I brought my thimbles attempt with me to Wisconsin, confident my friends could help me figure out the problem.
I may have neglected to mention that I had been sewing the thimbles together on 3 different machines. Duh!! The seam allowances were very different and on such small pieces, even an 1/8th makes a big difference!!
I tried to fix them but decided it was easier to start over!
You can't see that I really had to stretch the seams to match them up. Not a good idea with bias edges! Some seams looked gathered!! Eeeeeewww
Here's the Thimble quilt 2.0:
Now if you look closely you'll see how imprecise my sewing is. I wanted them to alternate light/dark but that didn't work all the time. In my book, it's good enough. Perfect is overrated and I'm not expecting the quilt police to stop by! The good news is that all the seams are 1/4" and they (mostly) line up!! I'm going to add a little border. I'm pretty happy with it!
We had participated in a swap last year and two of our group of 18 got theirs done already. I know where my zip lock Baggie is with my project so I am happy with that!!
Close up of Pat's:
I love her choice of colors for the setting squares, triangles and border. We all made and swapped the half square triangles using triangle papers so they are all exactly the same size! The blocks finish at 3"!! Janet O: these blocks are for you!!
Here is Cathy's:
Isn't it amazing how different they look with different setting fabrics?
Cathy Jass also worked on a kit she bought a couple of years ago from Country Sampler in Spring Green. It's one of a kind of shop! I just love the colors of this:
Before the borders were added
Terri Clementi was working on this just before I had to leave for the airport. She said this is a perfect layer cake quilt pattern:
I found another small quilt in one of the bedrooms and thought tit was a great little doll quilt :
So simple but very dramatic!
Of course we had to hit at least one quilt store so we went to Loose Threads in Milton yesterday and I just loved this quilt which they were selling as a kit.
You can't tell that the "appliqué" blocks are from a cheater cloth!! I bought the panels for that and figured I could use my Farm Girl Vintage fabrics for the rest.
Tomorrow I'll show you all the doll quilts that were made as part of our holiday gift exchange.
I'm heading back to California this afternoon and will be happy to be back on the West Coast, where it may be soggy but it's in the 50s. It was a brisk 9* this morning in Janesville!! I do love my trips to Wisconsin, though, even with the cold temps. I have a wonderful group of friends and feel very lucky!!
I need this sign;
Remember tomorrow is bullseye day!
My friend Pat pointed out to me that I did the same sew along two years ago... Do I remember?? Heck no. Hope no one minds!!