Monday, July 05, 2010

Bento'ed Out of My Box

In five days time, I've lived in two states, 4 cities, a valley, a desert, and a rainforest. With only days to spare, I finished my free-wheeling 'Liberated Bento Box' quilt in time to bring it as a wedding gift for my Anchorage nephew and his new bride.

Our family had a wonderful time visiting Eagle River and Anchorage, we had a wonderfully fun wedding ceremony with the construction (up to the last minute) of a bamboo arch that my son and my daughter's S.O constructed as a backdrop for the wedding vows and we all danced up a storm under Japanese lanterns and origami cranes, symbols of good fortune, long life and a happy marriage.

My 'Liberated Bento Box' wedding gift quilt also featured cranes and was free quilted with chrysanthemums, swirls, and other free motion fun. I went a bit crazy adding random mile-a-minute borders but the free-piecing fun was so much fun, I didn't want any of it to end, so a mile a minute I went!

Free Bento Box Quilt Pattern Tutorial

It made me realize just how much the quilts we make, and the way that we all make them, seems to symbolize and mirror the energies of each of our lives.... whether we choose to live randomly with great spontaneity, or slowly and precisely with fore thought and detail.

I've gone from Salem, Oregon to Anchorage and Eagle River, Alaska and am now down in Juneau at my parents home on Douglas Island where I grew up. It's been a whirlwind of hard work, free spirited fun and being a perpetual good sport never knowing whose home, bed, air mattress or floor we might be sleeping on next!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for my mother and father, and my sister-in-law in Eagle River (who is doing surprisingly well now) and for voting for my son in the previous post ;)

Salem , Oregon,
Anchorage, Eagle River, and Douglas Island, Alaska