Cottage Garden Wall Hanging

Sunday, June 30, 2019

I was just looking back through my Instagram feed and realized I started this project in February 2016!?!  Wow.  Three and a half years from the time I started this project to the time I finished and blogged about it.  It was just one of those projects that was great to stuff in my purse and take on the go.  So I would take it on vacation or to soccer games so I could stitch during warm-ups.  I actually finished this several months ago though...just took a while for me to actually get some photos and sit down to blog about it!

Even though it took forEVER I actually really loved this project.  Wool applique is one of the easiest forms of applique out there and I have a tutorial for it saved in my Instagram Highlights for those of you interested in learning more about it.

I have quite the collection of wool scraps now.  Aren't they pretty?

This pattern is called Cottage Garden by Norma Whaley.  In her pattern, Norma suggested making scrappy 20-Patch blocks but I wanted a little bit more of a traditional look so I decided to switch things up a bit and go neutral.  I felt it kept the focus on the applique blocks.  But either way would be cute don't you think?

The pattern mixes cotton and wool so it's a great stash buster.  
Here are some close-ups of a few of the blocks.  

They're sweet, creative designs with a folk art flair.

I love how the pattern incorporates a traditional signature block in the bottom corner!

I asked Denae Hansen of Plain Jane Quilting in American Fork, Utah to quilt it for me and she did a fantastic job!  I love everything she did, from the cross hatch quilting in the 20-Patch blocks to outlining the applique to the leaves in the border.  It turned out so pretty! 

The only fabric I bought for this was the wool and the inner border fabric, which was purple, totally out of my comfort zone!  Are you a "purple person"?  I feel like you either love it or you hate it.  I normally am not a fan but felt like it complimented the blocks without overpowering I went for it!

Now I just need to find a spot for it in my home.  I love it so much and originally planned to hang it somewhere in my house but if you've been around here for a while you know I don't really love to decorate with quilts anymore, for some reason.  So we'll see what I end up doing with it!

So, have you tried wool applique before?
If so, did you love it as much as I did?
If you haven't tried it yet, I hope I've inspired you to try it!  The possibilities with it are endless!

Have a great day friends!

Rainbow 4-Patch Baby Quilt

Friday, June 7, 2019

 Hi friends!  It's been a minute and I've been meaning to share a few quilts that I finished a while ago.
Today I want to share a fun, little baby quilt I made that is a little out of the norm for me.  

Back in October, I participated in a block swap for these low-volume/bright 4-Patches.
The individual squares were cut at 3" to make 5" (finished) 4-Patches.

A swap for 4-Patches was really fun to participate in because 
they're so quick and easy to make but there are so many possibilities 
of what you can do with them!

I ended up putting four like-colored 4-Patches together to make one big block.  
Then I sewed them together in a rainbow fashion with 1-1/2" (cut) low-volume 
sashing strips between.  I then added a 2" (cut) low-volume border that's different on each side.

Here's a little sneak peek of the back; a navy blue buffalo check fabric that I had in my stash.
I love it!  And I love my little helper!

Denae Hansen of Plain Jain Quilting in American Fork, Utah quilted it for me 
with a geometric triangle pattern to go along with the modern feel of this quilt!  
It was a new-to-me pattern and I really like the way it turned out!

One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the scrappy rainbow binding!
It wasn't too hard to get the colors of the binding to coordinate with the colors of the 
blocks and I think it adds a fun finishing touch!

I love that these blocks came from a swap; instant variety in color and print!

Also, are you thinking what I'm thinking?
This would be a great stash buster quilt! 

Well, I hope you found some inspiration here today.
Did I make you want to whip up some 4-Patches?  Or maybe make a rainbow quilt?
Or try a scrappy, rainbow binding?

It feels so good to do something different once in a while.
Tell me, what is the most recent thing you've done recently that was out of your "box"?
Leave a comment below!

Skipper Quilt Finished

Monday, May 13, 2019

 It took me a while to bind my Skipper quilt but it's finally finished!    
I love this quilt and man, I love this kid! 
He requested a new quilt since he outgrew his other one 
and he was totally on board for this Skipper pattern and 
these Sweet Tea fabrics by Sweetwater for Moda.   
I loved working with them.  
Great classic colors and prints; 
you can never go wrong with Sweetwater! 
The fabulous quilting was done by my friend Cathy Barney.  
She used this edge-to-edge design called Diagonal Plaid and 
I think it's a great design for a masculine look.  
Of course, all "snuggle" quilts must be backed with Minky right?
Since I made the twin size quilt and it finished at 72" x 86" I used 90" wide Minky.
That stuff is awesome!  There is no seam on the back of my quilt so it looks fantastic!
I bound the quilt by hand and added this tag for a fun finishing touch! 
This kid is very happy with his new quilt.
I hope he remembers how much his mama loves him every time he wraps up in it!

This is a beginner-friendly pattern that comes with 4 size options.
It's available in paper and PDF versions in my shop.
Click  HERE to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Skipper Quilt Along Conclusion + Grand Prize Winner

Monday, April 29, 2019

Thank you, thank you to those of you who participated in the Star Patch Quilt Along!  

I hope you had a fun time quilting along with me!  It seriously was so nice to have you guys along for moral support as I made my 3rd go around with my Skipper pattern - this time a twin size quilt for my son!  I just got mine back from my quilter and am excited to bind it and show it to you guys soon.

 A HUGE thank you to our Skipper Quilt Along Grand Prize sponsor - Barbara Eason from One Sweet Bee Designs.  Barbara has so generously offered to donate edge-to-edge quilting (medium density) to one winner (any size quilt!)  The winner will just have to pay for shipping (she lives in TX.), batting, and thread.  And to all the other Skipper Quilt Along participants she is offering 25% off the quilting on their Skipper Quilts!  I hope you will support her and this generous offer!  Please DM her on Instagram @onesweetbeequilts to make arrangements!

So the winner of the free Skipper long-arm quilting is...Charlene Hearst (@charhearst on Instagram).

Charlene your quilt in Tula Pink fabrics is so beautiful!  I love how it turned out!
Great job keeping up and posting each week too!  Congratulations to you!

 I hope the rest of you were able to finish your Skipper quilt tops too!  Please keep tagging me on Instagram as you finish them up @gigis_thimble and use the hashtag #skipperqal so I can see your progress.

Also, I'd love to hear your feedback in the comment section below on how you think this quilt along went!  Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks again for quilting along with me!
Happy quilting friends! 

Skipper Quilt Along: Week 8

Monday, April 22, 2019

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!  We had my parents and nephew over for dinner last night and had a great time.  It was a busy weekend getting ready for that so I didn't get a chance to photograph my quilt top until this morning so I apologize this post is a little late.

Can you believe our Skipper Quilt Along is coming to an end?
It's week 8 and it's time to finish your quilt tops!

I will admit I was a little giddy when I finished sewing the last seam and pressing my finished quilt top on Saturday.  I am kind of smitten with it!  Love those Sweet Tea fabrics by Sweetwater!

(I had a little buddy during my photo shoot this morning, LOL!  That's Molly and she's my little sidekick.  She's such a lover and follows me around all day, every day!)

Anyways, the assignment for this week, to be clear, is to add the borders (finish your quilt top) and piece the back if necessary.  So I am off to find navy minky today!

Then, post a picture of your finished quilt top on Instagram by Sunday, April 28th at Noon MST.  Use the hashtag #skipperqal and tag me @gigis_thimble.  I will pick one person to win the grand prize -  FREE QUILTING for their Skipper quilt!  Barbara Eason of One Sweet Bee Designs has so generously offered to donate edge-to-edge quilting (medium density) to one winner (any size quilt!)  The winner will just have to pay for shipping (she lives in TX.), batting, and thread.  And to all the other participants she is offering 25% off the quilting on their Skipper Quilts!  You can follower her on Instagram @onesweetbeequilts.

I will announce the winner on Monday, April 29th here, on the blog, and on Instagram.
I hope to see lots of entries popping up!

Happy quilting!

Skipper Quilt Along: Week 7 with a Change of Plans

Monday, April 15, 2019

Welcome to week 7 of the Skipper Quilt Along! 

Now don't freak out.
I've been working a week ahead of you guys so I can have a post ready each week and as I was doing this weeks assignment I thought, "This is a lot."  Now granted, I am doing the twin size quilt so there's a lot more to it than the baby or throw sizes but with laying out all 84 blocks, sewing all the rows together, pressing all the seams open, then sewing all the rows together with the sashing strips in between, and then pressing the whole thing again, well, it was kind of a lot.

So, I made an executive decision that won't change the overall duration of the Quilt Along.

Here's the plan for this week:

Do everything that I just listed above - assemble all the rows and sew them all together with the sashing strips in between.  But this week you don't have to do the inner border.
We will do all the borders next week.  If you feel inclined to stick to the original plan of moving through to the inner border - go right ahead.

I do want to share a trick that I used to sew all my rows together.
It keeps everything in order while saving time and thread.
It's called the Spiderweb Chain Piecing Method.  Have you heard of it?

I've done a video tutorial and saved it to my highlights on my Instagram profile page so be sure to check that out.  I know not all of you are on Instagram so for those of you that aren't - I am sorry!  I really want to get a tutorial made for my blog so I'm adding that to my list of things to do!

When you're finished making your quilt center, post a picture of it on Instagram.

Use the hashtag #skipperqal so I can see it.  
I love seeing all of the different colorways you guys are doing!

There's no giveaway this week but keep plugging away and posting pictures on Instagram because the grand prize drawing will be soon!  One of you lucky ducks is going to win free edge-to-edge quilting on your Skipper quilt from One Sweet Bee Designs (@onesweetbeequilts on Instagram).  Thank you Barbara for being our fabulous sponsor!

Speaking of prizes, it's time to announce the winner of last weeks' giveaway for the 6 Prairie Sisters Fat Quarters!  Jennifer (@silverbarnes on Instagram) you are the winner!  Please send me your full name and shipping address via DM on Instagram and I will get those shipped right off to you!

Happy quilting friends!