November 4, 2022: A Visit With Rainy Stevens, Quilter Extraordinaire! and more…

Greetings dear readers! The hand work of my fellow Cocheco Quilters Guild member, Rainy Stevens, is extraordinary. I had a chance at this year’s show to ask her for some advice on how to quilt my “Sweet Journeys” and she invited me to her home to look through her extensive collection of stencils. At that visit I had a chance to see her amazing Baltimore Album quilt in progress – after years of work, she is finally doing the hand quilting. She’s happy to let me share some photos with you:

Her workmanship is exquisite! On the appliqué, she outlined every piece with a single layer of thread (regular, not embroidery) to make the pieces stand out more. Many single thread lines of vines look like they were inked on. Tiny French knots are made with several wrappings of single strands of thread. I’m in awe!! Take time to enjoy these photos and click on them to enlarge them further!

The above photos capture the true colors of the quilt better than the closeups below, which are too yellow, but show the details pretty well:

Rainy graciously allowed me to take photos of some of her other quilts that were displayed in her lovely home:

I brought home about 20 stencils and got started with one of them right away!

Thank you Rainy!

I completed my Library silent auction donation quilt, “Garden Joy” and delivered it yesterday. Hopefully it will raise a couple hundred dollars for them! I think the “curvy” quilting complements the sharp lines of the piecing.

The back – I wanted something calm to balance the wild front!😊

Autumn is moving away from its colorful phase and into “muted”. I was tempted to say “drab” but wanted to choose a more optimistic word!😊. The golds are still holding on for now!

This tree looks like it’s on fire!:

I was thrilled to learn at the Okan Arts blog this morning that there is a new, big quilt show in Japan happening in Yokohama. Looks like it’s a replacement for the defunct Tokyo International Quilt Festival. I do hope it’s a yearly event and I want to go!! I’ll be keeping my eyes open for potential tours next year that include it. Meanwhile the blog post includes many photos of extraordinary quilts from the show. If interested, go to to enjoy them. I highly recommend it!

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

11 thoughts on “November 4, 2022: A Visit With Rainy Stevens, Quilter Extraordinaire! and more…

  1. Carol in Texas November 4, 2022 / 1:46 pm

    I love the fabric you used on the back of your donation quilt! Thanks so much for the photos of your fellow quilter’s beautiful work. I’m getting ready to do some appliqué, not my forte!, and your photos certainly give me some pointers.

    • gladiporsche November 4, 2022 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks Carol. I love that fabric too and had been saving it for something I’d keep, but it was just too perfect for this quilt and I had to let it go 🙂.

  2. pamdempsey November 4, 2022 / 2:52 pm

    The Baltimore album quilt is awesome! So are the autumn trees 🌳 🥰

    • gladiporsche November 4, 2022 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks Pam!

  3. Kelley Secrest November 4, 2022 / 3:22 pm

    Ms. Stevens’ workmanship is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the photos – especially the close-ups. Your donation quilt is beautiful. The lucky winner will get to snuggle under a lovely, colorful quilt this winter. Wishing you many blessings.

    • gladiporsche November 4, 2022 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks Kelley! Have a great weekend!

  4. marissthequilter November 4, 2022 / 6:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing Rainy Stevens’ extraordinary work. I am at a loss for words.
    And well done to you on finishing that lovely bright donation quilt. I am sure it will raise lots of money.

    • gladiporsche November 5, 2022 / 1:15 am

      Thanks Mariss!

  5. Loraine November 6, 2022 / 9:03 am

    Wow, amazing! I do so love to visit your blog, your photos , of quilts and scenery are wonderful! Such a joy.xxxxx

    • gladiporsche November 6, 2022 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you Loraine! So glad you enjoy the blog.

  6. barbvedder November 10, 2022 / 1:34 pm

    I have to say that I think that is the most beautiful Baltimore quilt I have ever seen (and I’ve seen many). Rainy’s attention to detail and thoughtfulness on quilting designs is so inspiring. It is an Opus quilt for sure.
    Your donation quilt turned out just great and I bet it will fetch a good donation!
    Pretty gold leaves

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