Hello, friends! As you can see by the photo, "Noah" is finished. I think the red border was the right framing for the quilt. As I mentioned in my last post, the pattern had a pieced border that was very busy. I felt there was enough going with the inside of the quilt that the pieced border would take away from it. I tried laying several different plaid fabrics by the quilt and none seemed to want to be there. I tried a plainer blue fabric and it just seemed blah. The brownish red seemed to want to be there. I did simple machine quilting on the piece as done is better than not being done .
I picked up something off the sewing room floor to put it away the other day and beneath was the snowman top I thought had been given away. I am glad that I found it as I do like it. I machine quilted it, added the binding, and displayed it in the front entry way (photo is taken on the living room floor as usual). Hey, it's still January and time for snowmen. The pattern used was another of Joined at the Hip's button up patterns. I am not using it as a button up same as the bunny one I finished a couple weeks ago. I made a big snowman quilt for a friend from a Minnick pattern. I made one of these button up snowmen as part of the backing. A nice surprise for the back.
I have a thimble collection. My new blog friend, Linda from Australia, asked me to tell her more about the thimbles as she has a silver thimble collection. My main interest has been in the old advertising thimbles. The ones that were give-aways. They are a light weight metal with a band of color near the bottom. The company name is printed on that band. I have some of the plastic ones that also have advertising on them. One time I purchased a small collection of thimbles at a quilt guild auction. They are the kind that you could never really use as a thimble. Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus are from wood. Many are ceramic thimbles. Some have been given to me by friends. Some are in shapes on the top end that would never work in sewing. I have them displayed on an old wood printer's tray. I have a few that are little sewing kits. They look like a tube of lipstick. The thimble is in the top of the tube cap. When the cap is removed from the tube, the thimble comes out and there is a needle & tiny spools of thread on a spindle inside. There are the sewing machine pins that were give-aways by Clotilde Notions catalog. They are representative of antique sewing machines. There is a treadle sewing machine ornament. I have been given some decorative tape measures. An old St. Joseph's Aspirin tin, an old wood spool of silk thread. Just whatever little things fit on the tray.
Tomorrow is the big day and I am a bit nervous. I always get that way before surgery. It is kind of like going to the dentist. I always wonder why I am submitting myself to the torture while sitting in the dentist's chair. You know you need to do it but it's not fun. Going to the dentist is no longer the painful experience it used to be when I was younger and I don't mind so much anymore. Gotta do what you gotta do! I had an office visit with my pain management doctor yesterday. He seems to think recovery is going to take longer than I expect and to be with a lot of pain. Not encouraging but I am going to go by what the surgeon and his assistant have told me. I got through knee replacement recovery and that was very hard. I can get through the back surgery and hopefully be in a lot better shape. Thank you so much for all the good wishes that my surgery go well and recovery be good. It means a lot to me.
I will post again after I am home from the hospital and able to sit at the computer long enough to do it. Probably no photos to post but I will let you know how things are going.
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