes right through Bangkok.  In the old day and somewhat now, it's the main route for transporting goods from northern and north-eastern parts of the country down to the central part.  I still remember the image of timber logs being shipped by floating in the river to my father's mill to be transformed into planks and boards for building material.  I don't think they do that any more but I found this article about Timber rafting in the Wikipedia which is fascinating to me. 

Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn

That day was a little hazy but Wat Arun is especially beautiful.  No wonder it's one of the most visited places in Bangkok.   

In the evening we went to have dinner with my brother and his family at the place called Asiatique.

The food was spicy but delicious!  That's all folks!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

More fabric in the jungle!?! Is it possible?

We are still in Loei, Isan and having a marvelous time.  Today we went to the village of Tai Dam people.  You can read about them in Wikipedia here.

On the second line on the board is Tai Dam written language.
Everyone including children all dressed in traditional clothing.

A lovely lady selling snacks and herbal tea

They make their own fabric with 100% cotton threads, mainly in black and some blue.  There wasn't many selections of fabric that day, but I couldn't resist these two pieces so they'll come home with me.  The top piece has smaller threads and softer.  It measured at 4 meters which is about 4.37 yards.  The bottom piece has thicker threads and tighter weave so it's a little stiffer.   The measurement is 3.5 meters which is about 3.83 yards.  The width of the fabric, from salvage to salvage, is one meter or 39.37 inches which is the width of their loom.

May the fabric fairy watch over you!!!