July 7, 2022: ”Is it finished?”; Earthly Delights

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

22 thoughts on “July 7, 2022: ”Is it finished?”; Earthly Delights

  1. pamdempsey July 7, 2022 / 11:21 am

    Wow- the boulders- could they be granite in it’s natural state? Too cool. Loving your stormy weather leaves 🍃 🥰

    • gladiporsche July 7, 2022 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks Pam. I’m not 100% sure what the boulders are made of, but I bet there’s some granite there. They are impressive!

  2. Susan Belyea July 7, 2022 / 11:43 am

    Oh my goodness, this quilt is just beautiful. I love it and if you have the material , you should increase it to a full or Queen size quilt. I would even enter it in a show. You continue to amaze me!

    • gladiporsche July 7, 2022 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks Susan for your kind words! I’ll probably put it in my guild’s show this fall if I can have the quilting done on time.

  3. Pat Clark July 7, 2022 / 12:15 pm

    I so enjoy your blog and pictures. Your creative use of fabrics are divine. Since I’m limited in how far I can walk, I love your pictures taken on your walks. Today especially the pics of the water lilies!

    • gladiporsche July 7, 2022 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you Pat! So glad you like the blog – I enjoy doing it. That marsh with the lilies was amazing!

  4. Jocelyn Thurston July 7, 2022 / 8:50 pm

    Such a beautiful project Gladi…didn’t it turn out beautifully; and I love your quarter log cabins too. Are you foundation paper piecing those? I would have loved to have seen those water lilies…what a vista that would have made! We called them Little Sally Saucers when we were young and I always loved spying them.

    • gladiporsche July 11, 2022 / 2:14 am

      Thank you Jocelyn! The log cabin blocks are foundation paper pieced. I have a book of 101 LG designs and I adapted one for this block. Never heard the term Little Sally Saucers before, but it’s cute and I bet I’ll think of it next time I see one 😊!

  5. acityquilter July 7, 2022 / 9:53 pm

    love to see water lilies, means water isn’t polluted….lovely new england photos!

    • gladiporsche July 11, 2022 / 2:15 am

      Thanks Grace!

  6. Janet O. July 8, 2022 / 2:09 am

    All the elements of your medallion quilt came together so beautifully! It looks so well planned–never would have guessed it was a design-as-you-go project, if I hadn’t been following along.I know not many people have them anymore, but our smaller guest room has a full size bed. Would this work on that size?
    Moving on to the next project–such a difference from the soft colors and floral prints to the angular patterns and bold contrasts. I prefer the top option, too, but there is nothing wrong with the lower one.
    Such lovely applique work!
    Love the scenes from your jaunt with your friend, from the boulders in the woods, to the herons in the treetops, and the radiant lilies in the water.

    • gladiporsche July 11, 2022 / 2:19 am

      Thank you Janet! I had forgotten about “full” or “double” size beds since we don’t have one, but I think you’re right that my quilt would fit. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I’m lucky to have such lovely things to see close by.

  7. Kelley Secrest July 8, 2022 / 10:32 am

    Your HST Medallion is beautiful and perfect just as it is now because the center medallion is the focus. Stormy Weather is another beautiful quilt and I greatly admire your handwork. Thanks for sharing the photos of the boulders – they are amazing! I can only imagine how beautiful the marsh is covered with water lilies. Wishing you have a lovely vacation!

    • gladiporsche July 11, 2022 / 2:21 am

      Thank you so much Kelley! I like your point that without a border the center is the focus of my quilt and I think that’s the way it should be🙂.

  8. Tazzie S July 8, 2022 / 2:07 pm

    Your quilt top is just gorgeous, I love the Dutch Chintz fabrics. Definitely finish up at this point if you’re not inspired to keep going, maybe it will be a quilt for snuggling under on the sofa in winter?

    • gladiporsche July 11, 2022 / 2:21 am

      Thank you Tazzie!

  9. Shasta July 9, 2022 / 7:10 pm

    That is a gorgeous quilt. I can understand not wanting to make any more HSTs. You have made quite a lot. The nature photos are gorgeous as well.

    • gladiporsche July 11, 2022 / 2:22 am

      Thanks for your kind words Shasta!

  10. Digna July 10, 2022 / 10:40 am

    Stay with your decision, Gladi! 🙂 It reminds me of the antique, late 18th,early 19th century Dutch quilts. Just add the binding, and the unusual size is very “antique Dutch”too!

    I love your nature photo’s. In the third photo I see a little dragon, peacefully sleeping behind the trees. Beautiful waterlilies too!

    The Netherlands

    • gladiporsche July 11, 2022 / 2:25 am

      Thank you so much Digna! Your opinion- given your location and the fabrics I used – means a lot to me and I appreciate your taking the time to comment. I’m going to follow your advice!😊.
      I think I see the dragon too!😊

  11. Nann July 11, 2022 / 4:06 pm

    I came for the beautiful HST/panel quilt — soft red, soft blue, warm tan are such a great combination. Then I stayed for the beautiful pictures of the woods and the marsh. Summertime is gorious.

  12. marissthequilter July 12, 2022 / 2:55 pm

    Your spectacular 528 HST quilt is more than big enough to nap under! Enjoy your trip and quiet stitching time with stormy weather. Herons are so graceful, thanks for sharing your sighting.

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