Loose Threads: Sewing and A Busy Summer

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sewing and A Busy Summer

I'm having a really busy summer and have been having a lot of fun.

I've been doing a lot of sewing and went to the Kokomo One Stop Shop Hop a couple of weeks ago with friends to do a little stash enhancement.  I didn't take one single photo.

 My friend Michele picked up this row by row for me from a shop in Kentucky because she knows how much I love English Paper Piecing.  I was just going to make this one row and quilt it, but I may rethink that and do a small quilt..  There are a lot of really cute rows out there.



I always have fun at English Paper Piecing Addiction Group at Back Door Quilts.  This Oh My Gosh quilt belongs to Marlene.  She is even making a second one.  It is just gorgeous.


I've been doing a lot with DAR friends including sewing for our DAR fund raiser.  One of the girls bought a lot (somewhere between 8 - 10 yards) of the red and white striped fabric you see in the photo below.  She asked if I could make something out of it.  So I made 16 placemats.  There is red and white stripe on the back, too.


Then I used the smaller pieces to make 36 travel tissue holders.  They are all lined with red and white stripe.

I made this little flag quilt earlier, and I backed it with the red and white stripe and made some napkins.

And there was still some left......so I made a 10 minute table runner which takes a little longer than 10 minutes.

I'm still working on finishing up some of my UFOs.  These hexagons are for my Aunt Sarah quilt.  The pattern was in Quiltmania Magazine #82.  It looks like that issue was published in 2011.  The hexagons are 3/4".  There is a large oval center that is applique'd and looks a little like the center of the Auntie Greene quilt.  I've made several "tries" at this quilt before.  I have always liked the quilt but wasn't totally sold on the center.  I think I have another idea of what to do there.  If you go back to my post here, you will see the photo of the quilt from the magazine.  The two hexagons that I show in that post must have been used in another project because they weren't in the UFO bag with the quilt center.  


I'm still making pillows from my Charming Hexie Pillow pattern.  The pattern is available in my Etsy shop here.  You can also purchase the pattern at Back Door Quilts.  I am enjoying choosing 39 hexagons and glue basting them.  I will soon have enough pillows made that I may sell some in my Etsy shop.  Stay tuned.  


I made this one as a present for my daughter.  It's made from the same mini charm pack that I used to make the shop sample for Back Door.  


I've also spent some fun Grandma time.  Here is Malcolm who is 5 months old.


Daniel had a lot of fun at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.  He really enjoyed the Hot Wheels exhibit.  These two guys just make me smile.

I have been posting some over on Instagram.  You can follow me there at:
loosethreads_luann

I still enjoy reading blogs, but I see the attraction to Instagram.   It's easy and quick to just post a photo and a few words.  But, for now, I'll keep writing as long as you are still stopping here to read my ramblings.


Hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

11 comments:

Chantal said...

Hi LuAnn! Great to see you in blogland again. It sure looks like you have had a very busy time. I love how you incorporated the striped fabric into so many cute projects. I love them. Your hexie cushions are awesome. Glad you had time with the grandkids.

Aunt 'Reen said...

You certainly have been busy!
I love your hexie projects and those Pillows are gorgeous!
All of your DAR and patriotic projects look wonderful.
And such beautiful grandchildren, happy you are able to spend time with them!

Janet O. said...

Good to catch up with you, LuAnn!
Looks like you have been very busy!
I think the fussy-cut flowers in the centers of your hexie flowers are so cute. : )
I can't believe all you made using that red striped fabric. Great job!
Grandma time is the best, isn't it?

Sandy said...

I always enjoy your posts. Luann. Count me as one who doesn't "get" instagram!

Kyle said...

You worked magic using all of that striped fabrics for the DAR fund raiser. Those kinds of projects take more time than you think. Glad you've been having some Gramma time too. That's the most important.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Busy Busy Lady! I too have missed your Blog. I hope Bloggers do not become a thing of the past. I really enjoy yours.

sunny said...

Hello! Reading all this made me dizzy. You certainly are keeping busy making beautiful things. I don't blog as much as I used to, but I still enjoy reading blogs!!

Gretchen Weaver said...

Looks like you have plenty to keep you busy this summer. We had another grandson yesterday. This one lives next door to us so I can watch him grow! Blessings, Gretchen

wilma oud said...

Wat MOOI wat je allemaal maakt. Groetjes Wilma

Teresa Rawson said...

Wow, you are busy but you sure get a lot of lovely things done! I am always amazed at your paper-piecing skills and projects. And those are some really cute Patriotic projects...they just make my heart sing "Yankee Doodle Dandy!!"

Karen said...

I am not participating in any of the Shop Hop row by rows but have seen many of the designs online after someone has made them. Some very creative ones this go round. More so than when the idea for the row by row patterns started.

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