Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hand sewn projects in Bangkok, Thailand

So far the  trip has been wonderful.  It's hot and humid but that is to be expected in this area of the world.  I get to be where I grew up and be with my mother so it's all good.

One of the reason I came during this time of the year is because I get to go to my father's burial site.  It's about 4-5 hours drive from Bangkok.  It's such a beautiful area.  My husband and two children came here once in April of 1997, our first trip as a family back to Thailand.  According to Chinese tradition, during this time of every year children will go back to their ancestors' burial site to make food offerings and to pay respect. We brought food and paper goods for the ceremony. We cleaned up the surrounding and decorated the area with color ribbons, flower petals and a small wreath. Some family will bring small cans of red and green paint to repaint the lettering on the tomb stone. My sister had ordered the ground keepers to do that for us. At the end we lid fireworks. They were so loud and gave such a nice touch at the end.  It's a day of remembering and offering gratitude. I'm grateful for my parents for working hard all their lives to provide for us.
My father's burial site, such a beautiful location

For this trip I decided to try my hands on English Paper Piecing.  I chose the hexagon shape to start.  First I worked on 1 1/4" size, then moved to 3/4" size and now I'm working with 1/2" pieces.  To my surprise it's as addictive as other quilters said it would be.  I must have made close to 100 pieces so far.  I knew I wanted to make them in black and white color theme, but I have no idea what I'm going to use them for at this point.  I may use some for applique for my new iPad bag.  I'll write more about that.



Have a great week everyone!

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