March 8, 2012 § 11 Comments
My mom was visiting last week and it felt like a whirlwind trip. Nearly every day was planned with something. But the biggest day and the reason she came when she did was so that we could go to the Sew Expo. It’s a huge sewing and stitching show with vendors selling everything from fabric and yarn to sewing machines. There are classes too, but we haven’t ever taken any classes. It’s just enough to drool over all the cool products in the sewing industry. I restrained my spending and came home with this thimble and cute owl fabric.
The thimble looks a little goofy but I’m hoping that it will turn out to be a winner. The last time I dug out my 4-Letter Words quilt, the needle started poking through my thimble. Quilting with heavy thread seems to be hard work. This thimble was developed by the husband of a quilter. He is a retired machinist and added some unique features as requested by his wife and her quilting friends. It has deep grooves on the sides as well as the top. And the rubber material that it is made out of is not supposed to stretch or change shape with use. I got a chance to talk with Mary Peters and she guarantees her thimbles to fit and not wear out. If you buy a thimble and find that it doesn’t fit as well when you get it home, she will gladly exchange it for another size. Her web site is P.Q.F. Thimbles. She was a delight to talk to!
The owl fabric is by Kokka and I found it at The PatPourri’s booth. It doesn’t look like they have it on their web site. I have no idea what I am going to make with it, but it was way too cute to leave behind. I’m sure I’ll eventually think of something!
And…. I’m back to my original plan of 3 dresdens in a row. I’ve been fighting with the alternate blocks and now I am beginning to panic about getting this finished. I’d best get to sewing and finishing this over the next couple of days! Where are the sewing elves when you need them?