June 8, 2021: “Stormy Weather” update; escaping the heat at “The Flume.”

Greetings dear readers! I am making slow but steady progress on “Stormy Weather: Shine A Light.” The center of the top is all sewn together. Here it is on my deck with probably the best look at true color I’ve been able to show – better than the indoor light on my design wall:

The vines for the first border are all stitched down and all the leaves are made and basted down – only a few of them are appliquéd so still a lot of work awaiting:

Even so, rather than do the leaf appliqué just yet, I decided to do the vine applique for the second border next so I could move on to choose fabrics for the leaves and have a pile of those waiting to be prepped. It’s nice to prep (prepared edge so I turn the seam allowances under before appliqué) about 20 of these a day and spread that job out over time. We have 2 separate weeks of vacation coming up in July (Cape Rosier, Maine) and August (Cape Cod) and the appliqué of these borders might be my take along project. I am kind of wishing I’d decided to appliqué the vines, but not the leaves, with the machine, but don’t want to change mid stream so will stick with all hand work for the rest of this project. Here’s that second vine border, almost done:

And a couple more closeups:

We are in the midst of a 5 day heat wave here in the seacoast area of NH. When it gets this hot (mid 90’s), there are 3 choices for keeping cool – stay in an air conditioned space (we have window air conditioners and fans on both floors of the house so it it relatively comfortable), go to water – the beach or a lake, or go to the mountains. Yesterday we chose the latter and went to one of my very favorite places in NH – The Flume, a gorgeous gorge in the White Mountain National Forest. It is significantly cooler there and Al and I had a marvelous 2 mile hike. Plus the 1 1/2 hour drive each way in the air conditioned car and ice cream after the hike! The Pemigewasset River runs through the gorge and there are several water falls.

It wasn’t crowed at all. Look at these fabulous Jack in the Pulpits along the ledges in one area:

Loved the play of light on the boulders in the river – those stripes!!

The mosses and other plant life on the rock walls was lush and interesting:

This tree was growing right out of the wall of granite!

The waterfalls were so lovely! I feel cooler right now just looking at these pictures!

At a couple points along the trail there were openings with views of the mountains:

A stellar day!! It was still 91 degrees when we got home, but we avoided most of it for that day and were able to be outdoors.

I am not sure if I can post videos to my blog; I’ve never tried it. I may try posting a very short video from the Flume some time in the next few days just to see if I can do it. Would love you to hear the rush of the water from the river. I also have more museum pictures to share and some more interesting pictures from this hike so will do that next time.

Be kind, be grateful, stay cool (!), and cherish each day, Gladi

22 thoughts on “June 8, 2021: “Stormy Weather” update; escaping the heat at “The Flume.”

  1. juliekquilts June 8, 2021 / 9:04 pm

    Oh how I love your quilt!!! Spectacular, as is your scenery from your walk. Perfect!

    • gladiporsche June 9, 2021 / 7:47 pm

      Thank you Julie! The walk was lovely and refreshing!

  2. Cynthia @ wabi sabi quilts June 9, 2021 / 1:44 am

    Your quilt is looking great. It’s nice to prep handwork for vacations. Oh…. love the White Mountains and you had a great day – your photos really show how lush and refreshing it is!

    • gladiporsche June 9, 2021 / 7:48 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia! I’m lucky to have the White Mountains this close!

  3. pamdempsey June 9, 2021 / 2:50 am

    Your stormy weather is awesome 👏! The trip pictures are so pretty, I felt cooler just looking at them 🥰

    • Denisw June 9, 2021 / 1:17 pm

      Oh my gosh.. Your Flume pictures brought back a flash of memories from my childhood of my family vacation one summer. It is so clear, we brought our poodle who constantly whined and I pouted the whole day because my mother made me wear ankle socks that didn’t match because I lost one. I was 13 yrs. old. haha.

    • gladiporsche June 9, 2021 / 7:50 pm

      Thanks Pam! It was great to have this kind of “retreat” from the heat wave available!

  4. grace thorne June 9, 2021 / 1:36 pm

    lovely new england photos….and oh those amazing borders! beautiful…

    • gladiporsche June 9, 2021 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you Grace! Best wishes with your healing!

  5. Wendy C Reed June 9, 2021 / 5:27 pm

    Your posts always make my day! Such inspiration right off the bat with that amazing border and then you cool us all off with your lovey nature photos. I haven’t been to the Flume since I was a little girl, but it is still as lovely as ever. So glad that you were able to beat the heat with a great nature walk. Thanks for making me smile.

  6. Wendy C Reed June 9, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    Oh, and we would love to see you on your way up or back to Cape Rosier, but no pressure is needed on your vacation! If you can fit it in, great, otherwise I hope we can plan a quick venture up to Cyndi’s some day soon.

    • gladiporsche June 9, 2021 / 7:53 pm

      Hi Wendy. Seeing you and shopping at Cyndi’s are on my “wish list” for the year so will try my very best to make it happen!!!

  7. Gail Wozniak June 9, 2021 / 5:41 pm

    What a perfect way to stay cool ! Love how the quilt is coming along. What do you use to mark on dark fabrics ?

    • gladiporsche June 9, 2021 / 8:01 pm

      Hi Gail. For dark fabrics, I use a mechanical pencil type marker with white extra fine “lead” – my favorite is Bohin, but the Fons and Porter brand works well too and can take the Bohin refills. The lead refills by Bohin come in packages of 6. I’ve been using this happily for many years. The marks pretty much wear off without needing to be erased, though if they are on for too long they can fade and need to be redone.

  8. Rachel Avice Atienza June 10, 2021 / 7:00 am

    Your outdoor photos are breathtaking gladi, you had a wonderful heat break!! I never cease to be surprised by the play between your dark and “ghost” blocks in this quilt whenever I look at it. The overall feel of the quilt is lovely, and all the pinks go so well with the backgrounds. Look forward to the water running video. Whenever we go out we try for areas with water, they are so much more interesting. Take care, Rachel.

    • gladiporsche June 10, 2021 / 11:21 pm

      Thank you Rachel for your lovely comments about my work and my photos! Will try that video soon!

  9. Marsha June 10, 2021 / 3:14 pm

    Your quilt is gorgeous! Those borders are a lot of work but will be so worth it when you are done. Love the pictures of your walk in the gorge. Always a pleasure to see all your pictures.

    • gladiporsche June 10, 2021 / 11:22 pm

      Thanks so much Marsha! I know you are right that I will eventually be happy I chose to do all the appliqué by hand.

  10. barbvedder June 10, 2021 / 9:11 pm

    Your border looks prepped and ready to stitch. That is my happy place. It will be great to take in on Vacation. From the photos it already looks like it is stitched. What a wonderful project and fun to watch your progress on this quilt.
    The Flume is glorious! I bet it is wonderful to walk along that water and cool rock.
    How special to see a Jack in the pulpit.

    • gladiporsche June 10, 2021 / 11:27 pm

      Thanks Barb! You are exactly right – having all those pieces basted and ready to appliqué is my happy place too and perfect for relaxation while on vacation!😊. I was SO excited about the Jack in the Pulpits!!

  11. Kyle June 10, 2021 / 11:09 pm

    Stormy Weather gets more beautiful with each addition of appliques on the borders. Perfect for your vacations. Gorgeous.

    • gladiporsche June 10, 2021 / 11:31 pm

      Thanks so much Kyle! The appliqué will definitely be a great vacation project! I’m really happy with how this is turning out 🙂.

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