Saturday, July 10, 2021

New Patterns and Some Stitching

I've been busy doing a lot of sewing the past couple of weeks.  I enjoy pattern writing and explaining how to sew things step by step.  I made this quilt in different fabrics a couple of years ago and wrote a rough draft of the pattern then.  A few weeks ago I decided to remake the quilt in Lori Holt fabrics and double check the pattern draft I wrote.   The result is the quilt below called Dresden Blossoms.   You can purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop LuAnnsLooseThreads.  
I'm still cross stitching a lot and have a lot of Sunflower stitching to work on.  I wanted a table runner to go under my tiered tray that will hold my sunflower stitching.   I came up with this table runner below and wrote and published a pattern for it.  You can click on the link in my sidebar to purchase that pattern.  

I've been in the mood to get back to stitching some hexagons, so I decided to jump in with some other hexagon stitchers over on Instagram and do the Tea and Cake quilt from Judy Newman's new book, Quilts for Life 2.  This has been a lot of fun so far.  The book gives a general idea of the layout of the quilt.  But it's kind of like a choose your own adventure quilt.  Right now I don't have a plan, but I'm enjoying getting back to stitching hexagons again.

Here's the book that contains the pattern.

Here's some of my small cross stitch projects.  The two small pillows are free patterns from   Melisa at Pinker N Punkin blog She has a lot of other free patterns that are really cute.  A lot of them are my "to do" pile.  

This pattern is called Freedom and the designer is Monica from Monica's Stitching Studio.  I love this Uncle Sam with his flag and eagle.   You can find this pattern and more of Monica's Designs in her Etsy shop found here.   Now we decorate our cross stitch with some fru-fru, so I've added a bow, stuffed gingham star and a Patriotic pick.  Cross stitch is a lot of fun this time around.  I cross stitched a lot back in the late 1980s.  Now there are patterns that are small enough that we can finish them in a couple of days.  The finishing (making into little pillows or framing with different fabrics behind the stitching ) takes almost as much time as the stitching itself.  The possibilities are endless.  

We had a fun July 4th barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, potato salad, and fruit pizza made by my two Grandsons.  I found this trifle dish on sale at the grocery store, so I made this banana pudding trifle.  (My other trifle dish went to Goodwill because I didn't think I'd ever use it again.)   

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!!!!!

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