September 20, 2021: A quilt finish!; Fabulous fungi and foliage; Books

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

16 thoughts on “September 20, 2021: A quilt finish!; Fabulous fungi and foliage; Books

  1. Mrs. Plum September 20, 2021 / 6:01 pm

    Wonderful quilt and stupendous nature shots! I, too, like Quilter’s Dream poly batting, especially when I need a white batting.

    • gladiporsche September 21, 2021 / 12:56 pm

      Thank you Mrs. Plum! This polyester batting has been something of a revelation for me. I’ve been such a snob over the years re using cotton, silk, and wool batting. Now I may use more of the polyester for some of my quilts.

  2. Nann September 20, 2021 / 7:21 pm

    Oh, the quilt is lovely — the embroidered leaves frame the concentric logs beautifully. That orange shelf fungus is such a gorgeous shade. Our foliage season will be terrible because we are in a drought, but we’ll be in NY/VT/NH next month just in time to see yours.

  3. gladiporsche September 21, 2021 / 12:58 pm

    Thank you Nann! I agree that the border really “makes” the quilt. We’ve had a wet summer; I hope the foliage here is spectacular for you!!

  4. Katherine September 21, 2021 / 5:45 pm

    Do love that crib quilt! Have enjoyed watching it progress to it’s finish. Those fungi are just incredibly beautiful. I have used the dark batting as I am a fan of Amish look quilts – it needles so beautifully –

    • gladiporsche September 23, 2021 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Katherine!

  5. Marsha September 22, 2021 / 3:17 pm

    I love the crib quilt! Beautiful choice of fabrics as always. Keep those nature pictures coming. They are gorgeous!

    • gladiporsche September 23, 2021 / 11:11 pm

      Thank you Marsha! And thanks for the vote of confidence re the nature photos.

  6. barbvedder September 23, 2021 / 8:50 pm

    Beautiful finish and the embroidery is so pretty. Question: do you sew the binding on the back and bring it to the front? just curious.
    The fungi is spectacular! Isn’t nature just grand!
    I love a classic read and Of Human Bondage was very good. Have you read “Angle of Repose”?
    I loved it and another good one is “Trustee in the Tool Room”

    • gladiporsche September 23, 2021 / 11:24 pm

      Thanks Barb! Good eye!!! For 27 years (!) I always sewed the binding to the front and turned it to the back – until my last 3 bindings! This quilt and 2 of my minis. A few months ago I read about a quilter who does it the opposite way so I decided to experiment and try it. The “jury is still out.” I think my corners come out better this way, but not sure about the rest. I’m leaning toward going back to the traditional way. What do you think?
      My book group did Angle of Repose a few years ago and LOVED it!

      • barbvedder October 3, 2021 / 8:14 pm

        I think on the binding question, I like the sewn bit on the front for the exactitude of it. I don’t mind mild variations of handing stitching on the back. Just my opinion.

      • barbvedder October 3, 2021 / 8:15 pm

        also, like you I’m open to explore new techniques and ideas. Have to give them a try.

  7. nanamickie September 24, 2021 / 11:14 am

    Your crib quilt is GORGEOUS! I absolutely adore it! I adore your nature photos and loved that fungi! Wow! What a gorgeous surprise! Have a safe and happy weekend!

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2021 / 1:00 am

      Thank you for your kind words! Sorry for the late response.

  8. audrey September 25, 2021 / 11:33 pm

    Your crib quilt is absolutely fantastic! The applique border makes it look so very special. Love your work!:)

    • gladiporsche October 4, 2021 / 1:01 am

      Thank you Audrey!

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