Loose Threads: Stitching, Shopping and a Giveaway

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Stitching, Shopping and a Giveaway

It's been awhile since I've posted. My computer has been a slow poke lately because I have too many good things (???) loaded on my C drive. Then my printer woundn't work and then my computer wouldn't download my photos. So now it appears like everything is working at least for today.

I've finished another Nearly Insane block. I have such warm feelings everytime I look at these blocks. In the two corner opposing squares of this block are fabric hexagons that belonged to my Grandma. She lived from 1888-1980. If you will notice the quilt that I used in the photo on my blog banner, it is the one that my Grandma made for me. She never owned a sewing machine or didn't have any of those paper templates. She cut pieces from her house dresses or used whatever she could find to make her quilts. Somehow after she passed I was given her leftover box of hexagons. Her cardboard template is still in the box. I have used several of her green hexagons in my quilt. I also have fabrics from Norway, Canada and several different states. When we attended the last Dear Jane retreat in Shipshewana, people noticed that I was doing my Nearly Insane in greens and lots of them gave me pieces or even let me cut a piece from what they had just purchased. Several friends here in Indy have given me fabrics, too. So this quilt may not be the most beautiful but it will have many fond memories.

I've also done a little bit of shopping.

Well, maybe that was more than a little shopping. I have a plan for the
Civil War fabrics, but the batik was something I bought just because and it was one of those, "Oh just give me the rest of the bolt" purchases. It is called autumn and I couldn't leave just a little sliver sitting in the store.

Speaking of stitching, Hanne is having a giveaway over on her blog. She has designed two wonderful stocking patterns with stitchery around the top. Go on over there and have a look.

Hope you are having a good day and that you are getting lots of stitching done.


Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What a fun blog. Its nice that you found my blog. The cottage blocks are really fun. Just one!? Can anyone really do that?

Chookyblue...... said...

wow.........that blocks looks tricky.....I have the book just trying to decide if I want to start......did you find CJ's blog.........

Country Sew N Sews said...

It so much fun to use stuff from Grannies stash, especially if she is not with us anymore...

Love your new fabric. Cant wait to see what you make with them

Takako said...

Unhealthy computer makes me worry and sick too. Just Hang in there!

I was wondering about your hex quilt on the header. That quilt is beautiful and such a treasure for you.
your new block look beautiful and love your goodies, too! Nice color!!

QuiltedSimple said...

The block looks great (and tricky too!). Love your fabric purchases - can't wait to see what you do with them. Isn't it fun to use up scraps from the past to make quilts and memories for the future?

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Hi again Luanne, I tried to reply to your comment but it was "no reply blogger" so I'll just post to you on your blog. I love the grandmother's flower garden. I think I love that deep green so much in the quilts. I'm so drawn to it. It is so dramatic and adds depth to the quilt.

I have found Japanese quilt books on Ebay, Etsy and even Japan Amazon. I just do searches for key words like Japan stitching, Japan patchwork, etc. The hunt is fun sometimes. There are more places to get them now than a few years ago. Also superbuzzy.com sells some books.

Renee said...

tag. you're it. come see my blog for details.


Catherine said...

That block is wonderful! Love the look of it.

You asked about the Japanese hexagon book -- I found it on eBay.

Renee said...

hi, it's renee again. i didn't want you to think i was spamming you so i thought i'd drop back and explain. sara at the quilting bookworm got me(tagged me) and by "tagging" someone, they have to tell 7 fun facts people don't know about them and tag someone else. i thought it would be fun to get to know new people and see some great blogs. hope you might participate. have a great day.

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