American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Monday friends!
I want to invite you to listen in on a chat I'm having with Pat Sloan later today.  
I'll be a guest on her podcast for American Patchwork and Quilting!

The show times are 
4 pm Eastern
3 pm Central
2 pm Mountain
1 pm Pacific

Click HERE for the link.
It should be fun!

Quilt Samples & Fabric Destash

Monday, August 13, 2018

I thought I would let you all know about a little sale I'm having on Instagram under my destash account - @gigisthimble_destash.  It's time to make room for some new items.  So sadly, it's time to part with some of my samples and fabric that are just not getting the attention they deserve.

I've got a few quilts listed, like this one:

And some fabric bundles, such as this: 

And even some smaller projects like this table runner.

There are a few more items listed, some of which I think you'll be surprised to see!
I do hope you'll check it out!  Click HERE for the link.

Thank you all for your continued love and support!  
I love what I do and couldn't do it with all of you that believe and encourage me!  
Have a great day friends!

Tilda Sunkiss Dresden Plate Quilt

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Good morning.  I finally did something that I've been meaning to do for a while now - 
I took some pictures of my finished Sunkiss Dresden Plate quilt!
I've got so many fun pictures to share with you...I hope you don't mind :).

When Devonstone Square reached out to me to let me know that they are a brand new wholesaler in the USA, carrying Tilda Fabrics by Tone Finnanger (from Norway) and asked if I wanted to collaborate - of course, I said "Yes!!!"  I've been a big fan of Tilda Fabrics for a while now and was excited to get my hands on these beautiful, unique fabrics! 

I wanted to use a pattern that really did these fabrics justice so I chose one of my all-time favorite quilt blocks - the Dresden Plate.  I used the Pretty Petals pattern from my book, Vintage Vibe for the Dresden Plate blocks but omitted the alternate patchwork blocks.

I enjoy making these blocks now...but you need to read the story in my book about how I USED to feel about Dresden Plate quilts.  I used to swear that I would never make a Dresden Plate quilt.  Are any of you currently in that same boat?

Dresden Plates are really not that hard to make and my book walks you through every step of the process.  My book is actually out of print now and I only have a few autographed copies left so click HERE if you're interested in picking up one for yourself.

I do enjoy applique...I just don't do it very often anymore.

You get to spend some good quality time with your fabrics.

And as I always say, "A little progress each day adds up to BIG results!"

Do you like applique?  I think most people either love it or hate it.

My quilt finished at 53" x 53".

It was custom quilted by Kaylene Parry in Lehi, UT.

I love the crosshatching she did in the centers.  Actually, I love everything she did!

I used a light pink solid for the back so the quilting would show up really nicely.
The color is "New Color Petal DV121" from Devonstone Square.

And I decided to do a scrappy binding because I thought it would be a fun touch around the white background and borders.

I had so much fun making this quilt and hope you enjoyed seeing some of the process.

Edited: this quilt is now for sale on Instagram under my destash account.
Click HERE for the link. I'm sad to see it go.  A lot of hours and love went into this quilt but I just don't have a place for it.  It's time to make room for upcoming projects so I've decided to include it in a small destash sale I'm having.  I do hope you'll check it out.

Have a great day friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

Mon Beau Jardin Project Tour

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Welcome to the Mon Beau Jardin Project Tour!  

Today, I am so excited to share a sweet baby quilt I made using fabrics from the new line, Mon Beau Jardin by Nadra Ridgeway for Riley Blake Designs/Penny Rose Fabrics.

These fabrics are beeeeeautiful!

I am absolutely obsessed with them and couldn't help but take 
about a million pictures along the way!

The pattern I chose highlights the fabrics perfectly I think.
It's a simple, classic, and FREE baby quilt pattern by my friend, Andy Knowlton 
of A Bright Corner.  Click HERE for the free pattern.

Whoops, how did this picture get in there?
Say "Hi" to my sweet little Molly.

This pattern is perfect for beginners and goes together really quickly.
 It's the Stairway Baby Quilt and it's based on the classic Rail Fence pattern (which I've never made before).
I'm kind of in love with this simplified version, actually.
It really lets the fabrics sing!

There is a great assortment of prints and colors in this line!  

I used Riley Blake's Le Creme Swiss Dot in Baby Pink for the background 
and Mon Beau Jardin's main floral print in aqua for the back.

The quilting was done by my friend Cathy Barney in Alpine, UT.  I love the floral design we chose called, Ginger Flower.  I wanted something that wasn't directional and had some nice curves since there are so many straight edges in the quilt pattern. 

I wanted to incorporate all of the fabrics from the line so my version is much scrappier than the original pattern.  The only fabrics I did not end up using were the sweet little stripes.  Not because I don't like them, but just because I thought they were too light.  I thought they would blend in too much with the background fabric.

I ended up not getting enough of the backing fabric so I used a little bit of a different blue floral from Mon Beau Jardin to piece the back.  I don't mind.  It gives a little "make-do" feel to the quilt (which I love).  Do you ever piece your quilt backs?  How do you feel about that? 

This is my new favorite quilt. It finishes at 48" x 48" so I'll probably give it away as a baby gift someday.  I might be a little sad to see it go but I think whoever I give it to will love it.  I may have to make a bigger version sometime to keep for myself!

Mon Beau Jardin is available in stores now!
If you want to see some more beautiful images of this fabric line visit Nadra's blog HERE.
And be sure to check out these blogs on the specified dates for more Mon Beau Jardin projects!

8/7/18 Jemima -
8/14/18 Ange -
8/21/18 Jennie -
8/28/18 Nadra -

I hope you've found a little inspiration from these darling new fabrics and sweet baby quilt pattern that I've shared today.  I love sharing my quilting journey with you!

Have a great day!

Rustic Romance Project Tour

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

When I got invited to participate in the Rustic Romance Project Tour, I couldn't say no.  It is such a pretty fabric line, I couldn't resist!  Pretty colors with lots of florals, plaids, paisleys and polka dots.  Yes, please!

Rustic Romance is a new fabric line by Gerri Robinson for Riley Blake Designs.  It's available in stores now.  Click HERE to see the whole line.

I found the sweetest pattern that I thought paired perfectly with these fabrics.  It's the Kiss Chasey Quilt by Jemima Flendt.  I got the PDF pattern off the Cosy Project website (it's a site full of patterns and classes from Australia's well-known magazines, Homespun and Quilters Companion.)  And guess what!  I have a 20% off coupon code for you!  Just use "GIGITIM" at checkout to receive 20% off any patterns or videos!  The discount is good through 6/30/18.   

I knew I was using a solid grey fabric for my background so I chose several fabrics from the line that I thought would contrast well with the grey to make my hearts.

To get my bearings on my first few hearts, I used Lori Holt's Alphabitties to keep all the different pieces straight.

 I think the white floral fabric (above) is my favorite print from the line!

The pattern had lots of half-square triangles.  I just made a baby version of the Kiss Chasey quilt but it still took me a while to finish it because of all the trimming!

My little helper and I had lots of fun planning out the color placement!

This quilt was long-arm quilted by Cathy Barney in Alpine Utah.  She used the pattern Modern Loops and I love how it turned out!

For the back, I used one of the plaid prints - which makes me so happy every time I see it!  

And to finish off the whole quilt, I used some of the leftover red fabrics to make a scrappy binding and then machine bound the quilt.  Do you do your bindings by hand or machine?  I used to do all of my bindings by hand but within this last year, I learned how to do machine binding so it looks nice enough.  Plus I was finding that on some of the quilts that we use a lot at home, the bindings were coming undone in several places.  I don't think I'll start machine binding all of my quilts, especially heirloom or big quilts, but since this is a baby quilt, I thought it would be nice to do machine binding since it will probably get washed a lot.  It doesn't have an owner yet so I'll keep it on hand for the next time I need a baby gift!

Well, that was a fun little project!  Thanks for stopping by today.  
I hope you enjoyed this stop on the Rustic Romance Project Tour!  

Have a great day!

Downunder Diversions Road Trip - Part 4 - The Finished "Double D" Quilt

Friday, May 4, 2018

Weird name for a quilt, you say?
Well this scrappy little number is the result of all the fabric I bought on the 
Downunder Diversions road trip I went on last fall!  Downunder Diversions = Double D!  Get it?  It took me a minute too, to figure out why the hostesses of that amazing trip (Jina Barney and Moana Burgess) greeted us with bras over their clothing when we first arrived!  If that wasn't an indication of the fun we were about to have,  I don't know what was!

That trip was a mix of all my loves - home decor, good food, and quilting.  If you want to hear all about it you can read Part 1 (Magnolia Market) HERE, Part 2 (The Pioneer Woman Mercantile) HERE and Part 3 (Missouri Star Quilt Company) HERE.  

I didn't plan on using a sewing machine during the trip because I didn't want to haul mine across the country and I figured all of the ones at the Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreat Center (our final destination) would all be used that week.  So I just brought 1 applique project to work on.  But after buying so much fabric and realizing there were available sewing machines to use,  I decided to dive in and start this simple project during our last few days at MSQC.

I bought so many fat quarters/quarter yard cuts that I didn't even want to count how many total yards that was, total!

These are the simplest blocks to make and it was really fun pairing up colors!
This quilt was inspired by the Stack Scrap Quilt by Nettie over at the blog, A Quilt is Nice.  I have been a follower of Nettie's for a long time.  I love the scrappy, make-do feel of all her quilts! 

My rectangles were cut at 2.5" x 3.5" which was slightly smaller than Netties.

These pictures of me out in the country show how much I got sewn together while at MSQC.  My friend and roomie on the DD road trip, Amanda Niederhauser (@jedicraftgirl) walked just outside of town on the last night for a little photo shoot.  It was absolutely beautiful with it's rolling hills and green pastures.

 One weird thing happened as we were walking back to the retreat center after our photo shoot though.  We were basically in the middle of nowhere for the photo shoot and just as we started to reach houses again, a guy pulled up behind us in a pickup truck and asked us if we wanted a ride.  It was so creepy since we weren't soliciting a ride (I'm really paranoid about that kind of stuff!)  We immediately said "No!" and he turned around and went back to where he came from (the middle of nowhere).  I'm actually glad he didn't come upon us while we were out there!

Anyways, here's my Double D quilt all finished! 
I had my friend Cathy Barney quilt it for me with diagonal lines. 

I actually used wool batting for this quilt (I've never used it before).  The quilt is super lightweight but still really warm.  I was surprised at how expensive it was though!  I want to say the wool batting was about $20/yard (it's been a while since I finished this so I can't remember exactly).

The backing fabric is  Checkerboard Plaid Lipstick Ikat Woven Yardage
by Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit Fabrics.

This quilt is kind of wild but it was really fun to make!  Most of all, I think it's a fun way to remember a special trip and all the fun shops we stopped at along the way.  It would be a great stash buster quilt too!

I hope you enjoyed this recap of the whole Downunder Diversions road trip.   It was fun for me to relive the memories!  It was the trip of a lifetime!  If you want information about upcoming Downunder Diversions road trips click HERE

And in case you missed my other posts from this fabulous trip, 
you can read all about them here:

Part 1 (Magnolia Market) 
Part 2 (The Pioneer Woman Mercantile) 
Part 3 (Missouri Star Quilt Company) 

Have a great day!