Friday, February 26, 2016

Winner of Fabric Samples is...............

Karen from Breezy Point!  Email me your address and I will send it right out to you!

When I emptied the large box to fill the box for Karen, I discovered another box the same size underneath it...........filled with guess what...........about Another 400 fabric sample packets!  This will go on until they are gone!  I have More Than Enough small pieces of fabric to see me through as long as I live!  And I just don't have it in me to throw them away!  

Really don't have a lot to talk about today..........still plugging away on the Bristol potholder quilt for the show in July.  Think I am working on the Last Hard One (the ones that needed to be drafted) and then I should be able to work faster on the easier ones that I think I can just rotary cut after determining measurements!  Here are 5 that are bound.  One is in the hoop being quilted.  Another is ready to be quilted.  And another is quilted waiting for binding.

Actually, the Sawtooth Star was Not one of the hard ones....I just picked it as my first block to get started as I was very used to 6" Stars after making 97 during last year's Most Enjoyable journey with Barbara Brackman through her Stars in a Time Warp block of the week!!  Can't work on that  (or anything else!) until this project is done!!

I love feeding birds and I took  photos to show my granddaughter who gave me the lovely bird feeder hanging near the window so I can watch birds when having coffee and reading the newspaper each morning!  

See my beautiful cardinal?!  Had to have an extra bale of hay placed on the banking so I could stand on it to fill the feeders!

..The view from inside..........

Lots of goldfinches this year!  Love being able to see them so closely!!

Another feeding station in front of the shop....a lovely snowy day!  Cardinal decided to join the little Juncos.  Really need to look for a new camera that has better zoom capability!!  What's holding me back?........Knowing that I will need to learn new things to operate it!!  

Almost fabric arrived this week!  Mary's Blenders from Mary Koval.

Love this Turquoise Blue is repeated from her Tree of Life collection that I love!

Loverly textured green for leaf applique!!

The next 3 are a clamshell motif in gold, rust and indigo blue......have to tell you the colors because that is another reason I need to new camera.....colors are not true.....tho it is likely the fault of the flash!

Guess that is it until next time...........................Continue to leave comments if you want to be included in the drawing for the Next Box of Samples!!  I sure hope they are of use to those who want to make small quilts.!!  I'll draw another name in a week or so!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Winner of Fabric Samples is........................

Donna from North Texas!  If you would email me your mailing address, I will send them on their way!  Remember I said this was the last box of fabric samples?  Well, I found that it is not!  When I emptied the box in the attic to fill the flat rate box, I found an identical box underneath filled to the brim with More Samples!  I really hate to throw them out if someone out there would enjoy having them for little quilts............would make a great charm quilt!  So, I will draw another name in a week or so!  Don't know what I've been doing with my time lately...........sure don't have any "finishes" to show for it!  Been working on the little exhibition quilt and really need to stay focused on it as I am Not where I would like be in terms of the number of blocks finished!!  

Went looking around my Photos to see if there was anything to post here and found this Donation Quilt made with "Virginia" flamestich fabric, thinking it might pass for a "modern quilt"?  Closest I will probably ever come!  The pattern is an enlarged "Cut Glass Dish" in 4 inch units making it 24" square.

Leave a comment if you would like to receive a box of fabric samples!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What have I been doing all month?

Can't believe it has been 3 weeks since my last post! Have been working on projects but not finishing anything much!!  The mini-charm quilt from my last post is ready to bind.  Love the Old Cambridge Pike fabrics so much that I used them again for a small quilt/wallhanging.......Square-in-a-Square using a ruler I wanted to try from OpenGate.....worked very nice but when I went to re-order the Fit to be Square Ruler, the new ones seem to be able only square-up quilt blocks.  Guess I will need to check into that further!

New fabric arrived......"Georgetown" by Judie Rothermel.  From now on I will feature new fabric and shop news on my Busy Thimble Facebook page.....focus mainly on projects here and keep the posts shorter!! Here is the link.  Had to change the name to "Busy Thimble Maine" as there are two more Busy Thimbles out in Ohio and one in Australia!

Narrow Stripes are always nice for sashing for our little quilts!

Georgetown's focal fabrics are terrific!  Love these Jacobean-type designs!

This is "Chamberlain" from Windham.  Don't know why they named it Chamberlain because he is not on the panel of Generals!  Panel is called "Generals of the Potamac" and Chamberlain was from Maine.....a hero with the 20th Maine at Gettysburg in 1863.  Am right in love the the two serpentines....large, airy one at the top and the subtle ones at the bottom would be interesting sashing for a small quilt.  Did that once and it is one of my most favorite little quilts!

I have finally begun receiving the "Frivols" from Moda, beginning with #5 which is by French General.  The quilt is a chain-type and finishes 30" x 32"....these quilts are larger than I had thought when I ordered them.  Nice gift for a fellow quilter. The collectible tins are 4" x 7"......Quilters can always can find a use for these containers!

Frivol #6 is from Fig Tree quilts....a nice little Churn Dash quilt.....actually not that is 47" x 57"!!! I am selling the Frivols at the EverydayPrice of  $35, which is 20% off!!

Ready to start block 11 of Elegant Garden by Edyta Sitar.  I think I will use Broderie Perse in this one to replace the four flowers.  I liked this one from "Lately Arrived from London" but it is a bit

I found this Old Fabric that I think I will is Generations by Marcia McCloskey..........long time ago but I have always loved it.

 Tried a little Broderie Perse for this 6" block for the Make It Up as I Go Along 9-patch's going to have a little bit of everything in it by the time I finish!  This is a print from Maison de Garance by French General which she redid in LeMarais.  The background does not look as different in real life as it does in the photo........tho it would not bother me if it did! 

I've been working on the 6" Potholder blocks for the replica of the 1843 quilt I am making for the antique exhibit at MaineQuilts this summer.  I should have 20 blocks made by now and all I have is 3 completely done.  The Lemoyne star is ready to bind and the 4 Lemoyne stars below are ready to quilt!

This block has been the hardest to make so far.  And it is a tad too big, but I am Not doing it over!   Hopefully, I can quilt it enough to shrink it in (hate to cut off the points but maybe I will have to!)  Also found the background fabric to be too light so I coffee-dyed it.  The stars are 2-1/2".

Next up is the orange-peel applique block....four little 3" ones.....back-basting really makes it easier!  It is the second of the only two applique blocks in the quilt.  And I will be making the templates for another block of  four 3" Lemoyne stars.....not hard but time-consuming because I am so slow at hand-piecing.....I enjoy it but don't work very fast.   Have to convince myself to stay focused on this and stop getting sidetracked with other things! Like Blogs, Pinterest and Facebook!!  So much to look at nowadays!!

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