Still Here!

It’s been awhile, but I haven’t forgotten about you!  Hopefully, I can get back to a more regular posting schedule.  I am doing plenty of projects, just haven’t had the time to show them off.


This is a little pin cushion and a needle case made from selvages.  I must admit,this is kind of addicting and the possibilities are endless once you have the basic selvage blocks completed.  The needle case pattern from a book called Save the Selvages.  The book contains all kinds of small projects you can make in just  few hours.


Here’s a pattern for what the book called a tea bag holder, but I used it for a wallet and check book cover.

Start saving your selvages and see what you can make!  Keep it Thimble!


Portable Shopping Tote

Hello again!  Life has been busy the past couple of months and I haven’t had a chance to post for awhile.  Rest assured, I’ve been finishing lots of projects.  One thing I made were some portable shopping totes for my son’s teachers (as an end of the year gift).  The pattern is from a book called “Purses Bags & Totes” by Moya’s Workshop.

Shopping Tote - Folded

Shopping Tote – Folded

I really liked the pattern since it is a bit fancier than a tote with straight sides and a square pocket.  This one has some nice stylistic elements that make it more attractive.


I used the same fabrics for each one, but just alternated the placement.  I think I will make more of these.  They didn’t take too long to make.  The most time consuming part was pinning the pleats in the body and sides beacuse you had to do a few measurements to make sure the pleat placement was correct.


Keep it thimble!


Rabbit Pincushion

Rabbit Pincushion - Front

Rabbit Pincushion – Front

It finally feels like Spring is here!  Here’s a rabbit pincushion I made to celebrate.  I saw these rabbits on the Raspberry Rabbits blog and couldn’t resist making one for myself.  The original design is by Donna of Brynwood Needleworks.  I created my own pattern and am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Rabbit Pincushion - Side

Rabbit Pincushion – Side

For the tail, I cut a strip of Minkee fabric, ruffled it, and then wrapped it around into a circle.  I think it looks very cute!  You can tuck a pair of scissors into the pocket on the back.

Rabbit Pincushion - Back

Rabbit Pincushion – Back

Keep it thimble!

New Addition to the Family!

Jangis Con sitting.

Jangis Con sitting.

February has been busy with real work, so I didn’t fulfill my goal of quilting for 20 minutes a day.  I had such good intentions, but the combination of going out of town, working on some extra projects, and getting a new dog all trumped sewing!   I will be posting about my trip in another post, but I will tell you I went to the northern most point of the United States where it was 20 below.

Jangis Con standing.

Jangis Con standing.

The big news is that we have a new member of the family.  His name is Jangis Con – a variant on Ghengis Kahn.  My son doesn’t know who Ghengis Kahn is, but really liked the name.  However, he choose to spell the name differently so he and the dog would have the same initials.  Go figure!

Jangis Con sleeping

Jangis Con sleeping

Jangis is a very cute and jolly dog that brings us a lot of laughs.  Look for more pictures of him in the future!

Keep it Thimble!

The Thimble has been Saved!

Just wanted to let you know that the thimble made the cut and will remain as a Monopoly Token!  The unlucky token to be voted out was the iron.  I was never a fan of that one anyway.  The new token will be this cute little cat!  Thanks for keeping the thimble!

Hasbro Inc handout image shows the new cat token for Monopoly

DaGMT Update – February 4

So far so good, I’ve been able to quilt at least 20 minutes a day in Feb.  It’s only day 4, but I feel very optimistic about being able to do this.  I am going out of town for a few days in Feb, and am already planning what project I can take with me.  It will probably be one of my embroidery or wool appliqué WIPs.

If you recall, my first quilt was a red and white Irish Chain quilt with a blue border.  I removed the blue border since it didn’t really add anything and I think it looks much better as just a red and white quilt.

Finished Irish Chain!

Finished Irish Chain!

Meandering Stitches did the quilting for me.  I stitched on the binding this weekend.  I think it looks great!

I also finished cutting out all the sashing for a Halloween Quilt I started last September.  Now that everything is cut out, it shouldn’t take too long to put together.  Here’s a teaser of what it looks like.

Halloween Quilt in Progress

Halloween Quilt in Progress

Keep It Thimble!



Keep the Thimble! Vote Today!

I just found out that Monopoly is removing one of the classic tokens and replacing it with a new one.  They are letting people vote for which token to save!  Of course, we need to Keep the Thimble.   Voting ends on Feb 15th.  You can vote once a day between now and then.

Go here to vote:




Drop and Give Me 20!

Drop and Give me 20!

Quilting Hottie Haven is hosting a fun event on her blog called “Drop and Give Me 20!


The goal is to quilt for at least 20 minutes a day in the month of February. I am pleased to announce I will be joining her and her merry band in this commitment and hereby post my official statement:

I, Heather Chandler, who is drowning in UFOs am joining Quilting Hottie Haven’s second annual DaGMT event, and pledge to quilt for 20 minutes every day of the month of February, 2013. In doing so I hope to clear out my sewing room so I can start another round of unfinished projects. I also want to thank Beth Helfter (THE Quilting Hottie) for coming up with this brilliant concept and inspiring me to join.

I’ve already put together a list of what I hope to finish. It is very ambitious, but if I complete at least four things on this list, I will consider it a HUGE success. I will tyr to post regular progress reports each week.  In no particular order, the projects are:

*Note that this has been a UFO since Jan 2011!

If you’re interested in joining us, head over to Quilting Hottie Haven’s blog for more information. She has some fabulous giveaways!

Keep it thimble!

Pineapple Pinkeep

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of January!  This year I am focusing on finishing projects that have been 90% finished for a few years.  So far I’ve put the binding on three quilts and have prepped three other quilts for the longarm quilter.  In between finishing projects, I am doing smaller projects that can be finished in a few days.


This is the Pineapple Pinkeep from a pattern by Sue Spargo.  I saw this pattern years ago and always liked it, but never made it.  During one of my thrift store visits, I found this beautiful brass candle bass for 3!  When I saw the base, I knew it would be perfect for the Pineapple Pinkeep.

This project was a lot of fun to put together.  Picking out the wool and buttons to use was the best part.  I also spritzed the wool with some walnut crystal spray so it wouldn’t look too bright (especially on the leaves).  The pineapple is the perfect way to “welcome” in the New Year!

Keep it Thimble!

Keep It Thimble – 2012 in review

Happy New Year!  Time for Keep It Thimble’s 2012 Year in Review. prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 54,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Here’s to a new year full of projects, ideas, tutorials, etc.  Keep it Thimble!