Greetings dear readers! Red and White Crib Quilt is finished!
Even the sleeve and label are done!
I think I finished so quickly because the quilt is small – 36 x 46 inches – and not ”heavily” quilted. I quilted diagonal lines in the border 3/4 inch apart – not easy to see except on the back:
The quilts for our Cocheco Quilters Guild October show – the 16th and 17th at the Rochester, NH Community Center – have to be delivered the 11th. I now have everything done except for a label for ”2020 Cancelled”! I love not being under any deadline pressure! A couple closeups:
I used Quilters Dream polyester batting for this because I heard from an excellent hand quilter that it needles well. It did. And I like the drape. I also like how the batting clings to the fabric without shifting – that makes basting easy. Do any if you use black batting for quilts made from dark fabrics? I do and I like to keep some of this Hobbs batting around:
I can’t seem to find it in shops so I order it on line from equilter.com. Another tease – I’m using it for this month’s mini and here’s a shot with the backing:
On my walks I find myself doing a combination of thinking and looking/seeing. If I’m not looking carefully, I can miss seeing some amazing things. Recently on a lovely walk to the river I was standing at the top of a bank sloping down to the river and staring for a couple minutes. As I turned to go back to the path a bright orange color caught the corner of my eye and I looked to the side and I saw this:
I scrambled back to get a closer look and was blown away by this unexpected beauty of nature!!! I promise you – I have not altered the color in these pictures though the orange was brighter in the sunlight.
I enjoyed photographing some of the fallen leaves, too – the trees are still mostly green, but plenty of ”early turners” are on the ground.
I love the veins and textures on some of the leaves that aren’t as colorful:
A river landscape:
A roadside landscape:
Here’s what I’ve been reading recently:
All three books are very good. My book group rotates our monthly reading selections between contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and classics. ”Of Human Bondage” is our classic for this month (we meet next week). It was published in 1915 and thus a bit dated, but it’s a classic for a reason – well written and covers a lot of classic themes such as growing up, deciding what to do with one’s life, relationships, etc. ”The Winter Soldier” takes place during WW1 and there are some brutal war scenes, but it is beautifully written and the plot is compelling and includes a romance. “Hidden Valley Road” is the incredible story of a family with 12 children born between 1945 and 1965, 10 boys, then 2 girls and how 6 of the boys developed schizophrenia and devastated the family. In between the story of the family, there are chapters on how the mental health field’s views on the causes of and treatments for the disease have evolved over the years. A well written and compelling story! During medical school I strongly considered going into psychiatry and my high school class prediction was that I was going to be a shrink, but I’m glad I ultimately decided to go into primary care internal medicine. There are plenty enough mental health problems to deal with in primary care as well as all the other health issues and concerns – that variety ultimately suited me better.
One last photo of the crib quilt:
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi