Sweet Kisses Quilt Along

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

 Good morning!  I wanted to take a second to let you know about a very informal 
quilt-along that I am hosting on Instagram starting next week!

I wanted to host a quilt-along and had my friends on IG vote on which of my patterns they wanted to do.  Sweet Kisses won and I am excited to start next Monday, April 5th.

As I said, this is going to be very informal.  There won't be any sign-ups, weekly blog posts or weekly emails.  Just follow along with me on Instagram @gigis_thimble.  I'll be posting there on my feed and in stories every Monday morning.  Use the hashtag #sweetkissesqal to post your progress!  

My friend Denise Hone from @happyvalleyquilting has offered to give one winner FREE EDGE-TO-EDGE QUILTING (up to a throw size) + return shipping!  She is a fabulous quilter and I'm thankful to her for offering such a generous prize.  I will pick a winner at the end of the QAL so be sure to stay caught up with me and post pictures because I'll be picking the winner from the hashtag pool of finished Sweet Kisses quilts!

Sweet Kisses is beginner-friendly and comes with 2 size options.  Click HERE to visit my Etsy shop to purchase your copy.

I've had questions about other sizes.  While the pattern only includes instructions for baby and throw sizes,  I have created coloring sheets of all the sizes (baby - king) to help you determine how many blocks to make.  The (approximate) finished quilt sizes are not listed on the coloring sheets unfortunately so take note of them here (click on each one for the printable coloring sheet):

This is a great scrap buster quilt and the pluses are 5" square friendly. There is A LOT of cutting in this pattern so I thought most people might want to cut as-they-go so I did not schedule cutting into the QAL timeline. If you prefer to do all the cutting upfront you can cut on your own this week or next.

Hopefully, I covered everything!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.
Happy quilting!

Quilters' Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge

Monday, March 22, 2021

Jessica Dayon and I enjoyed the Quilter's Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge 
that we hosted last year so much that we decided to do it again!

The challenge will begin on Thursday, April 1st, and end on Friday, April 30th.
It will include 30 tasks that will help you get your sewing space clean and organized!
We'll be talking about it daily in Instagram stories so be sure to follow along there for tips!
Her Instagram handle is @jessicadayon and mine is @gigis_thimble.

Here is the list of tasks:
1. Organize a drawer
2. List all projects & kits
3. Organize rulers
4. Purge unwanted projects/kits
5. Sort scraps
6. Organize red, pink & yellow fabrics
7. Change rotary blades
8. Clean off one surface – chair, table top, etc.
9. Organize orange & green fabrics
10. Organize threads
11. Pre-wind bobbins
12. Organize blue & purple fabrics
13. Organize books and magazines
14. Piece batting remnants
15. Organize black, grey & brown fabrics
16. Clean & oil sewing machine, replace needle
17. Wash or replace ironing board cover
18. Organize white & low-volume fabrics
19. List 12 WIP goals & make corresponding slips of paper. 
Each month pull out a slip of paper & work on that goal.
20. Organize patterns
21. Clean iron
22. Organize a drawer
23. Organize pre-cuts
24. Inventory supplies & notions, make shopping list
25. Dust shelves, tables, window sills & baseboards
26. Clean cutting mat
27. Organize yardage 
28. Make backings for WIPS
29. Make bindings for WIPS
30. Remove all trash & vacuum

If you'd like to print the list out, click HERE
for the Quilter's Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge PDF we've created for you!

So who wants to join us in getting our sewing spaces in tip-top shape?
Are you up for it?

Be sure to tag Jessica @jessicadayon and myself @gigis_thimble
on Instagram if you decide to join!  We'd love to be there to cheer you on!  
Oh, and we'll be using the hashtag #quiltersspringcleaning for this challenge.

Talk to you soon!

Stash Hash Christmas Quilt - Finished!

Friday, January 15, 2021

 Oh my gosh, you guys!  I totally dropped the ball on posting my finished
Stash Hash Christmas quilt from the Stash Hash Quilt-Along!
I finished it in October and just never got around to taking pictures of it!
I really wanted to take pictures of it outside in the snow but we have had hardly 
any snow this year so it just never happened!  And I get tired of having the same 
backdrops for my photos from inside my house so I was just putting it off...

Until today!
I finally snapped some pictures of it on my son's bed and it wasn't a big deal!  I don't 
know why I put it off for so long!  I truly apologize - especially to my Quilt-Along 
friends who were waiting to see the finished quilt!

Stash Hash comes with instructions for 3 different sizes.
This is the Full size (the biggest size).  My son has a queen bed for reference.
The finished quilt dimensions are 80 1/2" x 80 1/2".

I participated in a Christmas 10" square swap with my local quilt
group a while back so I used those fabrics for this.  Stash Hash is 5", 10", and 2 1/2" precut 
friendly.  It's a great way to use up scraps or stash and it looks great in any color scheme.  
So it's a really versatile pattern!

I backed it with cream minky and bound it with Christmas Memories Plaid Multi 
by Riley Blake (cut on the bias).  It is so snuggly (and big - which makes it even better!)

The beautiful quilting was done by Jen Ostler in Highland, UT.
I found the new-to-me design called Starstruck_small QC and I love 
how it turned out!!  Jen always does a fantastic job!

As you can see the blocks are pretty big.  I'd say this would be a great pattern
for a confident beginner and beyond.

If you'd like to purchase this pattern you can visit my Etsy shop HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today friends!
Happy quilting!

Season to Taste Book by Jessica Dayon

Friday, December 18, 2020

 Good morning!  Today I get to share a project with you that I recently finished.  

[Image source: Martingale Publishing]

The pattern is from the book Season to Taste by Jessica Dayon.  Jessica is my good friend and we met through Instagram when Jessica reached out to see if I wanted to collaborate with her for the Willow Quilt Along.  Jessica is one talented designer and has a heart of gold.  She inspires me daily.  I am constantly in awe of how much she accomplishes, her passion for quilting, and her really clever quilt designs!  Season to Taste is a beautiful book filled with 12 stunning projects (3 for each season of the year).  There are several projects in the book I would like to eventually make but I chose to make Harvest to share with you today.

My Harvest quilt looks so different than Jessica's version.
Isn't hers lovely though in browns and yellows?  I think it looks so cozy!

[Image source: Martingale Publishing]

I chose to use 30's reproduction prints because I've only made one 30's quilt in my life 
and I think I sold it somewhere along the way.  It was time to 
make another one because I love 30's fabrics!

One thing I like about Season to Taste is that even though there are 
3 quilt patterns for each season, most of the patterns would be great in any color scheme!  
So there really is a ton of versatility with this book. 

Isn't Harvest a cute pattern?
Mine is super scrappy and I was able to make the entire quilt top
using my stash.  Seems like I've been saying that alot lately...
(Which is a good thing!  For me, the year 2020 seems to be about staying home 
and using what you have!  I'm not mad about it, I love scrap quilts!)

My friend Jen Ostler quilted it with this beautiful Baptist Fan pattern
which I think suits the 30's fabrics really well.  Can you spy the little daisy Jen added in?
She always adds one surprise motif for the owner to find.  It's like a little game of
 hide 'n seek.

I got these great custom quilt labels from Border City Quilts on Etsy.
They're the 2" cotton fold-over tags.

Harvest finishes at 66-1/2" x 86-1/2".  

Here are a couple of the other quilts I would love to make from Jessica's book:

[Image source for last 3 photos: Martingale Publishing]

Those are just a few of the great patterns in Season to Taste!  
Ask your local quilt shop to get Season to Taste or you can find it HERE on Amazon.
I really encourage you to support your local quilt shops if you can though!
I'm so happy for Jessica and proud of the beautiful book and projects she created!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy holidays my friends.

Sewing Themed (Watercolor) Bottle Brush Trees

Saturday, December 12, 2020

 Hey friends!  It's been a while since I've checked in here!  I've missed you guys! 
I've been busy working on some quilts that I hope to share with you soon but today 
I have a festive and easy craft project I want to share with you!

While doing some Christmas shopping recently I spied these cute sewing themed 
bottle brush trees and just had to get them!   Aren't they so cute on the spools of twine?  
I found them at one of my favorite stores called Sunriver Gardens located in Orem, Utah.

Shortly after I found those, I found these knitted sweater trees
at a bakery we have here in Utah called Kneaders.  

I was so inspired by the idea of creating a little Christmas "moment" in my sewing room 
so I got busy looking for more bottle brush trees!  You could buy any bottle brush trees 
that suit your fancy.  They come in so many colors and sizes.  I'm partial to the 
natural sisal bottle brush trees though.  You will also need some twine and wooden spools.  
I happened to have both of those things on hand but I have linked some options 
for all of these supplies at the end of this post.

I put them on top of my spool cubby but something felt off.  There was a lot going on 
and it was a little too busy for my liking.  I wanted a little more cohesiveness 
between all the trees so I made some simple changes.  

 First, I tore off the jute bows that came on the knitted sweater trees.  The jute was 
a little too big and drawing too much attention for my taste.  So off those came!  
Then I wrapped the big empty wooden spool that I had with some red Christmas 
scrapbooking paper.  You could also wrap it with ribbon or baker's twine.

I had seen tutorials for dying bottle brush trees with Rit Dye or Kool Aid 
but I didn't have either of those.  I also didn't have any patience.  So I wondered 
what I could use that I had on hand.  I did have some nice watercolors 
so I tried those out and they were perfect and easy.

All you do is load a paint brush with the color of your choice and paint your 
bottle brush trees with quick, sweeping motions.  I used two different colors of green.  
I added a little yellow to one of the greens to warm it up and then added 
a little black to one of them to tone it down. 

Sometimes the paint would splatter on my arm and face so make sure you cover 
your table and wear a painting smock or an old shirt or apron.  I also found 
a somewhat dry brush didn't splatter paint up as much.

Paint your trees.  Feel free to add a little Mod Podge 
after they dry and sprinkle with glitter!
That could be really cute!

While your trees are drying wrap your wooden spools with baker's twine, ribbon
or cute scrapbooking paper.  Use a little dab of hot glue to secure the ends 
of the twine or ribbon in place.  If using paper, use adhesive dots to secure the ends in place.

Add some hot glue to the base of your bottle brush tree and quickly press it onto the 
top of one of your wooden spools.  

And voila, you're done!  Stand back and admire your work (this part is very important).

Now go create your "Christmas moment", wherever that may be.

So here's my finished "moment".  Which one do you like better?
The before or after?

I've rounded up some of the supplies you'll need to make these sewing themed 
bottle brush trees including the:

Baker's Twine
Wooden Spools
Adhesive Dots
Bottle Brush Trees

HERE in my Amazon Storefront.

I hope you'll tag me on Instagram if you decide to make these trees!
My IG user name is @gigis_thimble.  
Thanks for stopping by today and happy holidays!

Playful Precut Quilts Book Tour

Friday, October 16, 2020

 One of my quilting besties published her first book!
Amanda Niederhauser recently published Playful Precut Quilts, 
a beautiful book that includes 15 projects that each feature 12" blocks -
making it easy to mix and match blocks from different patterns!

There were so many cute patterns in this book but I chose to make Flower Basket.
It's a basic patchwork pattern that uses a unique piecing technique, sewing partial seams.
I had never used that technique before.  I was a little nervous to try it but also wanted to 
push myself to learn something new!  And it was actually really easy and really fun!

Flower Basket is a 2-1/2" wide precut strip friendly pattern.
I don't have a lot of precuts in my stash so I decided to do a scrappy
blue and white version using varying shades of blue from my stash.  

Blue is the color I have the most of in my stash
and it was so fun using some of my favorite blue prints.
I put a very small dent in my blue stash but it felt good.

I even had a bolt of the blue chambray I used for the back and
the binding was leftover from a recent finish (my new pattern, United)
so this quilt was made 100% from my stash.
I LOVE those kinds of quilts!

This quilt finishes at 60" x 72" but it would be really easy to make
the pattern bigger or smaller depending on your needs.

For the quilting, I chose a new-to-me edge-to-edge pattern called Terracotta.
My friend Jen Ostler in Lehi, Utah quilted it for me.
I love the way it turned out!

I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt and can definitely see
myself using this pattern again!

There are so many other cute projects in this book
and I love the idea of mixing and matching blocks to make
each quilt your own.  So many possibilities with this book!
You should definitely run out and grab a copy!

Even though Amanda lives in California and I live in Utah,
we get to see each other now and then.  We had a spontaneous
lunch date the other day when she was in town and you bet your bottom dollar
that I had Amanda sign my copy of Playful Precut Quilts.

Congratulations to my friend Amanda on a fantastic book, as well as, 2 darling fabric lines
with Riley Blake Designs.  I'm so happy for her and thankful to be able to call her a friend!

You can visit Amanda's blog HERE for a list of all the other makers
that participated in this book tour.  There are so many inspiring projects representing
a big variety of projects from Playful Precut Quilts.

Have a great day you guys!