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!

Stash Hash Quilt-Along: Week 13

Monday, October 12, 2020

 Welcome to week 13 of the Stash Hash Quilt-Along!

This is the last week of the quilt-along!
If you're making the full-size quilt, the assignment for this week is to assemble the quilt top.

Lay out the Star blocks and Hashtag blocks, alternating.


Working from left to right and top to bottom, stack up the blocks in each row.
I like to use my Marilee's Numbered Pins that you can get HERE to keep everything in order. 


Take the stacks to your sewing machine and sew the blocks together to form rows.
Press according to the directions.


Sew the rows together and press.


And voila!  You are FINALLY done with your Stash Hash quilt top!  Yay!  

I just need to bind mine so come back next week to see my finished quilt!
I used a new-to-me all-over quilt pattern that I'm in love with.  It's so snuggly
with minky on the back and the quilting shows up so well on it!

Thanks to all of you that participated in the Stash Hash Quilt-Along!
I loved having all of you along for the ride!  I'd love to hear your feedback and 
any suggestions you might have in the comment section below.

Stash Hash Quilt-Along: Week 12

Monday, October 5, 2020

Welcome to week 12 of the Stash Hash Quilt-Along!


If you're making the throw-size quilt you probably finished your quilt top last week.  
You can get the back ready and take it to the quilter (or start quilting it yourself) if you'd like.
If you're making the full-size quilt, the assignment is to make the last two Hashtag blocks.


Here are my blocks:


I can't believe I'm done making blocks.
This has been so fun for me and I have just loved having you guys along for the ride!


Are you done making blocks?
Is your top put together?
I know many of you worked ahead of schedule;
I've loved seeing all of your guys' progress on Instagram!


 So that's it for this week!

Please keep sharing your blocks on Instagram.
It makes me so happy to see them and
I know it inspires others as well.  Plus,
it helps spread the word about my patterns which I really appreciate!
Please tag me @gigis_thimble and use the hashtags
#gigisthimblepattern, #stashhashquilt, and #stashhashqal
if you decide to share.  

If you're looking for the Stash Hash quilt pattern, visit my shop HERE.

Happy quilting!

Stash Hash Quilt-Along: Week 11

Monday, September 28, 2020

Good morning!  I hope you're doing well!


It's week 11 of the Stash Hash Quilt-Along and the assignment 
for this week is to sew the rows together if you're making the throw-size quilt.  
If you're making the full-size quilt the assignment is to make the last 3 Star blocks.  

Here are my blocks:


I just love making them!


What size quilt are you making?
Are you still making blocks or are you finished or playing catch up?  
Check-in with me by leaving a comment below with
your status.  I'd love to hear how you're doing.

So that's it for this week!

Please keep sharing your blocks on Instagram.
It makes me so happy to see them and
I know it inspires others as well.  Plus,
it helps spread the word about my patterns which I really appreciate!
Please tag me @gigis_thimble and use the hashtags
#gigisthimblepattern, #stashhashquilt, and #stashhashqal
if you decide to share.  

If you're looking for the Stash Hash quilt pattern, visit my shop HERE.

Happy quilting!

Stash Hash Quilt-Along: Week 10

Monday, September 21, 2020

 Hello, hello!
Welcome to week 10 of the Stash Hash Quilt-Along!


If you are making the throw size quilt then you are finished making blocks!  Yay!
You can use this week to catch up or start sewing your blocks into rows.
If you're making the full size quilt, the assignment is to make 3 Hashtag blocks.


Here are mine.



I'm getting excited to finish this quilt!
I'm even starting to think about how I want to quilt it!
I could do cables to look like a winter sweater or some sort of swirly snowflake pattern.
Do you have any great ideas for me?
Have you thought about how you're going to quilt yours?
 

Well, that's it for this week!

Please keep sharing your blocks on Instagram.
It makes me so happy to see them and
I know it inspires others as well.  Plus,
it helps spread the word about my patterns which I really appreciate!
Please tag me @gigis_thimble and use the hashtags
#gigisthimblepattern, #stashhashquilt, and #stashhashqal
if you decide to share.  

If you're looking for the Stash Hash quilt pattern, visit my shop HERE.

Happy quilting!

Gigi's Thimble Pattern Testing

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Hi friends!


Every now and then I do a call for new pattern testers
and now is one of those times!  I am going to be releasing a new, patriotic pattern soon 
and thought it would be a good time to invite some of you to test it for me!  

This time I am making the process a little more "official" 
with an actual blog post listing all the details about what I'm looking for in a pattern tester,
how the pattern testing process works, as well as, a legit application form.  
Ha!  Sounds a little crazy to have an application form but last time I posted the call on Instagram 
I got tons of messages and this application will help me keep track of and sift through all the information so I can find people that will be a great fit for the Gigi's Thimble pattern testing team!


So here's what I'm looking for in a pattern tester:

First and foremost, I am looking for someone who LOVES to quilt
and loves my traditional (with a fresh twist) style!  

I need someone who:
- is up for testing a pattern 3-5 times a year
- can start and finish a quilt quickly (about 2 weeks for the top is ideal)
- can follow written instructions
- pays attention to detail
- doesn't tweak the pattern layout to make it their own
- communicates well and can give feedback
- has a public Instagram account

It also helps to have testers who:
- have an eye for color and pretty fabrics
- great photography skills
- have an Instagram account
that's primarily about quilting

Besides testing the pattern and looking for any errors, confusion, etc.
it is greatly appreciated when a tester can share a few posts on Instagram
to help advertise about the upcoming release of a new pattern!  It really helps for 
people to see the pattern in another colorway besides mine too.


How the pattern testing process works:

A few times a year (when inspiration strikes) I design a new pattern.
I write the instructions and send them to a professional editor.
While the instructions are being edited I make the original quilt.
When the edits come back from my editor I make the corrections and then 
send an email with a picture of the quilt plus a few details to my pattern testers 
to find out if they would like to test it for me.  There is never any obligation to test a pattern.
If you have the time and like the pattern then you can respond with a big, fat "YES!"  
and I will then send you the instructions.  If you don't care for the pattern or don't have time,
you can simply tell me "no" and I will completely understand!  
You get to pick the size and colors you want to use for your quilt.  If you can get the top made 
within a couple of weeks that helps a lot so I can make any final edits to the instructions. 
In the meantime, I am getting my quilt quilted, bound, photographed and the cover sheet designed.  After all of that is finished, I will publish the pattern in paper and PDF forms in my Etsy shop and do some serious marketing on my blog, Instagram feed, etc.

Just a note, if I get 2-3 "no's" from you in a row or the quilt doesn't get completed in a timely manner
I will assume you want to stop pattern testing for me and will stop sending you emails.  
With no hard feelings of course!

What's in it for you:
- you'll receive soon-to-be-released PDF quilt patterns for free
(just those you desire to test)
- I will mention you and repost your quilt on my feed and in my stories
(great advertising if you are trying to grow your IG following)
- I will donate a couple of paper copies if you'd like to host a giveaway on your IG feed
- you will gain quilting and pattern testing experience


Here's a little snippet of my upcoming pattern, United.
This particular pattern only comes with instructions for 1 size - 78 1/2" x 87 1/2".
I'm excited to find testers that can show it in some different colorways.
A few of them may vary slightly from mine and hopefully there are a few of you out there that
can put a fun or funky spin on this!  I would love to see it in solids or
even a very colorful, non red, white and blue version!


So if you made it through all of that info and would like to be a pattern tester for me
please click HERE to apply.  The application just takes a minute to fill out and I will sift through all the applicants in the next 24 hours and choose about 5 -8 people that I think will be a good match for me.  We'll start with this pattern, United
and then go from there.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Thank you!