March 4, 2018: Slow progress; more Japanese quilts; Vacation!

Greetings!  When one is working on several involved projects at once, progress can seem pretty slow, but that’s generally how I work.  The minutes spent here and there on a regular basis do add up over time and things finally get done, but my projects often take years to complete!  I’m OK with that, but sometimes there’s not much to show on my blog.  You can, however, by reading my blog, get a sense of the TIME and detailed work required to make my quilts.

Here is what my design wall looks like right now with 3 projects on it!

If you are a regular reader, you may notice the new doll quilt top on the far left:

I went on a tear this week, paper piecing the little 3 1/2 inch blocks and couldn’t stop till I had all 12 finished!   There are dozens of different fabrics in it.   The blocks are not sewn together yet and I may play some more with the setting before doing that, but the blocks for the center are done!  I am pretty sure I’ll add a somewhat narrow border.  I’ve been wanting to try out something in the blue/indigo – cheddar/gold colors and a doll quilt is a great way to do that.  Something that doesn’t take years!!!

I have been adding the embroidery stitches and little circles to the winter quilt blocks.  This is going to take a while and I still have lots of blocks to make.  Trust me, the colors and the patterns on the indigo fabrics and the shadings of blues in the background look a lot better in person than in my pictures!  I do think I am being successful in capturing the calm, quiet, contemplative mood I’m trying to convey with this quit:

I decided to go ahead with the “grapes” block for the center of “Sweet Journeys”.  I chose the fabrics, started to make the stems with my trusty Clover bias tape maker, made the templates, and started making some of the 180 (!!!) circles for the grapes:

And I took a few more hand quilting stitches in the Asian circles quilt:

Al and I are leaving tomorrow for a short vacation to Arizona!

We fly into Phoenix and then head right for Sedona for a few nights then off to the Tucson area before coming home on the 14th.  These are areas of Arizona we haven’t been to yet and we just wanted to escape the long New Hampshire winter for a short time.  It should be fun and relaxing.  I won’t blog again until after we return.

Remember this project?:

English Paper Piecing is the perfect travel project so I’m taking that with me.  I still have many, many of the connecting tan diamonds to add to the hexagon stars before I start sewing all the larger pieces together.

I’m closing today with another 4 of the Japanese quilts at the New England Quilt Museum.  Click on the pics to enjoy the details!!

This quilt was breathtakingly beautiful!!

I loved this art quilt!  I love the graphic power of the design and how she used line and color:

The next quilt was stunning in its detail – the old kimono fabrics!!  the colors!!  the hand work!!!

I have always been drawn to Japanese medallion style quilts.   The designs are intricate, often using “fussy cut” fabrics for added detail and I love the combination of piecing and appliqué.  The Japanese are known for this.  I particularly like the color choices in this one.  And the hand quilting!!!:

Will have some pictures from Arizona to share when I get back, plus still more pictures from NEQM and I still have some from Houston!!  Stay tuned!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day,   Gladi

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “March 4, 2018: Slow progress; more Japanese quilts; Vacation!

  1. Marie Tymrak

    Welcome, welcome. You will love the weather in both Sedona and Tucson this time of year. I live in central Phoenix and will be thrilled if you contact my email with any questions while you are in the Southwest. I suggest that you consider the Tucson Festival of Books which will be at the campus of the U of Arizona next weekend. You may also like the Mata Ortiz pottery, Oaxacan weavings and wildly painted wooden folk art animals at the Mexican Arts Festival at the Superstition Mining Museum, in Apache Junction, east of Phoenix on Friday, March 9. It is easier than traveling to Mexico, and the artists give demonstrations and bring a large selection of original artwork. Marie Tymrak

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    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Thank you, Marie, for the information about events in Arizona!!! They sound wonderful and right up my alley!!! I will keep them in mind, though not sure if our travel locations will coincide on those dates. So looking forward to a change of scene and weather!! Gladi

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      1. Marie Tymrak

        Welcome, welcome. You will love the weather in both Sedona and Tucson this time of year. I live in central Phoenix and will be thrilled if you contact my email with any questions while you are in the Southwest. I suggest that you consider the Tucson Festival of Books which will be at the campus of the U of Arizona next weekend. You may also like the Mata Ortiz pottery, Oaxacan weavings and wildly painted wooden folk art animals at the Mexican Arts Festival at the Superstition Mining Museum, in Apache Junction, east of Phoenix on Friday, March 9. It is easier than traveling to Mexico, and the artists give demonstrations and bring a large selection of original artwork. Marie Tymrak

      2. Marie Tymrak

        Another interesting possibility would be the Nizhoni Ranch, for the finest of Navajo weavings. Steve & Gail Getzwiler have been promoting the master weavers for decades and are unique in their presentation of the culture, as well as the objects, frequently hosting whole families. The ranch is in Sonoita, Arizona, between Tucson and Mexico. Check their website for details. You will not be disappointed, as the scenery and setting is as lovely as you can imagine.

  2. Wendy C. Reed

    I for one notice how much you accomplish! Those of us who do a lot of hand work tend to think we are less productive at times. I read your blog and wonder how you get it all done! And, I know how you feel about posting what we feel is snail’s pace progress compared to those fast moving quilt-in-a-day projects. There is a place for both and I am comfortable (most of the time) with of my speed. Have a wonderful vacation.

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