September 7, 2021: Updates and more

Greetings dear readers! Signs of early autumn are visible and palpable, especially on my early morning walks. I love this season and its frequently changing landscapes. I’ll get to some “earthly delights” later, but first some quilting updates. I’ve been hand quilting Red and White Crib Quilt and have 31 of the 35 center blocks done!

I’m stitching in the ditch around each of the “logs”:

You can see it better from the back. “In the ditch” to me means slightly out from the edge so the stitches are seen.

I have 5 weeks from today to get it done. I know from previous experience that borders usually take more time than one expects but I think I’m in good shape to finish on time. A binding, sleeve, and label are needed too. I have a bad habit of not putting sleeves and labels on my quilts until I show them so I have 3 sleeves and 5 labels to do for the show over these 5 weeks!

I managed to squeeze in time to sew together all the blocks for this donation quilt (for a local homeless shelter):

A little closer:

I happily used only blue, teal, and aqua fabrics from my stash for this. I’m also pulling stash fabrics to make a back for it.

And look what I put up on my design wall, just for fun!:

The borders for Maple Leaf Rag and Stormy Weather that I’ve been working on all year! Only one border for each is completely done; a tsunami of appliqué is still to be finished, but lots of the prep work is completed. Of course 3 more borders and yet to even be started.😐 Maybe with fall arriving, I’ll take a break from Stormy Weather and do some work on Maple Leaf Rag. I like the thought of working with seasonal colors.

Recently Jocelyn at the excellent and highly recommended blog “Canadian Needle Nana” stated that she decided to treat herself to a good pair of scissors and asked for recommendations. My situation is “SCISSORS MADNESS”!! I counted all the pairs I have and it’s 30!!! There might even be a few more hidden away somewhere 😧. Accumulated over 27 years – is that a viable excuse?! My favorites are Kai ( to me they seem the sharpest), followed closely by Karen Kay Buckley (I especially like the larger finger openings), then Ginghers.

The Kais are the 3 in the middle, the KKB’s are to the left and the Ginghers to the right. I have more of these brands not in the picture and a lot of Fiskars which I bought in the beginning because they were readily available. I also have 8 rotary cutters. I’m not at all sure how the number of my cutting tools got so out of hand! Does anyone else have this problem?!

In case you’re not aware, the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) is having its annual fund raising silent auction. Members donate 12 inch square pieces of art and the money raised goes toward supporting everything the organization does. On their web site all the donated pieces are able to be viewed and bid on. There are several hundred! Go have a look and enjoy some marvelous art quilts!! Bid on something if you’re interested!

Another web site worth checking out is Create Whimsy (createwhimsy.com). I particularly like their interviews for insights into creativity. Recently there was an especially good interview with Maria Shell, whose contemporary improvisational quilts I like a lot. Take a look and enjoy! (though the pop up adds can be annoying)

If you enjoy blogs, another recommendation is Sarah Lizzies (sarahlizzies.blogspot.com). She is in Australia and posts gorgeous pictures of her quilts and her flowers; the writing is lovely too. I’m enjoying her celebration of early spring just as we are beginning to celebrate early autumn.

Now for some “earthly delights”! I’ve been delighting in the fungi our wet weather has fostered. Look at some of these wonderful swirly designs and shapes:

Some late summer flowers:

On my walk this morning the sunlight struck these grasses in just such a way as to make the tips look like gleaming gold; it was gorgeous and I managed to capture a bit of that:

Earlier last week I walked on a cloudy morning and captured this sky and pasture:

In the woods, a dead tree that woodpeckers have enjoyed and a stump with a glorious moss coating!:

This path skirts by part of the bog I visit quite often:

It’s a twisty path, requiring careful navigation, full of roots that will trip you if you are not mindful of where you step. This seems like a good metaphor for what so many in the world now face with not only wars, refugee migrations, political and religious divisions, and climate disasters, but also with all the personal physical and mental health challenges many of us face. Wishing all of you readers the very best as we navigate these challenges!!

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

18 thoughts on “September 7, 2021: Updates and more

  1. Wendy C Reed September 7, 2021 / 2:45 pm

    Oh, I cannot wait to see this one in person. I am hoping to go on Saturday of the show so I hope you will be there then. I cannot believe I am going to see quilts in person again! Whoohoo!

    • gladiporsche September 8, 2021 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks Wendy! At this point I don’t know if I’m going to be at the show on Saturday as I have a Trunk Show scheduled in Rochester, NY that Thursday. It remains to be seen if it will be cancelled, but I’ll touch base with you much closer to the show date. I’m so looking forward to a show!!

  2. Tammy Hutchinson September 7, 2021 / 3:46 pm

    Gorgeous photos of fungi and grasses! And of course your quilts. Thank you for the recommendations and inspiration.

    • gladiporsche September 8, 2021 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks so much Tammy!

  3. ramblingrosebud September 8, 2021 / 3:29 am

    Amazing photos! Are you using your phone? I think it’s time to upgrade and was wondering what you are using!

    • gladiporsche September 8, 2021 / 6:41 pm

      Thank you! I am, indeed, using my iPhone (11), which I purchased in 2017. I do sometimes play with the settings to get the colors just right and I also air drop the pictures I want to put on the blog to my iPad where it’s easier to get them into the blog and I sometimes use the edit feature to play with some of them. The shortcomings of the iPhone camera are – not good for distance, i.e. no telephoto lens, and sometimes won’t focus perfectly on macro closeups. Can’t beat the size and portability!!!!

  4. Cynthia @ wabi sabi quilts September 8, 2021 / 4:12 am

    You are making terrific progress on your red and white quilt. My favorite scissors are Dahlia, which are similar to Kai. I love the tiny serrated edge. But for the smallest scissors I’m still using my little Ginghers. Then for sashiko I tend to use thread snips. Thank you for your recommendations and as ever, your wonderful nature photos!

    • gladiporsche September 8, 2021 / 6:43 pm

      Thank you Cynthia! I’m not familiar with Dahlia scissors, but will keep my eye out for them!!! 🙂 🙂

  5. marissthequilter September 8, 2021 / 8:47 am

    A tsunami of applique, indeed! Your stormy sea is already a remarkable accomplishment.
    It is a lucky baby that will sleep under your perfectly stitched red and white crib quilt.
    There is nothing to beat a good pair of scissors. I have a nearly 40-year-old Fiskers pair that is my faithful companion.

    • gladiporsche September 8, 2021 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you Mariss! Do you get your Fiskars sharpened? I think mine have become somewhat dull and I might use them more if they were sharpened. I think the baby under the crib quilt is going to have to be a great grandchild some years into the future – my grandchildren are 17, 14, and 2 1/2!!! (and I doubt there will be more!)

      • marissthequilter September 10, 2021 / 8:08 am

        I have a handy husband who sharpens the Fiskar scissors for me.
        You are lucky to have 3 grandchildren

  6. Eileen September 8, 2021 / 3:07 pm

    I just wanted to say, I enjoy your blog posts so much. Thank you! You brighten my day!

    • gladiporsche September 8, 2021 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Eileen! Your comment brightened my day!!!!

  7. audrey September 8, 2021 / 8:13 pm

    Always such a treat to see your applique.:)

  8. Marie September 11, 2021 / 7:12 pm

    You might feel as though there is still a tsunami of applique required, but I think you already have undergone one to get to this point. Those borders are beyond compare. Your skill and patience are second to none! (Loved the stump too 🙂 ).

  9. Paul McKenna September 12, 2021 / 10:06 am

    You’re certainly active these days Gladi! Love the work that you’re completing at the beginning of this post and marvel at the precision of your stitching. One supposes that you can never have too many scissors, so don’t worry about that huge collection you have accumulated.
    Your nature photos are, as always, pleasant to look at and it seems to me that you should take inspiration from the fascinating mushrooms you’ve found; perhaps a quilt inspired by these images entitled: “Mushroom Crowd”
    Enjoy the beauty of Fall and give our regards to Al and the rest of your family. Best Regards, Paul

    • gladiporsche September 14, 2021 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you Paul!! I remember that one of the very first paintings my mother did when she took up painting in her 50’s was of a mushroom – not particularly good! I don’t think there’s going to be a mushroom quilt in my future!! 🙂 I’m just happy to look at them in their natural habitat and share photos. Best to you and all the family!

  10. Nancy October 14, 2021 / 4:23 am

    I have been enjoying your blog and your quilting for at least a few months now. Your quilts are exquisite! I have noticed that sometimes you applique the borders before stitching them to the quilt and other times, you sew the border on and then applique. How do you decide which way to do it?
    Thank you for sharing so much beauty with us!

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