September 26, 2021: A potpourri of topics!

Greetings dear readers! Hope you are loving early fall as much as I am. I have been working on finishing my September mini and will post that 3-4 days from now so be sure to check back then. I do, however, have a few things to share today. I went shopping in Portsmouth, NH at the Portsmouth Fabric Company last week with my quilting buddy Janet Elia. It’s only 30 minutes away for me, but 2 hours for her from Taunton, MA!

After shopping we enjoyed lunch and strolling around Portsmouth together, browsing in some of the other interesting shops there. What a fun day!! From that bag you see me carrying, it looks like I bought a lot, but mostly it’s the jacket I had been wearing! I bought a few more contemporary florals to add to my growing collection:

Mostly just quarter yards. I’ve been actively thinking about how to use these new fabrics searching out design ideas – nothing just right yet!

By the way, Janet is a fabulous quilter! She doesn’t post often in her blog – – but scroll back through her posts and you will be treated to many photos of her wonderful quilts! Go see!!

I recently saw these fabrics on line at and knew I wanted to make a Christmas quilt (lap size) as a Christmas present for my 14 year old granddaughter. She loves Christmas! There was a pattern and a kit was available, but I decided to order the fabics and make my own. There are 2 panels and I’ll put one on the front and one on the back:

There’s a wonderful border stripe – 4 stripes per length of fabric:

There are several fun corner blocks to choose from on this panel:

And I chose this fabric to use on the back (in lieu of the border stripe):

I’ll need to get going on this pretty soon to get it done by Christmas!

I’m sure I’m not the only quilter who is interested in finding functional and, if possible, attractive “containers” for all of our stuff. I eat yogurt almost everyday and sometimes buy the yoplait in glass containers. I discovered the labels can be peeled off and these make nice containers for lots of small stuff:

I have these 2 small beautiful boxes my daughter brought me from her college semester in Russia and I keep pins in them:

I bought this felted box with a hand embroidered top in Budapest and keep my large supply of clips in it:

I’ve got a lot of nature photos to share! Color is gradually starting to show here and there, but things are still mostly green. The bog, with all the moisture, is turning a bit earlier than everything else:

The moss at the bog is turning a rusty color:

Mushrooms are exploding everywhere and in lots of different colors!

Down by the river, some of the early turning leaves fall onto the narrow shore and into the water:

The water accentuates the color:

I gathered up some leaves and decided to ”stage” some leaf and mushroom compositions into ”Forest Still Life”s. As with anything like this, some work and some don’t, but I had fun with the idea and plan to continue. Here are the first few – don’t miss the upside down mushroom in one of them!

Thanks for visiting and check back in 3-4 days to see my mini!

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

10 thoughts on “September 26, 2021: A potpourri of topics!

  1. Maggie September 26, 2021 / 5:38 pm

    I love your supply containers especially the ones from your daughter and the one from Budapest. I also enjoy seeing how you purchase fabric – I look forward to seeing the quilt pieced. Thank you for your blog 🙂

    • gladiporsche September 29, 2021 / 8:58 pm

      Thanks Maggie for your kind words! Glad you like the blog.

  2. pmblack39 September 26, 2021 / 5:54 pm

    I’m still trying to get your courthouse steps. I pattern. I have real Japanese fabric I purchased 40 years ago in Paducah. I’m new to the group enjoy so much

    • gladiporsche September 29, 2021 / 8:59 pm

      Let me know if I can be of any more help!

  3. Pat in WNY September 26, 2021 / 7:55 pm

    You may have just set my squirrel tendencies in motion! I love Julie Paschkis fabrics! And I have an almost 11 year old granddaughter who hasn’t had a new quilt in awhile. Resistance may be futile. Enjoyed seeing your Russian boxes, I have a small one my husband purchased for me a number of years ago, and also a wood box from Poland. They hold little treasures too. I really enjoy seeing your bog/nature photos.

    • gladiporsche September 29, 2021 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you Pat! It’s so unusual for me to make an online impulsive purchase of fabric, but the Paschkis Christmas fabric seems just perfect for a teenager who loves that holiday!😊

  4. acityquilter September 26, 2021 / 10:04 pm

    i saw early color just before i left maine this week….beautiful portent! love portsmouth fabric…so many kaffe fabrics! very nice florals!

    • gladiporsche September 29, 2021 / 9:02 pm

      I’m so lucky to have PFC so close by!

    • gladiporsche September 29, 2021 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you Marisa! I especially appreciate your mentioning the nature photos as I am a novice at it!

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