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quilt snob?

Started by Rebecca Keith/VA. Last reply by Sandy Larkey May 11, 2020. 31 Replies

Stories of how you started quilting

Started by Carla. Last reply by Sandy Larkey Feb 19, 2018. 46 Replies

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Comment by YvonneMarie on April 23, 2009 at 1:43pm
I had to laugh, I have callous' on my fingers too! One for writing as well. I Journal often and find it helps me think through much like a blog does for others without the comeback of helpful coments.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 23, 2009 at 1:37pm
I also have two different sizes of thimbles for my fingers that I keep in my hand quilting supplies. I know if my hands are cold, or it is early morning I will wear the smaller of the two, and then suddenly it is too snug and I move up to the next size. However, I have never gotten used to wearing one all the time. I cannot tie a knot with a thimble on. And I cannot seem to cut thread with the scissors while wearing it. So my thimble is constantly going on and off my fingertip. I have not been able to wear it while doing handwork either, such as sewing on the binding, applique or doing EPP. So I have this little callous on the tip of my thimble finger.
Comment by YvonneMarie on April 23, 2009 at 1:27pm
I don't know, I still use just my fingernail or a soft openended leather one. It seems to work best for me. I think that if it works, then do it! No matter what others think. Everyone has their own way and thats good. It is good to share our ideas too. I do appreciate that quiters seem to be people that will share their ideas and willing to help others learn. Thank you quilters from a quilter.
Comment by Carla on April 23, 2009 at 10:05am
I am highly allergic to Poison Ivy and when I lived in Missouri for 16years every year I would get a case or two of poison ivy. One time I got it in my throat after the condo complex behind our neighborhood mowed a field and I happen to pick that afternoon to sit out on my deck at least 500 feet away but I guess the wind carried it and I inhaled it. That was the worse case, now that we have moved to Arkansas I have been poison ivy free. We have 20 trees in our back yard and woods to the south and west of us, and haven't had a problem. I think Missouri must have the best climate to grow poison ivy. I am so proud of you Prarie Quilter a dozen tomatoes is great especially after almost killing an artificial plant. I feel for anyone who has a hard time finding the right thimble. I think a lot of us have larger fingers, and so many thimbles are geared to small hands. I wonder if that is because our ancestors were of smaller stature. Finding the one that works is a wonderful experience. I finally found one after about fifteen tries.
Comment by QuiltWarrior Pam on April 23, 2009 at 9:30am
Prairie Quilter, I understand your problem with plants. I actually had an artificial plant that had the leaves turn yellow and a couple fell off!! My family says I should take pity on the plants and leave them alone. (I think the artificial plant was too close to the window and suffered from fading and the plastic stem dried out and cracked, thus allowing the leaves to fall.) Anyway, last year, I tried one more time to grow a food plant. I put three tomato plants in a very large pot outside. The plant gods smiled on me and I had about 12 tomatoes! I was so proud. Most of them were medium to small, but since I'm the only person in my home that will eat a fresh tomato, I was in heaven. I live in town and don't have space for a garden, not to mention too many rocks in the soil, so I was really excited to get just a few tomatoes. If I can do it, anyone can.

I've tried a number of thimbles too and still use my cheap thimble I bought first. I get frustrated sometimes because when my house is cool the thimble is a little loose and keeps falling off. My kids would laugh every time they heard it hit the hardwood floor (of course, it was followed with my favorite bad word when I got tired of loosing it). I solved this problem by putting a small, double-sided, sticky adhesive dot down in the thimble. Now when I put my finger in it, it sticks to the tip of my finger just enough to hang on. No more bad words are heard when I'm quilting now. -- Pam
Comment by quiltingmama on April 23, 2009 at 8:26am
Cat Lady-
I have man size hands (I'm built more like a man and am nearly 6 feet tall) and that is why I like the open backed thimble. I can adjust it to the size I need rather than jamming something odd on my thumb. I can totally understand the nightmare of thimbles... LOL
Comment by Janet/MO on April 23, 2009 at 7:43am
I was another person who hated wearing thimbles. Then when I started hand quilting I knew it was better to use one so I just did it. Now it is such a part of me that I have been known to discover it still on my finger while at the grocery store. LOL I have found the flat headed ones work the best for me. I tried one of the Roxanne thimbles once, but it was so heavy I couldn't tolerate it. I have heard of a site that I believe is called The Thimble Lady and everyone who purchased a thimble from her was very happy with it. Also it is not a bad idea to have at least 2 thimbles in slightly different sizes as your fingers will change depending on the weather.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 23, 2009 at 6:38am
Quiltingmama, I have purchased and tried numerous "thimbles" etc., on my thumb, but have never found one big enough. I have a family genetic thing (for lack of the correct word) and the thumb on my dominant hand is huge! I tried on thimbles once at a major show, and would need to order a size 15 or 17, which was cost prohibitive. My DH has a coworker than has offered to make me a custom "thumble," but I have not yet sat down with him to make a cast of my thumb.

OK, I don't always play in the dirt with bare hands. Especially when I am working in a new bed, or just after the roof was replaced. And I do keep my Tetanus shot current. But I often shed gloves when weeding, especially baby weeds. And that, my friends, is why I often get to go see my doc for a treatment for poison ivy. Why is it I see the plant after it is in my hand?
Comment by YvonneMarie on April 22, 2009 at 8:53pm
Prairie Quilter, care to share some of those canning recipes? Of site if we need to.
I am continuing to finish up the miniature Log Cabin quilt I took a class for. I think I am one of the only ones that is done with theirs.
I am also working on my Mother-in-Laws quilt with the tiger prints.
I went today to the local quilt arts place that sold fabric, this is the final day they were open to a few of us. 70% off. Tomorrow the liquidator comes in. I sure hate to see them go. This leaves us without a quilt shop. But I did get a lot of beautiful fabrics for a small price. Went to lunch with some of the girls and had a good time visiting with other quilters.
Comment by QuiltDragon on April 22, 2009 at 6:17pm
Prairie Quilter-I may garden, but don't make anything with it! So, everyone does what they're good at.

Cat Lady, I sometimes work in the garden at home without gloves, but I've gotten in the habit of wearing them 'cause when I'm working in a client's garden, I often don't know what I'm putting my hands into. As for feeling the soil, I use the nitrile gloves that are thin, fit snuggly, but keep the dirt and other stuff out. This season Susan G. Komen for the Cure is getting support from a line of garden gloves that are absolutely wonderful! We sell them in the garden center and they fit wonderfully, but still let you feel what you're doing.

Everything is coming up or sprouting (including the stuff in my driveway that I didn't plant last year) so I'm psyched. Barb

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