Seattle

I took a little trippy-trip a week ago and I haven’t had time to even post about it! It’s a sad state of affairs here in ThimbleannaLand.

TheFirstChild had a conference in Seattle and he invited me along to play during the day with SweetiePie (AND FinallyAGirl!) We had lots of fun, in spite of rain every day. It is Seattle, after all.  ;-)

We did some of the touristy stuff. We visited Pike Place Market first.  I love markets, but it’s sort of sad to visit them on a trip — I really wanted a kitchen so I could take some of the beautiful flowers, vegetables, and amazing fish home.  (Not that I have a clue how to cook fresh fish or seafood, but it sounded good!). We also visited the first Starbucks (we had to) and found the famous gum wall (I was amazed at the variety in color of the gum!)

Thimbleanna: Seattle

Thimbleanna: Seattle

Thimbleanna: Seattle

Thimbleanna: Seattle

Thimbleanna: Seattle

I think my very favorite part of the trip was the visit to the Chihuly exhibit.  My oh My.  So much beautiful glass in one place.  I was only sorry that MeMum wasn’t there with us — she’s always loved beautiful glass and Chihuly is in a world of his own.  I LOVED the boat full of “balls”.  The colors were so gorgeous.

Thimbleanna: Seattle

Thimbleanna: Seattle

Thimbleanna: Seattle

Thimbleanna: Seattle

Thimbleanna: Seattle

After Chihuly, we mostly just shopped and played around for the rest of the trip.  We visited several neighborhood shopping areas (saw the Troll Under the Bridge in Fremont) — our favorite was the Queen Anne area where we found some fun baby gift shops.

Thimbleanna: Seattle

TheFirstChild was able to join us on our last afternoon, and luckily we had a short break in the rain.  We went to Kerry Park where we wasted spent a few hours hoping the clouds would clear so we could see Mt. Rainier.  We got a teeny tiny peek of the snow covered western edge of the mountain, toward the top.  (How’s that for a description — a fancy way of saying we saw a little spot that could have easily been confused with a cloud.  Thank goodness for pictures on the internet that told us where to look!)

Thimbleanna: Seattle

Anyway, it was great fun to get away, even if it was a short trip. The best part was all the snuggle time with FinallyAGirl and spending time with TheFirstChild and SweetiePie. Those moments are few and far between and time is fleeting, so they’re very much cherished.

Hope you’re having a good week!
XOXO,
Anna

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The Doll Cradle

My Oh My.  WHERE did the weekend go?  I feel like it lasted about 2 hours!  I was busy busy this weekend — time flies when you’re having fun!

One of my projects was to clean up this little doll cradle that MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I played with when we were little girls.

Thimbleanna: Cradle

I always thought that it was a doll cradle, but MeMum said that she and BigDaddy bought it when I was a baby and I actually slept in it.  (Which was a little horrifying because when we used it as a doll cradle, we’d put our babies in for a nap and the bottom would fall out and they’d end up on the floor LOL!)  When my boys came along, they used it to hold their teddy bears and other stuffed animals.  And somewhere in there, someone (BigDaddy or TheManoftheHouse) fixed the bottom so it wouldn’t fall out anymore.

Anyway, it’s been in the attic for about 25 years and now that FinallyAGirl will soon be playing with dolls, I decided I should get it out and clean it up.  It was REALLY dusty and dirty, but it cleaned up pretty well.  Look at the cute little vintage (because apparently I’m vintage too LOL) vinyl mattress.

Thimbleanna: Cradle

A sparkly clean little cradle needs some new bedding, doesn’t it?  This is where the little Goldilocks project I’ve been working on comes in …

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

I made a new little set for the cradle with a fat quarter pack (plus a few scraps from my stash for the applique) and a little yardage for the mattress cover.   (Oooh, and the quilt looks crooked, but it’s really rectangular — I was taking the picture standing above it and I was a little off to one side.) The back of the little quilt and the pillow also came from the fat quarter pack and there were quite a few big pieces left over.

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

Now my old doll has a comfy new bed.  Look how happy she is — smiling while she’s sleeping!

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

I used Cassie’s great tutorial for the little pillowcase (the fabric pieces were much smaller, but I used the same crochet instructions) and I love the sweetness it adds to the set.

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

I also did lots of big stitch quilting while I watched tv with MeMum.  It was fun to quilt around the little applique pieces.  Speaking of which, I had a few questions about the applique — I just enlarged a picture of the fabric on my computer and traced the basic shapes right from my monitor.  Then I added a lot of embroidery for the little features (like jewelery, bow ties, etc.) because I’m not one of those people that can applique a piece of fabric the size of a sprinkle ;-D.

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

So, now, my baby is patiently waiting for FinallyAGirl to start playing with Dollies — we she can’t wait!

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

Have a great week!
XOXO,
Anna

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Just checking in around here because it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted. How are things going out there? Not much excitment around here — which, I suppose is good. Even Valentine’s Day was pretty uneventful this year. I can’t believe I just said that either — how can Valentine’s Day be over already?

It’s mostly just work, eat, sleep, repeat around here, but we have had a little fun. We visited our cute little FinallyAGirl yesterday. She’s growing like a weed and cute as a button. No pictures though — we were too busy just playing with the baby. The weather has been amazing the past few days too — we’ve set record high temps and the kitty cats are loving all the fresh air at their screen door.

Thimbleanna: Cats

The other fun has been the arrival of the Goldilocks fabric by Jill Howarth. I first saw this line at quilt market — I think a year and a half ago — It was a LONG wait for it to finally be released.

Thimbleanna: Goldilocks

I was so excited to get this fabric that I got the whole line for my little etsy shop — oops!  Here’s the feature print — isn’t it cute?  I LOVE those adorable bears.

Thimbleanna: Goldilocks

I’ve been having fun playing with it and I’ve started a little applique project.  I think it would have been easier to just cut the bears out of the feature fabric and applique them, but where’s the fun in that?

Thimbleanna: Goldilocks

I plan to add some embroidery to the little bears too — to show some of the finer details that would be really hard to do with applique. We’ll see if this project goes according to plan LOL.

Thimbleanna: Goldilocks

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with a finished project. In the meantime, have a great week!
XOXO,
Anna

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Irish Chain on Repeat

It’s been a quiet, although sad, weekend here in ThimbleannaLand.  TheManoftheHouse left on Friday afternoon to be with his mother and, luckily, he was able to be with her before she passed away yesterday.  We’ve been so lucky to have all four of our parents be with us for so long, but having them leave us so close to each other sure hasn’t been fun.  ;-(

While I’ve been waiting for news and receiving updates, I’ve been hanging out with MeMum and working on the binding for my Bliss Quilt.  Remember this one???

Thimbleanna: Bliss Quilt

My archives show that I finished piecing her in 2011 and, after some debate (machine or hand quilting?), shipped her off to our hand quilter.  In 2013, she returned, but didn’t have enough quilting.  I waffled about what to do and started to fill in the quilting myself, but finally decided I’d never get it done.  So, in early 2016, I took her back to the quilter to fill in the gaps.  Our quilter has done a beautiful job, and I’m so happy that I sent her back to the spa for a second treatment.

Thimbleanna: Bliss Quilt

When she came back from the spa the first time, I commented that the quilter probably didn’t do much quilting on it because all that red and aqua made her sick.  Jan then commented that the reason was probably more likely that she hated quilting across all those pieced intersections.  (Which I can totally relate to, now that I’m quilting an Irish chain quilt.)  Interestingly, when the quilter came to those intersections, she only quilted them on the top of the quilt.  I would never have thought to do that, but it’s a great solution to not quilting through all those layers of fabric.  You’d think it would look bad on the back, but it looks like a series of dashed lines — very cool and certainly acceptable.  You can bet that I’ll be using that little trick in the future!

Thimbleanna: Bliss Quilt

All the fabrics are from Bonnie and Camille’s Bliss line, plus I added a solid red and aqua.  The quilt is backed in one of the bliss prints and then bound in the red honeycomb dots (I probably should have used a stripe — the dots look a little wonky in places).  This is a big quilt — 88″ x 88″ — nice and big for tucking in the sides on a double bed.  And a perfect surface for a big fat kitty (who got kicked off right after this picture ;-D).

Thimbleanna: Bliss Quilt

So, that’s all from here. I hope you have a good week — I’m looking forward to our family gathering, even if it’s for all the wrong reasons. ;-(

XOXO,
Anna

Stripey Socks

And just like that, January is almost over. Time is flying by here in ThimbleannaLand, and it hasn’t been very exciting this month LOL. I’m still working on the hand quilting for the baby quilt now and then — boy, is that ever slow work! I’ve also finished a pair of stripey socks — progress mostly due to a little travel during the Christmas break.

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I seem to have lost the yarn band, but I think the yarn is an Opal sock yarn. I’m trying to use up the yarn that I have in my little stash and this yarn has been hiding there for quite awhile.

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I used my standard sock recipe with no pattern on the legs — it’s nice to just sit back and let the yarn do all the work.

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I like the colors in this yarn — particularly the blue which goes so well with my jeans.  Here’s what they look like with my shoes — I like that the stripes don’t match.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I’ve started a new pair of socks now. I definitely prefer to knit two socks at once on a long circular needle, but for this yarn, I want to try and make the striping match on both socks. We’ll see how that works out LOL. Do you seasoned knitters recognize this yarn?

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

Ok, off to watch Victoria. Are you watching? MeMum and I are loving it!

Have a good week!
XOXO,
Anna