Category Archives: Sewing

Yes, but what does it do?

I bought a sewing machine today. A Janome. It isn’t the new sewing machine. I have decided to wait till January to buy a new workhorse. (The shops are just way too crazy this time of the year!)

I was in my LQS today to buy more felt… And what did I spy with my little eye?

There, sitting at one of those little kiddie Ikea tables on a little kiddie Ikea chair, was a girl of about 7 or 8 years old sewing away on an itty bitty sewing machine.

I strolled over nonchalantly (and feeling like an idiot)…

Having no shame (well, not much) I asked one of the girls helping out at the LQS what the machine does.

LQS Girl: It sews.

Idiot Thimble: Yes, but what does it do?

LQS Girl now convinced that I am a creepy weirdo: Well, it sews.

Idiot Thimble: Yes, but what does it do?

LQS Girl now edging away from the creepy customer: Eeermmm… It sews?

Idiot Thimble: I’ll take one, to see what it does.

LQS Girl now feeling sorry for this obviously dim witted customer: You don’t have to buy one to see what it does, because it sews.

Idiot Thimble: I’ll take one anyway to see what it can do…

Okay, what I meant was ‘how many stitches does it have?’, ‘will the little motor burn out if I sew on it for more than 5 minutes?’, etc etc. I was just too mesmerized by the little girl sewing away on the itty bitty machine. It was cute. It was quiet. It was tiny. It had pink flowers on. A cute, quiet, tiny machine with pink flowers. I mean. Really. Who wouldn’t want one? Right, probably I’m the only person older than 10 that wants one.

(If you have seen the movie Despicable Me, bring to  mind the scene where the littlest of the girls touches a stuffed unicorn at the fair and says: It’s so fluffy I’m gonna dieeeeee! Then you’ll know how I felt upon seeing the li’l Janome. It was so cute I thought I was going to dieeeee!)

It’s called a Janome Sew Mini, and here it is:


(Just ignore the two wooden roosters in the background.) In case you missed some of the cuteness…



Actually, it sews quite nicely. Miraculously well for something that weighs about the same as a loaf of bread. I tried it out as soon as I got home, and even though it is s-l-o-w, it is perfect for assembling blocks. (It even goes through two pieces of fabric plus batting. I tried, of course!)  Now I can still do some basic sewing until I get a big ol’ machine in January.

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.


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

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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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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