August 30, 2021: August Monthly Mini; Red and White progress!

Greetings dear readers! Here is my “mini” for August:

The title is “Trip To Japan.” I actually made it for my guild’s annual Challenge. This year’s theme was “I remember….” The quilt could have a perimeter of no more than 96 inches and had to have a noticeable amount of blue in it. I decided to use my indigo fabrics for the blue and I chose to “remember “ my wonderful trip to Japan in 2010 and the immersion in their textile culture as I went to the Tokyo International Quilt Festival and did other fabric related things on the tour.

I chose a fan design, which is, of course, very Japanese, and I used pieces of authentic kimonos (along with some other authentic Japanese fabrics)that I collected from that trip and over the years.

I added a line of embroidery embellishment across the top of each fan and hand quilted it with “regular” stitches on the fans and setting triangles.

Then I tried “big stitch” quilting for the first time in the area above the fans! It wasn’t too difficult and I’m pleased with it! It also seems similar, in this case, to sashiko stitching- very Japanese, of course.

You can see both types of stitching easily on the back:

The final dimensions are 22.5 inches square. The quilts were all displayed at last week’s guild meeting, but due to unforeseen circumstances I had to miss the meeting, though I had a friend take my quilt there for me. Apparently there were some great quilts shown! They will all be in our annual show in October and I’ll get pictures to share then.

Speaking of the show, I need not have stressed so much about being able to finish my Red and White entry. In the past week I finished the top:

Which means I finished all the leaf appliqué and embroidery:

And I prepped the backing, got it layered and basted and started the hand quilting!!!

What helped was a stretch of either rainy or very hot weather which kept me in the house and focused on the task at hand. I’m now feeling that if I do certain amount of hand quilting every day, I should have plenty of time to finish by the show.

I’ll finish this post with a few “earthly delights.” Continuing to see signs of autumn:

I’m always surrounded by pines – these needles looked so feathery:


The afternoon sun shining through the leaves on my coleus plant really highlighted the red and green!

One final view of the mini:

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

26 thoughts on “August 30, 2021: August Monthly Mini; Red and White progress!

  1. Mrs. Plum August 30, 2021 / 1:29 pm

    Gladi, “Trip to Japan” is absolutely stunning! I love the variety of the fan fabrics, as well as the indigos. The red border triangles unify. Your hand quilting is exquisite, as always. I think the red big stitch quilting is very effective. Congratulations on finishing your red and white top! You are a master at combining fabrics.

    • gladiporsche August 30, 2021 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks so much for all your kind words!! When one is passionate about something, the love shines through!!

  2. juliekquilts August 30, 2021 / 2:36 pm

    Love your mini…and your red and white quilt is so breathtaking!!

    • gladiporsche August 30, 2021 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much Julie!!

  3. Wendy C Reed August 30, 2021 / 4:48 pm

    What a fabulous memory of a wonderful trip. This mini is sensational! What a wonderful way to use some of your gorgeous Japanese fabrics too. And, your red and white challenge is beautiful I don’t know why we stress ourselves so much with upcoming deadlines. We almost always seem to get the project done. I am really hoping to be able to get to the show to see it in person. Our county is in the middle of another resurge in cases. I am masking everywhere now. Thanks for a fabulous mini!

    • gladiporsche August 30, 2021 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you Wendy!! I do hope you can get to the show. I’ll check in with you about it when the time comes and see if we can meet for lunch. We are having a surge in Covid in our area too and the arrival of all the UNH students back on campus could make things worse. I’m wearing a mask indoors again. It still feels good, though, to be vaccinated. Have a great week!

  4. Marie Tymrak August 30, 2021 / 5:53 pm

    Thank you for the lovely pictures of both the quilts and nurture in New England. Your quilts remind me that it’s a generous variety of techniques enhance the glorious colors and forms of many to the fabrics. Cheers to embroidery!

    • gladiporsche August 30, 2021 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you Marie! I’ve been adding embroidery embellishments to my quilts for a long time now and love the effect. It’s safest to do when a quilt is not going to be used or washed a lot, e.g. wall quilts. You’re right – the more techniques, the merrier!!

  5. Pat in WNY August 30, 2021 / 6:00 pm

    I love the mini, what a beautiful way to showcase your bits of Japanese fabrics – always so eye-pleasing. Red and White challenge is lovely, I hope you are able to finish it in time.

    • gladiporsche August 30, 2021 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you Pat! I feel confident now that, as long as life doesn’t throw me a curve ball that interferes with my ability to hand quilt a bit every day, I can finish in time!

  6. Kelley Secrest August 30, 2021 / 8:29 pm

    Your “Trip to Japan” is stunning!! The sneak peek of the quilting on the back piqued my curiosity and the front is more beautiful than I imagined. The red and white challenge quilt is lovely as well. Will cheer you on to the finish! Happy Monday to you – Kelley Secrest

    • gladiporsche August 30, 2021 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you Kelley for your kind and encouraging words!! Have a great week!

  7. Kyle August 31, 2021 / 12:39 am

    Your quilts are always so awesome. Looks like we both used a lot of red this month. Beautiful

    • gladiporsche August 31, 2021 / 9:07 pm

      Thank you Kyle. Can’t go wrong with red!!!

  8. Ann August 31, 2021 / 1:43 am

    Your lovely quilt has many memories for you and details for all of us to enjoy. I noticed the red embroidery along the top arcs and how you echoed it in the quilting. Congratulations on a great finish.

    • gladiporsche August 31, 2021 / 9:07 pm

      Thank you Ann!!

  9. Cynthia @ wabi sabi quilts August 31, 2021 / 6:34 am

    Wow, your Trip to Japan is so rich, and so beautiful. It’s absolutely stunning! The big stitch quilting is perfect for it, and fabrics are fab. It’s so effective to use the bright colors with the deep indigo. It’s just a wonderful, special piece!

    • gladiporsche August 31, 2021 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks Cynthia! And thank you, again, for all of your posts from Japan!

  10. marissthequilter August 31, 2021 / 11:08 am

    Both of your quilts are remarkable. Such beautiful, careful stitching. Trip to Japan is my favourite because of the story behind it, and the fabrics, and the design, and the big stitching!

    • gladiporsche August 31, 2021 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you Mariss! I agree – it’s always especially nice when a quilt has a meaningful story attached to it. Good craftsmanship is something I always strive for, even if I fall short at times. Have a great week!

  11. Janet O. September 1, 2021 / 8:23 pm

    I am blown away by your little quilt–the use of the rich indigos to set off the lovely prints in the fans, and the striking red setting triangles. It all works so well. And I can’t forget the embroidery and the beautiful stitching. I just attended the wonderful show of Japanese quilters at the NEQM and I feel like this would fit right in.
    Your red and white quilt is so well done, with the gentle curves of the border against the very graphic blocks. Nice juxtaposition.

    • gladiporsche September 2, 2021 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much Janet for your kind words!!

  12. LoriD September 3, 2021 / 2:03 pm

    Your mini is as sweet as can be! I’m using some of those same Japanese blues but your quilt is so much more creative!
    Love your red and white quilt. You really can’t go wrong with that color combo!
    I’m seeing signs of fall here as well,.

    • gladiporsche September 3, 2021 / 2:38 pm

      Thank you Lori!! I love using lots of colors in my quilts so much that I’ve resisted making a red and white quilt for years – even though I enjoy seeing those that others have made. Now I’m happy to have one of my own!

  13. barbvedder September 13, 2021 / 11:18 am

    Your mini is so lovely. The big stitch looks wonderful and add a great detail.
    Good Luck finishing your beautiful red and white. I’m so sorry to be missing the show!

    • gladiporsche September 14, 2021 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you Barb! I can hardly believe I’m almost finished with the quilting on the crib quilt already – it went much faster than I expected! Coming to our show would be a pretty long trek for you, so I totally understand your not getting there!! I’ll be sharing pictures on the blog so you can enjoy those. Have a wonderful week!

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