Loose Threads: September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pillow Class and A Sale

The class on my Charming Hexie Pillow was great.  I really enjoyed the group of girls.  I can't believe that I didn't take one single photo of the girls working on their own versions of my pattern.  So when I came home, I stacked all of the samples I took to class and took a photo.  


My friend, Nancy, was in the class.  She came in to class with this cute Halloween version already completed.  She reminded me that when we shopped together at the Kokomo One Stop Shop Hop, I bought a mini charm pack just like the one she used.  This is really cute.


Then we met to go to a sale on Friday, and she had made this cute little pincushion for me using the pillow technique.  I think this is too cute to stick pins in.


Nancy worked on this pillow in class and had part of it sewn.  We sewed at a Quilter's United sew in on Saturday at Back Door Quilts, and when we got there she had this second pillow finished.

Ahhh.   The sale.  I received an email early last week from a man who had lost his wife earlier in the summer.  He was selling her stash at a sale at a church on the northwest side of town.  I forwarded the email to Nancy who responded "Let's go!"   


Here are some photos of her stash.  Yes this is just one woman's stash.  We were some of the first ones into the room.  Admission was a $1 donation to help toward clean up after the sale was over.  They were selling her fabric for 60 cents an ounce.  A fat quarter weighs 1.5 ounces (yep, I have a postage scale, and I weighed a few just to be sure).  That makes the fabric around $4 a yard.



Everything was sorted according to color or type.


More and more people came in to shop.  


 Now there is really a crowd.

By the time we finished, it was really crowded.  I forgot to take photos of her UFO room.  I need to take photos of what I bought to show you.  The UFOs were 20 cents an ounce.  All of the proceeds went to the Indianapolis Quilt Guild and to a church. 
 I bought all of the Patriotic fabric I could find to make pillowcases and lap quilts for our DAR sewing group to donate to veterans.  I also bought some kids prints and a couple of background pieces and black and white polka dots.  I didn't know the lady that owned this stash, but I have a feeling that she was looking down on all of us with a big smile on her face knowing that so many of us were having so much fun with her things.  



I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.








Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mountains and Pillows

We just returned from a week in the Smoky Mountains.  That is one of my favorite places to visit.


This is the view from the balcony of our cabin.  It's a great place to just get away from it all and relax, and there are lots of things to do that are close.


I visited several quilt shops.  Here are some of the things that I found along the way.  These fabric packs are from Lella Boutique for Moda.  I love her fabrics.  This time we ventured quite a distance to Mountain Creek Quilt Shop in Greenback, Tennessee.  My friend, Michele had just been there and thought I should check it out.  What a fun shop.  I hope to return there sometime!


I made this pillow from my Charming Hexagon Pillow Pattern.  It's available from my Etsy shop or from Back Door Quilts.   

Here's another done in Little Red fabric by Moda.  I added a flange to this pillow.  


 I also made my grandson's these cloth books from panels that I bought at the Kokomo One Stop Shop Hop.

That's the update for now.  Time seems to be flying by, and I can't keep up.  I do some sort of stitching each day and will be back soon to show you some of what I've been up to.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  

Friday, September 2, 2016

Dresdens, Pillows, Brinton Hall and Christmas

Hello Everyone

I've been absent for a long while again.  Part of the reason for my absence is that I've just been really busy.  The other part is that I've been in a tizzy since I found out that I can no longer use Picasa to edit and email my photos to my blog.  Putting photos in the old way takes way too long to put together a blog post.  Does anyone have any suggestions of a photo editing program that I can use?  

I've published this Sunburst Dresden Table Topper pattern.  This is a quilt as you go project, and it is available in my Etsy shop here.  There is a partial tutorial that you can find on line, but there isn't really enough information there to make the table topper.  Besides my knit mitered square blanket pattern, this Dresden plate table topper is my most pinned photo on Pinterest.  

Did you know that you can see what people are pinning on Pinterest from your blog by putting in the following URL:

https://www.pinterest.com/source/the name of your blog including blogger.com


The table topper above is the one I just did for the pattern cover.  It is done mostly in Little Ruby fabric by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  The one that is pinned a lot is the Halloween table topper below.  As you can see, I have one for every holiday and have made several for gifts.  


I'm still plugging away at my UFOs.  This is the center of Holly and Mistletoe from the Blackbird Design book When the Cold Wind Blows.  I think I have appliqued' all of the berries onto the center.  The blocks have been done for several years awhile.  The inner border is red flying geese.  I somehow looked at the photo and made half square triangles, and all of them are too big.  I'm beginning to see a "UFO Trend".  Whenever I make a mistake (the over sized HSTs) or get to a part that I don't really like to do (making and appliqueing a LOT of circles), the whole thing goes back into the 2 gallon Ziploc bag.  Some of my UFOs have been in and out of the baggie so many times that the zipper part doesn't work anymore.

You can see my blocks and a photo of the quilt from the book in my blog post here.  



I've also finished the center part of my Brinton Hall quilt.  The pattern is by Leigh Latimore and can be found in Quiltmania Magazine #107 and #108. You can see my process for making the center hexagons and individual photos of my blocks here and a photo of what the entire quilt would look like in my blog post here     Right now I'm pretty happy with the way this looks with the border fabric, so I think this is a finished top.


Those border corners are mitered.  There are just some borders that look better mitered instead of squared off even though it is a little more work.  Take a look at the photo below.  This is how I always do my mitered borders.  I measure the same as I would if I were going to do a regular border.  After measuring, I pin and sew to the corners but leave a lot of extra fabric to do the miter.  I pin the corner as shown, press, and either hand applique' the corner, or in this case I machine appliqued' the corners.  I forgot to take a photo of the finished corner.  


 My daughter really liked the pillow I made for the cover of my Charming Hexagon Pillow pattern which is the shop sample at Back Door Quilts, so I made this one for her.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!!!!

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