Greetings dear readers! Those of us designing our own quilts, especially if we are designing as we go, as opposed to having everything planned in advance, often face the issue of deciding when a quilt is finished. That’s where I am with the HST Medallion. I added the two extra rows of hst’s all around and now the top is 70 inches square instead of 60.
There are 528 hst’s!😊 I don’t want to make any more! At this size, what is this quilt? It’s not a lap quilt or a wall quilt. It’s not really big enough for a queen size bed and it should be taller for a twin bed. But I don’t think it will ever get used on a twin bed. If I were 10 years younger, I would consider adding a border of fussy cut hexagons all around to match the border around the center panel.
But I think I’m going to pass on that! I don’t think I want to add a floral print or solid border around what I already have, so will likely stop here and it will be a queen size bed topper. I think I just talked myself into this decision!🙂 I’ll show it again after it’s long-arm quilted. So happy to get this project nearly completed, though the major joy has largely been in the making. As is the case so often with me.
I haven’t made any more quarter log cabin blocks, but I did play a bit with alternative layouts:
For now, I’m liking the upper one, the reverse of the original chevron design. I’m continuing to make, baste, and hand applique leaves for Stormy Weather – my goal is to have these all done by the end of summer and to get the entire top of this major project done some time in the fall. This will be my take-along hand project for our week on Cape Cod – we leave in just over 2 weeks!
I have a few more baskets but no photos yet so will save them for the next post.
A good friend who lives 20 minutes away recently invited me for a ”new to me” walk near her home. The woods we walked in were littered with large stones and boulders – not atypical for NH, the ”granite state.”
Then we came out of the woods and walked to a large marsh covered with gorgeous water lilies – this photo doesn’t do it justice:
And one shore of the marsh has a rookery with several nests. We saw several blue herons flying back and forth – very hard to get a good photo with just a phone. Here’s the best I could do;
Meanwhile, back at the pond, my frog hunting is tough with all the flora along the waters’ edge, but I did see these guys recently – 2 of them – can you see them?🙂
I love watching the thistles develop at this point in the summer – early stages right now:
A couple more ”pond delights”, one with trees reflecting in the water:
Hope you are all finding good ways to take care of yourselves and perhaps even finding some joy amidst all the craziness in the world. We need beauty and moments of peace and joy to keep us hopeful.
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi