It was a HOT weekend in NC and I think most people stayed indoors to stay cool! I had to work this weekend and am so very thankful that I work where there is a good a/c system in place.
I have my quilt frame set up in my daughter's old bedroom for now. I keep the door closed and tend to forget about the quilt until Avery comes over and goes in there to get his toys. (this is the $5 quilt top find from Goodwill in the frame)
I bought myself this cute little ladybug timer and am challenging myself to set it for 30 minutes a day and quilt! It's amazing how much (or little) I can quilt in 30 minutes. But I figure if I can do this regularly, I should be able to knock this quilt out in......?? a few months?? years?? who knows?
I have always enjoyed hand quilting, but I struggle with finding the right thimble. Leather thimbles have always been my favorite. (my latest was one made by my husband, by cutting off the finger of a golf glove for me) However, I have seen this little stick on thimble advertised in several places and thought I would give it a try. I'm still getting used to it, but so far, I love it.
I found this at a quilt show that I attended back in January. I finally got around to trying it out in June. I think these thimbles can be found at JoAnn's and would probably be less expensive there, especially with a coupon. I am still playing around with its position on my finger and have caught my quilting thread under it a time or two, but all in all, I like it!! The little sticky pads are really sticky and can be used over and over. It has not fallen off my finger at all, which was something I was concerned about when I bought it. If you struggle with thimbles, like I do, you might enjoy this little gadget.
I purchased a new set of Francie Taylor's CD's and have enjoyed listening to these while I quilt. When I finish up this set, I will switch back over to the Ipod and Pandora radio. I love Pandora!! I tune mine in to southern gospel and can just quilt away while I sing along! (when I am by myself, of course!) Is anybody else out there handquilting anything these days???