Blue Socks

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on my Aunts’ Quilt — it’s always fun to have a quilt finish!  I’ve pressed The Aunts’ (or rather, the back of the Aunts’) into service again to show off my latest sock finish:

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

I worked on these little socks randomly here and there, and just whenever, and finally they’re done.  I started knitting the Drunken Bees pattern (which I can’t seem to find now) out of this yarn, but quickly discovered that I’d really have to be drunk to successfully execute that pattern (I knit waaaay too tightly for that pattern to work for me).  Just as I was pondering new options, Bekah posted a new sock pattern that she’s offering for free.  So, I used my standard sock knitting method and used the “stripe-y” technique from her pattern for the stripes.  I’ve already worn them and they’re super cozy!  Thanks Bekah!

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

Lean to the Left …

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

Lean to the Right …

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

there’s a punch line here somewhere, but I can’t remember what it is.  Oh well … (btw, all the wood in the background came from yet another tree that we’ve lost on our lot — at this rate, our lot will be naked in 10 years {Sigh}).

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

I actually took these pictures last week, but somehow I just can’t seem to get back here during the week to write a post.  I’m either at Mom’s or, when I get home, I make a hurried dinner and then bury myself in the hand quilting on the baby’s quilt.  It’s slow going though — I’m guessing I’m about 1/3 of the way done.  I was hoping for a finish by Halloween, but now I’m hoping for Christmas ;-D.

Thimbleanna: Blue Socks

And now … it’s the weekend. Yipee! Have a Good One — and if you’re in the southeast, I hope you’re staying high and dry and that “normal” will soon return.

XOXO,
Anna

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The Aunts Are Done!

Well…How was your weekend? Mine was great — I finished the Aunts’ Quilt!

Ta-Dah!!!

Thimbleanna: The Aunts' Quilt

Oh, how I loooove this quilt! It was SO fun to make! This quilt took a year to piece the top (it’s been almost two years since we started the Aunts’ Quilt Quilt-a-long) and then I sent the top to a hand-quilter (because I think a quilt with that much work deserves hand-quilting ;-D )and it took her almost a year to finish the quilting. As always, she did a beautiful job! My very favorite part is the cross-hatching on the applique blocks.

Thimbleanna: The Aunts' Quilt

The pieced blocks aren’t as heavily quilted, but that’s ok — the applique blocks are really the stars of the quilt.  We basically did 1/4″ quilting around the flying geese and large cross-hatching in the corners.  We debated making the cross-hatching smaller on those corners, but I like the contrast between the larger cross-hatching and the smaller cross-hatching.

Thimbleanna: The Aunts' Quilt

For the backing, I used the same Japanese honeycomb dot fabric that I used in the border — just in a different colorway.  You can also see how the border was quilted in the picture below.  The clamshells were quilted both in the ditch and 1/4″ in from the edge.  I know some of you don’t like that clamshell border but I love it.  I love looking at all the different fabrics that were used in the interior of the quilt.  And for the binding I used a Bonnie and Camille diagonal stripe from their April Showers line.  It’s funny, when I bought the stripes in that line, the teal was my least favorite color and I thought I would never use it.  I think it worked out just right for this quilt though.

Thimbleanna: The Aunts' Quilt

So, now what to do with her?  I’m still pondering my options.  For awhile, I’ll probably just spend a lot of time just looking at her.  I do so love a scrappy quilt!  She looks pretty folded, sitting on a bench (look at those fun fabrics on those two middle folds!).

Thimbleanna: The Aunts' Quilt

But she really looks pretty, all spread out with someone sleeping under her.  (Speaking of which, what is it about cats and quilts?  Within 5 minutes of sitting down to start the binding of the quilt, both cats tried to climb up on my lap and curl up under the quilt.  Stubborn Scruff even tried twice!)

Thimbleanna: The Aunts' Quilt

Now I can get back to work on the baby quilt.  I’m hoping to finish the quilting by Halloween — it’s lots of work, but it sure is fun!

Have a great week!
XOXO,
Anna

P.S. The pattern for The Aunts’ Quilt was designed by Australian Gina Gregory!

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Five on Friday

Happy Friday! Here are a few things happening around here this week:

1. It’s Candy Corn season again — Yipee!!! I Love Candy Corn mixed with salted peanuts. It just makes me want to sew lots of Halloween fabrics. I probably won’t this year, but I WILL eat lots of Candy Corn! ;-D

Thimbleanna: Candy Corn

2. Fall always makes me want to knit sweaters for some reason. I pulled this stripey project out of the UFO closet last week for my lunch time knitting. I started this last year, but it is s-l-o-o-o-w going, so it ended up being shelved for spring and summer. Maybe I’ll finish it in a few years haha. The stripes are made by knitting a variegated colorful yarn and a variegated neutral yarn every-other-row. I love the pattern it’s making and the drape of the “fabric” is just wonderful!

Thimbleanna: Stripey

3. I finished piecing the baby quilt for FinallyAGirl last week and started quilting it this week. I’d forgotten how much I love to hand quilt (sore fingers aside). I’m loving working on this project in the evenings.

Thimbleanna: Stars

4. Remember this quilt??? She comes home from her year-long hand-quilted spa trip tomorrow and I can’t wait to see her! Hopefully there will be some binding happening next week — if I can tear myself away from the baby quilt.

Thimbleanna: Aunts Quilt

5. A few new fabrics have arrived in my little shop. A re-stock on the famous black and white binding stripe and two new little Japanese prints. The knitting print is a lightweight canvas and will make some adorable knitting bags. The little Paris Girl print is so darn cute I had to get her. She’s having a very busy day — shopping, cleaning, baking, sewing, and lots of pampering!

Thimbleanna: New Fabric

Have a wonderful weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

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Beutahful

Aha!  I was right when I said it would be September before I would post again.  Don’t worry though — I’m not clairvoyant, I just had a little insider information.  We took a little family trip to Utah — our favorite place to visit.  We were all together — TheManoftheHouse, both boys, SweetiePie and FinallyAGirl.  Everyone just wanted to have a relaxing vacation, but TheSecondChild and I wanted to do some hiking, so, on the second day we were there, we hiked the Timpanooke Trail.

We didn’t get to the trail until around 9 a.m. and we took the wrong trail right off the bat.  After about a mile, I realized that something was wrong so we turned around to go back to the parking lot.  Halfway back, we ran into three hikers and while I was asking them where the right trail was, I realized that the 3rd hiker was Amber!  What are the odds of meeting someone you know out in the middle of nowhere???  That was a fun surprise, and of course, provided teasing material for the boys for the rest of the trip — they think this whole blogging thing is pretty funny.

Anyway, we lost 2 miles and an hour, but we finally found the right trail and hiked away.  The scenery and views were gorgeous!

Thimbleanna: Timp Hike

By 2 p.m. we made it to the meadow just below the saddle and stopped for a little snack and rest.  We kept on going, but when we came to the bluffs, just below the saddle, TheSecondChild decided that he’d had enough.  The trails along the bluffs were steep and rocky with a few washed out places and he was worried about how we’d get back down.  So, with just a half-mile to go, we turned around.  So Sad!  In hindsight, and as I look at the pictures that I took on the way back down, I think that little bluff area was very short and we should have kept going.  Oh well.  I hiked it when I was in college, so, I’ve seen those stunning views from the top.  I hope maybe TheSecondChild will try it again some day.

Thimbleanna: Timp Hike

The hardest part was the 3 hours coming back down.  The trails are really rocky and uneven and hard on the feet.  I didn’t have my boots tied tightly enough, so I have lots of bruised and blistered toenails that will be my souvenirs for a few months.  Ouch!  The upside of the whole hike were the gorgeous views and the mountain goats.  We saw several of them and there are so many people that do this hike that they don’t seem to be afraid of us.  Not that they’re friendly, but they don’t run and hide!  I think mountain goats are SO amazing — how do they climb those rocky cliffs with hoofs and not plummet to their deaths???  (This is not a zoomed in picture — we really are that close.  This is the bluff area where we turned around — the mountain goats and lots of other people could handle it, but we couldn’t LOL.)

Thimbleanna: Timp Hike

My sore toes hampered any other hiking that I wanted to do for the rest of the week, so we just took it easy and hung out.  One morning, we went to the Olympic Park and watched the ski jump practices — always fun!  That afternoon, TheManoftheHouse and TheSecondChild went to a gun range where they had a great time playing with machine guns.  Men!

Thimbleanna: Park City

The rest of  the time was just spent loafing around.  I didn’t even take very many pictures.

Thimbleanna: Park City

My very favorite thing was spending time with this little cherub.  I got lots of cuddle time and the best part was several times when I got to walk with her and sing her to sleep (no rocking to sleep for this one — she likes to be on the move!)  There’s nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby in your arms!

Thimbleanna: Baby

Here’s a shot of her in her new little Liberty bonnet.  It fit just right, with a wee bit of room to grow.  She’s getting so fun now — she’s a smiley girl and loves to lay out and kick and squeal.  She’s growing too quickly!

Thimbleanna: Baby Bonnet

Now we’re back home and I’m having trouble with re-entry. I spend my days aimlessly looking at quilt pictures, dreaming of all the quilts I’ll never have time to make in this lifetime. There’s SO much inspiration out there! I need to work on lots of UFO’s though. Speaking of — it’s dreary and gloomy here today, so I’m headed to the dungeon to try and make some headway on a certain baby quilt. Happy Weekend!

XOXO,
Anna

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Dog Days Baby Bonnet

Poor, poor little blog. It’s just been so neglected. I’m blaming it on the Dog Days of Summer. It’s been so slow around here with not very much happening. The days are long (work, work, work) and the weeks flash by. I have no clue where summer has gone — it seems like we were just thinking that FinallyAGirl would never get here and now she’s two months old already!

Just the girls in the family snuck off for an afternoon last weekend and we had a quick visit with our little princess. It was short and sweet and oh so fun. And we weren’t the only ones being sneaky — SweetiePie snapped this pic of us ladies oooohing and aaaahing over the baby.

Thimbleanna: Princess

I love that picture so much. It says so much about our little family. And how thrilled we are to have that sweet little girl join us!

I’ve also done a little bit of sewing here and there. I’ve barely started to work on the blocks for a quilt for FinallyAGirl. And, this afternoon, I made her a quick little bonnet for some up-coming trips she’ll be taking in the next few months (Don’t Look Pie!).

Thimbleanna: Princess

She probably already has several little sunbonnets.  But you know what they say.  Makers gonna make.  Especially when the maker is a new Grandma.  I just couldn’t help it.   A few months ago, a really sweet woman started buying lots of Liberty fabrics from my little etsy shop.  I finally asked her what she was making with all of her Liberty, and she told me she has a new little granddaughter too.  Then she told me I really should make the sunbonnet from Purl — it’s so sweet and easy to make.  I used Pheobe in pink for the print and Moda Bella 97 for the white.  And the little bonnet is fully reversible, in case SweetiePie wants a mostly white bonnet with just a hint of color.

Thimbleanna: Princess

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TeddyBear decided to model the bonnet, even though his head is the wrong size. (And mostly because I can’t find my little doll model, who I hope will turn up as mysteriously as she’s disappeared — I need her modeling help!)

Hopefully I won’t be gone for so long next time, but who knows.  I’m guessing it will be September by the time I post again.  September!  I just can’t believe it already!

XOXO,
Anna

P.S. In the event you’re in need of fabric, there have been lots of new arrivals in my little shop — some new Liberty, some of the very popular Rifle Paper Co. prints, and some Santa fabrics (’cause I’m not saying the “C” word in August!)!

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