Stop the Clock!

Ohmygosh — things are spinning out of control here! Can you believe it’s August already? I can’t even remember July!

And did you see the beautiful moon the other day? On Friday, TheManoftheHouse mentioned that the moon was huge and gorgeous on his way to work, so when I woke up before 6 on Saturday morning, I thought I’d go chase the moon and see if I could get a good picture. Silly me — you get one day for those things and that’s all. The moon set much later and the sun was up way before the moon was low enough in the sky to be huge and beautiful. So what’s a girl to do when she’s up at 6:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning (which should be a punishable offense anyway — weekends are for sleeping in!)? I took pictures of corn fields. The corn is looking pretty beautiful out there!

Thimbleanna: Corn Field

Yeah — it’s really exciting around here LOL. I have been really busy though — August will be vacation month here in ThimbleannaLand, so I’ve been frantically trying to get a bunch of stuff done before I leave. The Aunts’ Quilt is hot off the press and put together for this month’s assignment — I’ll be gone on report in day for the quilt along, so I needed to get ahead.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

Now, I just need to make a doll quilt and a pincushion or two by next Saturday.  Think it will happen? I’m a little skeptical — I’m not getting home from work until around 8:30 every night, and the little doll quilt is barely started. I need a clone!

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

So, I’m off and running. I really just popped in to say Happy August! I’m hoping for a FUN month!!!
XOXO,
Anna

Checking In

Boy, I feel like all I do is make excuses for not posting these days. How is it that there’s not a lot going on, but it’s still really busy? Or, maybe there is a lot going on, it’s just not sewing and fun stuff to share???

For one thing, we’ve been put on mandatory overtime at work. Minimum is four hours, but, of course, they’d like us to work more. You can probably guess, I’ll be working the minimum. Their timing is poor — just as MyDadLovesMeBestSister and her family have gone on vacation, which means I’ll have helping MeMum and BigDaddy all to myself for 2 1/2 weeks — which means that there isn’t much spare time to be at work. Don’t feel sorry for me though — I’ll be going on vacation when she gets back.

I’ve also had fun in the kitchen. A cousin that we don’t get to see very often popped in for a quick visit. One night I made the Lazy Day Overnight Lasagne with some yummy Artisan Bread. The Lasagne isn’t necessarily guest-worthy, but it is good and I needed something that I could make while visiting with them the night before we actually had it for dinner. And Artisan bread is SO good and very easy too. The other night they were here, we grilled a Flank Steak — another delicious and easy meal. Just whip up a marinade of 1/3 c. oil, 1/3 c. vinegar and 2 chopped cloves of garlic, marinate overnight, and throw it on the grill for about 15 minutes. It’s wonderful, thinly sliced with a piping hot baked potato on the side. There was also chocolate cake for dessert! ;-D

I’ve been plugging away at this month’s assignment for the Aunts’ Quilt too. Working on the corner blocks …

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

And prepping some of the scallops that will be used around the borders. I’ve always wanted to make a clamshell quilt, so I played with the scallops a little. I can see that a clamshell quilt would be a lot of work!

Thimbleanna: Scallops

And then … two more little things —
1) Pretty new Liberty fabrics in the shop!

Thimbleanna: Liberty Fabrics

and
2) Did you notice I updated the Thimbleanna header?  It’s been eighteen months.  P-I-T-I-F-U-L. I always seem to forget about the banner somehow. Or don’t have time. Or something!

Ok — zipping off to do a little stitching before dinner duties happen. Have a great week!

XOXO,
Anna

The Aunts’ Quilt — Month 9

Happy Hump Day! I know it’s no longer Hump Day for some of you — it’s almost not Hump Day here anymore either. That just makes it better!

It’s the 15th of the month though, and it’s time for another Aunts’ Quilt report. I’m just squeaking in under the wire. How are you little Auntlets doing out there? I think there are only a handful of you still hanging in there — Go You! Only three short months left and we’ll be done — the year is whizzing by!

Our assignment this month was the last two side triangles and two of the corner triangles. Here are mine:

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

I haven’t trimmed the blocks yet, that’s why the edges look funny. Not to worry though, it will all work out. Here’s my favorite block this month. I’m usually not a big fan of tulips in quilting, but I really like this one — I think it’s the colors.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

And, as always, there’s a cookie of the month. TheManoftheHouse had a birthday yesterday, so I decided our cookie should be his favorite. Giant Snickerdoodles! These are really good and you should give them a try. They’re perfect for an afternoon of applique!

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

Next month will be a fun month for the Aunts’. We’re doing the last two corner triangles AND piecing the top (without the borders) together. I can’t wait! If you’re behind — work hard and catch up so you can see it all come together this month!

I leave you with a video you’ve probably seen before but I love it. Some people think it’s staged, but I don’t care — you can’t help but laugh! (Clicking on the screen probably won’t work, so click HERE instead.)

XOXO,
Anna

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

All you regulars out there know that I love to travel. I’ve always been envious of people who live in really cool places where they can house swap — what a way to see the world! The problem is, I don’t have anything to swap. I certainly have a nice enough house to swap, but I don’t live in an exciting place. No mountains or ocean views here in the midwest. Although, if you’re into corn fields or Amish buggies, we’ll see if we can work a deal (ok, we do have a pretty cool little Children’s Zoo, a historic Fort, and Johnny Appleseed’s gravesite, but I’m thinking that’s not enough to entice a foreign visitor!)

If you were to have occasion to visit our boring quiet little burg, this might be the week to do it. Every summer, we have a 10-day festival and it started today.  The first day is my favorite day.  I start off with Antiques in the Park:

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Anyone remember Jarts?  They only sold them for a few years before they were deemed unsafe.  We had some fun summers playing this game when I was a kid — and didn’t even kill anyone.

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

And oh man, I really wanted this little doll baby bottle sterilizer set — look how cute!

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

After Antiques in the Park, I moved downtown to Art in the Park:

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

And then, all that walking around required a visit to Junk Food Alley and the midway.

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

It was fun to watch all the little kids playing arcade games.  If I were playing, I’d definitely want to win one of those Hello Kitties.  I’m way out of touch though — all the little girls were crazy for those cute pink dolphins.

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

And, of course, I couldn’t leave without my yearly funnel cake.  Yum, Yum!!!

Thimbleanna:  Three Rivers Festival

On that note, I’m going to go sleep off my sugar-high. Hope you’re having a fun weekend!

XOXO,
Anna

Happy July 4th!

Thimbleanna:  Happy 4th

Happy July 4th to all my US friends! And to all my UK friends, especially Pam – Happy Pam’s Birthday!!! Pam, I hope you’re celebrating your birthday the way we do — by grilling outside and watching fireworks! ;-D

TheFirstChild, SweetiePie and Winston are here and we’re having a nice quiet weekend. We’re planning a 4th of July bike ride downtown this morning and then we’ll have a little cookout with MeMum and BigDaddy here, at our house. Followed by some fireworks — TheManoftheHouse bought a few more than he should have this year — hopefully it will be fun AND mosquito free. (We’ve had such a wet year (the wettest June on record) and the mosquitos will eat you alive out there!)

I’ve managed a little sewing while the kids have been here. SweetiePie had some homework to do, so we sat together and I put a few stitches in another Chuck Nohara block. It’s slow going, but I have 5 little blocks now — this is going to be a loooong-term project!

Thimbleanna:  Chuck Nohara

The latest block, with the piggies, was a fair bit of work. I think it was meant to sew the little wedges onto a background fabric, but the piggies didn’t line up with the openings, so I cut them into hexagons and stitched them back together again.  Here’s a poor cell-phone picture taken before the wedges were sewn on.

Thimbleanna:  Chuck Nohara

I loved that I didn’t have to worry about my stitches showing on the seams, since they were covered up by the wedges. This was a really fun little block to make!

Thimbleanna:  Chuck Nohara

Ok — must run — lots to do today. If you’re partying in the US, have a great time!

XOXO,
Anna