December 13, 2021: Exciting news!; A table runner, a Christmas quilt, and more

Greetings dear readers! I have some exciting news. There is going to be an exhibit of quilts made during Barbara Brackman’s ”Hospital Sketches” online sew along at the New England Quilt Museum next summer. The plan is to exhibit around 15-18 of these quilts and mine – “Golden Glow” – has been chosen to be part of the exhibit!! I am really honored to be part of this!! I have only half of one border left to quilt so the deadline is not an issue:

The quilt is 82 inches square. Here’s a closeup:

The sew along began January 2019. My top was completed by the end of that year, but it has taken me 2 years to get the hand quilting done, mostly because I set it aside for large chunks of time to work on other things. It’s going to be so good to get this done and it will be icing on the cake to see it at the museum!

Meanwhile, my quilt bee had it’s annual holiday party last week – so wonderful after missing last year! We always do a Yankee Swap so this year I made a table runner as my gift contribution. I’ve been itching to cut into some of the beautiful comtemporary florals I started to buy last summer so decided to use those plus some pastels and make a table runner with a checkerboard of lights and darks:

The squares are cut at 2 inches and finish at 1.5 inches:

A couple of closeups:

I machine quilted it and used this wonderful impressionist green garden fabric for the back:

I picture this with a lovely vase of flowers of many colors on it! The recipient was happy😊.

So, I ”scratched the itch” to use those fabrics (for now😊). I started to scratch another itch this week, too! For a long time, I’ve wanted to make something with little trees. I drafted my own FPP pattern last week, chose some fabrics, and here are the first few:

I like these, but I have no idea right now where this is going!🙂 You might be seeing a preview of December’s mini…or it might be a gift, or might go nowhere for a while….stay tuned!

I finished the top and the back of the Christmas quilt for my granddaughter:

Here’s the panel for the back:

I have a photo with the fabric on the two sides sewn on, but forgot to take one with that same fabric on the top and bottom. To get the right size, I needed to add 2 borders around the panel and I chose to make the second one green because it is Svetlana’s favorite color😊. On to quilting and binding!

I forgot to share what I think was my best purchase when I visited the ”Busy Thimble” quilt shop a few months ago. I picked up 3 yards of this:

I think it will make a gorgeous border for a quilt featuring madder, indigo, and cheddar. Several ideas have floated in and out of my mind, but no solid decisions yet.

Look what I gifted myself during the recent ”cyber Monday” sales:

Airpods Pro! I have to say they are pretty marvelous. My husband has some hearing loss that causes some distortion of sound so he doesn’t like to have music playing out loud in the house. I very much like having music on in the background, especially classical, so these let me listen without bothering him. Perhaps the best part is that it came with a free 6 month subscription to Apple Music. I’ve never before subscribed to one of these music services and now I am hooked! The amount of music available is mind boggling. Also, now when I want to listen to music in my sewing room, I just take my iPad there. I used to have to take the radio/CD player there and it was a bit of a hassle so I didn’t do it often. With this new technology I feel like I am emerging from the dark ages😊.

The winter landscape is here:

On my walks I try to stop and enjoy bits of color wherever I can find it:

The forest is full of both growth and decay, each with its own unique beauty. The decay is often more visible in winter. I love the abstract, sculptural forms of roots from fallen trees:

A little closer:

My music group had its annual holiday party last week. Vaccinations were required, but there was a smaller than usual turnout – probably a good thing as cases of Covid are high right now in NH. Because of the small group, and because we were in a home with folks we know well, we did not mask. I had fun playing with 3 other accordionists!

I am the least accomplished musician in this picture! So lucky to be part of the group. My friend Candace, to my right, is an excellent pianist and also sings and plays the harp. Ryan, to my left, is a fabulous professional fiddler, but good on accordion too. Craig (standing) is a professional singer and guitarist. So many good musicians play multiple instruments. In the room, but not pictured are Al on piano and folks playing flute, recorder, autoharp, and guitar. So grateful to have music in my life!!

I hope you are all able to enjoy the holiday season.

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

23 thoughts on “December 13, 2021: Exciting news!; A table runner, a Christmas quilt, and more

  1. Sandi December 13, 2021 / 8:10 pm

    Congratulations on you quilt being chosen!! It is absolutely gorgeous!! Hugs,

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 9:52 pm

      Thank you Sandi!

  2. Marie Tymrak December 13, 2021 / 8:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing the “Golden Glow” being exhibited. You’ve inspired me to try a new product with the ear buds, too. Oh, your granddaughter’s quilt looks lovely, so tailored to her. Cheers to accordions!

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks Marie! There’s some good music for the accordion in the realm of international folk music and Cajun music so we have fun! Learning new songs is good for my aging brain!😊

  3. acityquilter December 13, 2021 / 8:44 pm

    congrats on being selected….golden glow is sooo beautiful. and oh that paula barnes fabric…hope i can get some…love the trees too…they are addictive!

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks Grace. I know Cyndi has nearly a whole bolt of that fabric if you get to her shop some day.

      • acityquilter December 18, 2021 / 4:54 pm

        i’ve already contacted her….LOL

  4. Susan December 13, 2021 / 8:49 pm

    I just discovered your blog a few days ago and I love it! Your quilts are amazing , thought provoking and your thoughts on life and democracy are spot on. So glad to find your blog. Thank you.Susan

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you Susan for commenting and for your kind words! So glad you like my quilts and blog!

  5. Kelley Secrest December 13, 2021 / 9:06 pm

    Congratulations that your Golden Glow will be included in the Hospital Sketches exhibit! Golden Glow is beautiful and the hand quilting makes it even more special. I love your little FPP Christmas trees and the background fabric is perfect. Thank you for the nature photos. As a person who collects rocks, I am especially drawn to the photo with rocks in the background. I love the color, texture, and feel of rocks. Wishing you a blessed day!

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you Kelley! There’s no shortage of rocks of all sizes and colors where I live! I, too, enjoy studying their interesting shapes and formations, especially in the winter when there’s not so much color around distracting me😊.

  6. Pat in WNY December 13, 2021 / 11:06 pm

    Congratulations on your Golden Glow being selected to exhibit in the new year. It has always been one of my favorites, I think it was your ingenious use of that golden fabric for the block backgrounds that sets it apart from the others.

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks Pat! I remember how I bought enough of both a plain white and the cheddar fabric to use for the background and it took me days to decide which to use. I finally decided to “go bold” and I’m glad I did!

  7. Kyle December 15, 2021 / 1:08 am

    Golden Glow is beautiful and will be so inspiring for everyone to see and enjoy. The quilting is fabulous.

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Kyle!

  8. Wendy C Reed December 15, 2021 / 4:49 pm

    Golden Glow is simply stunning! I am so glad I will get to see it in person. I love your table runner. Happy that you were able to meet in person. Svetlana’s quilt is so sweet. I love that fabric! What happy sounds must have been coming from your house at your gathering. I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks Wendy for all your kind comments and encouragement! Did I see your “HS” quilt in that list too?🙂

  9. Lin McQuiston December 16, 2021 / 2:27 am

    Congrats on your quilt being chosen. I made that quilt also. I didn’t realize there was a call for entries. Darn. Your quilt is beautiful and will be a joy for all to see

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you Lin! I think I remember that your quilt is lovely too!

  10. Marsha December 17, 2021 / 1:00 am

    Congratulations on your quilt being chosen for Barbara Brackman’s exhibit. How exciting! I had to smile about your ear pods. My husband just got me a pair for my birthday. They aren’t the Pros but I love them for walking the dog and quilting!

    • gladiporsche December 17, 2021 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks Marsha! The air pods are nice, but I’m finding the vast variety of music available on the Apple Music service (I’m sure Spotify is the same) is truly amazing!

  11. Paul McKenna December 19, 2021 / 12:05 pm

    As always, Gladi, your work is lovely! Your dedication to this longstanding blog is impressive and the blend of quilting projects (yours and others), the nature photography, book selections/reflections and personal insights creates a nice little package. Keep it up in 2022. We send our best wishes to all of your family at this festive time of year. Music is a great antidote to the trials and tribulations of this COVID-19 albatross…Cheers, Paul

  12. marissthequilter December 19, 2021 / 4:50 pm

    Wonderful news about Golden Glow’s selection. But I am not surprised — what beautiful workmanship and whe I saw how large the quilt is I was even more impressed!
    Lovely to see your other Christmas-related quilt projects. I too would have been overjoyed to receive that table runner (!!) and your granddaughter is going to be delighted.

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