August 22, 2021: “Red and White” progress; updates, etc.

Greetings dear readers. I have started to focus almost exclusively on the red and white quilt I am making for the Cocheco guild show in mid October. There will be an exhibit of red and white quilts to celebrate the guild’s 40th anniversary. I have 50 days to get it done and there’s lots to do! I wavered for months before deciding to participate in the exhibit and that indecision has left me with some pressure to meet a deadline – a situation I try to avoid whenever possible!😐. Here’s where I am now (this is crib size – 35.5 X 45.5 inches):

Leaves are all made with edges turned and almost half are appliqued to the background. All the vines are appliqued. I am planning to add hand embroidered embellishments to all the leaves. I tried a practice one to see what it would look like:

The center line is #8 embroidery thread (DMC) and the veins are #12 Aurifil thread. I started a line of the latter thread along the leaf edge and I think I like the look – still deciding. It’s the quilting that has me nervous about finishing on time. I don’t think I trust myself to machine quilt it and it’s likely too late to find a long armer with time to fit it in before the show. Besides, I’d really like to try and hand quilt it. So….I may not get a lot else done over the next few weeks! However, I’m sure I have “QADD” – quilter’s attention deficit disorder – which means I’ll probably sneak in some work on my other projects too 🙂.

When I can’t stand looking at just red and white and need some COLOR, I’m continuing to work on Stormy Weather and have only 20 leaves left to make for the third border:

A couple months ago I purchased a fat eighth pack of the 20 newest Tilda fabrics and pieces from many of those have made it onto the third border:

I think I’m officially a Tilda addict and there’s another new line coming out this fall – oh no!

With all the rain we’ve had this summer, I’m seeing a lot of mushrooms, fungi, lichens, mosses, etc. on my walks. Really enjoying the shapes, forms, and subtle colors:

On a tree, from above:

And looking at the same from below:

I like the golden color of this fungus:

Closer, for the texture and the “stalagmite-like” or even coral-like shapes:

A couple more amazing trunks from Cape Cod; this tree was hugely spread out!


The leaves on this look like rhododendrons, but I’ve not seen trunks quite like this – very sculptural!

The 2 anthurium plants on my screened porch are doing beautifully – love the bright red and green colors and the interesting patterns on some of the leaves:

This month marks a milestone for me – five years since I retired! It has gone by incredibly fast. I have no regrets. I worked very hard for 45 years and am very, very happy to currently be the master of my own time (mostly!) I love using my brain for creativity in different ways than I did in my work as a physician. I enjoy the freedom to read everything but medical information without guilt!🙂. I feel so lucky that I am getting to enjoy this time of relative freedom while I am still healthy.

Meanwhile, it is hard to be cheery and positive when there’s so much suffering in the world. Especially when there’s not much we individuals can do to help. Donate money (sometimes quilts!). Be kind, thoughtful, and helpful. Pressure our leaders and politicians to be empathetic and do the right things for people and communities, not corporations. Do what we can to mitigate our negative effects on the climate. Wear masks and get vaccinated!! Volunteer when we can. But much is out of our control.
I found this quote this morning and it really spoke to me about how to be at peace, day to day:

“I don’t ever crave extraordinary moments any more. Just small, gentle hums of beauty streaming from below, above, and beyond simply from paying attention. Sound. Light. Shadow. Art. Warmth. The night. The morning. Dreams that are not faraway but exist right here – already in my days, hands, and heart.”
Victoria Erickson, author of Rhythms and Roads

Wishing you as many peaceful, gentle days as possible.

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

21 thoughts on “August 22, 2021: “Red and White” progress; updates, etc.

  1. susie Q August 22, 2021 / 10:49 am

    Such a lovely read to start this Sunday.

    • gladiporsche August 22, 2021 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you so much!

  2. Kyle August 22, 2021 / 6:45 pm

    Your Storm Weather vines certainly do offer lots of color in contrast to your two colors. I love both.

    • gladiporsche August 22, 2021 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks, Kyle. I’m enjoying both projects. I’ve embroidered several leaves now on the “red and white” and boy does it ever make a difference!!

  3. Deb H August 22, 2021 / 10:34 pm

    Hello. I’ve been meaning to leave a comment about your stormy weather quilt. I think it is one of the most beautiful quilts that I’ve ever seen. I especially love the borders and appreciate all of the work that has gone into making them. Thank you for sharing.

    • gladiporsche August 23, 2021 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Deb, for commenting and for your kind words!! It’s nice to know my hard work is recognized and appreciated.

  4. Cynthia @ wabi sabi quilts August 22, 2021 / 11:57 pm

    Congratulations on a retirement milestone! Your red and white quilt will be smashing especially with the special leafy border. I hope you can finish it in time without too much pressure! Your Stormy Weather border is just perfection! I have purchased a few Tilda fabrics here and love them. I agree with your worries and your list of ways we can actually affect change. What a time we are living in.

    • gladiporsche August 23, 2021 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia! I loved the Stars and Sprigs design for a long time and it’s nice to be actually making it. Also really happy with my choice of the Tilda fabrics and dark backgrounds for it. I find it incredible that some politicians can choose to appease their supporters with blatantly harmful and unscientific decisions rather than to believe science and make decisions to protect our families and children!!! I hope they are held accountable!!

  5. splendidcakes August 23, 2021 / 7:50 am

    Everything about this post is wonderful. I have faith that you can finish your red quilt in time- it is absolutely splendid!

    • gladiporsche August 23, 2021 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words!!!

  6. Paul McKenna August 23, 2021 / 9:40 am

    Very nice work on your latest quilt Gladi and I trust the pressure will not be too intrusive on the calmer aspects of life. Retirement certainly seems to suit you and having this kind of creative and consuming “hobby” (more like a consummate craft) does offer a new kind of focus for your many talents. Love the mushroom photos; we have a wide variety of wild mushrooms near our trailer by the lake and it is fascinating to see the multitude of shapes, sizes and sorts available.
    Hope that Al receives our birthday wishes soon. Also hope that you both stay well and healthy, not to mention happy! Best Regards, Paul & Lee

    • gladiporsche August 23, 2021 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you Paul and Lee! Your package arrived today – LOVELY!!!! I’m sure you will hear from Al. Hope you all stay well and happy too!!

      • Paul McKenna August 24, 2021 / 9:43 am

        Good news and have a lovely week!

  7. Wendy C Reed August 23, 2021 / 2:44 pm

    First of al, I cannot believe it has been 5 years since you retired. I remember how you struggled with thinking about pat time retirement or full time. I am so thankful that you chose the latter. Look at all the beautiful things you have created and experienced. I am so happy for you and for those of us who get to see the product of your creativity. I hope to get to your show in person to see this fabulous quilt in person. I love the quote from Victoria Erickson. Word to live by these days indeed.

    • gladiporsche August 23, 2021 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy! Your comments brought back to mind all those issues around my retirement! I was going to keep going half time, but there were going to be a ton of changes to which I’d have to adapt so I decided to not bother. Great decision – no regrets! I worried that with so much extra time for quilting I might get tired of it – HA!!! I’m still passionate about all of it! Have a wonderful, peaceful week!

  8. Marsha August 24, 2021 / 4:15 pm

    Congrats on your retirement anniversary. After reading your post I had to figure out how long it’s been for our retirement….12 years! Time flies when you are having so much fun quilting away. Love to see the progress on your quilts. Always such great choices on each quilt. Fascinating pictures of the mushrooms. We don’t get that large of a variety here, maybe more so on the coast where it’s wetter. Always enjoy seeing your quilts and nature pictures, especially in this season of Covid. Kind of like a mini vacation. We’re heading to the Oregon Coast in two weeks in our RV and I can’t wait! P.S. Love the Tula fabric.

    • gladiporsche August 24, 2021 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks Marsha for all your kind comments! So glad you enjoy the blog. Hope you have a wonderful vacation on the Oregon coast. I’ve been there once and it’s gorgeous!

  9. marissthequilter August 25, 2021 / 7:36 am

    Thank you for this rich post.
    I have come to realise that kindness is a gift — for both the giver and the receiver

    • gladiporsche August 25, 2021 / 7:03 pm

      Thanks Mariss!! You are so, so right about kindness. I’m mortified by the lack of it and the selfishness in the world these days.

  10. audrey August 25, 2021 / 5:25 pm

    Your Red and White quilt is going to be a beauty! Love the embroidery on the leaves especially.:)

    • gladiporsche August 25, 2021 / 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much! The embroidery makes a big difference and is worth the effort!!

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