Spotted Socks

Hi There!  Did you have a good weekend?  Mine went way too fast.  It was a good one though.  Lots of sewing time, although, I had to call a halt to my little project.  I’ve been having fun with my maker fabric, but I decided I didn’t like the zippers I bought, so I’ll have to wait for some to arrive in the mail.

I did finish some socks this past week though.  Spotty Socks.  Or Dottie Socks.

Thimbleanna: Dottie Socks

I saw some socks similar to these in a Mollie Makes issue a few years ago.  They were for slouchy socks though and I’m not really a slouchy sock wearer, so I just used my old tried and true sock knitting method.  I did add the spots and the little band of colored trim at the top of the socks — just like the originals.

Thimbleanna: Dottie Socks

When I first saw the Mollie Makes socks, I thought the dots were knit into the actual sock, but I was surprised to find out that they are little knots.  I debated using a french knot, but in the end, I opted for a colonial knot.  My french knots often fall out.

Thimbleanna: Dottie Socks

These dots might not last long either.  They certainly aren’t practical.  Want to place bets on how long they’ll last?  At least if they start to fall apart, they’re pretty easy to remove.  I found that out the hard way — when I was half-way done with the second sock, I realized their spacing was too different from the first sock, so I took them out and tried again.

Thimbleanna: Dottie Socks

Anyway, hopefully they’ll be fun to wear — at least for a little while!

I hope you have a good week — March is whizzing by, isn’t it???
XOXO,
Anna

The Aunts’ Quilt – Month 5

Gosh, I can’t remember the last time I posted just two days after my last post. It’s time for the monthly Aunts’ Quilt update though, so it must be done! Here’s my applique block for this month:

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

The first pieced block:

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

And the second pieced block:

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

I’m still having a lot of fun with these blocks — I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them. For my little buddy on the applique block this month, I chose a teeny bee.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

But he’s not my favorite part of this block. I Love the pink flower. It reminds me of the Flower Power graphics of my childhood! It was great fun choosing the fabrics for this little flower.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

And for the Cookie of the Month, I decided to make Hello Dollys.  You probably have a favorite recipe for these cookies — I have one too.  Somewhere between making the grocery list and making the cookies, I lost the recipe.  Good ol’ google to the rescue!  These cookies are known by several different names — Hello Dollys, Magic Cookies, Seven Layer Bars, and probably others.  There are lots of versions of this recipe and I’m pretty sure I chose one that’s not exactly the same as my original.  I sort of went with the one that was more decadent than the others — more of most of the ingredients — ooooops!  Anyway, I used this version, except that I used walnuts instead of pecans.  Also, the recipe says to cut the pan of cookies into 12 bars, but they’re so rich that I cut them smaller.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

Next month I’ll try to choose a little more sensible cookie.  Or one that’s a little less messy — this one probably shouldn’t be eaten while actually sewing, which sort of misses the point.  We need these monthly cookies for sustenance while stitching!

Oh, and heads up Auntlets!  Is Anne the only one that noticed the missing center on block 4?  If you look closely at the cover of the pattern, there are circles in the middle of block 4, but they aren’t on the the actual pattern used to make the block.  I totally missed it — good catch Anne!  I’ll definitely be adding some circles to my block

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

Ok ladies — have fun with your blocks next month.  This is our last month for big blocks — WooHoo!!!

XOXO,
Anna

Five on Friday

1.  A friend of mine had a birthday this week and she shamelessly hinted that she’d sure like our favorite chocolate cake as a little surprise.  How could I say no — I LOVE that cake!  I think you need to make one too — really — it only looks fattening!!!

Thimbleanna: Chocolate Cake

2.  Have you seen this article about the oldest man in Australia?  How wonderful would it be to knit to a ripe old age of 109?

Thimbleanna: Old Knitter

3.  Selina posted this quote by Gwen Marston on her Instagram account:

“I love sewing, so I’m not trying to ‘get it over with’.  I’m not trying to wrap it up so I can go off and dust.”

I love that!  I love sewing too and I love taking my time and enjoying the process.  And this quote explains a lot.  Why my projects take so long and why this house is SO dusty!

4.  I realized that I never showed you what I ordered when I won the Minted.com giveaway over on Amy’s blog a few months ago.  I can’t even remember everything I ordered, but I’ve sure been enjoying these little notecards.  They’re printed on a beautiful, heavy paper, and I had so much fun choosing a notecard style.  I love that get to see those pretty Liberty fabrics when I write a note to someone!

Thimbleanna: Minted Order

5.  And speaking of Amy, I’m holding her responsible for the latest round of fabric that has arrived in my little Thimbleanna shop.  A few weeks ago she posted about the new Maker line by Art Gallery Fabrics.  Oh. My. Gosh.  I LOVE this line and I had to have some of it.  And while I was ordering from AGF, my fingers slipped and I ordered a few other prints too.  Here are just some of the new prints in the shop:

Thimbleanna: AGF Fabrics

And when I saw Hello Bear, I couldn’t help myself.  I mean Come. On.  It’s BAMBI.  And her Mother!!!  (I’ve had this problem with deer fabric before LOL.)  Just tooooo sweet.

Thimbleanna: AGF Fabrics

So…if you love these fabrics as much as I do, skip on over to my little shop and I’ll hook you up!

That’s it! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I plan on being a Maker!
XOXO,
Anna

Itty Bitty Churn Dash

Thanks for all the Liberty Bib love!  As I mentioned in my last post, I also made a few quilt blocks when I was making the bibs.  I made some of these little 3″ Churn Dash blocks a month or so ago and I wasn’t sure if I’d want to continue making them.  I think a quilt of hundreds of these little blocks would be so cute.  I posted those first three on Instagram, wondering if I would be dead before I could make enough for a whole quilt, and the comments were so fun and supportive that they sent me over the edge.  They’re time consuming little blocks, but, as Jan said, if I just keep chipping away at them, sooner or later, I’ll have enough to make a big quilt.

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

So, now I have a plan.  I think I calculated that I’ll need around 360 of them.  I’ll probably start out making three of each print and work on them for the next few years.  They’re just so sweet and I love them!

I had a question about the dimensions of these little blocks, so I thought I’d show you how I made them — in chalkboard form.

Cut your pieces as indicated.

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

Just a little summary ;-D.

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

Stitch pieces together (right sides together!) as indicated.  For the squares, draw a diagonal line on each of the 2″ white squares of fabric, pair each with a print fabric, and then sew a 1/4″ line on each side of that pencil line.  Then cut along the pencil line.

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

Using your favorite method, square those little half-square triangles up.  They should measure 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ when you’re done.  It’s a tedious job, but it makes your final square so much more accurate!

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

Another summary.  Be sure you’re pressing your seams to the print fabric side (we don’t do open seams in ThimbleannaLand!).  Cut that 6″ strip into four 1 1/2″ lengths.

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

Sew together as indicated.

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

Press seams in the direction of the arrows.

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

Sew together as indicated.  If you followed pressing instructions, your seams should nest right up against each other.

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

And … you’re done!  Press those last two seams as indicated by the arrows.

Thimbleanna: Little Churndash

Itty Bitty Churn Dash blocks are fun.  Especially out of beautiful Liberty fabrics!

And, if that wasn’t fun enough, I thought you might like a picture of the squirrel buffet that BigDaddy is running at his house.  This is the view from the kitchen table — MeMum and BigDaddy can eat their breakfast and dinner with the squirrels just 12 feet away.  You can’t see it in the picture, but, just to the left of the feeder is a small Chinese Maple tree where there were two more squirrels waiting for their turn at the feast.  BigDaddy loves his animals — No Squirrel Left Behind!

Thimbleanna: Squirrel Buffet

Have a great weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

In Like a Lion

Well Hello March!  The month when spring officially begins in the northern hemisphere.  There are no signs of spring around here though.   March has arrived deeply entrenched in winter — and it’s probably no surprise that I love it!  We had another small storm last night and it’s a winter wonderland out there today.  Big, beautiful, white, sticky snow.  I should have gone out there and built a snowman!

Thimbleanna: Snow

Instead, I spent the day playing around in the sewing room.  I tried to clean and organize a bit, but you’d hardly know it.  I desperately need some organizational skills LOL.  I also sewed a bit and played around with the latest batch of Liberty fabrics.  I’d been waiting until the more masculine prints arrived so that I could make a boy version from Amy’s sweet little bib pattern.

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

Clearly, a ruffle would not do for a boy, so I added a little bow tie.  I love that Checkmate print from Liberty — it’s just perfect.

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

And I used a blue alphabet print for the back of the bib.  I’ve hoarded had that print almost since my boys were babies themselves.

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

And here’s my favorite part — Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.  Ohmygosh, I love the little Alice in Wonderland characters — they’re all just too cute!

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

I worked on some quilt blocks too, but more on those later.  Have a wonderful week!

XOXO,
Anna