Category Archives: Paper Piecing

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.



Filed under Applique, Charm Pack, Christmas, Paper Piecing, Quilting, Sewing, Stitching

Neither a borrower

…nor a lender be.

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, that’s what Polonius advises his son Laertes in Act 1, Scene 3. Good ol’ Polonius  – the guy knew what he was talking about.

Be a lender, and you can’t square up all those  Logs, no Cabin blocks you finished, because your 8.5″ square ruler is visiting a friend.

Be a lender, and you can’t square up your finished paper pieced gnome blocks, because your 6.5″ square ruler is also out a-visiting the same friend.

As you can see, I’ve been hard at work since my last post! I get all sorts of nervous when I have more than three WIP’s or UFO’s, so I won’t be starting a new quilt top just yet…

What to do? Make use of the precious few rays of sunshine remaining before winter sets in, of course! Start a new stitching project, then throw yourself on a sofa in the sun room and take a long nap. Wake up, stitch, nap. Repeat.

I’m linking this post to Small Blog Meet, that I saw over on Deb’s blog. Check it out – you can sign up throughout November.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble


Filed under Paper Piecing, Quilting, Sewing

Gnome Workshop

Paper piecing is something I really, really enjoy. That being said, it’s been a long time since I made a quilt made up of, or even containing a single paper pieced block.

When I came upon this over at the Artisania blog many moons ago – I promptly decided to make a quilt featuring these cute little guys. I made a few, but always ended up doing something else with the blocks – from hotpads to pillows. When I took them out this morning to see how many I have, there were only four. Four? I need 16 for the quilt I planned!

For a change, the sun is out and the sky is clear, so I’ve set myself up in the sun room to start working on the blocks.

As you can see, I’m not one of those people that paper piece so neatly that there are only stitches on the back. Not me. Nu-uh. I go crazy with tacking, especially on smaller pieces, to make sure those bitty paper pieces  stay where they are supposed to.

Somewhere there is a paper piecing teacher clutching her pearls and fainting at the sight of these crudely tacked blocks.

Sorry, Paper Piecing Marm, I wasn’t in your class – I had to teach myself, so you go ahead and faint. I’ll go fetch the smelling salts…

Till next time,

Miss Thimble


Filed under Paper Piecing, Quilting, Sewing