April 14, 2021: “Stormy Weather” progress and a walk on the shore

Greetings dear readers! My one and only sewing machine – a Bernina 440 QE that I’ve had since 2004 – is going in for its yearly maintenance tomorrow. I missed last year because of the pandemic so it needs this!! I love my machine and it has performed beautifully for 17 years. I’m guessing I must be one of the few quilters out there with only ONE machine. This means that for the next week to 10 days I will have to do hand work – no problem!!! Meanwhile, I’ve spent time this past week doing more machine work while I can, e.g. I pieced this month’s mini – no peeks! ๐Ÿ™‚ – so I can work on hand quilting it while the machine is gone. And I finished up all the stars for Stormy Weather! Here they are:

I also finished 2 more sprigs, leaving only 2 more to do!!!

Center blocks almost all done!!!

While the machine is gone, I’ll finish up those last two sprigs and maybe have time to get started on one of the borders. My first challenge is to figure out how I am going to mark out the vine on the dark background (same as the stars in the center). I don’t think my light box is going to work very well to show the pattern lines on the very dark gray. Any ideas are welcome!!!

I also made all the parts for the second Maple Leaf Rag border and basted them in place so I have that whole border to work on while the machine is away. The first one is almost completely done. Here’s one closeup and then the nearly finished one with the second one so you can see how the embroidery enhances it:

I find bits of time here and there to add a few hand quilting stitches to Golden Glow and now 2 borders are complete and 7 of the nine center blocks – slowly getting there!!

We had a beautiful spring day recently so Al and I drove a half hour to Odiorne State Park – on a bit of NH’s 17 mile long coast – and had a lovely walk:

I found an interesting tree:

With some amazing textures inside!!

My book group read this book this month and I can definitely recommend it – very, very good!

I’m also reading this book “Vesper Flights” which is a series of essays. I like the description on the inside jacket: “A literary cabinet of curiosities about the wonders and oddities of the natural world.” There’s a lovely short essay on walking in the woods in winter which, of course, I loved!!

Wishing you all a lovely spring and good stitching.

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

14 thoughts on “April 14, 2021: “Stormy Weather” progress and a walk on the shore

    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Thank you Mary. I have indeed used Prismacolor pencils successfully as markers. More concerned right now, though, about whether I can see the pattern lines through the fabric. I’m sure I’ll find a way!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. audrey

    I used to do the same thing, plan for lots of hand work while the machine was in for maintenance! Now somehow I’ve become one of those people with three sewing machines! Love seeing your gorgeous applique work. The chosen fabrics are all so lovely!:)

    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Thank you so much Audrey! I have enough hand work to keep me more than busy for the next week, but am mulling over the idea of getting a smaller machine that would be easier to take to classes or retreats – whenever we get back to those! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Chris K.

    Here’s an idea. It’s not something I’ve ever done, but I think it would work, since it’s just the vines. Make a copy of the pattern, pin or spray-baste or double-stick-tape it to the border, then sew down the center of the vines with white thread. Tear off the pattern and cover the white thread with your vines.

    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Thank you Chris for this idea! It sounds do-able, but it could be a bit of a challenge to copy this large border 3 times. I don’t see how one copy could be used more than once. Otherwise I can see how it could work well!!! Stay tuned!

  3. Nann

    I love the mix of prints in your quilt-in-progress. What a beautiful place to for a walk! Have you read H is for Hawk, MacDonald’s first book? (There was a PBS program about her and the hawk, too.)

    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Thank you Nann! I have not yet read MacDonald’s “H is For Hawk” but am adding it to my list and will try to find the PBS program too. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. barbvedder

    I’m always so inspired by your posts. Your stars and sprigs are just wonderful.
    Your border pieces are just stunning. What a fine tuned eye you have for color and embellishing. Lovely!
    Thanks for the book recommends. I really enjoyed H is for Hawk and this one sounds like it is right up my alley too. Line Nann, I also really enjoyed the PBS program with her and her goshawk.

    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Thanks so much Barb! I do seem to be blessed with an innate/intuitive good sense of color use and am so grateful for that!!! From what I’ve seen of your work, I think you’ve got it too! I will check out that PBS program!

  5. Katherine D Malone

    I love your choice of light/dark background. I am now encouraged to add this quilt to my bucket list of projects. I had a thought for tracing your borders onto dark fabrics. What if you traced the border onto freezer paper, cut out the pieces then ironed it to the border and traced the pattern shapes from the long strip of freezer paper where the shapes once were using chalk or white or berol gray pencil for placement of pieces. Just a thought. Love your work and your photos.

    1. gladiporsche Post author

      Thank you Katherine for this suggestion!! I’ve actually used this method in the past to mark simple vine borders of my own design and had forgotten about it. This vine is a bit more complicated, but I will study it to see if this might work. Thanks again!!

  6. acityquilter

    oooh ocean pix….love them…the icy atlantic is my home! lovely sewing projects as well….there was an article in our local paper about weird shaped tress that might actually have been sentinel trees created by native americans….interesting thought….

  7. Alison

    Hello Gladi. I have owned my Bernina 440QE for the same length of time. Eighteen months ago I caved in to my desire to have a machine with the hover function and the 10โ€ harp. Just a few minutes ago I shortened my husbands jeans on my 440QE and thought to myself how much nicer it sews than the newer machine. Somehow it feels more solid. Although I enjoy the 740 I sit there in tears sometimes as it is so technical and seems to have the error screen come up so often. Call me old fashioned but simpler is best in my view.


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