Skipper Quilt Along

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Good morning friends!  I'm excited to announce that I will be hosting another Quilt Along soon!
I've been wanting to make another cuddle quilt for my 16-year old son since he has outgrown his other one.  He loves my Skipper pattern so I've been collecting fabrics and am excited to get started.  The problem is, this is my 3rd time making this pattern.  I can't believe I just wrote that!  I hardly ever repeat the same pattern!  So, I'd love some company while making this one!  Who wants to join me? 

Skipper, it's simple.  It's fun.  And it was originally published in my book, Vintage Vibe.
The good news is, it is now available as an individual pattern with instructions in 4 sizes!  
(I recently received all the copyrights to the patterns in my book, Vintage Vibe
so I will be publishing some of them on their own.)  So for this Quilt Along, you can pick your quilt size and I've broken it down so we all stay on track with each other, no matter the size you make!

Here are all the details:


Duration: 8 weeks
Dates: March 4 - April 29
Quilt Size: choose between a baby, throw, twin or queen size quilt.
Skill Level: all

Week 1: Gather fabrics and pattern.  Cut out all fabrics.

Week 2:  Baby: make 4 blocks.
Throw: make 8 blocks.
Twin: make 16 blocks.
Queen: make 24 blocks.

Week 3:  Baby: make 4 blocks.
Throw: make 8 blocks.
Twin: make 16 blocks.
Queen: make 24 blocks.

Week 4:  Baby: make 4 blocks.
Throw: make 8 blocks.
Twin: make 16 blocks.
Queen: make 28 blocks.

Week 5:  Baby: make 4 blocks.
Throw: make 8 blocks.
Twin: make 16 blocks.
Queen: make 28 blocks.

Week 6:  Baby: make 2 blocks.
Throw: make 8 blocks.
Twin: make 20 blocks.
Queen: make 28 blocks.

Week 7: Assemble rows and inner border

Week 8: Add stop border and outer border.  Piece back if necessary.  

April 29th: Winner announced!

Purchase PAPER or PDF pattern HERE.  Use code "SKIPPERQAL" at checkout for 10% off. 


39½” x 49½”
55½” x 61½”
71½” x 85½”
103½” x 85½”
1¼ yards
2 yards
2 yards
3 yards
5 yards
7 yards
¹3 yard
½ yard
3⅝ yards
5¼ yards
7⅞ yards
¾ yard
48” x 58”
64” x 70”
80” x 94”
112” x 94”

- Register for the Skipper Quilt Along HERE.
- You will receive weekly emails through the duration of the Quilt Along.
- A new blog post will be up each Monday.
- Follow me @gigis_thimble and use the hashtag #skipperqal on Instagram to post pictures and enter the giveaway.  I encourage you to follow and encourage other quilters in the hashtag group.  It's a great opportunity to make new quilty friends and receive inspiration on Instagram!

In my last QAL, I offered weekly prizes but didn't get a huge amount of people entering the qualifying giveaways.  So for this Quilt Along, I have decided to simplify things a little bit and just have one grand prize at the very end!  I am so excited to announce that one of you will receive FREE QUILTING for your 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 @onesweetbeedesigns.

[The original version published in my book, Vintage Vibe.]

[My scrappy Skipper]

So, I invite you to grab a quilting friend or two, a pattern and join me for the
Skipper Quilt Along!  It's sure to be a fun time!

Click HERE to register!

Urban Cottage Tied Blanket Kits!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

I have some fun news for you guys!
Not sure if you saw my post yesterday about this fun, little, tied blanket I recently finished? 
If not, click HERE for all the details + a little tutorial. 

Well, I reached out to the owner of The Heart and Home Co on Etsy 
(where I purchased all my fabric from!) and she so generously agreed to make 
some kits up for you guys! 

The kits are normally $38 but today (January 31, 2019) they are on sale for 20% off
- making them just $30.40!  She only has a limited quantity available 
so run on over to her shop to get yours!

The sale ends today so you might want to take advantage of the 20% off and put a few other things in your cart too, while you're at it (I'm just sayin'!)  She had super fast shipping and all the pretty things!  Click HERE to visit her shop.

P.S.  I just spied that she also has some Urban Cottage Jelly Rolls too!  
I'm contemplating using one to make another version of my new pattern, Jelly Roll Rock.
I worked it up in EQ7 last night and think it's pretty fun with the dark background.
Can you tell I'm obsessed with this fabric line!?!

Happy shopping friends!

Urban Cottage Tied Blanket (With Surprise Details!)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The minute I laid eyes on the Urban Cottage line by Urban Chiks for Moda, I knew I had to have some!  A few weeks later I treated myself to a fat quarter bundle of the cottons, a handful of half yard cuts of some of the wovens, and a yard of the cheater panel.  

I bought all of it from a really great store on Etsy called The Heart and Home Co.  Everything in her shop has been 20% off for the last few weeks and the shipping was suuuper fast!   I'm highly recommending her shop because of the great prices, fast shipping, great customer service - on top of the beautiful fabrics and great photography (hey we all like pretty things right?!?).  Click HERE to visit The Heart and Home Co.  You won't be disappointed.

So I'm not sure what I'm going to make with the cotton fat quarters and the half yard cuts of the wovens, but I already whipped up a little blanket with the cheater panel and I'm in loooove!

Note: a cheater panel is yardage that has patchwork squares already pieced together!  It's perfect for beginners or for those that don't want to buy a lot of yardage just to get the variety they want!  Now, it's not perfectly pieced...but it's still so darn cute!

Let me give you the deets on this little project.
I used: 
1 yard of the cheater panel
1 1/8 yard of the small gingham woven fabric for the back
1/2 yard of the large striped woven fabric for the binding
40" x 50" piece of batting
Black pearl cotton
Cotton yarn for pom poms 
Chenille needle
8" Upholstery needle

I got the black pearl cotton, the white yarn and the upholstery needle from Hobby Lobby.  I used about 1 1/3 skeins of this White Cotton XXL yarn by Yarn Bee (3.5 oz, 50 yards each).  Your yarn may vary from my yarn so you may need more or less depending but that will hopefully give you an idea on how much to buy.
First, I just taped my backing fabric to my dining table with painters tape so that it was nice and smooth.  Then I layered my batting on top and smoothed it out.  Then I laid my cheater panel on top, smoothed it out and then basted it with a few basting pins.

Then I used Suzy Quilt's tutorial for tying a quilt with a modern twist
(click HERE for the link).  I used my pearl cotton and a chenille needle to make these sweet little "x's".  I just eye-balled the center of the blocks so it was super low key.

Then I squared up the blanket, trimming off all the excess batting and backing fabric.

I made an extra wide binding using (4) 3 1/2" x WOF strips.  
I've never done a binding this wide before but I think it's fun.

Next, I used THIS pom pom maker from Amazon (the green one) to make 4 large pom poms that are approximately 3.4" in diameter.  Be sure to leave 2 tails that are about 15" long each to tie the pom poms to the corners of the blanket.

To tie the pom poms on: thread one of the tails through the eye of an 8" upholstery needle.  Insert your needle through the front side of the blanket (in one of the corners) pulling it all the way through to the back side.  About 1/4" away from where your needle came out, insert your needle through the back side, pulling it all the way through so your tail is on the front side again.  Repeat these steps with the second tail.  Then cinch the tails so the pom pom lays flat against the front side of your blanket.  Then tie two knots (I did right over left, left over right - twice).  Then trim the tails.

This whole project was really out of the box for me; with the cheater panel, the extra wide binding and the pom poms!  But it was really fun to mix it up a little and try a few new-to-me techniques.  

Plus, I'm so excited because this fun little blanket goes perfectly in my recently 
made over sewing room!

And now I just want to pom pom everything!!!

Have you made pom poms before and if so, what are some of your favorite pom pom projects?
I really think more pom poms are in my future!  They were so easy and fun to make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Quilts For Sale

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hey there!  Just wanted to let you know I have some fun things listed in the shop right now!

First, several quilts.  If you or anyone you know is interested in buying finished quilts I do hope you'll stop by or send them my way.  I have some gems listed (actually I love all of them, it's hard to part with any of them but it's time to make some room so I can continue to do what I do LOL!)  I have quilts ranging in size from a little table topper to a generous king size quilt.  Check them out HERE!

Second, my newest pattern, Jelly Roll Rock is now listed in the shop in PDF form.  Paper patterns coming soon.  (I'll post more about this pattern in an upcoming post but let me say this is such a fun quilt to make!)  Click HERE for details.

And finally, I am in the process of discontinuing a few of my patterns and have them listed for just $5 right now.  I hope you'll stop by to see if any of them interest you because once they're gone, they're gone!

[Simply Sweet: a Charm Pack friendly pattern with a little raw-edge applique]

Thanks for all your support over the years, Friends!  I love being able to associate with all of you and have made many good friends along the way.  All of your sweet comments, reviews, emails, and purchases really do mean the world to me.  I am so lucky to be able to do what I love and I couldn't do it without you!

Star Patch Quilt [Finished]

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hey Friends!  It's been a minute!  
Hopefully, you're all recovered from the holidays!  
I'm just about there but some days I still feel completely exhausted!

I've been meaning to share my finished Star Patch quilt with you 
and finally sat down to upload some pictures and write this post.

There's not much to say except that I really, really loved making this quilt again for the Star Patch Quilt Along.  If you want to see the original bright and scrappy version click HERE.  Or if you want to see the progression of this red and white version scroll back through the previous 9 - 10 posts.  OR, if you want the free tutorial for the scrappy back click HERE.

 The beautiful Baptist Fan quilting was done by Denae Hansen who lives in American Fork, Utah.  You can find her on Instagram under the username @plainjanequilting.  There are a few different Baptist Fan patterns out there but I like this one the best!

This quilt finishes at about 58" x 58" and is great for using up scraps!  Like I said, it was really fun to make it again and now I can attest to the fact that it is a lot easier to make than it looks!  I think this is definitely beginner friendly.  If you'd like to purchase the pattern just click HERE!  

It's the kind of pattern that would be cute in any colorway.  Check out the Instagram hashtag #starpatchqal to see for yourself!

Have a great day!


Monday, December 24, 2018

Hey friends, it's time to conclude the Star Patch Quilt Along.  I had so much fun quilting along with all of you!  Thank you for your support of the QAL, as well as, my Star Patch pattern!  I have really enjoyed seeing all of the different colorways and connecting with so many of you through the process.  Also, a huge thank you to the wonderful, generous sponsors:

Now, it's time to announce the winner of the grand prize!  Julie Paff (@julzjunk on Instagram) has so generously offered to donate long arm quilting for one winner's Star Patch Quilt (edge-to-edge quilting, medium density).  The winner who we have chosen is Cassie (@cassarollquilts on Instagram).  Congratulations Cassie!  I am so happy for you!

As for my quilt, it's quilted and the binding is sewn onto the front side.  As I take this next week or so to spend time with my family (and rest!) I plan to hand stitch the binding to the backside.  I will be back soon to share some pictures!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season spent with loved ones, making memories and enjoying traditions.  Please know you are special and loved.  I wish you all the happiness in the world!  Merry Christmas!