July 16, 2021: Japanese quilts, part 3, and much more!

Greetings readers! I’m sharing 5 more Japanese quilts from the NEQM exhibit with you today. If you live anywhere near the museum in Lowell, MA, it’s well worth your time to go see these quilts in person for all the wonderful details. The hand stitched details on this first one are phenomenal!

I like the color, the radiating design, and the use of circles on this one:

I like the use of indigo fabrics and the variety of hand stitching on this one:

The hand piecing and quilting on this next one was excellent and I think she did a great job of using fabrics well and designing borders to make a classic pattern really interesting:

I adore the use of color and vintage kimono fabrics in this next one!

Hand pieced! And I like the use of the “Panama pyramid” blocks in the border!

Happily, I still have several more Japanese quilts to share in another post or two! That’s good because I don’t have much new work of my own to share. I finished all the appliqué for the first border for Stormy Weather- yay! The second border is all prepped and ready for appliqué and I’m putting the vines on the third border. I’m working on a small quilt for my guild’s annual challenge and it will double as my August mini so I can’t share it yet.
Totally unexpectedly, I found a one yard piece of fabric at the Fiddlehead shop in Belfast, ME for the border of my Red and White quilt; it’s perfect! I was going to use solid red, but am much happier with this:

Of course, I’m not done!🙂. I’m planning on adding vines and leaves to that border, but hope to speed it up with machine techniques. This needs to be done for the guild show in mid October.

When we vacation on Cape Rosier, Maine we always make it a point to visit Blue Hill Books, a wonderful independent book store with a great selection of books. When we were there last week, I bought this book:

My walks have very much made me want to learn how to better identify trees that I see. This book looks wonderful and makes the case that it is well worth learning to do this via tree bark rather than using leaves. Of, course, using a combination of both probably increases one’s chance of accuracy. I love the textures and patterns on tree bark so this should be really enjoyable! The book has lots of detailed information and great pictures too. Here’s an easy one, a tree in my neighborhood:

I knew by the leaves that it was an oak, but here’s the page on it in the book:

And the leaves match too:

I look forward to exploring!!

Now for some other “earthly delights” from my walks. I saw these adult turkeys with 10 chicks! They scurried away before I could get closer for a better picture:

I love the variety of colors of the day lilies that are out now:

The cattails are coming out around the pond:

There’s an old, falling down barn on one of my walks. I’ve been taking pictures of it intermittently for some time, but never captured an image I liked until this week when I walked in an early morning fog:

I like this quote from my new book on Bark: “The art of seeing, and the connection to place, grows exponentially when you learn to stop and observe….There are always new discoveries to be made.”


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

14 thoughts on “July 16, 2021: Japanese quilts, part 3, and much more!

  1. Tammy Hutchinson July 16, 2021 / 4:14 pm

    Beautiful post! The skill and creativity in the Japanese quilts is breath taking and inspiring. I agree you found a perfect border fabric. That’s why we should stop to look, wink, wink.

    • gladiporsche July 17, 2021 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Tammy. The Japanese quilters have such a wonderful talent for design! I never tire of seeing their creations.

  2. Jocelyn Thurston July 16, 2021 / 5:13 pm

    A beautiful post! I’ve become bark interested as well since I am attempting to name our trees. Fascinating and always something new to see.
    Aren’t these quilts so phenomenal! And interesting too, I am experimenting with hand piecing some Panama Pyramid blocks right now. Of course I will not be attaching them to such an amazing quilt.
    You are so right about that fabric being perfect for your beauty of a red and white quilt.

    • gladiporsche July 17, 2021 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn. I, too, have Panama Pyramids on my “to do some day” list.

  3. Katherine July 18, 2021 / 8:08 pm

    Oh my! That is certainly the perfect fabric for your border. I have just recently found the Fiddlehead website – what a feast for the eyes!

    • gladiporsche July 23, 2021 / 8:41 pm

      It’s probably a very good thing that Fiddlehead is 3 hours away and that I strongly prefer not to order fabric online!!! 🙂

  4. Paul McKenna July 19, 2021 / 10:21 am

    Hello Gladi: sounds like your visit to HBC was a success…nice to know that Blue Hill Books is still a viable option for book-lovers! The book you picked up; “Bark” is something that I think Alex might like to read so that gives me a great idea for a Christmas gift for him. Your nature photography continues to delight and your regular rambles seem to take you some interesting spots around your home. Say “Hi” to Al for us and stay well. We miss you all. Cheers, Paul

    • gladiporsche July 19, 2021 / 2:17 pm

      Our visit to HBC was indeed a success! They were already booked solid for 2022 so we are hoping to visit you there next summer and stay in Blue Hill for a couple of nights. Thanks for your kind comments about my photos!

  5. marissthequilter July 19, 2021 / 10:56 am

    Thank you for another rich post.
    The workmanship (workwomanship?!) on the Japanese quilts is astounding, and humbling. Oh to sew like that.
    It was indeed a lucky find as the border to your beautiful red and white quilt is perfect.
    And I enjoyed accompanying you on your walk.

    • gladiporsche July 19, 2021 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you! I completely agree, of course, about the workmanship in those quilts! My goal is always to do the best I can under the given circumstances, without going over the edge into the kind of perfectionism that can be detrimental to one’s overall enjoyment of the experience and sometimes even to one’s mental health. This acceptance of imperfection has served me well over the years!!

  6. Wendy C Reed July 19, 2021 / 6:03 pm

    Oh my, those Japanese quilts are amazing. I couldn’t quite make out the maker’s name on the first one but I am pretty sure she is from another planet. Amazing creativity and handwork. Your red and white quilt is spectacular. Thank you for the book recommendation. I am always looking for new nature books. I love the Blue Hill book shop too. So happy to hear you got to visit it on this trip.

    • gladiporsche July 23, 2021 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks Wendy. I love your comment about that quilter being from another planet!!! The skills displayed are indeed other worldly! I’m happy with the way the Red and White quilt is progressing. The Blue Hill Book Store is a read gem!!!!!

  7. barbvedder July 23, 2021 / 2:13 pm

    More beautiful work from the Japanese exhibit. Great photos with good details.
    Pretty flowers and what a nice “rafter” of turkeys. 🙂
    I admire your interest in tree education.

    • gladiporsche July 23, 2021 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you Barb! I love studying the details on these quilts. Also thanks for the new to me word “rafter” for a group of turkeys!!! I enjoy learning new words! It’s funny that I am really into learning to identify trees, but not feeling the same desire to learn to identify wildflowers or birds….maybe some day….

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