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: https://apps.facebook.com/saveyourtoken/

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Keep It Thimble – 2012 in review

Happy New Year!  Time for Keep It Thimble’s 2012 Year in Review. WordPress.com 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!

Marshmallow Snowmen

My husband and I went to a concert last night so a friend came over to babysit.  He gets the prize for  best babysitter, because he came prepared to do a fun food project!  He had a bag of marshmallows, a tube of black icing, Jelly Bellys, Airheads, and pretzel sticks   Add in one excited 6 year old and you get these adorable snowmen!

Marshmallow Snowmen
Marshmallow Snowmen

The pretzels are used to hold the marshmallows together and also for the arms.  A Jelly Belly is used for the nose, and you can cut them in half to make eyes or buttons.  A strip of airhead makes a delicious scarf.  The final touch is putting on buttons with just a drop of black icing.  I can’t wait to make these myself.  Thanks for the idea Jim.

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Wool Duck Ornament by Jen

My friend Jen just sent me photos of this adorable duck ornament she made for her child’s teacher.

Wool Duck Ornament by Jen
Wool Duck Ornament by Jen

I asked Jen to tell me about her process:

“Sure!  I made it from this pattern http://noseynest.blogspot.com/2008/06/lucky-ducky-freebie.html but I turned it inside out to hide the seams.  I like the look of hidden seams better, but it made his head so small!  Wasn’t thinking about that when I changed it though.  It’s just on regular wool felt, and before sewing it together I used embroidery thread to stitch on the decorative stitches.

Detail of Wing on Wool Duck Ornament
Detail of Wing on Wool Duck Ornament

I used a straight stitch for the downy body, fly stitches for the feathers on the wings, buttonhole stiches to outline the wings and  french knots, outline stich and backstitch for the beak.  Oh and fly stitch, laisy daisy and outline and french knot for the heart patch.

Detail on Wool Duck Ornament
Detail on Wool Duck Ornament

Then I turned it inside out, stitched it, and stuffed it.  It turned out a little wonky, to be honest, but I like the stitching effect and the cute little heart with holly berries. ”

Thanks for sharing, Jen! Keep it Thimble!

Chilly the Snowman

Remember the snowman makedo’s I posted about?  Well, here is a full snowman!  I had all the stuffed white balls sitting on my craft table and my son took three of them, stacked them on top of each other, and said he would like me to make him a snowman.  Why didn’t I think of that?

Chilly the Snowman
Chilly the Snowman

Chilly the Snowman lives in warm weather, and the only thing cold about him is his name.  He wears the scarf to make a fashion statement.

To turn this into a full snowman, I hot glued the head and body segments together.  I hot glued the buttons (really to save time since it dries to so fast), used a strip of flannel for the scarf, and got two twigs from the yard for the arms.  He has some balancing issues, but I found a small wooden ring to use as a stand and now he won’t tip over.

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Here Comes Santa Claus!

I had a class with Liberty Rose yesterday and we made this Santa Claus pillow.   The face is embroidered with one strand of floss and a silver floss was used to get the twinkles in his eye.  When the face and other parts were stitched down, a bit of stuffing was added to make him “pop” off the background.  I added the “ho, ho, ho” on the side since he wasn’t quite centered by himself.

Ho ho ho! Santa Claus Pillow

What Christmas projects are you trying to finish up before the holidays?

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Christmas Decorations – Elf Hat and Shoes

This is a cute little project of an Elf Hat and Shoes.  The shoe pattern is from Country Whims and the Hat pattern is courtesy of a class with Liberty Rose.  They turned out pretty cute and look great in the hallway, almost like the Elf stopped for a visit and took off his shoes and hat off at the front door.

Elf Hat and Shoes
Elf Hat and Shoes

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Tis the Season – Frosty the Snowman

Now that it’s finally December, I can start posting Christmas things!  I had a crazy idea about posting something everyday in December as a sort of holiday countdown, but the reality of doing that is a different story.

Frosty the Snowman Makedo
Frosty the Snowman Makedos

Last year I planned to make a bunch of these cute little Frosty make-dos; they were all cut out, the heads were sewn, the candlesticks were prepped, but I just didn’t manage to finish them.  This year I completed 12 of them and they are being sold at a local shop.  I think they turned out pretty cute!

My favorite part is the carrot nose that sticks out.  Some of the carrots turned out a bit crooked, which give the face a lot of character.  I made one snow woman because a customer requested both a man and woman.  She has on ear muffs and a different face.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of her before she went to her new home!

Keep it thimble!