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Whoosh!

That’s the sound the last few weeks made as they flew by.  Holy Cow, it’s been crazy here and I’m looking forward to Easter just to catch my breath!

Last weekend, we had a flyby driving trip to Dallas and then back a longer way through Oklahoma — I should maybe back up a little.  A few months ago, TheSecondChild moved back home while he looked for a new job.  That was around the time that MeMum had been sick with pneumonia, so when she got out of the hospital, we moved her in with us too.  We have plenty of room for both of them, but their “buddies” made it a little extra interesting.  MeMum brought her cat Sally (she’s made appearances on the blog before) and TheSecondChild brought his two cats with him.  For those of you keeping count, that’s five cats (and according to Anne five too many LOL).  That’s too many cats to referee!

Fast forward a few months and a lot of poop-scooping, and TheSecondChild found a great job back in his favorite town of Dallas, so we packed him and his kitties up and took a roadtrip.  One 15-hour drive day, one unload the truck and drive to Oklahoma day, one quick visit with family and 5-hr drive with a fly-by to The Mercantile, and one 9-hr drive day back home.  Whew!  Before we left, we tried to get a Five Cat Family picture, but it was impossible.  We were throwing treats here and there to get them all in one shot, but it was a no-go.  Poor little Sally hates all the other cats, so she wouldn’t play at all.  The other four aren’t all that crazy about each other either, so they weren’t exactly co-operating.

Here’s a shot with Scruff and two black cats.

Thimbleanna: Cats

And here are three black cats.  They must have some rule that 4 cats couldn’t all be in the same picture at once.

Thimbleanna: Cats

Scruff was feeling very outnumbered — four all black cats and his little ol’ gray and white self LOL.  Anyway, the trip was quick but a success — TheSecondChild now has his first week at the new job under his belt and it looks like it will be a success.

THEN, three days after we got back, our little cherub FinallyAGirl brought her parents for a 4-day visit.  We had a great time — what a little doll!  She wore us out though — she doesn’t sleep much and she goes a mile a minute.  We had several days of pretty weather and we took her for her first wagon ride (in her daddy’s wagon ;-D) — she LOVED it!

Thimbleanna: Pixie

I made her the little Pixie hat — the pattern is The Jovie Pixie Baby Bonnet.  I made the largest size (and sized up the crochet hook by 2 sizes) and I won’t even tell you how many times it took me to get the right size — but it was lots of crocheting and ripping out and it may or may not have been more than three times!  ;-D

And finally, in the middle of it all, lots of new fabric arrived in my little etsy shop.  Lots of Atsuko Matsuyama prints from both Yuwa and Lecein …

Thimbleanna: Fabric

Thimbleanna: Fabric

and this super cute little kitty and macaron print from the Yuwa Live Life collection.

Thimbleanna: Fabric

Ok, I’m tired and off to bed! I’m hoping to get caught up on blog reading this week — have a good one!
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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A Sewing Weekend

Happy Sunday!  Now that it’s over haha.  And, it’s even Monday for some of you.  I’m late as usual  ;-D.

Oh well, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was great, even though it’s hot outside.  Not much happening here — it was nice and quiet, so I escaped summer’s heat and spent a lot of time sewing in the dungeon.  I finally finished piecing the second Little Red Riding Hood quilt top for my Grandma room.  The pieces have been on my little portable design wall for several months, and every time I’d walk by, half of them would fall on the floor.  I’m so excited to have that project finished!  I’ll hand quilt this second quilt just like the last one, but I’m in no hurry — maybe I’ll put it on the frame sometime this winter.

After finishing the quilt top, I started playing with a new little quilt for FinallyAGirl.  Pink!, of course.  When I told TheManoftheHouse what I was working on, he said “Doesn’t she have enough quilts already?”  Silly Man.  Probably, but that’s not the point.  Each one of MY babies will have a little hand-quilted baby quilt from their Grandma — you know, one that’s more traditional, and maybe a little keepsake.  I made a few blocks to test out the pattern and then proceeded to cut lots of little pieces.

Thimbleanna: Pinks!

I’m really excited about it — it should be a fun little project.  I’m going to take my time and enjoy the process.  Here’s the scrap-pile of yumminess so far.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Pinks!

I also finished some of my little vinyl project bags.  Some of the fun prints from the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements collection have arrived and I couldn’t help myself.  You might remember how much I love a good map fabric, and I thought these fabrics would be perfect for project bags.  I cut these a little bigger than the ones in my instructions too — 11 x 14 instead of 10 x 12.  It’s fun to have different sizes.

Thimbleanna: Project Bags

I LOVE them.  I even used recycled vinyl because I couldn’t find my vinyl stash (er, one piece LOL).  Of course, I found it after I had these little bags sewn together.  For  probably more years than some of you have been alive (!), I’ve been saving those fancy vinyl zippered bags that new mattress pads and comforters come in — do you know the kind I mean?  I was thrilled to be able to cut one up and recycle it!  Two of my bags have already claimed projects — a new start on some socks and a little something for a certain little baby girl which is almost done and ready to be blocked.

Thimbleanna: Project Bags

So, that was the weekend here. Pretty boring for most, but exciting for a quilter! Off to bed now — have a wonderful week!

XOXO,
Anna

Baby Bibs

Ok, I gave you a break from baby stuff with the little backpacks on my last post, so, now I’ll make you suffer again LOL.  Really, it will slow down after this because I haven’t been working on any more baby stuff.

I made FinallyAGirl a few bibs before she was born.  I love to make bibs — you can do almost anything with them.  When TheFirstChild was born, someone gave me two really cute little homemade bibs and I loved them so much that I traced around them to get a pattern that I’ve been using for many years.  I was going to say that I used my embroidery machine on a few of these bibs, but, as it turns out, I used it on all of them.  First up — some elephants that I’ve used before on terrycloth with a simple bias binding.

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

Next, simple cotton with a ric rac edge.  SweetiePie loves polka dots and monograms.  I think this one might be her favorite.

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

She also love pompoms.  This little bib is like the tied quilt that we made at the baby shower.  I don’t think those pompoms will last very long, but they’ll be easy to cut off if they start to look ratty.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

And this last little bib is my favorite.  A little pink plaid ruffle, some big stitches, and a Peter Rabbit embroidery.  I know it looks like Mama Bunny is putting Peter to Bed, but she’s actually feeding him.  Poor little Peter must be sick.  I Love Peter Rabbit!

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

Now it’s back to regular programming.  I’ve been working on a new shirt and I need to get started on FinallyAGirl’s quilt (I keep saying I’m going to get started!)  It’s also that fun time of the year when market purchases start to trickle into quilt shops.   These fun crochet-edged double bias tapes arrived last week.  They’re SO cute and I’m looking forward to using them on clothes and quilts.

Thimbleanna: Crochet Edged Bias Tape

Have a great week — it’s supposed to be blisteringly hot here by the end of the week … Think SNOW LOL!
XOXO,
Anna

Happy Spring!

Yipee! It’s the first day of spring! We love the first day of spring here in ThimbleannaLand because it’s the day our beloved little SecondChild was born and we LOVE him to pieces. (Except, we wish he lived closer {sniff}{sniff})

I’m hoping Spring will bring lots of energy around here and help me get some projects done. I have several on-the-go, but progress appears to be at a snail’s pace. We did complete one big project this week. On Friday, TheManoftheHouse and I went to visit TheFirstChild and SweetiePie, and SweetiePie and I made curtains for the new baby’s room. She’s almost ready for the baby — just a few baby showers and 12 weeks to go!

Here’s the nursery before curtains …

Thimbleanna: Nursery

And after. I love that happy pop of pink!

Thimbleanna: Nursery

SweetiePie has done such a beautiful job on this little room and she’s given a lot of thought to every little detail.  I should have taken more pictures!  There’s another window with the same pink curtains to the left of the picture (behind the glider) and some adorable little book shelves (that used to be spice racks — SweetiePie is SO clever!)  The C on the wall is a hint as to the baby’s probable name. I was thinking they’d have an “F” on the wall —  I’m happily naming her FinallyAGirl because, FINALLY, we have a girl on the way! I checked the family tree, and going back along the male side of the family, there hasn’t been a surviving girl for 150 years — the last one was born in 1865. So, needless to say, it’s going to be all about the PINK around here for awhile!

In other news, while I’ve been working on random projects, lots of fabric has arrived here in ThimbleannaLand.  A few random bolts — the top two are from Sweetwater’s Mama Said Sew Volume II.  I love the super cute little flowers and, of course, I had to have the text fabric.  All my favorite Quilt Shops LOL!  Then, there is a PINK bolt — just because.  It’s from one of my all time favorite fabric collections — Fresh Cut by Basic Gray for Moda.  And, the bottom bolt is just a great neutral, also by Basic Gray.

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Then, a few little Easter chicks helped me welcome a few bolts from Blend Fabrics.  This is Born Wild by Ana Davis.  I love these sweet animal prints and I think they’ll make wonderful baby gifts.

Thimbleanna: Fabric

And, finally, for more baby gifts, three new double gauze plaids.  Baby Swaddles coming right up!

Thimbleanna: Fabric

All these prints are available in my etsy shop and hopefully soon, I’ll be sewing with all of them.  FinallyAGirl will be here before we know it!

XOXO,
Anna