October 7, 2021: Maple Leaf Rag progress and decisions

Greetings dear readers! Because it is fall, I decided to take a break from the ”Stormy Weather” borders and work on Maple Leaf Rag instead. Hard to believe it was a year ago that I started this! I began by putting it back on the design wall:

The 2 side borders are mirror images of each other. Both have all the applique done; only one has the embroidery embellishment complete. I’d like to complete all 4 borders by the end of the year. In the past week, I’ve made all the parts for border #3 – 51 leaves, 41 berries, and 8 branches. All edges are prepped and turned under:

It didn’t help that I had misplaced the leaf templates and had to make new ones!😧 Then I had to decide how I wanted the branches to approach each other in the corners – there were 3 possibilities:


The third choice, with the branches ”facing” each other and in which one could draw a line connecting them seemed like the obvious best choice. This leaves me a triangular area to design something for the corners. I also looked at several color options for a narrow border strip to separate the center and border and I like the lighter value green.

I laid out the stems and have them almost all stitched down; then I can place all the berries and leaves on:

The appliqué tsunami continues to roll! Meanwhile, look at what I did last week:

My first Trunk Show in almost 2 years! I packed up 27 quilts and did my program for the Evergreen Quilters in Kennebunk, ME. It’s a 50 minute drive from here and they were a lovely welcoming group. Next week I have my last scheduled one (for now). Al and I will drive 8-9 hours to Rochester, NY for that one! We’re hoping for some pretty foliage on the drive.

Speaking of foliage, it looks like it might not be a particularly good year for it in my area of southern NH. Apparently the significant rain and the warm weather we have had this year are making the color changes later and less brilliant. I can see this is true, but I search out beauty when and where I can find it. Here are some Earthly Delights:

The mushrooms have been wonderful – numerous colors and shapes:

Can anyone tell me the name of this amazing pink plant?!

Have to close with something that is more fall-like:

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

21 thoughts on “October 7, 2021: Maple Leaf Rag progress and decisions

  1. Joan (Optional) Herrick October 7, 2021 / 7:02 pm

    Hi Gladi, Love your blog. That plant with the unusual flower is an annual called “Love-Lies-Bleeding”

    • gladiporsche October 7, 2021 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you Joan! What a great name for the plant!!

  2. Carol in Texas October 7, 2021 / 7:39 pm

    Gladi, what is the pattern for your maple leaf blocks? Your colors are gorgeous! Carol in Texas

    • gladiporsche October 7, 2021 / 8:36 pm

      Hi Carol. The maple leaf block is a traditional block and is likely in many books containing traditional block patterns. My particular block was taken from the blog “Quilt Bee” at
      rie-quiltbee.blogspot.com. Marie gave the directions in her post on September 21, 2020. She has archives and you can get back to that post. It’s a fun and not difficult block to make!

  3. Evelyn Hatch October 7, 2021 / 7:59 pm

    Pink plant = amaranth?

  4. acityquilter October 7, 2021 / 9:17 pm

    plenty of color even if foliage is off….hard to tell from here! beautiful quilt…

  5. Jocelyn Thurston October 7, 2021 / 9:50 pm

    Love Lies Bleeding is the name of that gorgeous plant and you can’t forget that. Evelyn is right it is part of the Amaranth family. I’m not sure if it goes by the name of Tassel Plant too or not. Whatever it is called, it is beautiful.
    And something else beautiful are those leaves of yours both the maple leaves and all those appliqued ones. You have quite the eye for composition, Gladi. What a treat for those folks to get a talk from you and to view your work. I’m envious!

    • gladiporsche October 8, 2021 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn for your kind words and your comments on the plant!

  6. Julierose October 7, 2021 / 10:53 pm

    Maple Leaf Rag is so beautiful–so full of rich colors–I am hoping that our trees here will be as lovely this year. Last year here in SE CT we did not have much color at all…
    I think your applique borders really add a wonderful touch to your leaves…great work in progress…hugs, Julierose

    • gladiporsche October 8, 2021 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m sure we’ll have some good color, but maybe not the huge swaths of it that we sometimes get!

  7. Sue W October 8, 2021 / 6:54 am

    A lovely autumnal post and the 3rd option looks great. So much work in that border. Hopefully we will see some gorgeous fall foliage photos in from your drive next time.

    • gladiporsche October 8, 2021 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you Sue! I’ll do my best to get some good photos to share!

  8. barbvedder October 9, 2021 / 12:24 pm

    Love seeing the Maple Leaf Rag quilt back on active duty. It is so gorgeous.
    Beautiful nature photos. That red/pink plant is so interesting.
    I spoke to a group in Rochester a couple of years ago. Wish I could come and see your quilts in person again – I saw them at the NEQM.
    Happy Fall

    • gladiporsche October 9, 2021 / 8:49 pm

      Thank you Barb! I’ve seen some of your beautiful quilts in person at shows over the years and hope to see more in the years to come!

  9. Marsha October 9, 2021 / 3:59 pm

    Love your Maple Leaf quilt. The colors are gorgeous. Our trees are all in fall colors here. The oak trees are especially vibrant this year. Good luck on your trunk show! Wished I was there to see it!

    • gladiporsche October 9, 2021 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks Marsha. I’ve lived in southern New Hampshire for 37 years and some years the foliage is fabulous and some it’s good, but not great. The heat and the rain this year I think is going to make it one of the latter, but it’s still worth seeing!

  10. marissthequilter October 11, 2021 / 10:39 am

    Your work is astounding. I am sure all 27 of those “trunk” quilts are as intricate as the maple leaf quilt. Enjoy the drive and your next show.

    • gladiporsche October 11, 2021 / 1:03 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Mariss!

  11. Gail Wozniak October 11, 2021 / 10:39 am

    Gladi I notice in picture with circles you have what looks like a pin with multiple plastic circles? Where do you get more of one size ? I just have Buckley ones and there is usually only two or three on there. Perfect time I’d year to bring that beautiful quilt back out. Can’t wait for cocheco show this weekend

    • gladiporsche October 11, 2021 / 12:58 pm

      Hi Gail. Flat plastic washers at Lowe’s! These are 5/8 inch size, heat resistant, and there are other sizes available. Very cheap! This tip was given to me by quilter extraordinaire, Bobbie Korengold.

  12. Janet O. October 12, 2021 / 1:20 am

    Oh, I love a fall-filled post! What a wonderful fall quilt on your design wall. Really captures the feel of the season.
    I really enjoy your nature shots.
    Having been in New Hampshire in the fall a couple of times when my daughter lived there, I have seen great color, and not-so-great. 🙂

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