It Always Happens

LeMoyne Stars – Star Garden, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

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.


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10 comments… add one
  • Kaholly Aug 24, 2015

    Lovely work. Bet that hand brace makes a huge difference.
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  • Kathy Aug 24, 2015

    Isn’t that the way it always is when you order/buy a replacement for something you’ve lost or misplaced? Thankfully, you can use the replacements, like you said. I really like the double lines you’re quilting on the borders.
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  • Deb Aug 24, 2015

    Oh I like the lighter threads! 🙂

  • Teri Dingler Aug 24, 2015

    I love the little label- did you order it from somewhere? I have iron ons but really like that one also – mind sharing where to order that one?

  • Sandra B Aug 24, 2015

    Love the thread you are using….I think it is going to look great! I was wondering how you would mark the quilt…I have never used a mechanical pencil with white chalk, so thanks for sharing that information…..I will have to give it a try!

  • Vicki W Aug 24, 2015

    The variegated threads are going to work great. What a good idea to mix them up!
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  • Kristie Aug 24, 2015

    What brand of thread are you using? You may have mentioned it before but I just don’t recall. I’m excited about seeing this quilt progress. I think it is beautiful.
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  • Kaja Aug 24, 2015

    I love how you have mixed up your variegated threads – it looks very effective. As for thimbles, at least you have a spare now, I keep thinking I should get an extra one just in case…

  • Carla Dean Aug 24, 2015

    Do you use color catchers when you wash your quilts? If so, do they help?

  • Pam Aug 24, 2015

    i did the exact same thing with my thimble just recently! Where did you get your labels printed?

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