May 23, 2018: New project moving along!; Hand quilting; More Houston show pictures!; Haiku for today

Greetings!  I’ve spent my quilting hours the past week exclusively on 2 projects.  I am very much enjoying making blocks for my new project.  This one, so far, is a lot about the beautiful fabrics I’m using –  the colors, designs, and how they work together in this particular palette.  Here are some of the blocks (click on pics to enlarge):

I’m planning to make 16 of these for a 4X4 setting.  These will be on point alternating with blocks with appliqué – possibly small pots with flowers and leaves.  Right now I’m struggling to decide on a background fabric for those appliqué blocks.  I had initially wanted to use a green fabric that I’ve had for a few years, but I am worried that it’s too dark.  I love the yellow print fabric but am worried that it’s too “busy” to support the appliqué.

Would love feedback from my readers on either of these possible choices!  I am also wondering about considering something in the same shade of yellow,  but more solid reading.  Di Ford-Hall has a small yellow plaid fabric that, at least on line, looks like it might work….  This will have to “simmer” for a while as I finish the 16 pieced blocks.  I probably should make a “mock-up” of the appliqué to see how it looks before making a decision.

The other project I’m working on is the hand quilting of “Summer Breeze.”  It’s all circles and the center is almost complete!!

The back:

I still have a few more posts worth of pictures to share from the Houston Quilt Festival!!!  Here are some more from the special exhibits.  I don’t think I’m repeating, but even if I am I think you’d enjoy seeing the pictures again!  Click on pics to enlarge and enjoy!!

This group is from the “I Am An Artisan Challenge” in which they used Kaffe  “Artisan” fabrics.  I hope I have the labels straight:

Missed the label on this one:

Having just made a silk quilt, I enjoyed seeing this one made of silk:

A modern quilt that I liked:

A beautiful album style traditional quilt made by hand and, not surprisingly, by a Japanese quilter:

Love the red background in this one!

It was just last June – almost a year ago! – that I challenged myself to write a haiku a day.  Then I challenged my son to join me as we texted our haikus to each other each day,  My son only lasted a few weeks!  He then continued to enjoy receiving mine daily even though he wasn’t reciprocating.  I faithfully wrote and sent a haiku every day for 5 months – 150 poems!!! – and then I faltered.  I stated missing a day here and there and then a week here and there.  Now I’m sending only a few per month, but I haven’t stopped.  What I’d like to do now is challenge myself to write poetry, but not be confined to the haiku form.  We’ll see where this goes….

In the meantime, I’ve written a 2-verse haiku for today to share with you:

Corruption at heart,

Of heart, justice kicked to the

Curb; dark times indeed


And yet…..wonder and

Amazement at the rites of

Spring dispel the gloom


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


7 thoughts on “May 23, 2018: New project moving along!; Hand quilting; More Houston show pictures!; Haiku for today

  1. Mrs. Plum

    Thanks, Gladi, for an interesting post. I definitely like the yellow over the green, though I agree that the yellow print is too busy. The green does not have enough value contrast, and looks blah to me. Perhaps a mottled, slightly lighter value yellow could work.

    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Thank you for responding and giving me your suggestion for the quilt. Much appreciated! I am thinking the same way you are – yellow, but more subtle. Gladi

  2. Marie Tymrak

    Thanks for peeks at “Treasure Ship”, definitely worth the close-up photo details! Oh, those poppies & wheat! Lovely. Thx 4 haiku.

    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Thank you, Marie! That “Treasure Ship” quilt is amazing! All the different hand quilting patterns, the appliqué….. wow! Gladi

  3. Mayleen

    Thanks for including the photo of my quilt, Paint Can Posy, from the “I am an Artisan” exhibit at Houston last year!

    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Hi Mayleen. Your quilt is beautiful! Wonderful response to the challenge of using those fabrics! Gladi

  4. Cheryl

    Love the yellow and think it would work if the applique is “chunky” and not too fine and detailed. This quilt will be a beauty. Can’t wait to see it. Enjoy!


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