INSTAGRAM AND LOCAL QUILT SALE

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hey friends!  I thought I'd pop onto the blog today to let you know about a 
HUGE quilt sale I'm having right now.


I've listed 30 (that's right 30!!!) quilts for sale on my Instagram destash page @gigisthimble_destash and in my Etsy shop.  There are so many listed that I have hoarded for years, unable to part with.  But guys, it is time to say goodbye to them.  I just don't have the space to keep them forever.  It's hard to say goodbye to some of them but I get excited at the possibility of making more!  


Please visit my destash page or MY ETSY SHOP (edited 9/9/19 - they have all been marked down significantly since I originally posted this!)  I'd also be forever grateful if you told your friends and family who may be interested in purchasing a quilt for their home or as a gift!

Thanks so much for all of your support over the years!

Wanderings Fabric Tour

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Hello! Hello!
Today I get to share a recent finish I made out of a new fabric line called 
Wanderings by Poppie Cotton.


This is my second project with the new company Poppie Cotton and I am such a fan!  The sweet, beautiful, traditional fabrics in soft colors really speak to me.  And just a hint for what's to come...I said yes to a third project with their third line!  I only say yes to lines I really love and I think their lines keep getting better and better!


Wanderings is a sweet, feminine line of fabrics that includes flowers, butterflies and a few basics.  
It incorporates darks and lights in a really beautiful color scheme of pinks, blues, greys, and whites.


I wanted to pick a pattern that really showcased the fabrics so I chose my Lulu pattern.  
It's normally a Jelly Roll pattern but I was able to easily adjust it for fat quarters.  


I loved the way it turned out.  Many of my patterns have a lot of background fabric 
showing but I think it's a testament to the beauty of this line that it's not too busy 
even though I didn't use any other fabric lines or solids to break things up.


I used a coordinating gingham fabric from my stash for the back 
(sorry, I've had it for a few years and can't remember what company made it).


I used the remainder of the blue fat quarters to make a scrappy binding.  
I love a good scrappy binding, don't you?!?


Denae Hansen in American Fork, Utah quilted this for me using a classic orange peel design.  
She did a great job as always!  The orange peel is one of my all-time favorite go-to designs!


Wanderings is available in stores now.  
Click HERE for a list of shops carrying Poppie Cotton.


Lulu is based on a vintage quilt I once saw.  
It's a very simple pattern; one you can whip up in a day or two.  
Like I said, it's Jelly Roll friendly and comes with instructions 
for two different sizes - a lap and a twin.
Click HERE to visit my Etsy shop.  

Well, that's it for my stop on the Wanderings Fabric Tour.
I feel so honored I got to work with this beautiful fabric line alongside
the other designers on this tour. 

Poppie Cotton
July 9th
Kelsey Evans
July 11th
Lindsey Weight
July 16th
Dori Troutman
July 18th
Sherri Falls
July 23rd
Andy Knowlton
July 25th
Debbie Homick
July 30th
Melissa Corry
August 1st
Amy Chappell
August 6th
Amber Johnson
August 8th
Poppie Cotton
August 13th

Be sure to check out their blogs for more Wanderings inspiration!

Have a great day friends!

Urban Cottage Giant Star Quilt

Monday, July 29, 2019

Hi friends!  Today I'm excited to share with you a quilt I finished up over the weekend.  
It's a new favorite and for sure one of the easiest quilts I've ever made!


From the moment I saw the line Urban Cottage by Urban Chiks for Moda, 
I knew I had to have some!  It goes with my sewing room perfectly!


I ordered a fat quarter bundle plus some yardage and now I have two projects made with this line.
[Click HERE to see the other project, my Urban Cottage Tied Blanket.]

Here's my Giant Star Quilt pre-border.
It only took 2-3 hours to cut, piece and press the whole thing.


I didn't use a pattern for this quilt but I had seen it floating around the internet several years ago 
and always thought it was cute.  Jeni Baker has a similar (and slightly scrappier pattern for it 
with multiple size options and no border).  Click HERE for the link to her pattern.


I  just made 17" (unfinished) half-square triangle blocks from 8 fat quarters
and added on 4 1/2" (unfinished) border strips once they were all sewn together.


Denae Hansen of Plain Jane Quilting in American Fork, Utah quilted it for me with a classic, 
cross-hatch design.  She always does a fantastic job!  Look at that texture!  I like that it's a simple 
design keeping the focus on the cute fabrics and the star.


My quilt finished at 74 1/2".  Luckily, there was some 108" wide fabric available in this line 
so I didn't have to piece my back!  Yay!  A seamless back is always a win!


Usually, I like to finish off my quilts with a dark binding.  I feel like that frames things nicely.  
But I liked the subtle stripe feeling of this Urban Ticking fabric in ivory.  
Again, it kept the focus on the center of the quilt while adding a playful touch to the edge.


I'm seriously so in love with this veeeery simple quilt, you guys!  Sometimes all you need 
are some cute fabrics and a really simple pattern and you'll have yourself a winner!


I think this one is going to get used a lot.  I'm going to wash it soon.  Can't wait to get it out of the dryer so it's all soft and crinkly.  I don't always wash my quilts first thing, but I think this quilt will be perfect with that worn look.  Do you wash your quilts right away or wait till they need it?

Well, if you made it through that very long post and all those photos, you get a gold star!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends!  If you have any questions or just want to 
let me know what you think of this super simple quilt, I'd love it if you left a comment below 
and I'll get back to you!  

Have a great day!

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 them...so 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!
Amber

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!