June 20, 2022: Juggling projects!

Greetings dear readers! I had a comment on my last post about how I work on many projects at once. Indeed, that’s how I work! I marvel at folks who work on one project, start to finish. I find that I often get a little bored doing just one technique or working with the same fabrics all the time. Taking even a short break – as little as a day sometimes; or as long as years! – allows me to return with renewed energy and engagement. I actually like juggling several projects at once. I think I was primed to work this way by my medical career. Working successfully as a busy physician required juggling lots of tasks. Working as a Medical Director for the last 21 years of my career required an exponential increase in that juggling! So I got used to it. Juggling my current projects seems tame by comparison!😊

So here’s what I’ve been juggling this past week. I’ve made great progress on the HST Medallion:

The extra side rows are done, I’m working on the top, and then I’ll do the bottom and it will be ready for quilting – by a long armer because I don’t have the time. Because I’m using lots of different fabrics, The best method for me to make the HST’s is making 2 at a time by sewing one light and one dark fabric together 1/4 inch away from the diagonal, cutting on the diagonal, ironing open, and using my Bloc-Loc ruler to trim to size:

I finished making the backing for The Inner Reaches of Outer Space:

That piece on the bottom is a Hoffman screen print from about 20 years ago:

I have quite a few pieces of Hoffman screen prints and have been thinking that new fabrics like these, esp. the strong geometrics with bold colors, are not being made right now (?true – I’m not seeing them). An example of how styles change over time and how parts of one’s stash can become obsolete.

I finished the applique for the 3rd border of “Stormy Weather: Shine A Light” and have half the leaves made and basted to the fourth border, ready for applique:

I’m in the process of prepping the leaves for the other half:

I finished my June mini early and will share that story next week!

And the 5th project I worked on is a new one! Finishing IROS gave me permission to start something new😊. I was recently looking at photos from the quilt show in Nantes, France this past April and fell instantly in love with one of the quilts from the show:

The maker is Dominique Husson. It’s a traditional log cabin variation and I’m in love with the graphic quality of the design. I decided to try something similar, drafted the block, and here’s an example of what I have:

I’m enjoying making these – FPP, of course! – but not sure exactly where it’s going yet😊. Given that it’s a traditional quilt block and I drafted my own, if I want to make a similar quilt, I don’t think I need this maker’s permission if it’s just for me and I’m not selling copies or a pattern. If this isn’t true, let me know!

We’ve had some lovely weather and I’ve had some great walking recently. Here are some flower photos:

These leaves in the early morning sun looked lit from within:

The curled leaf on the left looks like a torch!:

Grasses can be beautiful, too. This almost looks like an impressionist painting:

From my most recent visit to the pond: tadpoles transitioning and a turtle!

Wishing you all a lovely summer solstice!

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

17 thoughts on “June 20, 2022: Juggling projects!

  1. Sandi June 20, 2022 / 8:39 pm

    Beautiful quilts and beautiful pictures!! I love the one your just starting, looks like a log cabin. I think your first picture with the medallion center is gorgeous. Hugs,

    • gladiporsche June 21, 2022 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you Sandi! I believe the new one is one of the log cabin variations.

  2. Kyle June 21, 2022 / 12:26 pm

    I have always been a juggler too until recently. I’ve found myself working on one project at a time. Not completely sure for the reason. Guess my path is temporarily narrower. Your quilts are awesome.

    • gladiporsche June 21, 2022 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you Kyle! It’s interesting that your style of working changed. Our journeys through life are not static and unexpected changes do happen. It’s good to be flexible!

  3. Megan June 22, 2022 / 11:31 pm

    Regarding the half log cabin pattern, I initially thought it was an image of a vintage quilt from one of my quilt history books – I’m away from my library just now and can’t look for it, but I’d start with Robert Shaw’s American Quilts: The Democratic Art or Rod Kiracofe’s The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort. Point being, your inspiration is likely directly inspired by a work in the public domain. 🙂

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 12:44 am

      Thank you Megan! You are absolutely right. I have the Shaw book and a picture of the antique one is in it. I’ll be writing about it in my next post.

  4. acityquilter June 23, 2022 / 12:38 pm

    lovely projects of course…oooh hoffman prints…i remember drooling over them at the fabric place in framingham many years ago…still have some in my stash…loving those log cabins!

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 12:45 am

      Thank you Grace!

  5. shandaken6 June 23, 2022 / 1:33 pm

    Gladi…..while I’m usually a monogamous quilter and cross stitcher I find your blog so inspiring! You have encouraged me to dig out a Palampore panel I bought years ago but could never figure out how to finish. Love your applique, borders and half square triangle. I think you’ve put me on the path to something new and exciting for me!

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 12:47 am

      Thank you so much for your kind comments! Whenever I’m able to inspire someone, it makes me happy!😊. Good luck with your project and if there’s a way I can see it, I’d love to!

  6. audrey easter June 23, 2022 / 11:27 pm

    ‘Renewed energy and engagement’. Love that as that’s exactly the way I feel juggling lots of quilt projects. So much more enjoyable to have several projects in many different phases. I think that’s why I appreciate your blog so much! You just keep plodding along on several different quilts that are all quite complex and interesting.:)

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 12:49 am

      Thank you Audrey! We work in similar ways and that’s why I enjoy your blog too 🙂.

  7. marissthequilter June 25, 2022 / 4:45 pm

    What beautiful photographs!
    I also like to work on many projects at once. Thanks for showing us the process on yours. Enjoy the new challenge of that geometrical log cabin

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 12:50 am

      Thank you Mariss! You’re a fellow juggler!😊

  8. Elizabeth E. June 26, 2022 / 8:38 pm

    As usual, you leave us with beautiful flowers, but also bring us new ideas and quilts to look at. I love all your ongoing projects! I vascillate back and forth between one-project and multiple projects.

    I took a couple of workshops on copyright when I was at QuiltCon a couple of meetings ago, and the gist of is that the wording is copyright, but because quilts are considerable useable bedcoverings, the designs aren’t copyrighted. So go for it if you want to write a pattern and include your FPP template. I agree with others–something like that has probably been around for a while (I’m thinking Amish?), but I love how modern it does look.

    Lovely post!

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 12:57 am

      Thank you Elizabeth! The copyright issue can be pretty confusing. Since I don’t have a business, it usually only affects me when I want to enter a show and need to designate whether my piece is an original design. In the case of my new project, my reader Megan, above, has solved it for me and I’ll be writing about it on my next,post.

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