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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Giggleswick Class With Di Ford

I returned late Sunday afternoon from another wonderful retreat up in Shipshewana, Indiana.  I have been especially excited about this retreat, because I attended a dinner/lecture on Friday night with Di Ford and an all day workshop Saturday on her Giggleswick Mill Sampler.  I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to be able to take her class.  She is just wonderful.  She signed all of our books and posed for photos.  She said she planned to come back.   I really hope she does.  

The photo below is my center block from class.  It was in and out of my bag several times, and some of the basted flowers came off so it will need a bit of tweaking (and ironing).  I was pretty tired when I started to applique' the top pointed part of the vase.  It took me awhile to realize that I should have sewn the  the stems down first.  It needs some work, but you can get the general idea.  In class we cut the flowers to broderie perse from our fabrics.  Di worked with individual groups doing needleturn applique' and English paper piecing while others worked on their center block.


The photo below is the center of Di's quilt.  If you compare the two, mine looks like someone forgot to water my flowers, and they have wilted a bit.  If you look closely at the photo below, she has added 3 pentagons with yellow centers that she has fussy cut .  They add a little color to the bouquet.  They could also be added where you have an empty space in your work.  


Below you can see the fussy cut pentagons a bit better.


The photo below shows how she pieced two sections of the wavy border fabric together horizontally to make the main part of the basket.  

This is a close up of the border around the center vase.  She has applique'd flowers that extend over the seam allowance around the wavy border print.  These are things that might not stand out to you when looking at the photos in the book.  Some of them I didn't notice standing in front of the quilt until she pointed them out.

She worked some on hexagons and 6 pointed stars.  Some of them are from her line coming out soon called Maling Road.  


We usually are in Shipshewana the week before Thanksgiving, so we aren't there for the Christmas parade followed by the tree lighting ceremony in front of the Blue Gate.  There were 6 of us that braved the cold and walked down to the end of the parade route to watch.  It was hard to get photos of the parade because of the crowd, but here are a couple of my favorite parts of the parade.  This float was really well done with lots of lights and misfit toys.



This one might be a bit hard to see, but it is a red and white striped cement truck decorated with lights and a Santa up on top.  It was reported that there were 10,000 people in town for the parade.  It was hard to get anywhere on Saturday.


I did manage to do some shopping at Lollys......   



and Yoders.


I love this display at the Blue Gate Restaurant.  Almost all of these pieces were lighted.  


I love this lighted cardinal vase on the crocheted doily.  

One of the highlights of my trip was meeting two ladies that read my blog.  Carolyn from California stopped me on my way into the Blue Gate Garden Inn.  She recognized me from my blog.  Those of you that write a blog know what a warm feeling it is to have a stranger recognize you and stop you on the street to say that they read and enjoy your blog. 

I also met Pat from Thoughts From Taylor's Outback blog.  We barely had time to say hello.  And, I didn't put her name together with her blog until she emailed me a couple days after we met.  Both of you ladies really made my day!!!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to do some stitching today.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!   

I've decorated outside with three tomato cage ghosts.  My tutorial can be found here.


We decorate the walk leading up to the front door with orange lights.  It doesn't show in the photo, but some of the lights look like little candy corn.

The gravestones are about as spooky as we get.  

I have the candy out in the big orange bowl ready for trick or treaters.

I made this little quilt from charm squares.  My tutorial can be found here.


This is the mantel.  It's really more fall than Halloween.  There are pumpkins and little gourds mixed in with the leaves that don't really show in the photo.  I'll leave those decorations there until I decorate for Christmas.  I really love fall.

The tutorial for this little quilt can be found here.  You sew these charm squares (or any 5" square) together in a rectangle and by cutting it as shown in the tutorial you have an on point quilt.



I hope you are having a fun Halloween filled with chocolate.


I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Keeping Busy This Summer

I've been having a lot of fun and doing a lot of traveling this summer.  Most of my travels were quilt related.   

I just got back from 10 days vacation in the Smoky Mountains. I really love going to Tennessee.  I've been there twice.   I'll do a separate post on the retreat I went to in Sweetwater, Tennessee.

I've been back and forth across the Ohio River several times-so many that I've lost count.  I just got home Saturday night from a wonderful few days at my friend, Michele's.  We really sewed a lot and slept very little.  I'll show photos of what I finished there in another post.   


Earlier this summer, I taught my Sunburst Hexagon Table Topper class for some of the ladies from the Greenwood Quilt Connection guild.  The class was held at Back Door Quilts in Greenwood.


I did a trunk show for the Greenwood Guild.  I love meeting and talking with other quilters.  


I also did a trunk show for the Brownsburg Scrapbasket Guild.  Here is my pile of quilts and pillows before the trunk show.


The guild posed for a group photo before the meeting.   

One of the ladies had purchased my pattern and showed her table topper at show and tell.

This is what my house looks like the morning after a trunk show.   It takes awhile to put all of the quilts back in their places.

I've also been to Shipshewana 3 times so far this year.  The next two photos were taken when I went to the Shipshewana Quilt Festival. 

The flower basket in front of the Blue Gate.


Blue Gate Restaurant.   

I've been south to Madison, Indiana a couple of times to shop at Margie's Country Store.  The trip to Margie's always includes crossing the Ohio River and going into Kentucky to meet Michele, Barb and Meredith at Hometown Pizza in Carrolton, KY.    You know that you always make better fabric decisions on a full stomach, right?


This is Margie's basement.  It is a gift shop with all kinds of neat things.

I went over to Terre Haute, Indiana, with my daughter to see the Raleigh Ringers handbell concert.  They haven't been in Indiana for several years, and we never miss a chance to see them perform.


I went north to Marion, Indiana, with friend Theresa to the Quilter's Hall of Fame.  Brenda Papadakis received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Indiana State Guild that evening.  We have both been part of the Dear Jane group of quilters for.....maybe 20 years.  Theresa was there from the beginning - even before the book was published.  I started shortly afterwards.



I went back down by the Ohio River another time to the Lawrenceburg one stop shop hop.   I don't have any photos from the shop hop, but here is the river again.



I've also been to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis a few times with one of my favorite guys.





I'll try to keep updating my blog.  I'm sewing 3/4" hexagons with a group over on Instagram.  It's not the same as a blog post, but it's a snapshot into what I'm doing.
You can follow me there at loosethreads_luann
I'll post photos of the hexagons in another post.  

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lucy Boston Framed Tutorial

Hello Everyone

I have been making a few more Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks this past week and thought I would write a tutorial on how to fussy cut fabrics to make the frame around the outside round of a block.  

I am doing this tutorial for myself as much as I am those of you that want to get that "framed" look in your blocks.   Whenever I find a striped fabric that I think would work to frame the outside round of a POTC block, I have to puzzle just how to go about placing my templates.  

I like to make my own templates that I use for fussy cutting English Paper Piecing.  I simply trace one of my paper pieces (in this case 1" Honeycombs) and then add 1/4" to 3/8" around the outside.  I sometimes make extras of my templates to carry with me when I go shopping so I can audition a fabric in my window template.  If it gets lost along the way, it doesn't take a lot of effort to make another template.

A Lucy Boston block takes 24 paper pieces.  Most blocks use 4 different fabrics and have 4, 4, 8, and 8 of each fabric..  When you do a block with an outside frame you need 3 fabrics using 4, 4 and 16 of each fabric.  I chose the fabric on the right (Di Ford-Hall) with the flowers to fussy cut the center 4 blocks.  The other 4 cut from the pink are Kathy Hall fabric.  Both are by Andover.  The stripe is a Kaye England fabric (Wilmington I think) and is narrow enough to use for the outside frame.

I centered the flower in my window template.  I left a little bit of the pink flower below in the window at the bottom.  That will make a little pink flower in the center of the block where the pieces meet when it's stitched.  

I traced as shown below with a permanent marker.  I like to do my fussy cut EPP pieces this way because it makes good TV work in the evenings to cut them out with scissors.  You can always use an acrylic template and rotary cut your pieces if you choose.

For this tutorial I made 3 window templates.   You can see how I drew the lines on each template.  This is where you will line up the stripe on your fabric.  The lines on the templates are drawn approximately an inch down from the top.  The lines drawn on the yellow and pink template match along the edge where they will meet the green template (see arrow)  and stay parallel (note the 1" mark along the top of the template where you draw the line on the other side).



The line on the pink template bottom will line up with the next green piece the same as the yellow template.  Line your ruler where you see the pink arrow and keep it parallel to draw the other line.  



Then I drew arrows so I know which way the template will be placed on the fabric.


Cut 8 from the green template, 4 pink and 4 yellow from the fabric.  Note how the lines on the templates are all placed at the same point in the stripe on the fabric.

Here are the pieces cut out before glue basting to the Honeycomb papers.


Line up the corners of the paper to match that point in the stripe where you see the arrows.  


Here they are all glued and ready to stitch.  

This is the finished block.  I wouldn't want to do this to every block in my quilt, but I think a few fussy cut this way add some interest.  


Today I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday.  I'm glad that my friend, Judy from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts has taken over hosting Design Wall Monday.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

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