April 12, 2023: Project updates; Earthly Delights

Greetings dear readers! Thank you so very much to all of you who shared your thoughts with me on my last post regarding how to proceed with the Japanese log cabin quilt! I enjoy and appreciate each of your comments very much. As I read through them, I thought about the Tomie Nagano exhibit that was my inspiration and realized she did not add borders to any of her quilts. I agree with those of you who said the quilt doesn’t need a border; not to add one would be more in keeping with the original inspiration quilts. So, no border! The majority of you felt the current rectangular shape is fine as is. I think so too, but I am still not 100% sure I don’t want it to be square so I will mull that over for a while longer. My heartfelt thanks again!

I had a very productive week. I finished the hand quilting of the 10th block in the center of Sweet Journeys, keeping it simple with outline, echo, and straight line stitching:

Two blocks, part of the center medallion, and a bit less than half the border to go. I’ve returned to working on the border again for a while before tackling the next block. A remaining question is whether I need to add any quilting in the sashing…..?

I sewed together all the little circles and am contemplating adding a narrow gray border:

I’m currently thinking a “mini” is the way to go with this, but still considering adding some embroidery embellishment. Moving ahead on this is not a current priority 🙂.

I have hand appliqued 59 of the 69 leaves on the Quarter Log Cabin quilt border:

The past few days a main priority has been moving ahead on one of my donation quilts. At the last quilt guild meeting I was amazed at the quality of some of the quilts made for donation. Our “community quilts “ committee gave away over 300 quilts last year so donations are, proudly, a major activity for our guild. Our committee does a great job of locating organizations in the area that could use the quilts. I sewed together all the pieces for the zigzag quilt and took it outside to try to get a better representation of the colors:

It’s pretty bland as is so I decided it needs a nice border – vines and leaves of course! – and I’m challenging myself to do it all by machine – all my previous vine and leaves borders have been done by hand. I’m using Sue Nichols’ book and machine appliqué method and this fusible:

I’ll add a narrow brown border between the center and appliqued border:

The vine is machine sewn down, but the leaves are currently temporarily placed (the fusing is double sided) and will eventually be fused down and I’ll add machine blanket stitching around the edges of each one. That will be a bit time consuming, but not as much as doing it by hand!

I’m having fun with this and it’s so much faster than hand appliqué!!

The weather is warming up and every walk these days is one of discovery! “Catkins” are out on the flora around the pond:

Love the lines and shadows the light casts on this path before the leaves come out and obliterate them:

Trees in the process of decay, but having a sculptural beauty:

The lovely textures of birch bark:

Even dead and dried milk weed pods have their own beautiful pear-like forms:

And , yes, there is finally bright color appearing!:

Wishing you all happy stitching and the joy of the changing seasons!

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

19 thoughts on “April 12, 2023: Project updates; Earthly Delights

  1. Lois April 12, 2023 / 1:19 pm

    I was interested in your plan to use Sue Nickels and Pat Holly’s fused appliqué technique. My Hospital Sketches quilt was at the NEQM display and in January I was inspired to use Sue and Pat’s method to recreate the quilt in small form (25” sq). It was such fun…even the tiny 1/4” circles. Sue and Pat use Soft Fuse for appliqué. It is very soft and you really don’t know it’s there. If you can find it, you might give it a try. Can’t wait to see what you do. Lois

    • gladiporsche April 12, 2023 / 8:22 pm

      Hi Lois! Your quilt was lovely! Thanks for the tip about using Soft Fuse – I would definitely like to give it a try. I used to use Steam A Seam II Lite, which is quite thin, but my JoAnn’s doesn’t carry it anymore. The Pelion product seems comparable. Sue Nickels’ method requires cutting the middle of the fusible away so there’s only a thin rim left around the edges so the “hand” of the fabric isn’t much affected and remains soft.

  2. Susan Belyea April 12, 2023 / 1:49 pm

    I truly enjoy your blog. Your quilts are inspiring and intricate and your nature photography is a thing of beauty. Would you share how you make your border vine to symmetrical? I would like to try to make your quarter triangle quilt with the leaf border but do not know how to proceed with the curved vine on the border. Thank you for sharing . Susan Belyea

    • gladiporsche April 12, 2023 / 7:53 pm

      Thank you Susan! I will do a tutorial on making a simple vine and leaf border in my next post. If I forget, send me a reminder!🙂

      • Susan Belyea April 12, 2023 / 11:54 pm

        Wonderful! Thank you.

  3. Cindy April 12, 2023 / 2:07 pm

    I am always so motivated and encouraged when I see what you’ve been working on. I recently bought a used (but like new!) copy of 101 Log Cabin Blocks and have started my own log cabin quilt. I have completed 12 blocks but I opted for the 3/4″ strips and not the 1/2″ ones that you bravely chose. I’ve also found myself being more mindful and observant on my walks – isn’t it so wonderful to see everything come back to life!

    • gladiporsche April 12, 2023 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks so much Cindy! Isn’t that book wonderful! I look forward to seeing what you make. Yes, am enjoying the outdoor changes immensely!

  4. Sandi April 12, 2023 / 2:19 pm

    You have such beautiful quilts!! Your quilting and appliqué is gorgeous! Hugs,

    • gladiporsche April 12, 2023 / 7:56 pm

      Thank you Sandi for your kind comments!

  5. Kelley Secrest April 12, 2023 / 9:16 pm

    Beautiful echo quilting on Sweet Journeys, Gladi. I imagine this project truly has been a sweet journey for you. Love the mini circles and the polka dot fabric makes this project something special. When I saw your beautiful quarter log cabin quilt, it reminded me of Spring bursting with bright colors and lovely blues. I am always inspired by your work. Thanks for sharing!

    • gladiporsche April 13, 2023 / 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much Kelley for your kind comments!

  6. acityquilter April 13, 2023 / 9:40 am

    lovely projects….so nice to see the earth re-awaken….

    • gladiporsche April 13, 2023 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks Grace for reading and commenting! Love the re-awakening season!

  7. Nann April 13, 2023 / 4:36 pm

    300 donation quilts–wow! And, yes, finding places for the donations can be challenging. The vine and leaf border for the triangles is a splendid touch. Sunny and warm here, too — gotta get out and enjoy it before a cold front comes through this weekend.

    • gladiporsche April 13, 2023 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you Nann! Our community quilts committee is amazing!

  8. jean April 13, 2023 / 5:49 pm

    Love the colors and visual action in the Zig Zag quilt!

    • gladiporsche April 13, 2023 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks so much Jean! The zigzag pattern does create movement.

  9. audrey April 13, 2023 / 8:59 pm

    I always love to see the next phase of all your current projects. Loving that polka dot fabric for the outer border area of the circles quilt!:)

  10. Kyle April 14, 2023 / 6:46 pm

    You’ve had an incredible week both inside and outside. Machine appliqueing the leaves is a good idea especially as a donation quilt and durability.

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