September 27, 2022: Updates on 5 projects

Greetings dear readers! I have reached the finish line with “Dutch HST Medallion”!

The sleeve is made and ready to be sewn on and the label will quickly follow.

The machine quilting is an overall design of floral shapes, chosen so it doesn’t distract from the piecing and the medallion.

I started the quilt 4-5 years ago as a way to be able to use and play with these lovely fabrics. At first the entire top was going to be just HST’s and I sewed a bunch of 16 patch blocks of them. Then, as often happens, they got put away as I worked on other projects. Then about 2 years ago, I unearthed the Dutch Medallion hiding in my stash and decided to use the HST’s with it. Adding the fussy cut hexagon medallion border and several more starts and stops as I worked on other projects finally got me to the finish line! Just in time for my guild’s show next month!

And I reached a milestone this week with “Stormy Weather: Shine A Light”! All the appliqué on the 4th border is finally complete! 4 borders = 916 hand appliqued leaves!

Here is just a quarter of the center to remind you what it looks like and above is the pattern, showing that all I have left to make are the 4 corner stars. Then I need to trim and iron the borders, add the stars and sew it all together! My plan is to have it long arm quilted because it’s huge and there would be 2 large quilts ahead of it in the hand quilting queue! I really don’t want to wait that long for it to be finished!

Speaking of hand quilting, now that the weather has cooled off, I am back to hand quilting “Sweet Journeys”. Another “long journey” project – I’m guessing at least 7 years now 😵‍💫. I’m still outlining all the pieces and then will fill in the background – a long way to go! I’d like to focus on it this winter and have it ready for the 2023 Cocheco (my guild) Show, a year from now. (This year’s show happens 10/22 and 10/23 and I’m involved in a lot! – judging, demo, set-up, etc! – will be busy next month!)

I have all 36 blocks for the center of my library donation quilt made and sewn together. I think it’s the definition of “colorful”!

Next I’ll be machine appliquéing circles for a border on this. I’ve been reviewing Sue Nickels and Pat Holly’s book on raw edge appliqué – an excellent resource.

Finally, project #5 – Ursula’s Spring Baskets! I have 8 baskets I haven’t shared yet:

I now have 68 basket blocks with 30 to go, but I might be slowing down with this project for a while as there’s no hurry. The older 2 grandkids didn’t get their “big bed” quilts till they were 7 and Ursula is only 3 1/2! Speaking of the older grandkids: Dmitri was 18 yesterday and Svetlana turns 15 tomorrow. I am deeply feeling the inexorable and too quick passage of time. Weren’t my own 2 children just those ages a very short time ago?! Wasn’t I a teenager not that long ago?😵‍💫 All we can do is “cherish each day.”

I’m grateful to be experiencing another autumn. A final burst of color before muted winter settles in.

I’ll be back later this week with September’s mini and some more fall photos. Have a great week!

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

22 thoughts on “September 27, 2022: Updates on 5 projects

  1. pamdempsey September 27, 2022 / 10:07 am

    Beautiful, just beautiful, everything 🥰

    • gladiporsche September 27, 2022 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you Pam!

  2. acityquilter September 27, 2022 / 10:51 am

    all very lovely projects…i’ve borders mapped out for my dutch panel so it’s on the list…LOL…those pennants always entice me…love ’em….loving foliage colors….found youtube channel called “live new england” that cures some of the homesickness….wishing you and all of us many happy quilting days ahead!

    • gladiporsche September 27, 2022 / 8:49 pm

      Thanks Grace. That YouTube channel sounds worth checking out!

  3. Robin September 27, 2022 / 7:43 pm

    I don’t know where to start, it was such a treat to read your blog today. I love the Dutch print HSTs and the panel in the center. The colors are just gorgeous! The leaf panels are so so pretty. I have a Kim McLean quilt (Roseville Album) waiting to be quilted too. I don’t remember seeing “Sweet Journeys” before. It is really wonderful – colors are perfect. I love the fabric you used for the background. Everything you touch turns to GOLD.

    • gladiporsche September 27, 2022 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks Robin, for your kind words! I’ll bet your “Roseville Album” is lovely! It’s a great pattern. That background fabric for Sweet Journeys was designed by Barbara Brackman and come out in 1999. I finally found just the right project for it!

  4. 107sophie September 27, 2022 / 7:54 pm

    Do love to see all your progress, especially on the “long term” projects. Real inspiration to fall in love again with some tops that have been put aside to “marinate”. Every time you show us the “Sweet Journeys” , I become a bit more smitten. Can you share the information on the pattern designer? Think it may be time for me to take the plunge on that one!

    • gladiporsche September 27, 2022 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks so much Sophie! There is no commercial pattern for all the blocks in Sweet Journeys as it’s mostly my own design. A few come from Ellie Sienkiewicz’s books. The others are traditional Baltimore Album style designs redrawn and tweaked by me and I added all the birds. The larger central design came from an old appliqué book. If you really do want to do an album quilt there are lots of lovely pattern options out there. If I ever do another one, I have my eye on Debra Dorward’s “Baltimore Blooms” – it’s beautiful!

      • 107sophie September 27, 2022 / 9:49 pm

        Gladi – thanks for your very rapid response. I have done – up to now(LOL) 3 Baltimore Albums, mostly the papercut blocks as I love them so. Do have quite a few of Ellie’s books so will do another “walk through”. I guess I will see what I can do to replicate your gorgeous center block. It is such a beauty – all those grapes and the arrangement of them is simply stunning!

  5. Kyle September 27, 2022 / 9:52 pm

    Each time I see some of your quilts I’m more in awe. I have the pattern Stars and Sprigs, but that border is the challenge, which you have conquered!!!

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2022 / 12:46 am

      Thank you Kyle! It just takes TIME! And patience 🙂. I had to be willing to accept that it would likely take about a year to get it done and be happy with slow progress.

  6. Marie Tymrak September 27, 2022 / 11:58 pm

    Not only are all of the quilts real beauties, but the photographs are a teaser that eventually cooler weather will reach the Southwest. Thanks especially for comments that reflect my own awareness of passing time. How I treasure memories made in youth…. and hope next generations have similar opportunities. Good luck with those responsibilities for the show, next month.

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2022 / 12:47 am

      Thank you Marie! Good to hear from you and I hope the cooler weather gets to you soon!

  7. Marsha September 28, 2022 / 1:57 am

    Beautiful quilts as usual. So much inspiration! Love the fall colors in the nature photos.

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2022 / 12:48 am

      Thanks Marsha!

  8. tomatodame September 28, 2022 / 5:20 pm

    Hello. I love reading your blog and seeing all of the beautiful quilts. Could you tell me what pattern was used for the Sweet Journeys quilt? It is beautiful.
    Thank you,

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2022 / 12:50 am

      Thanks! I’ll write about designing Sweet Journeys in one of the next couple posts.

  9. Evelyn Hatch September 29, 2022 / 12:15 am

    I so love the fabrics and color choices of all your baskets blocks.

    • gladiporsche September 30, 2022 / 12:51 am

      Thank you Evelyn! It’s been great fun choosing the fabrics for each of the blocks!

  10. marissthequilter October 2, 2022 / 4:00 pm

    I feel quite breathless after seeing and reading about all the you have accomplished. It must be satisfying to see long-term project coming to a close, especially when they are all so beautiful. I am astounded at your industry. Enjoy the Fall.

  11. barbvedder October 4, 2022 / 4:19 pm

    What a beautiful post that I somehow missed. So many wonderful projects underway. Your hand quilting is so gorgeous!!!

  12. Nancy White October 12, 2022 / 1:39 pm

    Wow, all I can say is WOW! Your projects are amazing!

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