May 19, 2022: Busy week; quilting ”chores”; and more!

Greetings dear readers! It’s been a bit busier than normal around here this past week! My little band “Tutto Bene” performed a couple of pieces in a concert to benefit Ukraine last Friday evening so a lot of practicing before hand:

The concert raised over $2000.00!!!!

The very next day, the 14th, was Al and my 45th wedding anniversary! We celebrated by going an hour up the coast to Kennebunkport to enjoy a beautiful warm afternoon exploring that coastline.

You may have heard of the town as the location of the Bush family compound, which we drove by. The rocky coast is lovely:

We couldn’t help but compare this ”Atlantic” experience with our honeymoon in San Francisco and our drive down the California coast to Malibu, and the ”Pacific” experience. Lots of gratitude for both! We then went inland a few miles to Kennebunk where we stayed at an Inn overnight and had a special dinner at “50 Local”, a fine restaurant. 45 years!! – a lifetime! We’ve had our careers and retired, our children have grown up, our older grandchildren are almost adults. In hindsight, it’s all gone so fast, but I’m full of gratitude. So glad to have Al beside me all the way and that we’re still fairly healthy.

One of the places we visited in Kennebunkport was St Anne’s Episcopal church – special because if it’s seaside location and rustic stone construction – gorgeous!

I finally got around to some quilting ”chores” this week – you know, those things that must be done, but aren’t as fun as choosing fabrics, sewing, etc. I needed to make a label for Golden Glow – it still needs to be appliqued down, but it’s finally made!

When I sewed the hexagonal blocks all together for ”The Inner Reaches of Outer Space”, I did not press any of the seams, so that task needed to be done before I could proceed. My small 24” X 38” ironing surface works for 95% of my needs:

But it’s only ”open” on 2 sides and not wide enough for large projects so I have to bring out my regular ironing board with the ”big board” top for a task like this. They are stored in the basement so it’s a bit if a hassle to get them 🙁.

For this task I used my mini iron which worked beautifully!

I loved how the light from the window shone through the quilt!

Now I’m ready for the next step of appliqueing the strips of fabric across the top and bottom.

I somehow managed to get 4 more baskets done – now up to 25:

I am making slow, but steady progress appliqueing leaves for the border of Stormy Weather. There are 229 leaves per border. I finished border #2 at the end of March. I’m now about 2/3 finished with border #3:

In my last post I showed you a shagbark hickory tree leaf bud:

On a recent walk I found these in various stages of development and managed to get some photos. One ”bud” opens into a cluster of leaves. Watch the opening:

Of course, the leaves are growing and opening further as I write. ”Awe!”

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

24 thoughts on “May 19, 2022: Busy week; quilting ”chores”; and more!

  1. Marie Tymrak May 19, 2022 / 5:26 pm

    Thanks for the updates on the quilts & a reminder about labels. The series of pictures of the bud opening into leaves is a genuine treat. I can’t stop myself from looking at them, each time with awe. Your patience is greatly appreciated! Marie Tymrak

    Sent from my iPhone


    • gladiporsche May 19, 2022 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks Marie! Just to clarify, the photos are of different buds opening, not just one. I would have had to do time lapse photography for that! Nature is pretty amazing, isn’t it?!

  2. acityquilter May 19, 2022 / 10:03 pm

    did you see jeb’s “cottage”? lol…3 floors, pretty big cottage…you make me homesick for the coast…but soon….98 days now i think!

    • gladiporsche May 22, 2022 / 11:46 pm

      No, I think we just drove by and didn’t recognize it! The area is certainly beautiful and it’s no wonder you are counting the days!

  3. Julie May 20, 2022 / 1:18 am

    You recently won a gift for a correct guess of what I was on, on my blog! Please email me?

    • gladiporsche May 23, 2022 / 12:16 am

      Thanks! There’s a “contact” link at the top of this page that you can use to contact me.

  4. Wendy C Reed May 20, 2022 / 10:56 am

    Oh what a wonderful celebration for 45 years! Happy Anniversary! Nice that you have those quilting “chores” behind you. I don’t mind making labels, but I do not enjoy ironing long seams! That Shag Bark Hickory flower is so beautiful. Nature never ceases to amaze me. Enjoy the day.

    • gladiporsche May 22, 2022 / 11:53 pm

      Thanks Wendy! Ironing seams is not a favorite! Much more fun to go out exploring with Al!

  5. Kelley Secrest May 20, 2022 / 11:22 am

    You have had a very busy week! Congratulations on your Ukraine benefit outcome. And congratulations on 45 years of marriage. St Anne’s Episcopal church is beautiful – thanks for the close-up of the exterior. Your baskets are so lovely and every one of them is my favorite! The shagbark hickory buds look like a choreographed ballet. Each is so beautiful and graceful. Wishing you a blessed week ahead.

    • gladiporsche May 22, 2022 / 11:56 pm

      Thanks so much Kelley! I’m having a lot of fun making the baskets. You have a blessed week too!

  6. Kyle May 20, 2022 / 12:35 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Having the opportunity to do some traveling and exploring beautiful areas is always something to be grateful for. That is a daunting ironing task. Your small iron would be the only way to manage that without going crazy. The applique leaves are amazing with all the different fabrics.

    • gladiporsche May 22, 2022 / 11:59 pm

      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! I’ve so missed travel and exploring these past couple years and am hoping to get back to it without the pandemic rearing it’s ugly head again!

  7. Jocelyn Thurston May 20, 2022 / 1:38 pm

    A beautiful post and how nice to “see” you both. Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful trip to celebrate too and I’m so glad to also see your wonderful quilting. Thanks also for including your nature photos. All makes for a wonderful read this morning.

    • gladiporsche May 23, 2022 / 12:01 am

      Thank you Jocelyn! The admiration is mutual!

  8. Angie May 22, 2022 / 1:39 pm

    Congratulations on your Ukraine fundraiser AND celebrating 45 years together! Loved seeing the St Anne’s church as she is the patron saint of seamstresses. I also enjoyed the “time lapse” shagbark hickory tree bud opening. I’ll have to watch some of our local plants more closely for similar “awe”!

    • gladiporsche May 23, 2022 / 12:03 am

      Thanks Angie! Thanks for letting me know that St. Anne is the patron saint of seamstresses – I didn’t know that!

  9. Cynthia May 22, 2022 / 3:36 pm

    What a wonderful post. Congratulations on 45 years with your love. I love seeing a glimpse of your sewing space. You have good close up lighting too. Love the label for your Hospital Sketches and the sentiment behind it.

    • gladiporsche May 23, 2022 / 12:06 am

      Thank you Cynthia! That close up lighting is pretty good, but I really need to have some track lighting installed so I can better see my projects when they’re on the design wall. Maybe this summer……

  10. Nann May 23, 2022 / 2:41 pm

    Happy anniversary! I remember driving past the Bush compound just after the 1988 election and seeing official security cars at the end of the driveway. Your kaleidoscope blocks sparkle! I’m partial to the baskets. And how wonderful to see the leaves unfurl.

    • gladiporsche May 25, 2022 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you Nann!

  11. audrey May 24, 2022 / 10:38 pm

    Congrats on 45 years together! How special is that. So glad you were able to have a little anniversary trip and reflect on your blessings.:)

    • gladiporsche May 25, 2022 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Audrey! I am blessed and know it!😊

  12. barbvedder May 26, 2022 / 12:54 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Looks like a beautiful day on the coast.
    Your instrument is gorgeous. Love the pearly look of it – very pretty.
    Your baskets look great and are perfect for spring.

  13. marissthequilter May 26, 2022 / 1:51 pm

    Once again I am so impressed by all that you accomplish. Not least being 45 years of marriage! Congratulations and I am glad you celebrated it in style.

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