July 27, 2021: “Groundhog day”😊; final Japanese quilts; and a good book!

Greetings dear readers! Remember the movie “Groundhog Day” in which the main character wakes up to the same day over and over? I feel a little bit like that as I work on the borders for my “stars and sprigs” quilt, Stormy Weather!

I need 4 of these and they are a lot of work and very time consuming. Everything is being done by hand. Each border has over 25 feet of vines and 229 leaves. In the picture above, the border on the left is complete. The border in the middle has all the vines appliqued, all the leaves made, and all the leaves basted to the background and ready for them to be appliqued. This will be my hand project for our next vacation, next week. The border on the right has all the vines appliqued and now I’m preparing all the leaves.

And one of these days I’ll wake up and it will be on to the 4th border and the process will be repeated again! I can hardly believe I’ve committed myself to this but I think it will be worth it in the end. My husband joked that it’s too bad we can’t just print these borders out on a 3D printer!😊

I have the final few Japanese quilts to share with you today. Enjoy the details! (By the way, I don’t know what the Judges Encouragement award means – several quilts had that honor.)

I haven’t shown every single quilt in the exhibit, but I think I’ve shown the majority of them. I’m grateful to the NEQM for having this exhibit and I’m grateful the museum is only an hour drive away for me! Once again, I encourage you to go see these in person if you can.

I have one “earthly delight “ for you today – a lovely red day lily:

It’s been quite a while since I read a book that I can’t put down, but I’m almost finished with one now:

This is the story of a young woman who is diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 23. Reading about her 3 years of treatment are not for the faint of heart, but she writes exceedingly well and with incredible honesty about the experience. It’s an amazing story of perseverance and humanity and I’ve hardly been able to put it down. Highly recommended, obviously!

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

15 thoughts on “July 27, 2021: “Groundhog day”😊; final Japanese quilts; and a good book!

  1. Li July 27, 2021 / 6:14 pm

    These quilts are especially exquisite. Thank you for posting these images.

    • gladiporsche July 27, 2021 / 8:55 pm

      Glad to be able to share!

  2. Wendy C Reed July 27, 2021 / 6:35 pm

    Oh what a perfect analogy! I can just imagine how you will feel when you finish that final border. It is simply breathtaking. Thank you for sharing these wonderful Japanese quilts. So much talent in one room! Would you do me a favor if you get a chance and try to comment on my post today. I think I have fixed the problem but not sure. Thanks! No hurry!

    • gladiporsche July 27, 2021 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks Wendy. I’ll see if I can comment on your post and email you if it doesn’t work. It does, however, look like you’ve gotten some nice comments so I think you are OK!

  3. acityquilter July 27, 2021 / 7:46 pm

    such lovely quilts at the museum….i miss being close enough to go often…love those borders and i can appreciate them being so labor intensive….but gorgeous!

    • gladiporsche July 27, 2021 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you! I’m so fortunate to be close to a quilt museum!!

  4. Randy I Danto July 28, 2021 / 4:54 pm

    Your stars and sprigs borders are looking just gorgeous. What an undertaking! You are getting close to the finish line! BRAVO.
    The Japanese quilts are truly amazing. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    And that Lily?? gorgeous!!
    Thanks for the book recommendation.
    Stay well.

    • gladiporsche July 30, 2021 / 3:40 pm

      Thanks Randy! It does feel good to be making progress! I’ve enjoyed seeing your projects on your blog.

  5. Kyle July 29, 2021 / 2:02 pm

    Those borders are incredible. It may seem endless, but Wow!

    • gladiporsche July 30, 2021 / 3:40 pm

      Thanks Kyle. I agree that the borders are pretty spectacular – worth the work!

    • gladiporsche July 30, 2021 / 3:41 pm

      Thanks for your encouragement!!

  6. Marie July 29, 2021 / 11:03 pm

    Oh, you have the patience of a saint. I absolutely love that pattern, and the borders in particular, but they would need to invent a way for me to double my lifespan if I was to even consider making one of my own. Keep going – it is GORGEOUS!

    • gladiporsche July 30, 2021 / 3:43 pm

      Thanks Marie. I am, indeed, a pretty patient person and it’s paying off with these borders!!! I think my patience is one of the reasons I’ve done so much hand quilting over the years too.

  7. barbvedder July 31, 2021 / 11:30 am

    Your stick to it attitude on these borders is so impressive. It will be glorious!
    I’ve been skimming over the Japanese quilts as I hope to make it up to the museum to see them.
    If I don’t, I intend to review your posts on them.
    Thanks for the book recommendation I’ve added it to my wish list.

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