Memory Quilts

Sometime right before Thanksgiving, MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I were looking at a few things of BigDaddy’s and we decided (maybe in a fit of madness?) that we should make quilts from his shirts for his 5 grandchildren.  We decided on a simple 4″ patch quilt pattern and spent a few weeks sorting and cutting.  We worked away at our little project and by Thanksgiving, we had the quilt fronts all pieced.  As the mother of 2/5ths of the grandchildren, I lucked out and only had to make 2 of the quilts.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

I tried to compensateMyDadLovesMeBestSister for her extra work by piecing all the backs.  BigDaddy was known for some of his funny sweatshirts, so we decided to include a few of each on the quilt backs.  (My favorite was a shirt with a dog skeleton that said “In Dog Years … I’m Dead.”  Or, “If a man is talking in the forest, and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?”  Classic BigDaddy!)  We chose a blue flannel for the main part of the backs, and I used my embroidery machine software to digitize BigDaddy’s signature with a message that he’d left on a card to one of the kids.  We also included a pocket on the back of each quilt, and into each pocket we tucked a few treasures for each child (now young adults) from their beloved Grandpa.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

I chose to big-stitch the two quilts that I had to finish, but MyDadLovesMeBestSister knew that she’d never get three quilts hand quilted, so she decided to tie hers.  I love them both ways!  I also bound my two quilts with a print from MeMum’s stash — to add a MeMum touch to the quilts, and I love how they turned out.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

Quilts made out of shirts aren’t that fun to make and they’re certainly not at all pretty.  I mentioned these quilts to Jan shortly before Christmas and she compared this sort of quilting to sewing on buttons or hemming pants.  Indeed.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

But.  Sometimes the payoff is really BIG.  MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I predicted that there might be some tears on Christmas morning and we nailed it. I had big plans to take lots of pictures of all the kids holding up their quilts, etc. but the flu wreaked havoc with the rest of the week.  It didn’t matter though — I took a few photos when the quilts were opened.  The one below is my favorite — you can see at least two criers in this shot and there were more to follow LOL.  It was a really fun and special Christmas morning.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

Now Christmas projects are all over and we’re at a new year.  A clean slate.  Are we working on UFO’s or new projects???  Decisions, Decisions!

XOXO,
Anna

P.S. The adorable Puppy Love fabric by Anita Jeram (the illustrator responsible for those darling little P.S. I Love You Rabbits!) has arrived in my etsy shop. It’s accompanied by an adorable minky-style plush puppy spot fabric. Oh, the possibilities!!!

Thimbleanna: Puppy Love Fabric

Happy New Year!

Boy, oh boy.  One minute it’s Thanksgiving and the next it’s New Year’s.  I don’t know how that happens, but these past 6 weeks flashed by here in ThimbleannaLand.  Here’s our traditional New Year’s greeting from the animals.  Simba, visiting cat of TheSecondChild, gets to deliver the greeting this year — mostly because the other cats can’t stand him (they’re all jealous – he’s the coolest kitty ever) and they’ve been hiding under the bed.  Simba is looking a little grumpy himself, as he just spend a week in the kitty hotel.

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

Since Thanksgiving weekend, I’ve had my head down working on two quilts for Christmas gifts (which I’ll show after I get some pictures).  The quilts took almost every waking, non-working moment of my time.  I got them done with just enough time to pack for our trip to Utah on Dec. 20th.  Our whole family (there were 12 of us) rented a condo so that we could spend Christmas with TheFirstChild, SweetiePie and FinallyAGirl and so that the kids could all spend some time skiing.  Sounds perfect, right?

This was the real deal.

Thimbleanna: Christmas

CrazyBIL got the flu on the 22nd, and progressively, over the next few days, about half of us also got sick (mostly the older adults LOL).  And on Christmas Day, we had to take MeMum to the hospital, ’cause the flu and asthma don’t mix.  We had hospital fun for 2 days and had to delay our return home by a day.  We’ve been home for two days now and pretty much slept the whole time ;-D.  And hopefully by 2019, we’ll be done coughing and will have our voices back.

Anyway, on to our other New Year tradition — looking back on the makes and travels for the year.

Thimbleanna: 2017

My year mostly consisted of working on the blocks for The Happy Flower Quilt (I can’t. wait. to get back to them!) and making goodies for FinallyAGirl. I’m really looking forward to 2018 — as always, I’m full of hope that I’ll have more time than ever for all my projects, haha.  I’ll be spending this week deciding which projects need the most attention in the next few months.  I’m going to aim for 3 big finishes by the end of March — wish me luck LOL.

Happy Happy New Year — I hope 2018 brings you lots of Love, Happiness and Time for all the things you love to do!
XOXO,
Anna

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Pie Day! Or the day after Pie Day (when I make the pies), but the day we get to EAT Pies!!!

Thimbleanna: Pecan Pie

We’re in that funny time of the year when there’s not much to blog about because the days are filled with running errands and working on secret projects that can’t be shown. Except for pies. I can show you my pies LOL.

Thimbleanna: Apple Pie

Luckily, I don’t have to host Thanksgiving Dinner this year — MyDadLovesMeBestSister is doing all the work. Except for the pies and dinner rolls. We’re having our usual fare — Pecan, Apple and Pumpkin pies.

Thimbleanna: Pumpkin Pie

Yum Yum — I do love a good Thanksgiving Dinner. The best part is getting together with family and playing games. We have a fun new one this year — Cover Your Assets, and of course, the crowd favorite, and very rude, Crimes Against Humanity. (Those are not affilitated links, btw.)

I hope all of you in the US have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

XOXO,
Anna
(P.S. The beach scene blog header has finally been replaced ;-D)

November. {Sigh}

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.  It’s November already.  Can you believe it??? I’m still firmly planted in July, so, I’m in denial.  I have a few projects that I want to make for the looming holiday, so I should probably get in gear.  It’s hard though — I feel like I need to spend more time outside and enjoy the last little tidbits of fall.  I’m sure I’ll get my chance shortly — the leaves are finally starting to come down and leaf blowing is a big job around here.  I’m really looking forward to it this year though — I guess because I’m inside most of the time, between work and hanging out with MeMum.

In the meantime, did you have a good Halloween?  Ours was very uneventful — sadly, I didn’t even get any decorations out.  SweetiePie provided us with some entertainment though.  From all accounts, they’ve had a beautiful fall this year in Utah.  Here’s our little cherub being attacked by a hoard of pumpkins LOL!

Thimbleanna: Pumpkin

I mailed her a little Halloween package with a pumpkin smocked dress that I made a few weeks ago.  I loved seeing her wearing the dress — SweetiePie is so good to send us lots of pictures.  And here’s FinallyAGirl in one of her several Halloween costumes — perfect for my love of sheepies, don’t you think?  This is definitely my favorite-ever sheepie picture LOL.

Thimbleanna: Lambie

I don’t really have much else, but here are a few tidbits:

  • You probably know I love most things Ina Garten does.  Have you seen her little list of Magic Tricks?  And did you know Ina hates cilantro?  I’m so disappointed — I LOVE it!
  • It’s too late for this year, but this quilt is a serious contender for next year — I love everything about it and I think it would be fun to make.
  • Have you seen Julie’s latest pattern?  Oh. My. Oink. Gosh.  It’s just Tooooo Cute!

And last but not least, there are lots of new fabrics in my etsy shop.  This picture shows just a few of them.  The section of what I call “basics” is growing too — there are several Dear Stella Little Heart prints, Riley Blake Ginghams, and Cori Dantini’s little seed prints will be in the next few weeks.

Thimbleanna: prettyfabric

Also, Tilda’s new Cottage Collection is here.  Fat quarter packs are listed, there’s only 1 stocking kit left, and a few of the prints should be available in yardage in the next few weeks.

Thimbleanna: Tilda

So, that’s it from here. Off to pack a few orders and hop in bed….

XOXO,
Anna

Little Pink Dress

Ahhh.  Another few slow weeks sped by.  That sounds like it should be some sort of oxymoron, but it works like this:  Not much going on around here, but time sure seems to fly by — I’m a little scared by the fact that it’s mid-October already.  I have been doing some handwork while watching tv with MeMum.  We’ve started watching Call The Midwife.  I knew it would be a good series, but Oh. My.  I LOVE it!  I intentionally waited through several seasons before I started watching –  hoping the episodes would pile up so we could have some great binge-watching.  It’s sure been worth the wait.  Aside from scenes that make me cry and BABIES, how can you not love a group of ladies that get together during stressful times and make granny squares to give to one of their beloved group?

Thimbleanna: Midwife

I was also cleaning out a few pictures and realized I’d never showed this little dress that I knit for FinallyAGirl.  I made it for her last winter (it may have even been a Christmas gift?) but it was a little large.  She finally grew into it over the summer and wore it a time or two when we visited over Labor Day.

Thimbleanna: Pink Dress

The pattern is the Mabel Dress from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight.  Unfortunately I can’t remember which yarn I used — maybe a Spud and Chloe?  I thought I’d made a 12 – 18 month size, but the pattern shows the biggest size as 6 – 9 months, so, not sure what happened there either — FinallyAGirl is 14 months old in these pictures.

Thimbleanna: Pink Dress

I love everything about this dress.  The sweet yoke, all the plain stockinette stitch, and the garter stitch highlights.  That back hem is a little pesky, but I think it just needs to be blocked a little after every washing.  The pattern didn’t have any buttons down the back — just a ribbon at the neck.  I looked at the versions on ravelry and I didn’t like the way the opening left a big gaping hole, so I added a little band of extra stitching on the left side of the back yoke and added buttonholes on the right side.  Then I took the pico edging on the neckline and extended it down the right side of the opening.  A quick, easy way to close up that hole, plus, it added the fun of choosing some cute buttons.

Thimbleanna: Pink Dress

And, just like that, another weekend is over. Back to the dungeon tomorrow haha. I hope you have a wonderful week!
XOXO,
Anna