October 11, 2022: Beautiful Autumn!; Time traveling with books; Donation top finished

Greetings dear readers! Last Thursday Al and I drove north into the White Mountains of NH where peak foliage color was predicted. Oh my goodness, it was glorious!! It was an absolutely perfect day for the drive. For mile after mile, hour after hour, we were steeped in a golden glow of reds, oranges, peaches, corals, golden yellows, and greens topped with a deep blue sky. For many of the beautiful vistas and striking individual trees, there was no ability to pull over and stop for photos, but I did my best to grab a few to share with you:

And then the very next day I snapped the following photos on my walk within a mile of our house:

The beauty of autumn comes and goes so quickly. It is ephemeral, like so much in life, and I am trying to be mindful of its wonders every day while it lasts.

Many thanks to reader, Debbie, who, after reading my last post, identified the source of the paper patterns I used for some of the blocks in “Sweeet Journeys.” I was able to find used copies available on Amazon if anyone is interested! I’m tempted to get one myself, but I’m trying so hard not to buy new books!

Speaking of books, I have been doing some significant time-traveling in my recent reading. Well written, well plotted historical novels with nuanced characters are a favorite genre of mine. I’m currently on the last of these 4:

Great Circle is mostly the very complicated story of Marion who falls in love with airplanes as a girl in Montana in the 1920’s and ultimately circumnavigates the globe as a pilot, alternating with a story about Hadley, a Hollywood actress who plays Marion in a movie in current times. The Pull of the Stars is about a nurse midwife working in Dublin during the Flu pandemic and WW1 in 1918. The Invention of Wings is about a slave and her owner in the early 1800’s. The Wolves of Andover (currently retitled as The Traitor’s Wife) takes place in Massachusetts in 1673 and is based on the possibly true story of the escape of the man who beheaded Charles 1st during Oliver Cromwell’s time, though is just as much about the woman he meets and falls in love with here. It’s actually a prequel to Kent’s book “ The Heretic’s Daughter” involving the Salem witch trials. My book group read the latter several years ago and loved it. If you enjoy high quality historical fiction, I recommend all of these!

Most of my quilting the past few days involved a) finishing the quilt top for my donation quilt and sewing the back for it together b) starting to gather things I need to do an appliqué (prepared edge) demonstration at my guild’s (Cocheco) annual show October 22 and 23 and c)starting to prep for a talk and trunk show I’m doing for my local Active Retirement Association on the 27th. I’ll be talking to a group with many non-quilters for the first time, so need to keep that in mind and make adjustments to my usual presentation.
Here’s the quilt top:

It’s 50.5 inches square and could be gifted or used as a baby or lap quilt. I hope it fetches a decent amount of money for the library! Because I’m so busy this month, I’m having it quilted by one of my favorite long- armers. I did manage to make some progress hand quilting Sweet Journeys, too.

Hope you are getting/taking the time to enjoy the wonder of autumn along with the joys and comforts of sewing 🙂.

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

18 thoughts on “October 11, 2022: Beautiful Autumn!; Time traveling with books; Donation top finished

  1. acityquilter October 11, 2022 / 11:51 am

    awesome foliage photos…may i use one for my blog? great to see that book by jan halgrimson…i have 2 of her patchwork books that get used often…had them since the 1980s i guess…oldies but goodies…

    • gladiporsche October 11, 2022 / 11:55 am

      Feel free to use one of my photos for your blog, but please site the source. Thanks!

  2. barbvedder October 11, 2022 / 12:33 pm

    What absolutely GORGEOUS photos of the fall colors. Wow! NH really knows how to do it right. I’m driving to RI later for guild and look forward to seeing some color.
    I have read the selection of books you displayed except the last one, so I’ll put it on my list.
    Your donation quilt will surely fetch a good bid! Who wouldn’t love to have it or gift it.

    • gladiporsche October 11, 2022 / 8:11 pm

      Thanks Barb! The NH colors are amazing and always inspire me to want to make another fall quilt!😊. Have a lovely and safe drive to RI.

  3. priscilla1940 October 11, 2022 / 12:42 pm

    Glad! Your photos are spectacular. We did some leaf peeping as well up into the western hills of Maine In the Waterford area. All areas were dressed in their autumnal best! My question is: how do u get so much reading done? Do u use audio? read from your iPad while quilting? Somehow suspend a book in front of you? My “to read” pile is getting out of control. Thanks for book suggestions. Priscilla, from Maine

    Sent from my iPhone


    • gladiporsche October 11, 2022 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you Priscilla. I’ve been an avid reader all my life. I actually read books, mostly paper, and occasionally on my iPad. I never listen to audiobooks. I don’t read and quilt at the same time. I’m guessing that a couple reasons I manage to both read and quilt a lot are because I don’t need a lot of sleep – I’m up at 5:00 – and rarely watch TV. Glad you got to see the glorious colors in Maine!

  4. Kyle October 11, 2022 / 4:07 pm

    Those fall colors are so beautiful. I’m actually watching the wind blow our leaves into a cyclone of color. Autumn 🍂 can be an explosion of color

    • gladiporsche October 11, 2022 / 8:21 pm

      Absolutely right, Kyle!!

    • Pat in WNY October 11, 2022 / 11:15 pm

      Gladi, your nature and foliage photos are so vivid and crystal clear, I must ask what kind of camera you use. Always a joy to see your photos and updates on your quilts.

      • gladiporsche October 17, 2022 / 9:01 pm

        Thanks Pat. The only camera I use is the one in my iPhone. I play with the editing features to try to get the photos to represent reality as closely as possible. The only feature I really miss is a good telephoto lens to capture distant visuals more closely. However, the phone is so convenient to carry with me, I haven’t seriously considered getting something else.

  5. Carol C. October 11, 2022 / 7:05 pm

    I love your pictures!! I have always lived in the Pacific NW, but was able to see New England in the fall many years ago… It was so beautiful!!! I am so enjoying the fall colors — they always make me wish I could write poetry..LOL. Love your donation quilt! I always enjoy seeing your quilts and quilt progress!!

    • gladiporsche October 11, 2022 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Carol, for your kind comments! I, too, wish I could write poetry. I still try to compose haikus now and then😊.

  6. dondim October 14, 2022 / 3:49 pm

    Thank you for these pictures! There is no place like New England in the fall! You made my day. I am now flashing back to when we lived in Boston way back in 1972 and 1973. What fun years.

    • gladiporsche October 17, 2022 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I think NE is the best for fall foliage!

  7. audrey October 14, 2022 / 9:29 pm

    Your donation quilt is so bright and happy looking! Someone will be thrilled to get that I’m sure! And so interesting that you’ll be speaking to a lot of non quilters. We tend to speak a different language don’t we? Loving all your fall color pics. It’s my absolute favorite time of year. Just makes me happy to see all the leaves turning color.

    • gladiporsche October 17, 2022 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks Audrey! It’s been interesting thinking about all the terminology we quilters use that might need to be explained!

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