Monday, February 20, 2012

Design Wall Monday, Thimbles, and Texas Treasure

I started out the day finishing numbers 117 through 119 hexie flowers for the Vignette Hexagon quilt.  I got so excited about the fact that I was this close to 140 that I sorted and individually bagged all the flower pieces for the remaining 21 flowers.  I'm so close, if I can just sit still long enough to get them all put together.

Bonnie at Quiltville's Snips and Quips is having a Thimble Linky party today which I am finding very interesting.  It is fun to see what thimbles people use and why.  I've tried pretty much every thimble out there, and every time I'm in an antique store I look for the "old" thimbles to see if I can find a really pretty one.  I've never actually purchased an antique one, but I do have my grandmother's thimble which is very special to me.  

I always use a leather thimble and the one I use has the entire fingertip covered.  It seems I tend to use the side of my finger a lot, and when I use the thimbles that don't have the entire fingertip covered, I end up having a very sore finger at the end of the day.  I also found that as I tend to have a longer fingernail, the leather thimble is only one I can stand to wear as it doesn't get underneath my nail.  I wear my thimble so often that there have been times when my son has had to tell me to take it off because I don't need to wear it while I eat.  I used to find the thimbles I like in quilt stores (the early 90's) and then would order them from Herrschner's when quilt stores no longer carried them.  I've only recently found them in a quilt store again.  They are fairly cheap at $2.99 a thimble and they do last quite a long time for me.

Now on to my horror story for today.  Today's 12-inch block has a lot of tiny pieces, and when there are a lot of tiny pieces that makes for a lot of seams, which in turn makes for a lot of headaches.  In fact, this block could lead a woman to take up paper piecing and like it.  :)  I finished it, but I'm not happy with it.  As a matter of fact it has been finished for hours, and I'm so unhappy with it I actually considered not posting a picture of it.  But there goes the daily sewing of a block, blogging about it, and then posting a picture.  So dear reader, here is block 51 of 366.  Please excuse my ugly block.  This one is definitely going on the bottom of the pile, and I am fairly certain it will be never placed in a quilt.  I think it will be my reminder that as hard as I try, not all blocks are for me, and I need to accept that and move on.  

I'm linking today with Judy for Design Wall Monday, and Bonnie for Thimbles Up.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen


Anonymous said...

At least you gave the block a go. I would have turned the calender to the next block LOL. I love thimbles too but never really use one unless I am sewing through something rather tough. I do have a lovely brass acorn with a thimble hidden inside. Not sure now where it came from. The hexagon quilt is coming along. I have mine to the stage I need to attach the borders. They have been cut for months but things got really busy and I just folded it all away. Must get it out when it cools down as it would be a perfect project for cool evenings and then quilt it in winter. I am thinking about quilting it with a large stiple all over and lines like Leannes but use the machine instead. Not sure yet.

Theresa said...

I think you've made a very good job of a very fiddly quilt block. I like the design of it but I'm sure I wouldn't make a good one myself. I've been using those little leather dots instead of a thimble - I've tried and tried to get used to one but as soon as I put one on I start to use another finger to push the needle! I like the look of your leather ones, perhaps they don't feel as foreign on the finger as metal.

MaryLu said...

I love your thimble thoughts. I too like leather ones especially when I'm quilting at my frame. In a hoop, I can always turn it the way I need to.
I love the little white dish you have to hold your thimbles, I have the same kind in my cupboard holding a stick of butter. Hehe.

Charlie and Wendy said...

You are doing so well with your hexie flowers, mine are packed away at the moment. Your block looks lovely, I wouldn't have known you struggled with it, it looks perfect. I enjoyed reading your story about it though, hugs Wendy

Jan Hatchett said...

Love your hexie flowers, the colors look like Springtime!

kwiltnkats said...

You are way way to hard on yourself. I like your block and don't see why you are SEW disapointed with it. Sit and relax a hexie flower awaits you! Sandi