July 18, 2022: A mini vacation; Baskets update; “Enchanted”

Greetings dear readers! I missed posting last week because Al and I took a short 3 day vacation to the Eastern Penobscot Bay region of Maine to visit dear friends Paul and Lee vacationing there from Nova Scotia. We met them over 30 years ago when both our families were vacationing at the wonderful Hiram Blake Camp on Cape Rosier and for years planned our vacations to coincide. Because of the pandemic, the Canadian border was closed until this past November and we don’t get to see them that often anyway, so a great time was had by all!

The cabin they were staying in has a lovely view onto the Eggemogin Reach which connects the Penobscot Bay with the part of the Gulf of Maine that abuts the western side of Mt. Desert Island where Acadia National Park is located. It’s a truly beautiful part of the country!

We stayed at the lovely Blue Hill Inn:

On our last morning there, while waiting for breakfast time at the inn, I went for a walk and stumbled upon this ancient cemetery:

I’m not generally a huge fan of cemetaries, but really old ones can be interesting.

Where the lettering hasn’t totally faded away on the stones, you see a lot of deaths of children – makes me so glad to live in the time of antibiotics and good medical care!

Also, the stones not infrequently have trees or other designs carved into them:

On the way home, I made sure to stop in Belfast, ME and visit one of my favorite quilt shops:

Like many quilters, I am drawn to medium and dark value fabrics when I shop and tend to have a dearth of light fabrics in my stash. I focused on finding some more ”lights” for my baskets and found some good ones!

And, of course, I couldn’t resist grabbing a few more fat quarters for the baskets as well! 🙂

Here are the latest baskets I’ve made (before buying the new fabric):

I’m starting to pull fabrics to make a pieced back for the HST Medallion, I’m plugging away at the applique for the last border for Stormy Weather, and I’m working on my “Challenge” quilt for my guild’s competition to take place at our August meeting. The theme is ”The Magic of Geometry” and I can’t show it until after that, so you’ll see it as my August Mini. So I’ve been busy!

I have a few non-quilting blogs I follow, one being ”Transactions With Beauty” by Canadian author and photographer, Shawna Lemay. On a recent post she quoted Portuguese author, Valter Hugo Mae:

“IT’S URGENT TO LIVE ENCHANTED.”

The quote reminds her to ”focus on the wondrous.” I truly believe this and I think doing it is responsible for helping me remain hopeful and optimistic. And, wow, did we ever have a wondrous event last week to enchant us – the Webb Space Telescope pictures were fabulous and mind boggling!!!

All those points of light are not individual stars, but galaxies with billions of stars! And we’re looking as far back as 13 Billion years! The formation of new stars:

Just gorgeous! I’ve always had an interest in astronomy, have read some excellent books on the topic, and used to keep a huge poster of the Milky Way galaxy in one of my exam rooms at work. The findings of the Webb telescope are so exciting and I look forward to more photos/info and ”enchantment.”😊

Hope you all are finding wonder and enchantment in your lives!

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

12 thoughts on “July 18, 2022: A mini vacation; Baskets update; “Enchanted”

  1. pamdempsey July 18, 2022 / 11:29 am

    Oh, would love to visit Maine! So beautiful 😻. Love your pretty baskets, the different backgrounds really add to it well instead of just muslin. You stood busy ☺️

    • gladiporsche July 20, 2022 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you Pam! Please do visit Maine if you get a chance!

  2. pamdempsey July 18, 2022 / 11:30 am

    Meant stay busy! 🤣

  3. Pat Clark July 18, 2022 / 11:39 am

    Thank you for “stay enchanted” just needed that. I love your photos you take on your walks. AND, of course, I admire the quilting you do. Your baskets are “enchanting”. I get so much from your blog. Stay well. Love, Pat

    • gladiporsche July 20, 2022 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you so much Pat! So happy to hear the blog is meaningful for you. That’s what I hope for when I write it😊.

  4. Nann July 18, 2022 / 1:50 pm

    What a grand getaway — with gorgeous FQs to boot! Thanks for “stay enchanted.” Certainly words to inspire.

    • gladiporsche July 20, 2022 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you Nann. I do love that word “enchanted!”

  5. Janet O. July 18, 2022 / 8:31 pm

    Looks like you had a great little getaway! I love Maine, and had a wonderful time there last summer. We must have visited 8 or 10 old cemeteries. I actually love visiting them, and we were looking for the graves of some of my ancestors.
    You found gorgeous fabrics for your baskets–and the baskets you made beforehand are all so lovely. That is going to be another beauty of a quilt.
    I love the “Live Enchanted” quotation. So many things about our world enchant me, and I hope I never lose that feeling!
    The telescope photos have left me in awe. It is incredible what we are seeing. My Dad was a navigator in WWII and he taught me to be in awe of the heavens.

    • gladiporsche July 20, 2022 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you Janet for your lovely comments! Those old cemeteries are something else. The Webb telescope photos came at a good time to help lift our spirits and give us some much needed perspective 🙂.

  6. marissthequilter July 21, 2022 / 6:23 pm

    Meetings with long-standing friends is one of the enchantments of life. Thanks for another lovely post. Yes, you have indeed been busy! Your baskets are delightful

  7. Jocelyn Thurston July 22, 2022 / 2:50 am

    Wonderful photo of you and the friends all looking so relaxed.
    Your baskets…your precision and applique are immaculate as usual. And such an array of pretty fabrics both in the baskets and what you bought.
    That very old graveyard was interesting. Thanks for sharing the photos, Gladi.
    Another wonderful post.

  8. Paul F. McKenna July 31, 2022 / 11:00 am

    So glad that you and Al were able to visit us at “camp” and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Cape! It was wonderful catching up with you both and Vim really appreciated a chess game with Al. Safe travels to you folks.

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