And the Winner Is…

Thanks to everyone who entered the Giveaway for the Cupcake Pin Cushion!  Winner is announced at the end of this post.  Several of you commented that it was hard to spot the error since the picture of the corrected one was rotated – thus making it hard to compared the two.  Of course, I did that on purpose to make it a bit more challenging!  See the picture below for the solution.

Solution for Fixing

As you can see, I had three squares that weren’t in the correct place.  This caused the small triangles in the upper middle to be mismatched with their appropriate color.  The squares were ripped out and re-sewn, as that that seemed the easiest and quickest way to correct it.  See below for the corrected version.  Note, I have rotated it so that it is easier to compare the two.

Update:  Just realized I mis-labeled Square 3.  Square three should be the square in the lower left corner.  That one needs to be rotated so the purple triangle matches up correctly with the main design.  Luckily I did this correctly when I actually fixed the quilt!

Fixed Table Topper

There were a total of 7 comments on the Giveaway post.  A random number generator from was used to select the winner.

Cupcake Pincushion Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Emily Breclaw of The Caffeinated Quilter, who posted the third comment!

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Giveaway – Can You Spot the Mistake?

I’ve been working on a table topper from the Summer 2012 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects that features both piecing and applique.  The background pieces were cut out a few weeks ago and I spent the past week piecing them together.  I felt really triumphant when I completed it on Saturday.  The plans was to start work on the applique part on Sunday.  However, after looking at it closely, I spotted a mistake….

Can you spot the mistake?

I felt I could live with it, but after sleeping on it I decided I couldn’t!  I spent a few hours Sunday fixing it, but it was worth it.  Below is the corrected background.  The applique work can wait until next weekend.

Corrected background.

Just for fun, let’s turn this into a giveaway.  The prize is a cute little cupcake pincushion (color may vary).

Figure 6 - Finished Cupcake
Giveaway Prize – Cupcake Pincushion

Post a comment below with what you think mistake is and how you would fix it.   All comments will be included in the drawing (even the ones that don’t have the correct answer).    Deadline for comments is Sunday, August 5th.   Winner will be notified via email and announced on the blog.

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Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!  I am on a business trip right and and am blogging from the hotel room.  I will keep you in suspense for a few seconds longer though – the winner will be announced at the end of this post!

Traveling can be fun anytime, but it is even better when the Company puts you up in a nice hotel.  This time I had the pleasure of staying at the Westin.  In addition to their very comfortable beds and pillows – they had something I’ve dreamed about – a double shower head!

Luxurious Double Shower Head

Now before you think I am getting a little too excited over this, imagine yourself with the water as hot as you want, no one interrupting you, taking as long as you want, and then add the luxury of a double shower head!  I will miss you my friend.

Let's Draw Cute Plants and Animals!

Also, I don’t have time to write a full review for these right now, but I bought these two books and highly recommend them.  The first one is called “Let’s Draw Cute Plants and Animals” by Sachiko Umoto.  It’s a fun little book that shows you how to make some very nice illustrations.  Although, it’s geared towards children, adults will enjoy it as well.  I picked this up so I can start improving on my drawing skills (necessary for some of the patterns I am working on).

Quilter's Academy - Vol 3

The second book is the “Quilter’s Academy – Vol 3” by Harriet and Carrie Hargrave.   As you recall, I posted a review of Vol 1 awhile back and am pleased to say the Vol 2 and Vol 3 are just as interesting and educational.  I am still working through some of the techniques in Vol 1, but find these are all good reference books for any quilting questions I have.

Winner of the Tulip Purse - Comment 8!

Now to announce the winner!  I had 13 entries (all of them recorded in the comments) so I used a random number generator to pick which comment was the winner.  I am pleased to announce it is comment #8 – Sandi H!

Congratulations Sandi!  Please email your address at and I will get it in the mail this weekend.

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Giveaway – Tulip Purse!

As promised, there will be more giveaways this year.  I meant to do this earlier, but time is just flying by!

Hot Pink Tulip Purse

This charming hot pink Tulip purse is the first giveaway of 2011!  It is the perfect accessory for your spring wardrobe. It also makes a fun little sewing case.  There are a few ways to enter and you will get one entry for each one (so if you do all four things, you will be entered four times).  You can:

  1. Leave a comment on this post (include your email)
  2. Subscribe to my blog (see link on the top right-hand sidebar)
  3. Add a link to this giveaway on your blog
  4. Add a link to my blog on your blog’s sidebar

If you do items 3 or 4 on the list, please email a link to your post/blog at so I will know to add these entries to the hat!

The deadline for entering Wednesday night, April 20.  The winner will be selected randomly from all entries early Thursday morning.

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Amy Barickman Giveaway

Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction is one of my favorite designers.  She creates awesome patterns and designs fabric for Red Rooster Fabrics (Simply Spooky is probably my all time favorite Halloween fabric).

Stitchin’ Thyme mentioned that Amy is having a giveaway (thanks Jennifer!) and of course I had to enter.  In order to share the love (and increase my chances to win) I am sharing this with you.  If you want to enter to win some of Amy’s fabric and her latest Redwork Book, head over to her blog and enter.  Good luck!

Goals for 2011!

Happy New Year!

Well, it’s time to kick of 2011 at Keep It Thimble!  I wanted to have a great new project to share with you today, but I had a Wool Crazy emergency!  I took the block with me on the road over the Christmas holidays so I could finish basting down the wool appliques.  I only had a few more left – they were all cut out, they just needed to be stitched down.  When I got home, some of my appliques were missing – I’d left them in the hotel!!  Long story short, I spent yesterday recreating the missing appliques and stitching them down so I wouldn’t lose them again.  This was a blessing in disguise, as I’ve been missing to finish the applique part so I can get started on the crazy quilt stitches.  Now this project is more portable and I won’t lose anything – as long as I don’t misplace the entire block :).  Here’s how it looks now:

Wool Crazy Progress

2011 Goals

Big plans are in the works for 2011. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect this coming year!  I appreciate everyone who reads my blog and I look forward to sharing more with you this coming year:

  • More free patterns
  • More tutorials
  • More giveaways
  • More book reviews
  • Guest bloggers
  • Etsy shop

Finally, here are some fun stats about Keep It Thimble that were sent to me by WordPress (my blog host).

Keep It Thimble – 2010 in Review

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 61 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 81 posts. There were 124 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 232mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 20th with 326 views. The most popular post that day was Free Pattern – Shaker Pincushion.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for folded patchwork, patchwork, folded star patchwork, wool crazy, and folded star.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Free Pattern – Shaker Pincushion January 2010


Free Pattern – Folded Patchwork Star December 2009


Free Patterns October 2009


Free Pattern – Stuffed Sea Creature Toys April 2010


Grommet Purse August 2010

Giveaway Winner!!!

Well, by default, Mrs. B is the winner of my blog giveaway!  Congratulations to her – I guess she got rid of the other competition :).  I’m sure she will enjoy her red, white, and blue fabric and homemade pincushion.

Here’s another little Liberty Rose pincushion that honors the Red Cross. It is complemented by a vintage Red Cross pin.  I have some other projects in the works, but it’s been hard to find time to finish them.  Hopefully, I can get caught up in the next few weeks.

Red Cross Pincushion

One Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Today is the first anniversary for Keep It Thimble!  I want to thank all my readers – you’ve helped me keep this going!  I look forward to doing this another year :).

Traditionally, you celebrate the first year with a gift of paper, but I figured fabric would be more appropriate. Here are a few things I pulled from my stash that will be given away to one lucky reader:

One Year Anniversary Giveaway

A Red, White and Bold charm pack, coordinating fabric (1/2 yard each), and a tomato pincushion (handmade by yours truly!).  To enter, just post a comment below – simple!  The contest closes at 8pm (ET) this Sunday, and a winner will be randomly chosen on Sunday night.

Winner of Christmas Stocking Giveaway

It’s time to announce the winner of the Christmas Stocking!  I used the Random Number Generator at to select a number between 1 and 26 (since there were 26 comments).  The number selected is 15 – which means the winner is…..

Suzanne Meiler!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Here are a few holiday projects to tide you over until next year.  Please check back in 2010 as I will be having other exciting giveaways and free patterns!

Old World Santa
Santa Table Topper
Snowman Table Topper

Christmas Stocking Giveaway!

Announcing Keep It Thimble’s first giveaway!  Put your name in the hat for a chance to win this Christmas stocking I made.  The pattern is free from the McCall’s website. You will need to enter your email in order to get it – and so far I haven’t been spammed by them.

Christmas Stocking
Christmas Stocking

To enter, just leave a comment on this post.  Be sure to provide a valid email address.  The winner will be chosen at random on December 18th. You will be contacted for your mailing address if you are the winner!