January 24, 2022: ”Endless Chain” progress; A Finish!; Excellent Quotes; ”Heavenly Delights”

Greetings dear readers! I’m making good progress on my ”Endless Chain” project – another 10 blocks since the last post. I’m thoroughly enjoying the process of choosing the fabrics and doing the foundation piecing – a nice break from all the hand work that awaits. The new blocks:

All the centers will have to be recut and the edges turned under, then hand appliqued on. It’s recommended that the bulk of fabric created by 12 seams coming together be cut out underneath the circles. There’s a part of me that laments that these centers are going to be covered up because look how perfect most of them are coming out!:

Can’t get much better than that! But, the design needs those centers pieces.

Without even trying, I’ve randomly come across more of this design this week. This is from Bridgitte Giblin’s instagram account:

Notice that she connects the hexagons with a triangular piece of dotted fabric at each edge which makes the piecing a lot easier, but prevents the connection of the ”rays” in the hexagons and thus there are no secondary patterns to add interest. It’s nice, but it’s a whole different effect. Here’s what mine is looking like right now:

Edyta Sitar also offers a pattern at Laundry Basket Quilts:

Both Bridgette’s and Edyta’s versions call for the placement of the dark and light values to be the opposite of mine. I like that mine is different! I’ve been contemplating how I am eventually going to sew these hexagons together. I had a recollection that there was an example of piecing a hexagon quilt in this book:

Sure enough, here’s what I found:

It’s not exactly the same because there’s a hexagon in the center and it’s hand pieced:

The author does not use the EPP technique, though many would for a piece like this. Anyway, I was looking for a recommendation on how to sew the blocks together and here’s what it showed:

I wonder if this way – row by row – works as well if done by machine. My inclination would be to piece sections, not rows. If any of you have any experiece with this or recommendations, I’d love to hear from you! No matter what I do, I’m going to have a lot if Y seams to deal with🙂. Notice that in this last example, the placement of values isn’t the same in all the blocks which I think adds even more interest. I don’t, however, think that’s the effect I want for mine.

Golden Glow is finally finished!

I do still need to add the sleeve and label. Overall I’m quite happy with it, but I have really conflicted feelings about the wavy edges (which don’t show up much when the quilt isn’t hanging). They are not up to my usual standard, but I am quite certain there isn’t an easy fix. A fix would require a significant amount if work. The questions in this case are – can I live with it as is? and is the time and effort required to fix it worth it? After thinking this through, I decided that ”yes” I can live with it and ”no” the time and effort to fix it is not worth it. “Time” is getting to be a bigger and bigger factor in many of my choices these days as I get older. It’s nice to have my first finish of 2022!

Sweet Journeys is now in the hoop and I am doing the outline quilting before the background quilting. I recently had it spread out, contemplating ideas for the background quilting – no decisions yet:

If you aren’t familiar with Susan Carlson’s blog (susancarlson.com), I highly recommend it! She is a master collage quilter and, even though I don’t make quilts in her style, her work is amazing and she does a fabulous job of discussing the creative process. Here’s a quote from her that represents how I think, too:

“…the finished quilt doesn’t exactly match my vision when I started. This is something I’ve come to understand and accept for my quilts – they take on their own personality as I work on them. I look forward to seeing what they’ll become.”

I also highly recommend the web site Create Whimsy (createwhimsy.com) for great interviews. There was an excellent one with Ann Feitelson, one of my favorite artists. I love what she says here:

“I think what quilts offer us is a sense of the infinite. Looking at so many different fabrics, textures, colors, prints, motifs, levels of contrast – the visual delight is endless. I like the intricate structures of quilts and their dense geometry.”

Love that phrase ”dense geometry” because the visual pleasures of geometry were what first lured me into quilting!

Two other quotes from somewhere on the internet that caught my attention:

Alan Fox: ”How do you want to live now? …I think art is a viable path toward total presence.”

William Carlis Williams (poet): ”….poets write for a single reason – to give witness to splendor…”

What a great word – “splendor”. Might it apply to some quilts and quilt making also?

Of course I have to include some photos! Instead of ”earthly” delights, the following 3 are ”heavenly” delights😊. In warm weather I prefer early morning walks, but in winter they often happen in the afternoon when it’s warmer. When it’s late afternoon, I often witness lovely sky changes as the sun starts disappearing. From this:

To this:

To this:

The last blooms for this year on my 4 amaryllis plants – just love the pink color!:

Have a good week everyone!

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

22 thoughts on “January 24, 2022: ”Endless Chain” progress; A Finish!; Excellent Quotes; ”Heavenly Delights”

  1. Becky Preston January 24, 2022 / 3:43 pm

    For joining the hexagons:
    Sew point to point.
    Sew into rows. Take two rows and pin together every other hexagon and sew those segments. Then go back and pin and sew the second set of segments. It is simpler and more efficient than trying to do y seams.

    • Dot January 24, 2022 / 5:43 pm

      Thanks, Becky! I’m going to try this next time I do hexagons. Another tip is to put a dot on the seam allowance at each corner, and stitch only to the dot, or even one stitch short of the dot, leaving the seam allowances free. I use my beloved Jinny Beyer’s Perfect Piecer ruler to mark the corners. It includes a 120-degree angle.

      • gladiporsche January 24, 2022 / 9:36 pm

        Thanks Dot for adding this helpful information!!

    • gladiporsche January 24, 2022 / 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Becky! The info is much appreciated!

  2. Nann January 24, 2022 / 4:39 pm

    Oh, such a bounty of beauty and inspiration in your post! The Endless Chain blocks are a great way to showcase a fabric theme. (How did I acquire that stack of Asian prints on the shelf?) Both Golden Glow and Sweet Journeys are lovely. And I appreciate the quote from Susan Carlson. Our Red Lion amaryllis is in full bloom, too. Have you ever replanted the bulb?

    • gladiporsche January 24, 2022 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you Nann! I have not tried to replant an amaryllis bulb. I read about it and decided not to bother yet; however, for now I’m going to keep watering the bulbs for a while and see if they survive the winter. If they do, I may try planting them outside for the summer.

  3. Carol in Texas January 24, 2022 / 7:16 pm

    Gladi, I love the richness of Sweet Journeys colors…..they look so lovely on the background fabric. Are your amaryllis gifts or do you purchase them yourself? Are all four the same color? They are gorgeous, I do enjoy your outdoor photographs and deeply appreciate your words about nature….and the way you sign off each entry. We need to appreciate each day of our lives on this earth.

  4. gladiporsche January 24, 2022 / 9:48 pm

    Thanks Carol. I, too, love the colors of Sweet Journeys. I bought 4 amaryllis plants as a present to myself for the holidays – 3 were red and one pink. They each sent out 2 sets of blooms over time and for 3 of the 4 plants, each time there were 4 blossoms that last over a week – pretty spectacular. The plants were well worth the cost!!

  5. acityquilter January 25, 2022 / 7:49 pm

    i love endless chain and all its various life forms…they are all captivating…and sweet journeys is awesomely beautiful…gladi, i make quilts but you make QUILTS…LOL…you inspired me to send my mom an amaryllis for her birthday….

    • gladiporsche January 27, 2022 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you Grace! Hope your mom enjoys the amaryllis – I often give them to friends for Christmas presents.

  6. 107sophie January 26, 2022 / 4:06 am

    loved seeing the fabric pairings you chose for each of your hexie blocks- just beautiful complementary partners! I agree about the circles being needed for the design but if my centers were that incredibly well done, I would really have a hard time covering them. Sweet Journeys looks like it will be another heirloom – looking forward to seeing what you will do with it. And as always – the nature photos as such a treat – thanks for sharing

    • gladiporsche January 27, 2022 / 10:00 pm

      Thank you so much Sophie! I really enjoy picking the fabric pairings – so fun to go through my Asian fabric stash! Thanks for mentioning the nature photos – I’m just an amateur photographer trying to capture the beauty around me so it’s nice to know the photos are appreciated 🙂.

  7. Janet O. January 26, 2022 / 4:26 am

    Endless Chain is going to be another breathtaking quilt. I am So taken with the Asian fabrics. I had ti study each photo and absorb the beauty.
    Golden Glow is incredible. It almost appears to have a fluorescent quality to the reds in that photo. Stunning!
    Sweet Journeys is another beauty. I feel much like Grace in her comment–you make QUILTS.

    • gladiporsche January 27, 2022 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you Janet for all your kind comments!

  8. Angie January 26, 2022 / 7:31 pm

    The fabrics in Endless Chain are just gorgeous! It’s going to be a stunning quilt! Congrats on a fabulous finish with Hospital Sketches/Golden Glow! Your workmanship is inspiring!

    • gladiporsche January 28, 2022 / 12:18 am

      Thanks Angie! I collected Asian fabrics for many years and now it’s wonderful to be able to look through all that beauty and have fun choosing fabrics for the blocks. It’s a strong argument for building a stash.

  9. marissthequilter January 27, 2022 / 2:47 pm

    I certainly think you create splendour with your magnificent quilts.

    • gladiporsche January 28, 2022 / 12:21 am

      Mariss, you are so kind! Thank you for reading and commenting!

  10. Jocelyn Thurston January 27, 2022 / 4:35 pm

    I would definitely apply the word splendour to your work, Gladi. I am attracted to these quilty wheel type patterns too, dresdens and such. Thanks as always for talking about your quilting decision making. I enjoy that so much. I also enjoyed reading those quotes and am always struck by how much your wood views are so much like mine.

    • gladiporsche January 28, 2022 / 12:34 am

      Jocelyn, thanks so much! I enjoy reading about other artists’ processes, thinking, and decision making, so I like to share mine too.
      When I think about the earth’s history and the formation of the continents, we’re pretty close so it doesn’t surprise me that our geography and natural surroundings are so similar. We’re only a couple hours from the Canadian border.

  11. Rosemarie Castonguay January 30, 2022 / 3:09 pm

    You amaze me with all your gorgeous projects! For your binding woe …. I use this method that I figured out with a lot of my wavy quilts. As long as you do your best in making your quilt square, this should help you a lot.

    https://appliqueandpatches.blogspot.com/2007/08/binding-fix.html

    I use this method regardless of which way my binding strips are cut. I prefer to use acrylic yarn and as the yarn fibres travel the length of each side, the fibres cling to the cotton fibres and you need to play with the waviness as you go along. Pull a bit, loosen a bit until the edges lay flat and the quilt hangs well. It is my go-to to help tame those wavy borders. Not always, but most of the time.

    Before each quilt show that my guild puts on, I give a tutorial on how to do it and the ladies try it and how pleasant to see so many unwavy quilts hanging up. That is a thing with me and quilt shows.

    • gladiporsche January 30, 2022 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you Rosemarie! I really appreciate you taking the time to send this. My plan is to get a sleeve on the quilt so I can hang it and see how it looks. Then I’ll decide if I need to do something and your suggestion may be it!

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