June 27, 2022: My new ”log cabin”; A quilt workshop; My head is spinning 🙁

Greetings dear readers. Silly me! The new log cabin blocks that I showed you last week are not HALF log cabins, but QUARTER log cabins. Here’s the latest from my design wall:

Furthermore, my reader, Megan, pointed out that the design is in the public domain. There’s a picture of an antique one in this book (thank you Megan for this info!!):

It’s in the section with the log cabin quilts and is called the CHEVRONS variation:

Here are a few closeups of my blocks:

The first thing my husband said when he saw these is that they look like chevrons, a military symbol so he correctly identified the design! It’s very traditional, but I’m enjoying using my reproduction fabrics. I looked up #quarterlogcabinquilt on Instagram and there are dozens of examples of this pattern using all kinds of different fabrics, some very modern, and other layouts as well. I may have to make more than one!😊

I took an all day quilt class – in person – this week for the first time in 3 years. It was wonderful to be with others who share my quilting passion for a full day! Our teacher was Paula Golden and our subject was the Feathered Star. She presented a program to my guild the evening before – good speaker, good teacher! As you know, the feathered star is a challenging design and we were paper foundation piecing it, but I like a challenge! I actually had taken a class on foundation piecing the feathered star with Mary Ryan at the Vermont Quilt Festival in 2008 which I finished into a small wall hanging:

This hung in our bedroom for several years, but I never made another. I love feathered stars and this was my chance to relearn the techniques. Also, Paula’s pattern is different. Mary’s pattern has a square set-in center with a small lemoyne star in the center (you can enlarge photos by clicking on them). Paula’s pattern features large rays that all come together in the center. Here’s her quilt:

The stars have different centers and we chose which we wanted to do. When we had a ray or two done she used mirrors to show us what the finished block might look like:

By the end of the class no one was beyond their 3rd ray because Paula did a number of demos, we spent time choosing fabrics and looking at and talking about others’ choices, etc. I had my star sewn together 48 hours later, though not pressed, and the background pieces are not sewn in yet – it’s just laying on top of a fabric I’m considering:

The star colors are pretty bright for me, but I like them against the dark background. A closeup:

Here’s what the back looks like, unpressed. When pressed, the center seam allowances are supposed to ”spiral” – I have some work ahead of me!🙂. By the way, the reason the paper looks different on the right and left sides is that the paper Paula gave us to work with (left) was regular typing paper. When I got home I switched to using my preferred June Taylor brand FPP paper (right) which is thinner and easier to use.

My last 2 walks have been along the ocean, a lovely change from my usual woods and farmland. One walk was in nearby Kittery,Maine, the other in NH, where the coast is similar – a combination of rocky and sandy areas, mostly the former:

I continue to love the amazing colors and shapes that flowers provide this time of year:

My blog is mostly about quilting, but every once in a while I feel compelled to speak out about important issues. Quite frankly, my head is spinning and I’m worried about the survival of our democracy. I have watched every minute of the January 6th Committee hearings and it is very clear that Trump tried, almost certainly illegally, to overturn the election results. It is unfathomable and very disturbing that millions of people, including some of those in power, believe his lies and that there is a chance he could run again. Will he ever be held accountable? Our inability to control the proliferation of guns and to limit their presence in some public spaces and in the hands of dangerous people is frightening, though congress did take some baby steps in the right direction. And the overturning of Roe vs. Wade was expected because of the leak, but is still shocking and upsetting. This is a real blow for women’s reproductive rights, something we’ve fought for for a long time. It hurts to see us moving backward rather than forward. I am worried about the direction of the country and will be looking at ways I might be able to help make a difference. I’m still hopeful. In the meantime, I’ll be counting on quilt making as one of the ways to calm and center myself and provide a temporary haven from these stresses!

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

18 thoughts on “June 27, 2022: My new ”log cabin”; A quilt workshop; My head is spinning 🙁

  1. Eileen June 27, 2022 / 12:44 pm

    I am with you 100% on your feelings and fears about our country. With many horrible events in the past, I’ve wondered how people could do such things, believe such things. Now I see what’s happening in our country, in the present and I am appalled and terrified.
    Like you, I find comfort in my quilting. I find big stitch hand quilting with some gentle background music to be calming and a respite from what’s happening in the world.
    Take care. Stay hopeful!

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks Eileen! Speak out, vote, and keep on quilting!

  2. chickadee04287 June 27, 2022 / 1:53 pm

    I’m reeling too. My hope is that enough like minded people will come out and vote this November so real change can happen. It is stunning that some of the people who testified for the Jan 6 hearings would still vote for that vile man. I heard a phrase recently-there is a way when there is no way-that we must hold on to and believe. Yes, quilting helps keep me calm and so does a trip to the ocean!

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you! I hope we can find a good path forward and voting is super important. Happy quilting!

  3. Cynthia June 27, 2022 / 2:06 pm

    You write so well about the horrors of today, and I agree with every word. I wake up now with a worried sick feeling – similar to the morning after election day 2016 but now so much worse.

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you Cynthia. I worry about the country our children and grandchildren are will be living in. I want it to be a more just, tolerant, and compassionate society, but that doesn’t seem where we are currently headed.

  4. acityquilter June 27, 2022 / 5:51 pm

    love those ocean vistas…biddeford pool is another great coastal place with great rocky jettys….love the log cabin…

    • gladiporsche June 27, 2022 / 8:36 pm

      There are so many lovely spots along the Maine coast!

  5. Kelley Secrest June 28, 2022 / 12:02 am

    Your log cabin variation is fabulous. Interesting to see the antique version alongside yours. Thanks for including the beach scenes. Photo 2 is my favorite, especially the rocks covered in lichen. Wishing you a blessed day!

    • gladiporsche June 28, 2022 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks Kelley! I’m glad you like the log cabin! I never tire of the nearby rocky coast!

  6. Randy Danto June 28, 2022 / 4:09 am

    As a lawyer, it is very difficult to read the Supreme Court decision; it’s very painful to watch the Jan 6 hearings; it’s unbelievable to me that people believe so much of this garbage… I could go on and on. I appreciate your sharing your thoughts.
    As to quilting, which is the saving grace, right??– I have always thought that a feathered star is one of the more challenging blocks and one of my favorites as well. I took a class from the queen of feathered stars, Marsha McCloskey, many years ago. I love what you’re done and all the points seem to be matching up! (as if it mattered, right??)
    Your quarter log cabins are also great. I love the bright colors.
    Keep it up.
    And hope you are enjoying the summer.
    I hope to see you in Maine next month!!

    • gladiporsche June 28, 2022 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks Randy! I have a couple of McCloskey’s books, but who knows if I’ll ever make another FS? I wish I could meet up with you, Wendy, and Barb next month, but I’ll be vacationing on Cape Cod during that time and will miss you folks.

  7. Marie Tymrak June 28, 2022 / 5:44 am

    Thank you for saying what I’m feeling. I live in the state with the January 6th witness who then shared that he would vote again for Trump and it baffles and outrages me! Cheers for the feathered star block pictures of the back side & even a tip on your best performing paper.

    • gladiporsche June 28, 2022 / 9:07 pm

      Thanks Marie! I agree with you – I’m appalled that anyone could consider voting for Trump again after what he’s done.

  8. Marsha June 28, 2022 / 3:44 pm

    I am also so distraught at everything that is going on in our country. I am appalled at the things that led up to and happened on the January 6th insurrection and so disappointed that Trump and his cohort has not been held accountable by our government. I do not understand the people that continue to support him. I am also baffled that there is very little progress in the gun laws. Our country is definitely heading backward and I fear for our democracy. I am so thankful for quilting too, that when I am so troubled I can go into my room, pick up a project and block out all the negative things that are happening in our world right now.

    • gladiporsche June 28, 2022 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Marsha. I’m hoping that by the end of the hearings, there will be enough evidence of Trump’s corruption and lack of fitness for the presidency that, at the very least, his influence over his party dissolves, he won’t run in 2024, and the “big lie” goes away.

  9. marissthequilter July 4, 2022 / 4:44 pm

    I am surprised you have time to walk and take beautiful photographs given the complicated and beautiful piecing you are doing on your quarter log cabins and feathered stars.
    I salute you for so closely following current politics and for your deep concern about the state of the world.

    • gladiporsche July 4, 2022 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you Mariss! I’m grateful for the energy I have right now for enjoying life and doing diverse activities. I know it’s not going to last forever so I want to do as much as I can while I can! The “state of the world “ of course is a much more complex problem, but I’ll support and vote for leaders who pledge to do the right things and keep hoping.

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