December 5, 2022: Updates, more from NYC, etc.

Greetings dear readers! The holiday season is truly here. We put up our Christmas tree yesterday, got the lights on this morning, and will gradually put the ornaments on over the next day.

Tomorrow evening is my Quilt Bee holiday party and I’m putting the finishing touches on my gift for our Yankee Swap. (Can’t show it yet.) I’m practicing my accordion every day for my music group’s annual holiday party on Friday. I’m relishing and cherishing gathering with friends this year, especially after the horrors of Covid, even though I know we’re not totally out of the woods with this scourge yet. I hope all of you are enjoying the same.

In quiet moments I have been adding quilting stitches to Sweet Journeys. For this block so far, it’s “echo” stitching around the leaves and berries:

I’ve been making new hexagon stars for row #13 of the Hexagon Star quilt:

From the New York exhibits, today I’m sharing 2 more portraits of Elizabeth I and 2 more kimonos for your viewing pleasure. The detailed designs of the clothing Elizabeth wore are mind boggling! And the embroidery on a Japanese firefighter’s uniform?!

Another red and white kimono with waves – I really love the blue dots on this! They add so much extra interest!

My recent walks in the woods are full of views of decay and disintegration – in contrast to the bloom and growth of spring and summer. The textures of the wood and the colors of moss provide beauty in the stark landscape:

I’m currently reading:

I love Strout’s spare, but powerful writing and highly recommend the book! She’s written 3 others featuring Lucy, all excellent as well. I’m actually thinking of rereading all of them!

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

13 thoughts on “December 5, 2022: Updates, more from NYC, etc.

  1. pamdempsey December 5, 2022 / 5:11 pm

    Beautiful pictures! What is a yankee swap?

  2. gladiporsche December 5, 2022 / 9:36 pm

    Thanks Pam! There are different variations, but here’s how we do it. Everyone brings a wrapped gift – no ID. Each person draws a number. Number one chooses any gift from the pile and unwraps it. Number 2 chooses among the remaining gifts and unwraps it. She can choose to keep it or exchange it for the gift #1 opened. And so on – e.g. #8 gets to keep what she opens or take any of the seven that have already been opened instead and give her gift to that person. The person with the last number opens the last gift and can exchange it for anything already opened, BUT – #1 gets the final chance to choose from all the gifts that have been opened. Best to draw either #1 or a high number. Lots of fun happens with the trading. Of course, we specify the gifts be quilt related. Hope this makes sense!

    • pamdempsey December 6, 2022 / 12:52 pm

      The yankee swap is similar to our white elephant. We specify something sewing related which can be from your sewing room or purchased, around $20. Number 1 opens and then 2 gets to steal it or draw a gift to open. A gift can only be stolen twice and then it’s dead. Some bring highly prized and valued way more than $20. One lady teared up when her sewing machine shaped teapot was stolen at the end. Jelly rolls are highly prized. Then at the end number 1 gets to steal from all the gifts that are still available. We had our sewing group party Saturday and I got the best gift, snow globe, jelly rolls, blades, clips, etc. and it was stolen twice and died.😥. I tried to tell them it had a bunch of dog hair and smelled like cat peed on it but they still took it 🤣. We have so much fun we do a second one just the same but something you have made. One lady made a featherweight carry bag with metal stays so it stays open and pockets, really nice. Didn’t get that either.

  3. Carol in Texas December 5, 2022 / 11:03 pm

    I too enjoy Elizabeth Strout’s books, but this one was not enjoyable for me. I think going back into the Pandemic and the isolation it brought to so many was depressing. I often let the mood of books affect me to greatly. It has become more apparent as I’ve aged!!!!

    • gladiporsche December 6, 2022 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you Carol! Even though the book revisits the worst days of the pandemic, the writing is so good that I like it anyway, but I understand what you’re saying.

  4. Cynthia December 6, 2022 / 2:10 pm

    I loved seeing and reading about the Japanese items – just astounding – thank you for sharing. Looks like Christmas is nicely underway for you, with a nice balance of people and parties and music, and quiet stay at home. As usual your ongoing projects are just gorgeous!

    • gladiporsche December 6, 2022 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you Cynthia! I feel really lucky that I got to see that Kimono exhibit! Will post a few more photos soon. Wishing you a lovely holiday, especially with those new grand babies!

  5. Kyle December 6, 2022 / 2:52 pm

    Stunning photos this morning. Your hexie stars are a kalidescope of design.

    • gladiporsche December 6, 2022 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks Kyle!! Those stars are fun to make.

      • Kyle December 6, 2022 / 10:41 pm

        I like making those kinds of designs too. Each was is an exciting surprise.

  6. marissthequilter December 8, 2022 / 5:38 pm

    What a rich post. Your hexagon stars are so striking and your shadow stitching around the berries is perfect. Thank you for sharing the paintings of those astounding garments, from opposite sides of the world, as it were.
    I am very excited to see that there is another book about Lucy Barton. I too relish Strout’s spare prose and stirring story telling.
    BTW, I have managed to borrow and also buy works by Rebecca Solnit. Thank your for recommending her work. Am currently engrossed in Wanderlust.

  7. barbvedder December 10, 2022 / 2:27 pm

    wonderful ornament collection. I love your hexi stars. they look very fun to make.
    Thanks for sharing the art. Incredible! I just heard about this new Lucy book. Must get it.

  8. Marsha December 10, 2022 / 4:14 pm

    Love the hexi’s! What size are they? I’m hoping to start on the Lucy Barton quilt in 2023, so will have to look into the new book. Thanks for sharing all your pictures.

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