September 12, 2022: Meeting Barbara Brackman!; new donation project; QLC border

Greetings dear readers! I went to the New England Quilt Museum Saturday and met Barbara Brackman!!

She, of course, ran the Hospital Sketches sew-along and came to the museum from her home in Kansas to give a talk about her design inspirations for the blocks. What a thrill! I also got to meet 2 other quilters who had quilts in the exhibit:

Here we are standing in front of Barbara’s quilt. The person second from the left, between Barbara and me, is Roseann Smith. I showed her quilt in a previous post – the one with the lovely sashing with 9 patch cornerstones. The person on the far right had made a top but didn’t finish the quilt in time for the exhibit and I’m sorry I didn’t get her name. The person second from the right is Denniele Bohannon, who I was meeting for the first time, and here is her beautiful quilt:

My friend, Liz, and I had the great good fortune to be able to have lunch with Denniele and her friend Beth after the talk and it was so much fun!! The experience once again reminded me how wonderful it is to be a part of the quilting community!❤️ Our shared passion makes it easy to make new friends!

Barbara was an excellent speaker and I enjoyed her talk. Here’s a photo of her quilt, which I hadn’t previously shown in full yet:


And here is the last of the quilts from the exhibit – the only male exhibitor – and it’s a wild one, but quite appealing:

The background is a bold multicolor fabric and isn’t pieced within the blocks. Can’t you just hear the “quilt police” say there isn’t enough contrast between the appliqué and the background!😊. I’m so glad we’ve largely moved on from that kind of narrow judgement.

Some time soon I’ll be sharing with you some quilts from the Carol Breyer Fallert Gentry exhibit which is running at the museum simultaneously with Hospital Sketches.

I’ve spent the past week working on 2 projects. For the Chevron Quarter Log Cabin project, I made and appliqued down all the border vines and I made all the leaves with the prepared edge technique and basted them all down:

I’m really happy with how this has turned out! But I am setting this aside for a while because I have promised myself I will finish appliquéing all the leaves on the “Stormy Weather” border (Stars and Sprigs project) and get that top sewn together before I appliqué the leaves for the Chevron project 😊.

The other project I’m focusing on right now is a donation to my local library’s annual silent auction fund raiser, due in early November. I chose a pattern from this book that I’ve used many times before to make baby quilts:

This is the picture inside the cover:

And here’s the quilt in the book:

There are 2 different blocks with points going in different directions. Blocks finish at 6 inches:

Here’s mine so far:

I plan to make the quilt center 6 blocks x 6; right now it’s 5×5. It’s been a lot of fun choosing fabrics for the blocks!

I don’t plan to use the border from the book. In previous iterations, I have used appliqué circles:

That’s what I plan to do this time around as well. I haven’t done any machine appliqué for a few years, so look forward to dusting off those skills soon!!

I haven’t posted anything from my walks recently because I’ve had so many quilts to share (still do!), but I’m still walking almost daily and enjoying the hint of fall in the air. Here are some delights I saw at the pond recently:

I go to Cape Cod on Thursday to do a trunk show for the guild in Falmouth. Hope to see some of you there!

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

15 thoughts on “September 12, 2022: Meeting Barbara Brackman!; new donation project; QLC border

  1. Beachy913+ September 12, 2022 / 11:30 am

    Love the chevron border….the pennant pattern is a fave of mine as well…so versatile….great post!

    • gladiporsche September 12, 2022 / 11:19 pm

      Thank you Grace!

  2. Janet Giles September 12, 2022 / 4:38 pm

    As always, love everything about your post. Makes my day!

    • gladiporsche September 12, 2022 / 11:19 pm

      Thanks Janet! So glad you enjoy the blog!

  3. Janet O. September 12, 2022 / 10:24 pm

    What a treat to have met Barbara and heard her presentation.
    Denniele’s interpretation is really unique. I like the name she chose, and the color palette.
    Your Chevron QLC looks fantastic with that border in place!
    The quilt for the silent auction is really going to be a beaut!

    • gladiporsche September 12, 2022 / 11:23 pm

      Thanks Janet for all your kind words! I got to chat briefly with Barbara, but wish it could have been more. It was a truly excellent day, all around 😊.

  4. barbvedder September 13, 2022 / 12:44 pm

    I’m so happy to hear you were able to attend Barbara’s talk. I wish I had been able to go.
    Thanks for sharing more of the exhibit quilts. How wonderful to meet other makers.
    You Chevon quilt is looking beautiful. I hope to catch your talk someday!

    • gladiporsche September 13, 2022 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks Barb. It would have been fun to see you there, but we can’t do it all!

  5. Nann September 13, 2022 / 1:44 pm

    What a thrill to meet Barbara in person! Thanks for the quilt show. I get out a Kaffe book from time to time and ponder, and ponder some more.

    • gladiporsche September 13, 2022 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks Nann. I’ve only done 2 of Kaffe’s patterns, but they were not difficult. I think you might enjoy trying one 🙂.

  6. marissthequilter September 14, 2022 / 1:24 pm

    The quilts on show at the Hospital Sketches exhibition are so carefully and beautifully stitched.
    You are certainly very busy! I love the border for the chevrons piece and your Fassett designed donation quilt is going to be a winner.

    • gladiporsche September 17, 2022 / 10:52 pm

      Thank you Mariss! It’s a good thing I enjoy being busy 🙂.

  7. Kyle September 14, 2022 / 11:44 pm

    What a wonderful experience to visit with other quilters who worked on the same pattern and then hear Barbara B share her inspiration for the design. You are probably the best leaf appliquer in the entire world!

    • gladiporsche September 17, 2022 / 10:54 pm

      Thanks Kyle! I feel like I’m the Queen of Leaves!🙂. I just adore them on quilts.

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