Open Line Friday–Favorite Notions!

 

Thimbles

Good Morning, Quilters!

My grandmother (a lady of the Depression Era) used to say that you could tell the state of a lady’s feet by how many shoes she had in her closet…

Not so much anymore…not with Zappos….

But I say…you can tell the frustration of a quilter or any hand sewist by how many thimbles she has in her sewing box!

DOES THE PERFECT THIMBLE EXIST?

I tried every thimble imaginable…but never found one I liked!

Every store I went into, I would buy all the thimbles…

I even tried to make a leather thimble–see Threads Magazine HERE

Then I discovered Roxanne’s Thimble!

I purchased it at my Local Quilt Shop–one that is no longer…sigh….

And they fit me for it—WAY TIGHTER than I would ever have purchased on my own!!!

Thimbles, Lori Kennedy

Now I can’t live without this thimble.  The tight fit makes it part of your hand.

I purchased a second one…because if I misplaced one, even for a day–I would be a wreck. (I know that sounds ridiculously dramatic, but it’s like a security blanket for me)

Thimbles, Lori Kennedy

The BEST place to buy one is at your Local Quilt Shop–And get someone to fit you.  (You may have a little sticker-shock, but they have a  lower price point, “Roxette Thimble” now.   In the end, Roxanee’s thimble saved money for me because I never purchased another thimble…)

If your Local Quilt Shop doesn’t carry thimbles,  you can get special rings to fit the thimbles online from Colonial Needle HERE  (This is NOT an affiliate link!)

YOUR FAVORITE NOTIONS

What about YOU?

Do YOU have a favorite thimble or other notion you can’t live without?  

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitching,

Your Notional Friend,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Open Line Friday–Kids and Quilting

Teaching Kids to Quilt

Good Morning, Quilters!

Here’s a sad fact…

Not one of my five daughters (all adults) knows how to run a sewing machine!  I wouldn’t hand any of them a rotary cutter…

They all dabble with hand stitching, and love to design quilts and pick fabric…

Based on the grammar school art above, there was a weak attempt at some point…but they were so busy with soccer, swimming and softball.

What about YOU?

Do YOUR children sew or quilt?

What did YOU do to encourage a hobby?

Who taught YOU to quilt/sew?

How old were YOU when you started quilting and sewing?

We’d love to hear!

#teacherfail

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

What’s YOUR Favorite Method for Half Square Triangles?

Wedding Ring Quilt, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Time to check in …

I’ve really been disciplined this week about spending time each day on my “Big Three” (Read more about setting priorities for your quilting in The Quilt Notebook Series.)

What about you?  Did you spend most of your time working on your big three?
Wedding Ring Quilt, LKennedyMy #1 priority is this wedding ring quilt.  The blocks are together now and I’m working on the half square triangle border.

Over the years, I’ve tried several different methods to create half square triangles.  After watching Edyta Sitar’s video:   Mix and Match: Scrappy Quilts, I decided to try these Triangles on a Roll (on sale at 40% off at Craftsy).
Wedding Ring Quilt, LKennedy
Wedding Ring Quilt, LKennedy

Though I don’t usually like paper piecing, this method easily created very accurate HST and removing the paper was a simple TV activity.  I also liked that you can roll off as many as you want at a time–easy peasy.Wedding Ring Quilt, LKennedy

Wedding Ring Quilt, LKennedyI know there are lots of ways to make half square triangles—

What’s YOUR favorite method?

We’d LOVE to hear!  (Please include links if convenient!)

Happy (focused) quilting!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images, and information are the property of Lori Kennedy@ The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!