Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Miss Thimble & Thimble Cat

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Log pile

38 Log piles, and still No Cabin in sight…

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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Logs, no Cabin

I’ve had this stack of fabric for about two years, not knowing what I wanted to do with it (block wise). The ‘washed and worn’ look really appealed to me, and I thought it would look great in the beach house.

Not wanting anything fancy, I eventually decided on a simple Log Cabin type block. Probably this block has a name out there in the quilting world… – not knowing what that name is, I’m calling it ‘Logs, no Cabin’.

So far I’ve  made these:

47 more to go, but they are a quick (and fun) make.

The binding is finished as well, so at least that tedious job is over and done with.

How do you store your binding? Or, do you make the binding just before you actually stitch the binding on? I make binding as soon as I can after starting a new quilt, because even though I love attaching binding, I hate the actual making. That means that I have a lot of binding to try and find a spot for.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

P.S: After chatting to a friend and complaining long and hard about ungrateful cats, she mentioned that the polyester batting may have an oily type of smell that Thimble Cat didn’t like. Okay – as I have never worked with polyester batting before, I didn’t give the faint smell a second thought. If Thimble Cat still refuses to use the quilt after it’s been laundered, then I suppose it wasn’t the smell…

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If looks could kill

I’d be dead. Deader than dead. Deader than the deadest of the dearly departed, and Thimble Cat would be up for murder.

A bit of background… Thimble Cat has several small quilts that I exchange regularly (about every three days) on his chair. It is the only place in the whole house where he will sleep. Just as well, because I am extremely allergic to cats – how I ended up owning a cat is a tale for another day – and him sleeping in one spot is great for keeping the house fur free.  He even has his own little wicker laundry basket right outside the back door. Anyhoo, because the little quilts get laundered so often, I have to make a new one every now and again.

Which is what brings us to the hostilities between me and the furball. I finished his latest quilt on Saturday, and when I put it on his chair, he refused to get on it. He just sat in front of the chair, looking at me as if to say: What is that?!

The quilt is still on his chair, and Thimble Cat hasn’t been on his chair since Saturday. I get plenty of lethal looks, but I’m not giving in. Not today. Not tomorrow. Well. Maybe. He’s so damn cute. Cuteness will probably win.

Cat Quilt #19

Bright printed fabric  pieces are leftovers of some long ago (I think 2003) project,  Moda Marbles, and polyester batting. (Quilted in the ditch.)

(The purple block in the third row looks like it’s puckered, but it is just unfortunate  coloring in the fabric. The purple block in the left hand corner – that’s not the fabric. *sigh* I’ve never used batting this thick, so I suppose I should be happy that there is only one pucker. Right?)

The back:

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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Bright Tumblers

A small little quilt top (about the size of a FQ) I made for the Thimble Cat yesterday. Yep, he has his very own quilts!

Hoping to quilt and bind this over the weekend…

(Moda Marbles and two old bright prints.)

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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New addition to the craft library

I bought this book by Valerie Caterin on Amazon a while back, and yesterday it arrived! Believe it or not, I don’t often buy craft books. Some books look great, but then there is only a single project or two you feel inspired to make. A sort of rule of thumb that I use, is that if there are three projects that jumps out at me, I’ll buy it. Otherwise I rather buy patterns. (2/3 patterns equals the price of a book, give or take a few cents. See my argument?)

I loved this book since I saw it at friends house a few weeks back. Every second project screamed ‘pick me! pick me! pick me!’

Unfortunately I can’t show you a photo of every single project, but here is a teeny tiny selection. Enjoy!

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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Pincushions

The past week, I haven’t had much time to either sew or stitch. Quite depressing! I did however, manage to assemble two pincushions that I stitched a few weeks ago. For a change, these babies won’t be leaving Casa Thimble. They are mine… all mine!

The biscornu pattern is from a stitching magazine. The chart calls for red floss, but because I wanted to add beads to it, I used DMC760 instead, with the matching Mill Hill Beads (02004).

Top:

Bottom:

I have stitched this Hedgehog Quaker from The Workbasket so many times, and I never tire of it. It’s cute, and every time you stitch it, it looks completely different depending on the floss you use. This time I opted for a blue DMC variegated.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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