Star Patch - A New Pattern by Gigi's Thimble

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

 What do you do with your leftover scraps when you're done with a project?
For the last year or so I've been trying to cut my scraps into squares so they will be ready for a scrap project whenever the need arises.  I know Lori Holt did a big blog post on this idea back in 2013 (which you can find HERE).  I've been really inspired since then by some of the amazing scrap quilts some of my friends have made using their pre-cut squares.


[For those of you interested, I cut 5", 4", 3", 2-1/2", and 2" squares when cutting up my scraps.]

So, after a few crazy months at the end of 2017 when I designed 3 new patterns - Snow Village, With Love and Wonder (I'll share Wonder with you soon, it was an exclusive pattern for the Quilters Candy Box I curated in January) I decided I wanted to do some selfish sewing.  I started making 9-Patches with some of my pre-cut squares.  I didn't really know what I was going to do with them but the idea somehow quickly came to me to use them as the background for a giant star.


Originally I was planning on doing a vintagy, medium/dark green solid fabric for the star but the fabric store I was at didn't have a huge selection so I settled upon these 3 solids (above).  Obviously I'm not the most patient person to hold out for the perfect color I had in my mind!  I just wanted to get it figured out!  The mustard yellow spoke to me for some reason so I went with that.

Note:  It's interesting to me why we choose certain colors.  I went through the whole rainbow practically, in my mind.  I knew I wanted something bright that could stand up to all the bright fabrics in my 9-Patches.  But I find that red can be overpowering in large doses.  Orange - I just wasn't feeling that for this quilt.  Yellow - I thought yellow would look washed out.  Green - green sounded good.  Blue - I love blue but thought it was a little too safe.  Fushia, Pink, Purple all seemed a bit too much for me and my house (and for this project). 


So I finally settled on this mustard yellow.  Because it has black pigment in it and is not a "true" yellow I feel like it can stand up to the bright fabrics without getting washed out. I don't use yellow very often but was excited about it and ended up feeling like it "made sense" since it was for a star.  But really, as I was making this quilt I thought - a lot of colors would look fabulous for the star.  It's all personal preference and I hope to see many different color versions of this pattern someday!

 

I wanted to use up some extra 9-Patches on the back and am completely in love with that little surprise on the simple, white back.  I've had a request to write up some instructions on how I did the back.  Would any of you guys be interested in the instructions for that?


I had my quilter (Cathy Barney from Alpine, UT.) do a new-to-me swirl design for the quilting.  It's called "Overlapping Crop Circles" by Digi-Tech Designs.  I really like how it turned out and how it keeps the focus on the quilt pattern.



After a quick photo shoot outside, it was time to bind!


I can't bind a quilt anymore without using my Binding Baby!  It's so handy!  See my thoughts on it (along with a few of my other favorite notions) HERE.


 Finished!  And then another quick photo shoot before it headed off to a quilt shop for display...




So, what was supposed to be a "selfish sewing" project, turned into a new pattern!
Star Patch is the name I chose after opening up that discussion on Instagram.
If you're interested in purchasing this pattern click HERE to visit my Etsy shop.
There are PDF and paper patterns now available!

Thanks for stopping by!


15 lovely heart quilt patterns [friday favorites]

Friday, February 2, 2018

Good morning!  It's time for another Friday Favorites!
 I have scoured the internet high and low for my all-time favorite heart quilts!  I've got 15 I want to share with you today and I hope you will love them as much as I do.  A lot of them are free patterns (a few are not).  Links are included.  


Are you ready to be inspired?
I seriously want to make all of these (a few, I already have!  Do you know which ones?)






















Allison also has instructions for other size hearts and a mini quilt that uses multiple sizes together!










I love this unique pattern with interlocking hearts!














15. With Love by Amber Johnson


Weren't those amazing?!?  I am completely inspired by the heart quilts I found.  Wish I could make them all (also, I'm just kind of blown away that there are so many different ways to name a heart quilt, LOL!)

So, which one(s) do you want to make?
I hope you get some time to do some weekend sewing this weekend!
Take care, my friends! 

Snow Village and With Love Pattern Winner

Monday, January 29, 2018

Thanks for your sweet comments about my new patterns, Snow Village and With Love!  You sure know how to make a girl feel good!  Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway.  Do you want to know who the winner is?

                      

 Congratulations to Lori V. who said:
"We just got dumped with a foot of new snow. Narnia around here! Love both patterns. Have been wondering what to do with the new Sweetwater reds. Thanks for the chance!"

Lori,  I want to know where you live because I neeeed some of that snow!!!
I'm so bummed at how little we've received here in Utah this year!  
I'll send you an email to get your address, Lori!

Thanks to everyone for playing!
If you would like to purchase a copy of either of these new patterns, you can click HERE!

I appreciate your love and support!
Have a great week, friends!

New Patterns - Snow Village and With Love

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

 Hello there!  If you've been following along with me on Instagram you know that I've designed a couple of new patterns recently!  I'd love to share those with you today!  First up is Snow Village.


Snow Village is a pattern made up of two simple blocks - a snowflake block and a house block.  I've never made a snowflake quilt so this was a fun one for me!  These are simple snowflakes and each one is made up of a different fabric.


I designed this to be a "winter" quilt that could last beyond December 25th.  Normally here in Utah, we would've had lots of snow at the time I took this photo, but this year was weird!  We just barely got our first real snowfall! 


This is a fairly quick make, finishing at 66" x 66".


I was so excited about this gingham fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda.  I thought it was super cozy and wintery so I bought enough for the houses and the back.  But I just can't wait to start seeing different colorways of this pattern pop up!  How cute would this pattern be with a black background and white snowflakes?!?  Do I need to make another one?  Hmmm....maybe so!

The second quilt I want to share with you today is called, With Love.


This is such a fun quilt to make!  Again, it incorporates just two simple blocks. 


The hearts are made from 10" squares (I used a bunch of reds from different Sweetwater for Moda collections).  I also used my favorite background fabric, Firefly Whisper from the line Hello, Bear by Art Gallery Fabrics.  I had everything for this quilt in my stash.  Didn't have to buy a thing!  I bet you have lots of fabrics in your stash that would be fun too!  Or maybe not.  Maybe a trip to the fabric store is in order!  Wink, wink. :)


This quilt is also a pretty quick make.  It finishes at 55" x 55", so there's still time to whip this up before Valentine's Day!  But hearts are good all year long, right?  This could be fun as a wedding gift, for an anniversary or for someone that just needs a little extra love in their life.  


Both of these quilts were quilted by my friend, Kaylene Parry.  I have used her a lot over the years and she is a fabulous quilter!  I so appreciate her squeezing these into her busy schedule during the busy holiday season!


If you're interested in the PDF or paper versions of either of these patterns, you can stop by my shop today!  Just click HERE.  


I'd love to hear what you think about my new patterns!  Leave a comment below and I'll pick a name to win a copy of each one!  We'll keep this giveaway short and sweet so the winner can receive their copies asap - while there is a chance of snow on the ground and love is in the air!  I'll announce a winner Monday.  Open to anyone, anywhere!

Favorite Quilting Notions of 2017 [friday favorites]

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy Friday friends!  I hope you all had a happy holiday season!  I know I did.  I'm still trying to put my house back together since the Christmas decor came down but it's just about there and I'm feeling excited and hopeful about this new year.

I've been wanting to share some of my favorite notions as of late, so this Friday Favorites is straight from the heart!  I absolutely LOVE these products and I think you will too!

Before we get started, I have to let you know that I am not normally a big "gadgets and gizmos" kind-of-girl.  But all of these items completely knocked my socks off after the first use.  I've been using all of them for a while now and can testify to their effectiveness.  And, they're super cute!  What more could a guy/girl want?  


First up are String Blades by Quilt Story.  


They're handy little thread cutters that you can stick anywhere!  I stuck one on my sewing machine and have been using it like crazy the last few days as I've been doing a lot of chain piecing.


Here's a little clip of mine in action!


They're sold individually for $4.99 each or in packs of 3 for $9.99.  Click HERE to purchase.

Next up is the Binding Baby.  



It’s a cute way to store your bindings, trims, ribbons, and ricrac.  
There are standard colors or you can order a customized one!  This one was customized just for me (I love the brown hair and top knot!)  They come in 3 sizes - mini, medium and large.  Mine is the medium.


They're not only cute but they're super handy too!  You can store your binding on them while your quilt is being quilted and when you're ready to bind your quilt, just stick your Binding Baby on the extra spool holder on your machine and begin sewing the binding to one side of your quilt.  The binding will let down at whatever speed you sew your binding on and won't be a tangled mess in your lap or on the floor.  I won't bind a quilt anymore unless it's first been wound on my binding baby.  It makes it so much easier! 



Binding Babies range in price from $12.95 for the mini to $23.95 for the large customized one.   Click HERE to purchase. 

Third up is the best pair of small scissors I have ever used (and I have owned many pairs in my day!)


Not only are they gorgeous, they are lightweight (but sturdy) and super sharp.  Do you see that point? Be careful!


Warm Crochet scissors come in 4 colors (I believe mine are the red bronze) and are on sale for $13.95.  Click HERE to purchase.

Last up are these darling pins.  The maker, Susan (@quiltypie) only sells them through her Instagram account so follow her if you want sale notifications.  


Susan creates all sorts of different pin shapes including peas and carrots, macaroons, cupcakes, and hearts (just to name a few)!  I couldn't help but fall in love with her itty-bitty, mouth-watering, sweet treat straight pins because (I will admit) I do have quite a bit of a sweet tooth.  Donuts are my weakness. 


The thing that blew me away with these pins is not only the fine workmanship, but how sharp and skinny the pin itself was!  I know that might sound crazy that I would care about something like that when these are just so darn cute...but it was like a double-win when I realized what great quality they were too.


Well, those are my favorite quilty notions from 2017.  Aren't they great?  All of them would make great gifts for quilty friends or family members, great stocking-stuffers or a fun, unexpected surprise in a quilty exchange.  I think I may need to stock up on some of these because you never know when you'll need a little gift.  

Do you own any of these items?  If so, do you love them as much as I do?  Or are there any of these items that are just calling your name?  Leave a comment below, I'd love to know.

Have a great weekend friends!