Upcoming Quilt-Alongs

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Good morning friends!  
I put a poll on Instagram recently to have you guys help me decide 
what pattern I should do for my next quilt-along.  The choices were Golden, Fall Flowers
and Autumn Glow.  Golden got an overwhelming majority vote so that's what we're going to do 
(I'm sorry to those of you who voted for Fall Flowers!)  However, for those of you 
that voted for Autumn Glow, it's your lucky day!  I have fabric 
to make another Autumn Glow quilt so I thought, why not just do TWO quilt-alongs!?!

We'll be starting Autumn Glow on Monday, August 23rd and 
we'll wrap things up Monday, October 4th.  Hopefully, you'll have a 
finished quilt just in time for sweater weather!  Click HERE for details about the
Autumn Glow Quilt-Along.


The Golden Quilt-Along will start shortly after that; on Thursday, September 2nd
and it will finish Thursday, November 11th.  Click HERE for all the details.


I hope you'll join me for one or both of these quilt-alongs!

Happy quilting!

Autumn Glow Quilt-Along

Hi friends!  Hopefully, you got word about the exciting news -
I'll be hosting TWO new quilt-alongs soon!   
This is the homepage for the first one, Autumn Glow.  
There is lots of information here so be sure to read till the end of this post!  
Click HERE for the homepage for the other quilt-along, Golden.


Here's a picture of my original Autumn Glow quilt using Tilda fabrics:


Autumn Glow finishes at 66 1/2" x 66 1/2" and is suitable for confident beginners.


The materials needed are:
8 bright print fat quarters for the leaves
3⅝ yards white dot fabric for the background
⅝ yard yellow floral fabric for the star
4⅛ yards fabric for the backing
⅝ yard fabric for the binding
72" x 72" piece of batting

I'm going to do a "solids" version this time around.  I bought these fabrics
over a year ago (unfortunately I don't have the color info; sorry!)  I haven't worked with
just solids very often in the past so I'm not an expert.  I hope this turns out pretty!?!


The schedule for the Autumn Glow Quilt-Along is:
Week 1 (August 23rd): Cutting and make 4 Leaf Blocks
Week 2 (August 30th): Make 4 Leaf Blocks
Week 3 (September 6th): Make 4 Leaf Blocks
Week 4 (September 13th): Make 4 Leaf Blocks
Week 5 (September 20th): Make Star Triangle Units
Week 6 (September 27th): Assemble quilt top
October 4th: Show finished quilt top

This will be a simple quilt-along.  No sign-ups, weekly emails, or blog posts.  
Just print out the schedule and follow along with me on Instagram @gigis_thimble.
Plan on an Instagram post about the QAL every Monday morning.
If you'd like a printable schedule and materials list click HERE.

Here are a few different mockups of Autumn Glow.
Which background do you like better, dark or light?


If you'd like a black and white coloring sheet of Autumn Glow click HERE.

Paper and PDF patterns are available in my Etsy shop and I have a coupon code for you!


Click HERE for the paper pattern.
Click HERE for the PDF pattern.

Use the code "AUTUMNGLOWQAL" for $2 off at checkout!

And finally, it wouldn't be a quilt-along without a prize, right!?!
Sweet April Young offered to donate this bundle of 12 beautiful fat quarters of
Lilliput by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I'm obsessed and so 
grateful to April for her generosity!


Be sure to follow April on Instagram at @aprilgracequilts_shop.
I'll have everyone post a picture of their finished quilt top on October 4th.
I'll pick a winner a few days later and announce it on Instagram. 

Please use the hashtags #gigisthimblepattern and #autumnglowqal
when posting about your progress on Instagram.

I think that's all the info I have for you today.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
I'm excited to quilt-along with you 
so get your pattern and fabric and let's get this party started!

Golden Quilt-Along

 Hi friends!  Hopefully, you got word about the exciting news -

I'll be hosting TWO new quilt-alongs soon!   
This is the homepage for the second one, Golden.  
There is lots of information here so be sure to read till the end of this post!  
Click HERE for the homepage for the other quilt-along, Autumn Glow.


Here's a picture of my original Golden quilt using Golden Days fabrics by Riley Blake.  
I love it so much and the best part, it's Jelly Roll friendly!


Golden comes with instructions for FIVE different sizes and is suitable for confident beginners.

Baby: 42" x 42"
Twin: 60" x 78"
Full: 78" x 78"
Queen: 96" x 96"
King: 114" x 114"

Fabric requirements are as follows:

Baby:
Bright print 2½” x 40” fabric strips - 12
Cream solid fabric - 1 1/3 yards
Navy grunge fabric (includes binding) - ¾ yard
Backing fabric - 2 7/8 yards
Batting - 50” x 50”

Twin (front cover):
Bright print 2½” x 40” fabric strips - 31
Cream solid fabric - 3 1/8 yards
Navy grunge fabric (includes binding) - 1 1/2 yards
Backing fabric - 4 3/4 yards
Batting - 68” x 86”

Full:
Bright print 2½” x 40” fabric strips - 40
Cream solid fabric - 4 yards
Navy grunge fabric (includes binding) - 1 3/4 yards
Backing fabric - 7 1/4 yards
Batting - 86” x 86”

Queen:
Bright print 2½” x 40” fabric strips - 60
Cream solid fabric - 6 yards
Navy grunge fabric (includes binding) - 2 1/2 yards
Backing fabric - 8 2/3 yards
Batting - 104” x 104”

King:
Bright print 2½” x 40” fabric strips - 84
Cream solid fabric - 8 1/3 yards
Navy grunge fabric (includes binding) - 3 3/8 yards
Backing fabric - 10 1/4 yards
Batting - 122” x 122”

Here's the general schedule:
Week 1 (September 2nd): Cutting
Week 2 (September 9th): Make 9-Patches
Week 3 (September 16th): Make Sashing Strip Sets
Week 4 (September 23rd): Make blocks
Week 5 (September 30th): Make blocks
Week 6 (October 7th): Make blocks
Week 7 (October 14th): Make blocks
Week 8 (October 21st): Make A rows
Week 9 (October 28th): Make B rows
Week 10 (November 4th): Assemble quilt top 
November 11th: Show finished quilt top

Because there are 5 size options for this quilt-along, I have made a printable materials list, 
detailed schedule, and coloring sheet for each size.  Just click one of the links below 
for all the information pertaining to your chosen quilt size.  Please refer to it for the 
weekly assignments (to keep things simple, I will not be posting those 
on Instagram because it's a lot of info.)


Note: There will be no sign-ups, weekly emails, or blog posts for this quilt-along.  
Just follow along with me on Instagram @gigis_thimble.
Plan on an Instagram post about the Golden QAL every Thursday morning.

I think I'm going to do a Christmas version this time so I've been on the lookout for
a fabulous Christmas line of fabric that will go with my Christmas decor!  
I'm leaning towards Christmas Morning by Lella Boutique.
What fabric line/colors are you thinking about doing?


You will need the Golden pattern.  Paper and PDF patterns are available 
in my Etsy shop and I have a coupon code for you!


Click HERE for the paper pattern.
Click HERE for the PDF pattern.

Use the code "GOLDENQAL" for $2 off at checkout!

And finally, it wouldn't be a quilt-along without a prize, right!?!
Simply Love Fabrics on Etsy is sponsoring this quilt-along.


Be sure to follow them on Instagram at @simplylovefabrics.
I love their shop!  Details to come on the prize.  They're going to wait until it gets a 
little closer to announce what it is because they want it to be something new to their shop,
come November.  I'll have everyone post a picture of their finished quilt top on November 11th.
I'll pick a winner a few days later and announce it on Instagram. 

Please use the hashtags #gigisthimblepattern and #goldenqal
when posting about your progress on Instagram.

I think that's all the info I have for you today.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
I'm excited to quilt-along with you 
so get your pattern and fabric and let's get this party started!

New Beginnings - A Free Quilt Pattern

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

 Hi friends!  I have a new pattern to share with you today!  
And the best part?  It's FREE!


I'm calling this pattern New Beginnings.  Would you care to know why?
I love when there's a story behind a pattern or it's name so let me tell you 
TWO reasons why I chose to call it New Beginnings.  First, because of the 
Hourglass blocks.  Every time an hourglass runs out of sand and you 
flip it over, time starts anew.  The second reason I decided to call it New Beginnings, 
is because I actually made the X blocks for a different pattern but my 
measurements were off.  They didn't match up with the alternate block 
I was going to do so I decided to scratch the whole thing and went a completely 
different direction!  So the X blocks definitely got a new beginning!


This quilt finishes at 70" x 70".


Since I had a few people on Instagram ask what this beautiful
backing fabric was...it's  Wellington by Nancy Gere No. 34116 for Windham Fabrics.
I bought it off a friend so I have no idea if it's still available though.


New Beginnings was quilted by my friend Jen Ostler who did an awesome job.
She used the Gemma 3 panto by Karlee Porter.  I've used it a few times
before and it's a favorite for sure!


I also get lots of questions about my quilt labels.  I get mine from Ever Emblem.  
They're the 2" x 1" cotton fold-over sew-on labels.  I get the uncut ones 
(they're about $16 for 20 tags).  Click HERE to check them out.  
You can customize them to your desires.

Here are some tips for attaching those labels to a quilt:
First, sew your prepared binding to the front side of your quilt.  
Then place a folded label so that the raw edges of the label are about 1/8" into the 
seam allowance of where your finished binding will be.  Stitch it in place with a 
triple stitch to make it extra secure.  Then machine stitch your binding 
down (just over the raw edges of the label, see above photo) because 
it's really hard to hand-stitch through the label.  Then stitch the rest of your
binding down to the back side of your quilt either by hand or machine.


I hope you love this pattern as much as I do!  I'm working on my second one 
and hope to show pictures of that soon!  I think it would be cute for any 
occasion, gender and in any color scheme!  


Click HERE for the free pattern.

Please contact me at gigisthimble@hotmail.com if you have any comments or questions 
about this pattern.  And please tag me on Instagram (username @gigis_thimble) 
if you make it and post about it there.  Be sure to use the
hashtags #gigisthimblepattern and #newbeginningsquilt so I don't miss it!

Thanks for stopping by today and happy quilting!

Willy Nilly String Quilt Tutorial

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Want to turn a pile of fabric scraps into a fun, vintage-inspired quilt?


Do you like fast and easy projects?  Do stress about cutting straight or
having a super accurate seam allowance?  Do you need a mindless sewing project?  
If you answered yes to any of the above questions then my 
Willy Nilly String Quilt tutorial is for you!  
It's a fun, beginner-friendly pattern that uses up a lot of scraps!

Finished block size = 6" x 6"
Finished quilt size = 51” x 60½”

Materials needed:
Approximately 3 yards of assorted bright scraps
1 3/4 yards of background fabric (aqua)
3 1/3 yards of backing fabric
1/2 yard of binding fabric
58" x 68" piece of batting
6½” square acrylic ruler

Cutting:
From the background fabric, cut:
5 strips, 9¾” x WOF; crosscut into:
17 squares, 9¾” x 9¾” (cut on the diagonal twice to yield 4 triangles, 68 total)
6 squares, 5⅛” x 5⅛” (cut on the diagonal once to yield 2 triangles, 12 total)
3 strips, 3½” x WOF 

From the binding fabric, cut:
6 strips, 2½” x WOF

Block assembly:
1. Select 4-5 strips of fabric that measure anywhere from 1½” - 3” wide x 9” - 10” long.  
Cut both of the long sides of each strip at an angle. (Tip: don't trim the strips too small.  
Leave yourself at least 1" of width after cutting the angles so you will have some fabric showing 
beyond your seam allowances.)  Sew the strips of fabric together to create a section that 
is larger than 6½” x 6½”.  Press the seam allowances in one direction.


2. Lay a 6½” square ruler on top of the pieced strip section at an angle.  
Be sure the ruler is within the raw edges of the fabric and cut a 6½” square.


3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 33 blocks.


Quilt assembly:
For columns 1, 3, and 5:
1. Lay out 7 blocks (on-point) in a column.  Fill in the gaps with 12 triangles 
cut from the 9¾” background squares as shown on page 2.  The long edges of the 
 triangles make up the straight edges of the sides of the columns.

2. Sew the triangles and blocks together into diagonal rows.   
Press the seam allowances toward the triangles.  Trim the dog ears. 



3. Sew the diagonal rows together and press the seam allowances open.  Trim the dog ears.


4. Add 2 triangles onto each end of the column to create a straight edge.  To do this, find the center of the long edge of a triangle (cut from the 5⅛” background squares) and the edge of the block by folding those edges in half and rubbing the fold to make a crease.  Match up the creases of each piece, right sides together, and stitch in place.  Press the seam allowance toward the triangle.  Trim the dog ears.  Repeat on the remaining 3 corners.


For columns 2 and 4:
1. Lay out 6 blocks (on-point) in a column.  Fill in the gaps and ends with 16 triangles 
cut from the 9¾” background squares as shown in the quilt diagram below.  

2. Sew the triangles and blocks together into diagonal rows.  Press the seam allowances toward the triangles.  Trim the dog ears.  

3. Sew the diagonal rows together and press the seam allowances open.  Trim the dog ears.


Sew the 5 columns together as shown in the quilt diagram below.  
Press the seam allowances as desired (I pressed mine open).


Borders:
Trim the selvages from the 3 background strips, 3½” x WOF. Sew the strips together 
end-to-end with straight seams.  From the pieced strip, cut 2 border strips, 3½” x 60½” 
(or your own length after measuring through the center of your quilt from top to bottom).  
Pin the strips to each side of your quilt center and stitch in place.  
Press the seam allowances toward the border strips.


Layer the quilt top with batting and backing and quilt as desired.  
Trim the excess fabric and batting.  Bind with 6 strips, 2½” x WOF.


And that's it!  What do you think?

Click HERE for the printable version of this pattern.

My Willy Nilly String Quilt is at the quilter right now so come back soon to see how I finished it!

P.S. You may notice from the pictures that my 2nd and 4th columns are slightly different than the pattern.  I used rectangles at the top and bottom of my columns instead of just using additional triangles.  Later I realized that it would be easier to just use triangles.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
And if you're on Instagram I would love to see your Willy Nilly String Quilt!
Please use the hashtag #gigisthimblepattern and #willynillystringquilt 
and be sure to tag me @gigis_thimble.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sweet Kisses Quilt Along

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

 Good morning!  I wanted to take a second to let you know about a very informal 
quilt-along that I am hosting on Instagram starting next week!


I wanted to host a quilt-along and had my friends on IG vote on which of my patterns they wanted to do.  Sweet Kisses won and I am excited to start next Monday, April 5th.

As I said, this is going to be very informal.  There won't be any sign-ups, weekly blog posts or weekly emails.  Just follow along with me on Instagram @gigis_thimble.  I'll be posting there on my feed and in stories every Monday morning.  Use the hashtag #sweetkissesqal to post your progress!  

My friend Denise Hone from @happyvalleyquilting has offered to give one winner FREE EDGE-TO-EDGE QUILTING (up to a throw size) + return shipping!  She is a fabulous quilter and I'm thankful to her for offering such a generous prize.  I will pick a winner at the end of the QAL so be sure to stay caught up with me and post pictures because I'll be picking the winner from the hashtag pool of finished Sweet Kisses quilts!

Sweet Kisses is beginner-friendly and comes with 2 size options.  Click HERE to visit my Etsy shop to purchase your copy.

I've had questions about other sizes.  While the pattern only includes instructions for baby and throw sizes,  I have created coloring sheets of all the sizes (baby - king) to help you determine how many blocks to make.  The (approximate) finished quilt sizes are not listed on the coloring sheets unfortunately so take note of them here (click on each one for the printable coloring sheet):

This is a great scrap buster quilt and the pluses are 5" square friendly. There is A LOT of cutting in this pattern so I thought most people might want to cut as-they-go so I did not schedule cutting into the QAL timeline. If you prefer to do all the cutting upfront you can cut on your own this week or next.


Hopefully, I covered everything!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.
Happy quilting!
Amber


Quilters' Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge

Monday, March 22, 2021

Jessica Dayon and I enjoyed the Quilter's Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge 
that we hosted last year so much that we decided to do it again!


The challenge will begin on Thursday, April 1st, and end on Friday, April 30th.
It will include 30 tasks that will help you get your sewing space clean and organized!
We'll be talking about it daily in Instagram stories so be sure to follow along there for tips!
Her Instagram handle is @jessicadayon and mine is @gigis_thimble.

Here is the list of tasks:
1. Organize a drawer
2. List all projects & kits
3. Organize rulers
4. Purge unwanted projects/kits
5. Sort scraps
6. Organize red, pink & yellow fabrics
7. Change rotary blades
8. Clean off one surface – chair, table top, etc.
9. Organize orange & green fabrics
10. Organize threads
11. Pre-wind bobbins
12. Organize blue & purple fabrics
13. Organize books and magazines
14. Piece batting remnants
15. Organize black, grey & brown fabrics
16. Clean & oil sewing machine, replace needle
17. Wash or replace ironing board cover
18. Organize white & low-volume fabrics
19. List 12 WIP goals & make corresponding slips of paper. 
Each month pull out a slip of paper & work on that goal.
20. Organize patterns
21. Clean iron
22. Organize a drawer
23. Organize pre-cuts
24. Inventory supplies & notions, make shopping list
25. Dust shelves, tables, window sills & baseboards
26. Clean cutting mat
27. Organize yardage 
28. Make backings for WIPS
29. Make bindings for WIPS
30. Remove all trash & vacuum

If you'd like to print the list out, click HERE
for the Quilter's Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge PDF we've created for you!


So who wants to join us in getting our sewing spaces in tip-top shape?
Are you up for it?

Be sure to tag Jessica @jessicadayon and myself @gigis_thimble
on Instagram if you decide to join!  We'd love to be there to cheer you on!  
Oh, and we'll be using the hashtag #quiltersspringcleaning for this challenge.

Talk to you soon!

Stash Hash Christmas Quilt - Finished!

Friday, January 15, 2021

 Oh my gosh, you guys!  I totally dropped the ball on posting my finished
Stash Hash Christmas quilt from the Stash Hash Quilt-Along!
I finished it in October and just never got around to taking pictures of it!
I really wanted to take pictures of it outside in the snow but we have had hardly 
any snow this year so it just never happened!  And I get tired of having the same 
backdrops for my photos from inside my house so I was just putting it off...

Until today!
I finally snapped some pictures of it on my son's bed and it wasn't a big deal!  I don't 
know why I put it off for so long!  I truly apologize - especially to my Quilt-Along 
friends who were waiting to see the finished quilt!


Stash Hash comes with instructions for 3 different sizes.
This is the Full size (the biggest size).  My son has a queen bed for reference.
The finished quilt dimensions are 80 1/2" x 80 1/2".


I participated in a Christmas 10" square swap with my local quilt
group a while back so I used those fabrics for this.  Stash Hash is 5", 10", and 2 1/2" precut 
friendly.  It's a great way to use up scraps or stash and it looks great in any color scheme.  
So it's a really versatile pattern!


I backed it with cream minky and bound it with Christmas Memories Plaid Multi 
by Riley Blake (cut on the bias).  It is so snuggly (and big - which makes it even better!)


The beautiful quilting was done by Jen Ostler in Highland, UT.
I found the new-to-me design called Starstruck_small QC and I love 
how it turned out!!  Jen always does a fantastic job!


As you can see the blocks are pretty big.  I'd say this would be a great pattern
for a confident beginner and beyond.


If you'd like to purchase this pattern you can visit my Etsy shop HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today friends!
Happy quilting!