October 5, 2022: Story of “Sweet Journeys”; Donation quilt; NEQM photos; Autumn!

Greetings dear readers! This week the hats and gloves came out for those early morning walks with temps in the 40’s. All too soon, it will be long underwear and boots too😊! Last week I showed some hand quilting I’m doing on “Sweet Journeys” and some readers asked about the pattern for it. There is no one “purchasable” pattern, per se. The overall design/layout is by me and is a compilation of block patterns from various sources, several “tweaked” by me by adding birds.

The initial spark came from 2 fabrics. The background:

Sorry the photo is a bit blurry. It’s from Brackman and Thompson’s “Material Pleasures” line and I bought several yards of it when it came out in 1999. It waited years for the right project! After several more years, I found the perfect fabric for a border:

At that point I knew I wanted to make a Baltimore Album style quilt and started putting red, green,and black fabrics aside in a box with the background and border fabrics and thinking about designs, the border fabric dictating the color scheme. I had a stack of about 12 paper copies of various album style block patterns and I have no recollection at all of where they came from, though pretty sure someone gave them to me. I do not remember copying them myself.

If anyone recognizes the original source for these, let me know!! I “tweaked” some to allow me to add birds:

And I also used some of Ellie Sienkiewicz’s patterns from her books, e.g. this basket:

As for the center block, I saw this antique quilt at the Vermont Quilt Show in 2014 or 2015 (sorry for the poor photo) and LOVED it! I wanted to make it some day, but drafting the pattern would be daunting! Plus, I think there are nearly two thousand berries!!!

Amazingly, not long after that, I bought this book, published almost 30 years ago, at my guild’s library book sale:

And look what was in it:

I enlarged the pattern, as recommended, and decided to use it for the center of this quilt. Much less daunting than doing a whole quilt of these blocks!😊 From my blog archives, I’ve determined that I likely started the quilt around 7 1/2 years ago so it’s definitely one of those “long journey” quilts. There’s a song I play on the accordion called “Sweet Journeys” and that’s where the title came from. Making this quilt may be a “long” journey, but it’s been a “sweet” one. 🙂

Now that it’s cooler, I’m trying to get some hand quilting in every day. My goal is to finish SJ in a year for the 2023 Cocheco show. Meanwhile, I’ve been on a sleeve and label making binge getting ready for THIS year’s show, later this month!

I’ve also been working on finishing the top for my Library Donation quilt. Here’s what my design wall looks like at the moment. The circle blocks are done and ready to sew together and the sashing is just pinned up to give a sense of what this might look like completed:

Here are some closeup examples of the circle blocks:

The circles are fused using “Steam A Seam 2” fusible and then I use the blanket stitch on the sewing machine to secure the edges. This quilt is a main focus right now because I have to submit it by the end of the month.

My quilt “Golden Glow” is back from the museum! What an honor to have had it there. At the same time “Hospital Sketches” was up, a wonderful exhibit of quilts by Caro Breyer Fallert Gentry was on display. She’s an amazing quilt artist who has been at the top of her game and innovating for 40+ years!! Here are a few of her pieces:

I forgot to get the label on this one, but here are a couple of closeups:

And finally:

More of her incredible machine quilting – not my thing, but I admire the masters😊:

Each day a bit more color emerges in the landscape here and I’m trying to savor it while I can! Such gorgeous leaves!:

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

17 thoughts on “October 5, 2022: Story of “Sweet Journeys”; Donation quilt; NEQM photos; Autumn!

  1. tomatodame October 5, 2022 / 1:52 pm

    Thank you so much for explaining the journey to Sweet Journeys in such detail. You are so creative and I appreciate reading about all of your quilt making. Take care.

    • gladiporsche October 5, 2022 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

  2. Marsha October 5, 2022 / 2:27 pm

    I loved the story and pictures of your journey with Sweet Journeys quilt. Sometimes the journey of making a long term quilt is as special as the quilt itself. I enjoyed the pictures of Carol Breyer Fallert so much. She is such an artist. And as usual, the pictures of your walks are stunning. Our leaves are just beginning to turn in the Northwest.

    • gladiporsche October 5, 2022 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you Marsha! I agree – the journey and the process is often more meaningful and fulfilling than the “product!”

  3. 107sophie October 5, 2022 / 3:02 pm

    So lovely of you to tell us more about Sweet Journeys; those long term projects so often have wonderful stories behind them, A special thank you for identifying the source for that gorgeous center block. I guess I’m not the only one who admired it and am thrilled to have located a second hand copy. Carol Breyer Fallert’s quilts are amazing works of art (thanks for the close-ups). Your photos from your walk is a beautiful reminder to enjoy the beauty around us!

    • gladiporsche October 5, 2022 / 8:22 pm

      Thanks for all your kind words, Sophie!

  4. Sissy Malone October 5, 2022 / 5:04 pm

    Your pattern that you are trying to identify reminds me of the Kansas City Star patterns. Barbara Brackman may be able to verify I believe she published a book of KCS patterns.

    • gladiporsche October 5, 2022 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much for this information! I’ll see if I can check it out further.

  5. acityquilter October 5, 2022 / 10:24 pm

    oh when i grow up i want to be an applique artist like you gladi…LOL…hmm 7+ years, i think i have enough time to make an applique heirloom of my own…lovely autumn photos…

    • gladiporsche October 7, 2022 / 11:41 am

      Thank you Grace. Passion and perseverance are the keys in these long journey projects!

  6. Debbie October 7, 2022 / 12:56 am

    The applique patterns are from 100 Applique Quilt Patterns by Jan Halgrimson (1988). I love this book and hope to make my own quilt from some of these patterns one day. When visiting family near Boston last month, I was so fortunate to visit the New England Quilt Museum and see your Hospital Sketches. Definitely a highlight of my trip! I really enjoy your blog and appreciate your nature photos and quilt sense!

    • gladiporsche October 7, 2022 / 11:33 am

      Thank you so much for identifying the source of those patterns!! I will try to remember to put that info in my next post. And thank you for your kind comments about my blog and quilts. So glad you got to see the Hospital Sketches exhibit!

  7. pamdempsey October 7, 2022 / 3:25 am

    Sweet journeys is awesome, so much time and patience has gone into this beauty! Love the center rose and berries and all the birds! Our high today in northeast Texas was 89, Saturday hoping for projected 79! I love the cooler weather, autumn is my favorite season 😻! I enjoy seeing all of your nature pictures, you’re very lucky to live there!

    • gladiporsche October 7, 2022 / 11:39 am

      Thank you Pam! I count my blessings every day that I live in such a wonderful area. The only time I have regrets is in February and March when winter lingers just a bit too long and it’s harder to spend time outdoors. Getting away to a warmer clime then for a week or two helps us get through it!

  8. Carol in Texas October 8, 2022 / 3:14 pm

    Fall is certainly underway in your neck of the woods! Here in central Texas we are just now enjoying cooler mornings and warm, but sadly dry, afternoons. I can open windows and do without the a.c. for much of the day. I find it fascinating how different parts of our country experience weather changes. I am surely not ready for winter, but cooler air is so welcome after our 100 degree days this summer. This is our best gardening time. I enjoyed this blog entry so very much. The discussion of the Sweet Journeys quilt is fascinating….little by little it came together. The fall colors on your walks are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them!

  9. Nann October 9, 2022 / 4:30 pm

    Gladi, your post is just bursting with color! Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day is still my target for fall color, though I haven’t lived in New England for many years. It’s been achingly beautiful here, too. Does that 1999 print provide justification for keeping fabric forever (or at least a long time)? Well, I suppose, if one still loveslovesloves it. How great that someone identified the applique patterns! Our guild had a workshop with Carol Breyer Fallert-Gentry (how was our small group so lucky?). She was great. (I made a potholder. )

  10. marissthequilter October 12, 2022 / 9:20 am

    Thank you for the story behind the making of Sweet Journey. What a story and what a journey and what a beautiful quilt.
    The photographs of your fall leaves and scenes are absolutely breathtaking.

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