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!

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!