December 21, 2021: Christmas Quilt Finished! and more

Greetings dear readers! Happy Winter Solstice! This always seems like a time of hope as the light slowly, but surely, starts increasing. We quilters have a great way to handle the darkness as we busy ourselves with projects and ”making,” enjoying the process, be it machine or hand work. I just spent many hours over several days finishing Sveta’s Christmas quilt – just in time!😊

I machine quilted it with an overall diagonal cross hatch, using the walking foot:

I chose to do the binding in red:

And here’s the back:

I know she’ll love it and am so glad I made it and finished it on time!

I’ve been enjoying 2 gorgeous amaryllis plants; the intense colors really add some extra spark to my holiday decor:

For 20+ years Al and I have hosted a Christmas dinner party for several close friends from our music group. After missing last year, we had the gathering this weekend. Everyone was vaccinated and boosted. I prepare a special meal as a gift to my friends – Beef Stroganoff this year. I made an apricot glazed cheesecake – lots of work, but absolutely delicious! (in spite of the cracks on top!😊)

One friend brought a lovely, composed salad:

And, as always, there was lots of music making:

We had out first snowstorm of the season – not bad at only about 2 – 3 inches and just enough to make everything beautiful!

A few days before the snow, I walked to the bog and got some nice photos of some of the flora caught under the ice:

The patterns on the ice were captivating:

In keeping with my desire to enjoy color where and whenever I can in the winter outdoors, I lingered over this plant, soaking in the red:

Here’s my latest reading:

Rebecca is the ”classic” for my book group – just starting it, so no comments yet. I liked ”Oh William” very much. It’s the 3rd book in Elizabeth Strout’s series of novels about Lucy Barton. Her writing style for the series is very spare, but lots of the sentences are full of meaning and bear further reflexion. Lucy is a successful novelist who has overcome (to some degree) a terrible, abusive childhood. Worth reading all 3 books IMHO!

I’m going to close out today’s post with some photos from the Cocheco quilt show. At the show we have an area for 1-2 quilters to sit and work on one of their projects. Show attendees get to see the work and ask questions about it. Guild member – and quilter extraordinaire!! – Rainy Stevens, spent time there and we got to see how her masterpiece (I’m not kidding – this is spectacular!) is progressing. Here are photos of her Baltimore Album style quilt in progress. It’s been several years in the making. She’s close to finishing the 4th border and then will get going on the hand quilting. Every stitch is by hand:

The pattern:

The pattern sitting on the quilt center:

Rainy holding one of the borders:

Some closeups:

Her workmanship is amazing!

It will be time in my next post to look back on 2021 and see what I accomplished and whether I met any goals, or not. Soon it will be time to look ahead to 2022. Meanwhile, I’m wishing you all a safe and satisfying holiday!

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

13 thoughts on “December 21, 2021: Christmas Quilt Finished! and more

  1. Wendy C Reed December 21, 2021 / 4:54 pm

    Svetlana’s quilt came out beautifully! The back is almost as much fun as the front! She will adore it. Your nature photos never cease to amaze me. The ice photos and what lies beneath just blows me away! I have never been an Elizabeth Strout fan so it will be interesting to see how you like this one. Rainy Stevens is one of those quilters (like you) who’s talents have no end! Her work is delightful. Enjoy your Christmas!

    • gladiporsche December 30, 2021 / 11:42 am

      Thanks Wendy! Hope you are enjoying the holidays!

  2. acityquilter December 21, 2021 / 10:50 pm

    she truly is an applique artist and superb needlewoman….holiday wishes to you as well!

  3. Marie December 22, 2021 / 12:43 am

    Oh, I’m so glad that you got your Christmas quilt finished on time Gladi – it’s beautiful and I know that she will love it! The older I get the more I feel that every bed should have at least one Christmas quilt (maybe more!). Merry Christmas!

  4. Pat in WNY December 22, 2021 / 1:28 am

    Your granddaughter will be delighted with her new quilt, it’s a wonderful celebration of the magic of the season. You have more snow than we’ve seen so far this winter, and our forecast is for a green Christmas. Easier for traveling and we will not complain! Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

  5. barbvedder December 22, 2021 / 1:20 pm

    The Christmas Quilt turned out beautifully. The zippy red binding is the perfect touch.
    What special dinner party. Sounds wonderful and how special to be together this year.
    Lovely nature photos. I’m hoping for some snow, but its rain today instead.
    Beautiful Applique’ work by Rainy!

    • gladiporsche December 30, 2021 / 11:43 am

      Thank you Barb! So happy we got to meet in person this year!

  6. Kelley Secrest December 22, 2021 / 2:58 pm

    Your granddaughter’s quilt is beautiful and she will love this! The apricot glazed cheesecake looks scrumptious and I imagine there was not a crumb left at the end of the evening. The photos of the bog are amazing. The lovely shades of green and yellow in the first photo seem to sparkle. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • gladiporsche December 30, 2021 / 11:45 am

      Thanks so much Kelley for all your kind and supportive comments! Much appreciated! Happy holidays and a good new year to y!

  7. Kyle December 22, 2021 / 9:06 pm

    Perfect timing for getting your Christmas quilt done. It will be wonderful gift. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

  8. Jocelyn Thurston December 27, 2021 / 10:17 pm

    Hi Gladi, another enjoyable post for us to read and photos to savour too. Love the Christmas quilt and Rainy’s work is truly remarkable. Thank you for sharing. It sounds and looks like you had an enjoyable and very successful get together. Coincidentally, I babysat Robbie today and we spent a lot of time jumping on ice. I had cleats on my boots luckily, LOL. I’m so happy I found you on the net, Gladi!

    • gladiporsche December 30, 2021 / 11:50 am

      Thanks Jocelyn, for your kind comments! I’ve very much enjoyed meeting and getting to know you a bit through your blog this year. Best wishes for an excellent 2022!

  9. marissthequilter December 30, 2021 / 3:24 pm

    The red binding on your granddaughter’s quilt is the perfect final touch. Well done on finishing it in time.
    Glad you had a white Christmas and solstice.
    Rainy’s Baltimore is truly spectacular

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