Skipper Quilt Along: Week 3

Monday, March 18, 2019

Welcome to week 3 of the Skipper Quilt Along!  

I've been thinking this past week that one of the things I love about Quilt Alongs is that if I stay caught up I'm guaranteed to have a quilt top in a few short weeks!  I just gotta keep pluggin' away!   

I hope you're finding the assignments in the Skipper Quilt Along doable.
I'm making a twin size quilt and found that it took just an hour or two to make my 16 blocks.

But time is precious. 

So today I want to refer you to a time-saving tutorial that you can use when making your blocks.  It's my Quick Corner Triangle Piecing Method (sometimes it's called the "Tape Method").   You can use this method any time a pattern instructs you to mark the wrong side of your squares with a diagonal line.  It completely eliminates that step!  Check out the tutorial.  There are photos and a video to make it super easy to follow.

So the plan for this week is:

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

I love seeing these blocks come together!

Don't forget, there will be a fabulous prize at the end of the Quilt Along for one lucky winner!  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.

I'll choose the winner from the Instagram hashtag pool at the end of the Quilt Along.  I'll choose someone that posts a picture of their finished quilt top.  But I'm not gonna lie, you might get extra bonus points for every picture you post on Instagram during the Quilt Along!  Use the hashtag #skipperqal to enter.  Plus, we all want to see what you're up to and it's a chance to find and make new quilty friends (the very BEST part of Quilt Alongs!)

Have a great week and happy quilting! 

Skipper Quilt Along: Week 2

Monday, March 11, 2019

Happy Monday friends!  Welcome to week 2 of the Skipper Quilt Along!
I hope you all had fun picking out and cutting your fabrics last week.

Here's the plan for this week:

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

I've broken down the number of blocks you need to make each week 
into an amount divisible by 4 - since each strip set makes 4 blocks.

They're pretty quick and fun to make!

You'll find as you're making these blocks that you have some fun triangles left over.  So I've got an idea!  Instead of just discarding the leftover triangles, why not use them to make some other blocks!?!  The easiest way to do this is after you sew your squares onto your strip segments (and before you trim them) sew one more seam 1/2" away from the first as shown below.  The first seam (for the Skipper blocks) is the seam that goes from corner to corner.  The second seam (for the other blocks) is the shorter seam that is closer to the outer corner of the block.

Then cut between the two seams leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance on each block.

Press the Skipper block as directed in the pattern and press the other 
block (Half Square Triangle or HST) seams towards the bigger triangle.

Repeat on both ends of all the blocks and then trim the HST's to 3 3/4" each.

Sew together 4 HST's to make 1 Pinwheel block.  
You'll get 2 Pinwheel blocks from each set of 4 Skipper Blocks.  
The pinwheels will be going in opposite directions but they would be cute to mix together in a quilt or to break up into a couple of table runners!

Of course, if you don't want to deal with a second project, disregard these instructions and just move forward using the Skipper instructions! 

Have fun making these blocks and be sure to post a picture of your first set on Instagram using the hashtag #skipperqal.  I can't wait to see your blocks!!!

Happy quilting!

Skipper Quilt Along: Week 1

Monday, March 4, 2019

Welcome to week 1 of the Skipper Quilt Along!

I'm excited to get this party started!
Week 1 is all about planning and prepping.

Goal #1: get pattern.
If you haven't purchased the Skipper pattern yet, click HERE to visit my shop.

Goal #2: choose fabrics.
Tell me below what fabrics you're doing and what size you're making.  
I'm dying to know!

I'm using Sweet Tea fabrics by Sweetwater.
This quilt is for my 16-year-old son and he's on board with the reds, blues, and tans!  
I personally am kind of obsessed with the light blues in this line.
Oh, and I'm making the twin size. :)

[Note: the pattern calls for 1/8 yard cuts for the bright fabrics.  
I ordered my fabric online and a fat quarter bundle was the easiest way to get the entire line 
so I am making adjustments.  Eighth-yard cuts are definitely the most efficient use of fabric.]

Goal #3: Do all the cutting for your chosen quilt size.

Press your beautiful fabrics (if necessary) and begin cutting.

If you're looking for time-saving techniques, 
I think you will find my Quick Rotary Cutting Tutorial very helpful.

[I had to pull out this HANDMADE WITH LOVE tag that I got from a Quilter's Candy Box that I curated several months ago.  Since I'm making this for my son I want to be sure to use it!] 

Be sure to post on Instagram this week a picture of your fabric selection and cuts.  Use the hashtag #skipperqal so we can all see what you're working on.  Although we're not having weekly prizes in this Quilt Along, I think a little accountability goes a long way!  If you stay caught up and are able to post a picture of your finished quilt top by April 28th you'll be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE -  longarm quilting by One Sweet Bee Designs (@onesweetbeedesigns on Instagram)!

In my opinion, one of the best things about Quilt Alongs is the opportunity to make new quilty friends, encourage each other, inspire and be inspired by others!  I hope you'll take a few minutes each week to peruse the hashtag and leave a few comments!

Before I let you go, I want to thank each and every one of you for being here.  Thank you for purchasing my pattern and thank you for coming along on this ride!  Quilting is so much more fun with friends!

*Click HERE for the Skipper Quilt Along Homepage
which includes the full schedule, sign up link and more!*

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.  


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!