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Wee Wander

Poor, poor little blog.  I would say I can’t believe it’s been 2 1/2 weeks since I’ve posted, but I can believe it.  We’ve had another little event with BigDaddy and we’ve had lots of hospital time in the last few weeks.  This time hasn’t been as dire as last time, but it’s still been worrisome.  After 16 days in the ICU, BigDaddy was finally moved to a regular hospital room today and hopefully he’ll be able to go to a rehab hospital sometime this week.  Just like last time, we’ve been lucky to have a visit from our Aunt Ann to help keep MeMum occupied.  Unfortunately, she’ll be leaving tomorrow and we’ll be on our own. We’ll manage, just like we did last time, but it’s a full time job for MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I, and it leaves little time for anything else.  We’re thinking BigDaddy’s recovery will be a little easier this time, so that’s something to be grateful for!

In the meantime, just before this latest hospital marathon, the Wee Wander fabric line arrived here in ThimbleannaLand.  I LOVE this adorable fabric line.  Each night I came home from the hospital and had about an hour before bedtime, so I stitched a few blocks at the kitchen table.  Sewing is a great way to pass the time when you’re worrying a LOT.  All those nights added up and before I knew it, I had a new little quilt top (it looks like it’s crooked, but it’s not — it’s on a design wall that leans back, so the top is farther away from the camera):

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

I LOVE this sweet fabric line.  Sarah Jane has once again captured some of the sweetest moments of childhood.  I love the horses and those super cute lightning bugs.  I have such fun memories of catching lightning bugs in glass jars when I was a little girl.

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

And the Deer!  The deer are what really sucked me in to this fabric line.  You know how people always ask if you remember where you were when President Kennedy was shot, or when the space shuttle blew up?  Well, do you remember where you were when Bambi’s father told Bambi that a hunter had killed his mother???  DO you???  I remember sitting in a movie theater, looking up at that huge movie screen in the dark, with tears running down my face.  It was such a tramatic event in my over-protected childhood.

And then there was The Yearling.  I loooooved that book.  What a tear-jerker!!!  So, I love deer.  Here’s my favorite block in my little quilt:

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

Yup, that’s Bambi, right there!  Here’s another favorite — look at that cute little girl!

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

In case you feel the need for some Wee Wander fabric, I have some in my little Etsy shop.  Unfortunately, the cute blue border fabric is already sold out.

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Quilt

In addition to yardage, I have some half-yard bundles that also contain some coordinating Moda Bella solid fabrics.  I wanted to add some yellow for the lightning bug glow and some green to coordinate with the pretty green leaves on the horse print.

Thimbleanna: Wee Wander Stack

Posting will probably be a little sparse around here while we help BigDaddy get better. One good thing about all this hospital waiting is that it’s good knitting time. I’m betting my next post will contain a finished knitting project.  ;-D

XOXO,
Anna

Peace. Love. Yoga.

Hello boys and girls!  It’s time to show you the super secret Christmas sewing project that was the most time consuming.  Here’s a little hint:

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

Any guesses?

Ok, I’ll tell you.  All the ladies in the ThimbleannaLand family are planning a little yoga vacation this summer so I thought it would be fun if we all had matching yoga mat bags.  Altogether, I made 6 bags and it took me several full weekends to complete them.

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

I think the girls really liked them.  CuteNiece2 (who is becoming a certified yoga instructor and will be our own personal instructor on our trip) told me this was her favorite gift, so that was pretty exciting!

I couldn’t find a yoga mat bag pattern that I liked, so I just sort of made one up by looking at commercially available yoga mat bags.  Each bag has one long zipper for the mat compartment in the middle and a smaller zipper on one side that opens into a pocket for wallet, keys, etc.  There is also an outside mesh pocket for a water bottle or towel or whatever.  Here’s a shot of what each side of the bags looks like:

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

If you look closely, you can see that I personalized each person’s bag with their name.  The top bag in the picture above just happens to be mine!  ;-D  There’s a big long shoulder strap that runs from the top of the bag to the bottom of the bag.  It’s sewn down on the bottom of the bag, but on the top it’s left open so that it could be used as a carrying handle if someone wanted to carry their bag in an upright position but not on their shoulder.  There are also grommets in the bottom to provide ventilation for the mats.  Here’s a shot of the top and bottom of the bags:

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

You can see that I used Sweetwater’s Make Life print on the ends of the bag.  I also used it for the bag linings.  It’s one of my very favorite prints ever and I’ve been hoarding a lot of it for a long time.  I think the little sayings in the print are perfect for a yoga bag.  Like the pencil rolls, I used the Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Sand for most of the outside of the bags and then chose some scrap fabrics to match the Make Life fabric.

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

The machine embroidery is a design from embroidery library.  We had a lot of peace signs this Christmas ;-D.  (They also have a cute Peace. Love. Knit. design that I think would be fun on a knitting bag.)

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

And just to prove that I really did make six of them, here they are all stacked together.  This was really a fun project to sew!

Thimbleanna: Yoga Mat Bag

So, that’s the big project and the medium project posted. ;-D There’s still one other little project that I’ll save for next time. I hope you’re having a good week!
XOXO,
Anna

Ooooh, P.S.  I forgot to tell you that I got my shipment of Linen Mochi Dots by MoMo from Moda.  I LOVE this fabric and if it had been available before Christmas, these yoga bags would have had a very different look!  You can find them HERE, in my little etsy store.

Thimbleanna: Linen Mochi Dots

I’m Dreaming …

…of a White Christmas and it’s looking pretty iffy out there. We finally have snow, but we’re expecting a little warm-up on the weekend.  Fingers crossed that it won’t all melt! I loooove snow and we got a nice little storm over the weekend. According to the weatherman, we got 7″. It’s so pretty out the back window.

Thimbleanna: Snow

Well, how’s your holiday prep coming along??? We’re in the single digits now — only 9 more days until Christmas! I finally have a little decorating, a lot of shopping, and a little wrapping done. It’s a mess, really. Super Secret Sewing took several weekends but that’s been conquered now — Yay! And yesterday was the annual gingerbread baking day. I learned a few years ago that the gingerbread needs to be made earlier than the day before the competition to allow the gingerbread to dry out a little. That seems to help with all the cave-ins.  (Btw, here’s the link to our recipe — you still have time if you’d like to do your own gingerbread houses this year.)

Thimbleanna: Gingerbread

So, not much to show, but there has been a LOT of work going on around here — around your house too, I’m betting.  And, I’m thinking, if you’re getting tired, you should treat yourself to a little surprise!  ;-D  I’ve put a few Moda precuts into my little shop just in case you decide to treat yourself.

Thimbleanna: Fat Quarter Towers

(L to R:  Printemps by 3 Sisters, April Showers by Bonnie and Camille, Color Me Happy by V and Co and Le Bouquet Francais by French General)

I also have some charm packs of April Showers listed just in case you need a last minute gift for a quilty friend or two.  Or (it goes without saying) YOU.  Did you buy yourself a gift yet this year?  I haven’t bought mine yet, but it’s almost certain to be fabric LOL.

Okey Doke.  Must run.  Still a little secret knitting that needs to happen.  Good Luck with the next week — Be Good  to Yourself!!!

XOXO,
Anna

Five on Friday

1. The teeny tiny garden was a bust this year. {Sigh} Apparently the hail storm that ate the zinnias wasn’t enough. Something’s up with the tomatoes. They’re refusing to turn red. They go from green to something close to black.  Is there some new black tomato that I don’t know about?  I’m afraid to eat them.

Thimbleanna: Piecing

2.  Look at this fun skeleton fabric I picked up in New York City last week.  I thought it would be perfect for the Dr. Child, but I don’t have a clue what to do with it.  I’ll happily take suggestions if you have any!

Thimbleanna: Piecing

3.  I’ve been pouring through quilt books, thinking about what I want to work on next.  I know the Steampunks aren’t done yet, but they’re getting close.  Only 6 more blocks.  I think I have an idea what I want to do, but, as always, selecting the colors is a big problem for me.  I love them all.  What to do.  What to do.

Thimbleanna: Piecing

4.  When I saw the Le Creme Swiss Dots from Riley Blake, I fell in fabric love.  I think they’re perfect for applique backgrounds and light values in blocks.  I had to have them.  And then I bought too much.  So, I’ve put some in my little etsy shop.  (Speaking of which, thank you for all the Adventure Girls love — the kits are gone now, but there are a few panels left.)

Thimbleanna: Piecing

5.  Thank you to Brigette for sending me a funny on Black Tomato Day.

Thimbleanna: Piecing

May your weekend be full of RED tomatoes!
XOXO,
Anna

We Were Made for Adventure

Do you remember when I went to quilt market in May, and I showed you a picture of The Sweet Life line of fabric by Cori Dantini — and I told you that you would be seeing it again?  No?  Well, the fabric surprise that happened while I was on vacation, is the arrival of The Sweet Life fabric that I ordered at market.  Here’s a picture of the quilt that was in the Blend Fabrics booth at market.

Thimbleanna: Cori Dantini

I fell hard for that sweet little quilt.  I think it’s the perfect quilt for the girls in our lives — for birthdays, graduations or for stepping out into a grand new adventure.  My favorite panel is the cute middle panel in the quilt above — We Were Made for Adventure.

Thimbleanna: Cori Dantini

And look at this adorable print — the little girls are doing fun things like gardening and embroidering.  Soooo, so cute!

Thimbleanna: Cori Dantini

Blend Fabrics has put out a free quilt pattern for this cute quilt.  Here’s a better shot from the pattern.

Thimbleanna: Cori Dantini

I’ve put together some kits for these cute quilts — I hope you’ll love them just as much as I do.  Each kit has almost 8 yards of fabric – enough to make the quilt, as pictured, plus a quilt back.  Plus, there will be one We Were Made for Adventure block left over — it would make a cute pillow to go with your quilt!

Thimbleanna: Cori Dantini

I can’t wait to make one for me – I’m trying to exercise some self control and finish the Steampunk blocks before I start this quilt.  Although, it will go together so quickly that it wouldn’t really hurt to let it cut in line.   I also bought some extra Adventure Girls fabric panels.  Each panel has three blocks — Dare to Fly, Enjoy Your Days, and We Were Made For Adventure.  Both the kits and the fabric panels are in my Etsy Shop.

Thimbleanna: Cori Dantini

Considering that MyDadLovesMeBestSister and CuteNiece1 jumped out of an airplane today, do you think maybe they need  We Were Made for Adventure quilts too???  (Just between you and me, I think they need We’re a Few Fries Short of a Happy Meal quilts — cah-raaay-zy!)

XOXO,
Anna