June 7, 2022: 10 years of blogging!; 2 projects nearing completion; ”Earthly Delights”

Greetings dear readers! It was 10 years ago this month – June 2012 – that I started blogging. I had no idea if I would like it or how long I’d do it. I only knew that I enjoyed reading other blogs and felt like I had something worthwhile to add to the conversation. Turns out I enjoy the challenge of gathering and sharing my thoughts and sharing my work and I very much like being part of the blogging community. Many, many thanks to each and every one of you for reading! Special thanks to those who comment; I absolutely do not expect all readers to comment (totally OK!), but I appreciate hearing from you and these connections help keep me motivated to continue sharing.

I finally completed appliqueing the irregular shaped upper and lower borders of ”The Inner Reaches of Outer Space” to strips of an Asian print and the top is finished!

I prepared the edges first by ironing over the 1/4 inch seam allowance; that made the stitching easy. I really wanted the edges to blend and not be very visible; my choice of fabric worked perfectly for that! Some more photos:

I plan to have this long arm quilted and will likely next show it here after that is done, which might be a while! I have to decide what to use for a backing and then schedule the quilting. Feels good to have the top done!

I recently pulled out one of my ”hibernating” projects, vowing to finish it – the Half Square Triangle Medallion. The center medallion had the row of fussy cut EPP hexagon flowers around it and I had 20 sixteen patch blocks made – those didn’t fit around the center and the challenge was to build out the center so those would fit around it. With a lot of measuring and one step requiring the dreaded seam ripper, I managed to fit everything together!😊:

First I added the thin ”ribbon” after the hexagon section and then I figured out the dimensions of the cream flowered fabric to add. This was the point at which I had to make the center of the quilt square instead of rectangular so the HST blocks would fit. Thus, the side strips needed to be a different size than the upper and lower strips. I got it right on the second try!

Then I was able to add the 16 patch blocks, 6 per side, and they fit perfectly!

This is now 60 inches square. My original idea – 4 years ago! – was to add a couple more borders, at least one pieced, to enlarge it to bed size. The truth is that I no longer have the motivation to piece an outer border. I am planning to add a 5 inch wide strip of fabric to border each side – hopefully an appropriate floral print in pink or blue, if I can find it – bringing the size to 70 inches square, adequate for a queen size bed topper or for a twin bed. I’m thinking of donating this for my library’s annual silent auction fund raiser this fall. So glad to get this project near the finish line!!

A couple weeks ago I saw my first frog of the season at the pond! They are very hard to spot right now because the bushes and plants along the pond’s edge are high and hide them well. Also, they sense me coming and jump into the water – I hear the splashes😊 – before I can see them. Here are the 2 I’ve seen so far; can you see the second one?

I’m enjoying some beautiful color on my walks:

Even the white flowers are lovely:

The tall ferns have a stately beauty:

Loved the colors on this parrot that lives at one of the places I buy plants for my deck in the spring!:

I’m starting to look through my many quilting books to determine which ones I can live without – part of my continued attempt to purge the house of excess possessions. I’m a bibliophile so this is really hard! I have quite a few of the ”State” books on the history of quilts in the state which contain lots of great photos of their quilts. These books make for great browsing and inspiration and will be particularly hard to part with! This anonymous quote in the ”Michigan Quilts” book really spoke to me, given that we’ve been through tough times recently with the pandemic and more and speaks to reasons we make quilts:

“The quilt I am sending to the show is from a log cabin pattern. It was started in 1933. At that time I had never seen a quilt like it and started it with only a meager description that grandmother gave me. The winter of 1933 was the most discouraging time for us. We were unable to spend money for anything but the barest necessities and I was starved for something gay and pretty and new. I started to create something to fill that need. I hate to remember now what small purchases I made in order to keep that gay piecework in existence. When I look at the finished work I see things in the stitches and gay strips that will always be there for me… The blocks were gayer with each increasing problem and in that way served to balance a drab life. I have never hurried in working because sewing has rested me when nothing else seemed to help.”

Creativity, comfort, fun, friendship…….Thank you quilting community!

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

38 thoughts on “June 7, 2022: 10 years of blogging!; 2 projects nearing completion; ”Earthly Delights”

  1. Susan June 7, 2022 / 11:38 am

    Both of your quilts are just beautiful! I always get a jolt of excitement when I read your blog. So many quilters have quit blogging which is so disappointing. Please keep up this great blog and photos.Susan

    • gladiporsche June 7, 2022 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you Susan! I think a lot of bloggers have switched to Instagram, on which a lot of the narrative is lost🙁. I have no plans to quit any time soon.

  2. pamster65@frontier.com June 7, 2022 / 1:33 pm

    My name is Pam Foster and I live in Muskegon, Michigan.  I am always impressed in some way by your blog postings!  Most of all ,I love your applique quilts. The traditional colors and patterns are my favorites.  So keep up the good work. Know that you are an inspiration!

    • gladiporsche June 7, 2022 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you so much Pam! I’m definitely a “traditional” quilt artist. Traditional quilt patterns and printed fabrics are my main love and I’m so glad there still seem to be plenty of us around!

  3. Rachel Avice Atienza June 7, 2022 / 2:16 pm

    Hi Gladi, Congratulations on your blogging milestone, I don’t comment too often, but like the previous two commentators, please know that you inspire me too with each of your blogs and written thoughts. Your photos too are beautiful, and cheer me, especially as I am unable to walk very much at the moment. Interesting to see you pull out a “hibernating” project. I have a “hibernated” quilt on my frame which I made at one of the first quit workshops I attended, well over 25 years ago. I always loved the brilliant yellows and chartreuse greens and could never bring myself to part with it years ago when I didn’t know how to quilt. It’s a double irish chain which was pieced with large machine stitches ( I didn’t know any better back then), which had come apart for almost an inch and a half of all the outer edge two-inch seams from all the times I’d taken it out of the drawer to look lovingly at it. It shows how much I love the quilt, because I painstakingly re-stiched all those edge seams, and now it’s almost quilted I love it even more, I can’t wait to get it off the frame and onto my bed! Please keep blogging Gladi, it gives me much pleasure to see your latest post pop up in my mail box. Happy creating, Rachel in the UK.

    • gladiporsche June 7, 2022 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you Rachel for your kind comments! Hearing that I “inspire” means a lot to me😊. Your yellow and warm green quilt sounds lovely- those are favorite colors of mine too. Good luck in finishing it soon!

  4. Kyle June 7, 2022 / 2:31 pm

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. Your quilts are always amazing. The first one is so dramatic and the use of your fabric mind-blowing how the fabric prints create such amazing designs and all working together. The second one, which is more my style, is gorgeous. Figuring out the borders mathematically is the challenge for a medallion quilt. You did it perfectly.

    • gladiporsche June 7, 2022 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you Kyle for all your kind comments! I know we both have a fondness for these Dutch prints and I’ve loved seeing your work too!

  5. Cathy June 7, 2022 / 4:35 pm

    Beautiful photography, you have a great eye! What a lovely quote, seems to fit in with life and the times we are currently in. I love that the quilting bond has brought creativity, joy and peace to so many, for so many years.

    • gladiporsche June 7, 2022 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you Cathy! I agree with all you said about the quilting bond!

  6. Digna June 7, 2022 / 5:08 pm

    Your choice of fabrics and colours is amazing! About your “hibernating” project : I hardly noticed the difference in the width of the borders because the fabrics blend so beautifully.
    If you are still looking for fabric for outer borders, maybe you should take a look at dutchfabric.nl; I think that is where your fabrics come from.(Betina printing, in Goor, in the Netherlands print the chintz fabrics for Den Haan en Wagenmakers, and I think you can order them there,
    I am looking forward to see the finished quilt!
    Digna from the Netherlands

    • gladiporsche June 7, 2022 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much for commenting, Digna! I am hoping, hoping, hoping to some day get to the Netherlands and actually visit the Den Han en Wagenmakers shop in person! Meanwhile, there are some places in the US that import those fabrics so I think I can order from them. However, I plan to check at one of my local quilt shops first. Thanks again!

      • Digna June 8, 2022 / 4:55 am

        For your information: Rudolf Den Haan and Wim Wagenmakers sold their shop some years ago and now their fabrics can only be purchased at Betina (dutchfabrics.nl); the shop continues with their name on it, that is all; the “chintz” fabrics that are sold there are just an ordinary imitation and not “the real thing”! So take care!

  7. Carol Collier June 7, 2022 / 5:36 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years of blogging!! I always enjoy reading your blog, seeing your quilts and your wonderful photography! Both of these quilts are beautiful!! Loved the quote…definitely fits in with life riht now!

    • gladiporsche June 7, 2022 / 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Carol! Glad you liked the quote🙂.

  8. Carla Gay June 7, 2022 / 7:07 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years, Gladi! I believe I have followed your blog for most if not all of those years, though I seldom commented. (I should do better!) I have thoroughly enjoyed your words, thoughts, book reviews, photography and especially your glorious quilts. Today’s post is no exception. Your two latest quilts are fabulous, though I’m especially fond of the HST medallion — it’s right up my alley! Know that you have a big fan in NW Arkansas and I am excited to read your posts every time you publish them. Thanks for being such an inspiring and generous contributor to the quilting community.

    • gladiporsche June 7, 2022 / 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much Carla for your kind and generous comments! Knowing people like you enjoy and are inspired by the blog is what truly keeps me posting!

  9. Kelley Secrest June 7, 2022 / 8:55 pm

    Congratulations on your 10 year blogging anniversary. I am always inspired by your current works in progress and nature photos. I have learned so much about quilting techniques and color placement. I appreciate very much the amount of time you dedicate to your posts each week. Inner Reaches of Outer Space is stunning! I agree with the anonymous quote from the Michigan Quilts book and thank you for including it. Wishing you the very best, Ms. Gladi!

    • gladiporsche June 12, 2022 / 11:53 pm

      Thank you so much Kelley! I’m really happy to hear that my work and my processes and struggles have helped others with their work! Always great to hear from you!

  10. Pat in WNY June 8, 2022 / 12:34 am

    Congratulations on this blogging milestone Gladi. I always look forward to your posts, from the photos of your quilt progress to the wonderful nature shots. I understand all too well your reluctance to part with some of your quilting library. I just purged all of my old quilting magazines and will be starting on the books soon. There are some I’ll never be able to part with, especially those that tell the stories of quilters who have gone before us, A People and Their Quilts by Irwin being one. Here’s to more years of blogging and quilting adventures!

    • gladiporsche June 12, 2022 / 11:57 pm

      Thanks so much Pat. Good luck with your purge!😊. I don’t see a lot of hope for me getting rid of the bulk of my books until I have to move to a smaller space – they are very low on my current “purging” list.🙂

  11. Vireya June 8, 2022 / 6:37 am

    Congratulations on 10 wonderful years! Your quilts are always amazing. You have a great eye for colour and design, and your piecing and applique skills are exemplary. Your nature photography is also a joy. Best wishes for many more years of inspiring your audience.

    • gladiporsche June 12, 2022 / 11:57 pm

      Thank you for your very kind compliments!! So glad you like the blog!

  12. acityquilter June 8, 2022 / 10:00 am

    the quote from the book resonates with all of us no matter our economic situation….whether simple or fancy, expensive fabric or leftover scraps, the “delicate toil of the needle” so said hawthorne, brings peace, tranquility, satisfaction….

    • gladiporsche June 12, 2022 / 11:59 pm

      Thank you Grace! I like the Hawthorn quote!

  13. Janet O. June 8, 2022 / 3:38 pm

    Congrats on 10 years, Gladi! I am so glad I finally found you.
    That was an excellent choice of finishing fabric for the top and bottom of TIROS. The piecing just seems to emerge from it.
    It is always tricky to fill a space between a center medallion and already made outer blocks–and make it look like it was intentional. I think you achieved that. And making it square in the process, without it being obvious, was really an accomplishment.
    Always love the nature photos–from iridescent frogs to radiant flora!
    The quotation from the book really speaks to me–so true for so many of us.

    • gladiporsche June 13, 2022 / 12:02 am

      Thank you Janet! I, too, am very glad we have connected! Thanks for all your kind words. Know that I enjoy your blog and seeing your projects as much as you enjoy mine!

  14. Alison June 9, 2022 / 7:17 pm

    I am fascinated with the 1930’s and the unique designs in architecture, clothing, quilting. That quote touched my heart and I thought about the contrast of those frugal days and the author yearning for some brightness in her quilt to lighten the drabness and worries of everyday life. Compared with the wastefulness of today’s living it is very thought provoking. I too am re-homing a lot of my possessions and once they are gone from the house it is a liberating feeling. Thank you for your grace and kindness and your beautiful blog.

    • gladiporsche June 13, 2022 / 12:06 am

      Thank you Alison! I am deeply touched by your incredibly kind comments. I hope I can continue to make the blog enjoyable and even inspiring at times!

  15. Marie June 10, 2022 / 8:30 pm

    “I have never hurried in working because sewing has rested me when nothing else seemed to help.” We could all learn from this, couldn’t we? Such lovely projects, particularly the HSTs.

    • gladiporsche June 13, 2022 / 12:07 am

      Thank you Marie!

  16. Nann June 11, 2022 / 1:56 pm

    Congratulations on your blogaversary. Gathering one’s thoughts–yes (and sometimes when I sit down to type those thought are pretty far-flung). Lovely flower photos. The edge fabric is ideal for your lovely outer space blocks.

    • gladiporsche June 13, 2022 / 12:08 am

      Thanks so much Nann! FYI, I enjoy your blog!

  17. acityquilter June 13, 2022 / 10:40 am

    just came across spirit of japan #3 the wheel in an old quiltmania mag…down the rabbit hole again for me! i probably won’t do a large quilt but probably 9 blocks….thanks for the inspiration!

    • gladiporsche June 13, 2022 / 11:27 am

      Thank you! That’s one of my favorite quilts!

  18. Brenda June 13, 2022 / 7:25 pm

    I really love both of the quilts you are showing, beautiful.

  19. marissthequilter June 14, 2022 / 7:47 pm

    Your Inner Reaches piece is superb. Well done on blending the top and bottom borders so ingeniously.
    Your description of getting the half square triangle border to fit the central design of the other quilt had me on tenterhooks. What a feat!
    May you see many more frogs this summer.
    Last, but not least, congratulations on ten years of blogging and for sharing your beautiful work, ideas, and view of the world

  20. barbvedder June 22, 2022 / 11:31 am

    wonderful quote! I treasure my state books.
    Congratulations on the newly finished top.
    I like frogs and toads – this one is pretty cute. Lovely flowers.

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