Monthly Archives: November 2012

Ciao, November!

Don’t let the door hit your bad-luck-bringing behind on your way out!

I am a pessimist. If there is a small grey cloud the size of a M&M on the horizon, I am convinced that it brings days of rain. That being said, despite my pessimism I have a certain buoyancy. I see that teeny cloud and think: Ugh, it’s going to rain for days!! Short on the heels of that then follows my buoyancy: Never mind, that’s what umbrellas are for.

That I’ll never run out of my supply of pessimism is a given. That I would ever run out of my deep supply of buoyancy, I would never have guessed!

November summary:

First thing to break was the toaster.

Second thing was the coffee machine. Only a ‘no biggie’ because of the electric kettle.

The sandwich maker takes spot number three.

The life-saving kettle (see #2) was number four.

The printer was next.

Add to that the terrible cold I had and The Incident with my finger.

All things I could live with, that would pass, and that were easy and not expensive to replace.  The straw that broke the back of the Buoyancy Camel was my sewing machine.

The Tumbler quilt was pinned and basted…

Then this happened – over and over and over again.

I fiddled with the stitch settings, I fiddled with both the top and bottom tension, I even fiddled with the tension setting on the bobbin casing. Nothing helped. I had to unpick stitches on that quilt countless times. No way am I having this sewing machine repaired. I’m buying a new one. Four days of unpicking and Language will do that to a person.

After that depressing bit of reading, something a little more cheerful. Look how neat and pretty the gnome blocks look after being squared up.

Come on, December! Bring me some normality and a smattering of good luck! Please?

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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2012 Aurifil Designer Blog Hop (Part 4)

Today is the last day of the 2012 Aurifil Designer Blog Hop!

The final three designs can be found here:

Rosebuds Cottage

The Last Piece

Bari J.

Last week’s designs all stitched up…

Bumble Beans Inc.:

Lizzie B Cre8ive:

Pam Kitty Morning:

Man, this was such a fun Hop. I’ve been thinking of how to finish the ornaments, and I *think* I have it figured out. (The finishing instructions that come with the designs will give you ‘traditional’ round ornaments.) More on my maybe-not-so-bright idea in another post.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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Buttermilk Basin Blog Hop

Another ornament Blog Hop! This time with a primitive twist, and with cookie recipes! As it is, I’ve already gotten 3 delicious looking cookie recipes from blogs I visit that will end up on my baking sheets this holiday! I’m not really into primitive designs, but have friends who wouldn’t mind being gifted a little primitive ornament. Or two. Or three.
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The links below will take you directly to the blog hop page of every designer, so you won’t have to go through the blog posts when you visit the designer after their publishing date.
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Monday Nov 26: Tara Darr
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Wed Nov 28: Debbie Busby
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Friday 30: JoAnn Mullaly
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Monday Dec 3: Lori Brechlin
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Wed Dec 5: Lynda Hall
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Friday Dec 7: Stacy Nash
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Monday Dec 10: Cheri Payne
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Wed Dec 12: Ali Strebel
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Friday Dec 14: Kathy Schmitz
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Monday Dec 17:
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Wed Dec 19: Lisa Bongean
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Friday Dec 21: Stacey West
Buttermilk Basin, plus 1 special guest.

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I think I’m getting carried away with the whole ornament blog hop thing…

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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Busy weekend ahead

Exactly what the title says – this is going to be a busy weekend here at Casa Thimble! (Busy, but fun!)

Remember the Tumbler quilt top I made a while ago? I wanted to do a simple brown backing, but then thought that it might be too bland and boring. Luckily, I managed to snag 2 yards of Pure Cocoa Argyle after searching online long and hard, so over the weekend the plan is to quilt and bind this.

At the moment I am busy squaring up the Gnome paper pieced blocks. I love paper piecing, but the down side of paper piecing by hand, is unpicking all the threads and digging out the paper pieces. It seems to take forever, and it’s  no fun. At all.

The blocks (when made to a T) are supposed to be 4″ x 8″ when done, but because I wanted 7″ x 7 ” blocks, I used larger pieces of fabric for the background. That means a lot of cutting and snipping. I’ve only neatened the bottoms thus far, but decided to blog first, and cut later. (Sounds like an ad… Blog First! Cut Later!)

Other things on my To Do list for the weekend:

* Write Christmas Cards (I always write them last weekend in November)

* Work on Home For Christmas. (Pieces already ironed on)

Time for me to get back to cutting and measuring! Wishing you a fantastic weekend, with at least a few hours of sewing fun squeezed in.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble.

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2012 Aurifil Designer Blog Hop (Part 3)

It’s time for Round Three!

Grab the next three (seriously cute) designs here:

Bumble Beans Inc.

Lizzie B Cre8ive

Pam Kitty Morning

I’m having a lot of fun stitching these little ornaments. It may very well be possible that for the first time in *mumble* *mumble* years I’ll have some Christmas ornaments stitched by December, and not by – say – March the following year. Please note that I said ‘stitched’ and not ‘done’. Don’t expect miracles here, people!

Pat Sloan:

I got carried away with the whole button business after deciding to use a red button for the berry instead of stitching it. It’s not my fault that I happened to have small blue buttons the same color as the thread for the snowflake…

Carolina Patchworks:

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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FNSI – Update

A quick update on my first FNSI!

Well, my first Sew-In was a success.  All the stitching on the Home For Christmas piece is done. I already had the first applique pieces pinned, and would have ironed them on when disaster struck. If you are squeamish, skip the rest of this paragraph. As I was taking the iron off the shelf, it slid, and in my attempt to catch it managed to rip the nail on my left index finger off. I suppose it goes without saying that there was a lot of blood… Just as it goes without saying that it hurt like a mofo…  No surprise of course, that I used Language. A lot of Language. It still hurts and throbs like damnation, but it doesn’t matter – it will be healed before I know it. It will. Won’t it? (Please say ‘yes’.)

Shaky (therefore blurry) one-handed photo, with pins still where they were before The Incident.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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Home For Christmas (and FNSI)

Anni Downs (Hatched and Patched) always comes up with the greatest designs. I should know. I stalk her blog I read her blog religiously, and own a few (hello, understatement) of her designs.  Not being brave enough to tackle her larger designs (like quilts), her smaller designs are perfect for me. They are also a great way for novices to get into the combination of applique/stitching.

It’s been quite a while since I made one of her delightful projects. Yesterday I decided to remedy that, and started working on Home For Christmas. (It’s one of her free designs.)

Not that I got all that far with it. I traced and transferred the design, and finished cutting the applique pieces. I won’t have time today to work on it, so I decided to join the folks over at the Friday Night Sew-In to work on it tonight.

 The colors of the applique pieces isn’t what you’d call my first choice, but it’s what I had on hand without digging through stacks of fabric.

Not much going on here, but traced and started.

Wish me luck with my first Sew-In!

Till next time,

Miss Thimble

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