I am on a mission to improve my hand quilting, starting with finally getting a thimble that doesn't fall off my finger continually.
I've had some good advice along the way (thank you quilter friends and bloggers). I think it's down to these two thimbles as my favorites:
The blue one is a "roxette" thimble, about $20. I ordered it from Colonial Needle. I REALLY like it.
And I ordered a new hoop...
It's a 12-inch hoop from Edmunds, smaller than my old one from the 90's, which I think I gave away. It's lovely. I stopped using a hoop a long time ago and have just been lap quilting. I thought going back to a hoop might help in my quest for more even stitches. I'm adding some stitches, for practice, to this Wandering Way that I hand quilted (just in the white areas) back in the late 90's for my grandma. I'm noticing that my old quilting stitches look better than my current stitches. What the heck.
Meanwhile if you are participating in the Gwennie Inspired Medallion group, how is your "Star" themed border coming along??? I am almost finished... and enjoying working with this deep, deep indigo.
We will link up our progress at Lori's blog Humble Quilts a week from today, which is... SEPTEMBER 1st. Whaatttt? Where did summer go? At that time Wendy will reveal our fifth and final theme!
In other news... we said farewell to Tommy last week (just last week?!) and my oh my the house is quiet without him. The fridge is emptier. The house is bigger.
I'm glad his "Burgoyne Surrounded" made the cut (so hard keeping suitcases to 50 pounds!), because I do believe it will be a piece of home and comfort... it's an oldie but goodie and he has used and loved it for years.
I think I will keep Tommy's room as-is, posters and all, for the two years he's away... That blue 4-patch is one that Tommy himself started as a little boy, and I finished in Japan.
A lot of blue in this post.
The bluesiest news I have though - more of an admission - is that... we have bid farewell to Daisy as well. I had felt for some time that "things weren't working out" and that when Tommy left, I would start looking for a new home for her. Tommy knew this and accepted the idea as inevitable but asked that I wait until after he left. I had so many tears - tantrums, even - over the care and keeping of this dog over the past two years. I NEVER thought I'd be "that lady" to give away a dog, but, there it was. I knew it was the right thing to do for all involved, painful as it was. The tipping point is that one of our adult daughters is so severely allergic that it started to limit her visits home - sort of a deal breaker, thinking ahead to the next ten years.
I thought it might take months to find her a GREAT home, but things happened real fast once I spread the word to my friends.
She's now in an ideal situation right in town with a family well suited for a driven, working-breed, shedding, mass of energy wonderful dog. Their son's name is also Tommy - you can't make this stuff up. I have no qualms whatsoever, which is a great feeling. We made a gradual transition over the past month, and made it official a few days ago. Still, bitter sweet.