It always happens that if you loose a little something and order a new piece the original turns up doesn’t it. Well – not usually this fast for me but several hours after I ordered a replacement metal thimble – the original turned up LOL. I mentioned that when getting a new quilt onto the frame I always take everything off the notion holder and place on the table – well that included my hand brace – which got set on top of the sticky side up of the thimble – see it there on the strap LOL – well now I will have extras and well be able to put one in my travel box for applique and piecing and keep one at home ( and bring an extra with me (in its case) in case one gets lost while traveling).
This is what I wear on my fingers when quilting – you do get used to it all after awhile. The clear circle is a gripper for getting a better grip on pulling the needles through – sometimes I put one of these double up on my underneath finger as well. Someone mentioned that she thought I used a different thimble – one that I hold in my hand – yes I did for many years but last year when arthritis struck my hands I decided to go back to the stick on thimbles that I used in years past with luck – the twinges of arthritis lessened after I did this so I am sticking with these for now.
So onto Floral Fantasy – Saturday night I tried out both of the threads that I showed you – the purple/blue and the black/brown/gold. I didn’t like either of them – they were just too dark – and everything I quilted on Saturday night got ripped out on Sunday. Sometimes that happens – a thread just doesn’t do what you think it will do and you don’t like it. The threads will get used in another project eventually! (I am marking my lines with a mechanical pencil with white chalk -it comes out easily)
Luckily I have plenty of thread hanging around and all of these colors are going to work out great – that’s right I am mixing them up – they go fantastic with the bright colors on the frame. I liked them all and when you alternate a strand of thread every time you thread your needle it all gets mixed up – variegated in the true sense of the word I guess.
Here is some that I redid on Sunday afternoon. I decided to double lines in this direction on the outside border. On the squares that make up the inside of the quilt that each have a flower of some fantasy appliqued on them I will do lines in a different direction. This photo is from using all three spools of thread. See how well they blend together to make nice color.
I changed the color a little on the photo above so you could see the colors of the thread better – they are hard to captured in a photo but the photo above is pretty close to the true colors. Of course I am looking at a laptop photo so maybe that makes a difference?
I am almost done with two sides of the Star Garden – I will continue work on it this week and then washing it begins – I imagine with the purples that I have in it that I will be soaking it for a bit to make sure it comes out ok.
Thank you to all that ordered anything from the Craftsy sale though my links – I appreciate it.