November 21, 2022: Hand piecing and quilting; Autumn segues to winter; Books

Greetings dear readers! Here in northern New England winter comes early. The landscape has shed most of its colors, dressing now and for months to come in more somber and subtle greens and browns. I’m reminded to switch, on my walks, from looking so closely at color to focusing more attention on shape, line, and form. The weather is more conducive to hunkering down in a comfortable chair and doing some hand work 😊.
On “Sweet Journeys” I’m trying to work in some little extra designs beyond the basic cross hatching. Here’s what I did with the second block:

And I did go back to the first block and fill in cross hatching in the center of the wreath:

This quilt has silk batting which is such a pleasure to hand quilt through!!

I’ve also been working on the hexagon star EPP project, adding (by hand, of course) connecting pieces for Row 12. This allows me to admire, again, how fussy cutting can create such fun designs!

I hope my enthusiasm for this project lasts a while before I send it back into hibernation!😊. Could I maybe finish it this time around?😊

On a recent morning the frost was lovely!

The pond was frozen yesterday, creating interesting surface patterns:

My tree viewing moves from studying leaves in the fall to admiring bark in the winter:

An interesting reflection on the river:

Two more books to recommend to readers who enjoy novels. “The Latecomer” is about triplets born after an IVF procedure. A fourth embryo was frozen in case the IVF failed. After they all enter college, the mother decides to have the 4th child (via surrogate mother) and the latter third of the book examines the impact of that decision on the family. Pretty crazy concept, but well written and interesting. I initially didn’t like any of the characters, but later that improved and I ended up liking the book. “Horse” goes back and forth in time between the 1850’s – focusing on a champion thoroughbred racing horse and his black trainer – and current day – focusing on 2 people “connected to” the horse in different ways. Really enjoyable story and writing! I also recommend almost anything Geraldine Brooks has written – have read most of her books.

We are off to NYC (Brooklyn) Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with our son and his partner. I hope to visit a museum or two on Friday. I’ve never been in NYC on Black Friday so I hope it isn’t too crazy. For my USA readers, whatever way you are spending the holiday, I hope it is a peaceful one, filled with gratitude.

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

20 thoughts on “November 21, 2022: Hand piecing and quilting; Autumn segues to winter; Books

  1. Marie Tymrak November 21, 2022 / 8:26 pm

    Oh, what glorious hand quilting on Sweet Journeys. You remind me that each project does not need to be completed with continuous effort; breaks may benefit the project. Like you, I enjoy all of Geraldine Brooks books, and “Year of Wonders” gave a great perspective of the previous plague pandemics, during COVID’s dominance.

    • gladiporsche November 22, 2022 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Marie! Taking breaks from projects definitely helps to keep up my interest. I, too, loved Year of Wonders.

  2. Susan Belyea November 21, 2022 / 9:01 pm

    What a lovely post this is! The photos of the frost on the leaves were just beautiful. They would look so stunning framed alike and hung in a grouping. I also enjoyed seeing your progress on your EPP blocks. I am always amazed by your productivity. Happy Thanksgiving in NYC,what a treat Susan

    • gladiporsche November 22, 2022 / 9:47 pm

      Thank you, Susan, for your kind comments! I like your idea of hanging those frost photos as a grouping. Not sure how I’d even go about having photos made as it’s been so long!

      • rbelyea2015 November 23, 2022 / 2:29 am

        Hello again! On the net there is a site mpix.com and another one is nationsphotolab.com that do an excellent job printing them and even framing them. They each have many options. Susan

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  3. Mrs. Plum November 21, 2022 / 9:52 pm

    What gorgeous, even, hand-quilting stitches! And your EPP blocks are so precise. I’m in awe. Your photos tells such a story of the natural beauty surrounding you.

    • gladiporsche November 22, 2022 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you Mrs. Plum! During my working years, I missed a lot of the natural beauty around me and I’m determined to reverse that in my retirement!

  4. jamitysmom November 21, 2022 / 10:56 pm

    Sweet Journeys is going to be stunning! I just love the brilliant colors, that RED! It’s just amazing! And your quilting is perfect. The pictures of the frost on the leaves and the tree bark, a good reminder to look around on my walks and notice the beauty of the season. Happy Thanksgiving. Jan in MA

    • gladiporsche November 22, 2022 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Jan for your kind comments! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  5. pamdempsey November 21, 2022 / 11:19 pm

    I love your vibrant reds you used in the sweet journeys and the frost pictures! Beautiful 😻 Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 and I hope you have safe travels!

    • gladiporsche November 22, 2022 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you Pam and Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Evelyn Hatch November 22, 2022 / 12:37 am

    I’ve never tried silk batting. It might make it possible to hand quilt again.

    • gladiporsche November 22, 2022 / 9:51 pm

      I definitely recommend trying silk batting for hand quilting. I order mine online from equilter.com.

  7. 107sophie November 22, 2022 / 1:03 am

    Your fussy cut stars are just wonderful – worth every bot of time they must have taken!. And your nature photos are such a wonderful reminder to slow down and enjoy the everyday beauty around us – many thanks! Have a lovely holiday in NYC!

    • gladiporsche November 22, 2022 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks Sophie for reading and for your lovely comments!

  8. Carol in Texas November 23, 2022 / 5:08 pm

    Gladi, do you mark the blocks before you hand piece? If so what do you use? The crosshatching is so perfect I’d imagine there is some guide as you stitch.

    • gladiporsche November 29, 2022 / 2:01 am

      Hi Carol. I think you are asking about marking for hand quilting rather than hand piecing. For straight and gently curved lines, I use a Hera marker and a long ruler. For other marking, I like the Bohin ceramic mechanical pencils.

      • Carol in Texas November 29, 2022 / 5:05 pm

        Yes Gladi. For hand quilting. Thank you for the information.

  9. marissthequilter November 25, 2022 / 12:25 pm

    Your hexagon star quilt has caught my heart. It is so subtly beautiful.
    Brrrr — your photographs confirm that it is very chilly in your part of the world

    • gladiporsche November 29, 2022 / 2:04 am

      Thanks Mariss. So glad you like it! The weather has actually been warmer than usual with only an occasional frost, but more is certainly coming!😊

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