October 11, 2021: Busy week ahead!

Greetings dear readers! Thought I’d get a quick post in today as I have a very busy week ahead. We leave tomorrow for Rochester, NY for my trunk show on Thursday, drive home all day Friday and am back in time for my guild’s (Cocheco) annual show the 16th and 17th in Rochester, NH. Two ”Rochesters” dominating my life for the next week😊! So happy to be able to do these kinds of things again! I should have lots of good photos to share.

I have started hand quilting border #3 of Golden Glow:

I also have all the leaves basted on border #3 for Maple Leaf Rag and will bring that with me for hand work on the trip. I tried something new with this border and will talk about that soon in a future post.

My quilt bee met last week and here is some of my friends’ work:

I’ve been asked by readers what kind of camera I use for my nature photos. It’s just my iPhone! I do play a bit with the editing options both on the phone and on the iPad after downloading the pictures to it, but in almost all cases, I try to adjust to get closer to what I’m seeing in reality, not necessarily to enhance. The phone tends to make things look more washed out than they really are and I try to fix that when it happens. The main downside to the phone is it’s not good for distance – the enlargements look grainy. Here’s a perfect case in point. Yesterday I had an amazing encounter with a heron at the pond. She almost completely circumnavigated the pond slowly over about 10 minutes and I was able to quietly follow her around from a distance without her flying away. I’m sure she knew I was there. I’m guessing I was within 25 feet at one point. Because I don’t have a telephoto lens, my pictures are unfortunately grainy, but I’m sharing them anyway!

I am still enjoying the mushroom explosion😊! In fact, I bought this book and so far it is really good – one of those science books that the general reader can enjoy:

And I’m planning to watch the movie, Fantastic Fungi on Netflix soon – I’ve heard it is excellent!! Here are some of my recent finds and some other earthly delights to enjoy:

Forest Still Life:

Milkweed pods – love the way they are attached to the stalk!

I’m closing with something I don’t do often – a picture of 2 and 2/3 year old Ursula in her Halloween costume! Her town is right next to Salem, MA, the Halloween capital of the world, where they start the month off with a parade and celebrate all month. Ursula went to the parade all decked out in her outfit:

Hope you all are having a lovely October!

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

18 thoughts on “October 11, 2021: Busy week ahead!

  1. terry October 11, 2021 / 2:43 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your “nature” photos as well as the quilts. I live in Southern California where we don’t see the beautiful fall foliage. I’ve always been wary of mushrooms but the pictures you have taken really show their beauty. Terry

    • gladiporsche October 12, 2021 / 9:40 am

      Thanks Terry. Really glad to hear you enjoy the blog!

  2. Wendy C Reed October 11, 2021 / 4:51 pm

    Great post. Ursula is absolutely adorable. It brings back memories. When my daughter was 3 she announced that she wanted to be a purple witch for Halloween. I’m looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. Have fun with your trunk show.

    • gladiporsche October 12, 2021 / 9:42 am

      Thanks Wendy. Really look forward to seeing you Saturday! I should be there most of the day and if you’re having lunch there I’d like to join you!

  3. Katherine October 11, 2021 / 6:51 pm

    So glad you included the picture of Ursula – too sweet to pass up! just curious- where in Rochester NY will you be doing your trunk show? I live in traveling distance and would love to see your work (and you!!) in person.

    • gladiporsche October 12, 2021 / 9:46 am

      Hi Katherine. I’ll be speaking to the Genesee Valley Quilt Club; they have a web site you can google for more info. I know they are requiring vaccinations and masks for attendees. Would love to see you there!

  4. acityquilter October 11, 2021 / 7:24 pm

    oh such beautiful foliage photos….and that ursula is adorable!

    • gladiporsche October 12, 2021 / 9:46 am

      Thanks so much!

  5. Janet O. October 12, 2021 / 1:27 am

    I have been to both of those Rochesters, but never had the treat of a quilt display. 🙂
    “Golden Glow” is gorgeous–and I enjoyed seeing what your friends are making.
    Got a kick out of your tale of the Heron. I have been known to stalk the Sandhill Cranes in the fields around our farm, and my iPhone gives me the same results. Sometimes, when I can hear the cranes calling, I have the presence of mind to grab my real camera and get some sharper photos. The mushrooms are fascinating! We have milkweed growing on both sides of our road, but I don’t know that I have ever looked that closely at how the pods are attached.
    Ursula looks like a sweet little witch, and it almost appears as if she is floating in that photo.

    • gladiporsche October 12, 2021 / 9:50 am

      Thank you Janet! I don’t even have another camera at this point, but am looking into perhaps getting one. You’re right about Ursula floating! 🙂. Have a great week!

  6. Cynthia October 12, 2021 / 2:28 am

    Adorable Ursula for sure and what a fun time of year for where she lives. I always appreciate your nature photos! How nice to have a small quilting group. Is that butterfly box on the table someone’s sewing box? I’m always interested in how people organize their work for on-the-go.

    • gladiporsche October 12, 2021 / 9:54 am

      Thanks Cynthia! That box was heavy cardboard- I know Joann’s has carried boxes similar to these over time and Jean, the owner said maybe she got it there or at one of the other craft stores. She had a crocheted baby blanket in it that she had made. We all loved it!🙂

  7. Randy I Danto October 13, 2021 / 1:00 am

    First off, your granddaughter is absolutely precious! What a treasure!
    You know that I’ve been told that there’s a telephoto lens that you can attach to an iphone??!!
    I think your pictures look great as they are.
    And the little quilt show was fabulous! I especially loved the first quilt!

    • gladiporsche October 18, 2021 / 1:15 am

      Thank you Randy! I have not heard about a telephoto lens for the phone, but will look into it!

  8. Kyle October 13, 2021 / 8:35 pm

    Have a great time with your trunk show. Everyone will thoroughly enjoy seeing all of your beautiful quilts. Ursula is the cutest kind of Halloween witch.

    • gladiporsche October 18, 2021 / 1:16 am

      Thanks Kyle. All went well and I’ll be posting about it soon!

  9. marissthequilter October 16, 2021 / 9:37 am

    Enjoy your trunk show.
    Enjoyed seeing the quilts from your quilting bee — thanks for sharing.
    Seeing that heron must have been a fantastic experience. They are such majestic birds.
    Will look for the Fantastic Fungi movie on Netflix. Thanks for the recommendation

  10. barbvedder October 21, 2021 / 1:27 pm

    Ursula is adorable in her little witch outfit!
    Thanks for sharing the work of your friends. THe wool piece is so sweet and I really like the red and white quilt too – Lovely emboidery

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