Day 7…needful things for quilters…

7daysDay 7….Thimble…I love the Roxanne Thimble shown here…photo2

Now I must admit I do not use a thimble except for hand quilting…and then must confess that I really only do “big stitch” quilting anymore…but I have done lots of fine quilting in my past…But with that said…I still love to hand quilt.  There is nothing like spending an hour or two at the quilt frame.  I get lots done when I give it a little time out of my day…I have another confession…I need to get the quilt that is on my frame quilted and off…it has been on there for sometime.  The reason I think it is not moving too fast is that it is not my own design…not one I must finish for a pattern or magazine.  So that is why it lags…but my goal it to have it off by the end of the year…I am currently going around all the appliques first, then I will do some cross hatching in the large blocks…about an 1 1/2″ or 2″s apart.  Now I wish I could give you some “tips” here on hand quilting, but I promise in 2013 to do some U-tube videos if you are interested and will watch them…But for now I will tell you I could not live without my Roxanne thimble…they are sized, so they fit wonderfully, I have even gone to the grocery store with it still on!!!…no lie….now if you are interested in learning to hand quilt “big stitch” you must do it…I highly recommend it, find someone to take a class from and then watch my video when I get it done for some extra pointers…I can quilt a big block in this quilt in about 2 hours, no problem…I’ve had a little practice though and I am fast at a lot of things, but that is why I like to hand quilt…it is fast and fun!!! Why the Roxanne thimble??? It has nice deep dimples…it has a hole for our fingernails…it has a ridge to push the needles though the fabric…and it is very comfortable…

Now look what I found in Houston and had to have them!!photo! Little thimble earings!!! How cool are these???  So like I said, some of these things in the 12 days are things I NEED and some just because I WANTED them…these earings are a want…they are only about 1/2″ and so sweet!  If you are ever at any of the big quilt shows look for the Roxanne Thimbles…I know the Colonial Needle poeple sell them in their booth so get sized there…or if you are coming to Primitive Gatherings make an appointment so I can size you…The thimbles are $50 for the Silver or Gold plated…the earings can be bought here on sale for $35 just click here:  Earings

I also want you to be on the look out for a hand quilting frame,  if you think you will want to get into hand quilting your quilts…look for a Grace frame…that is the one I would recommend…you can find them used or you can order a new one, ask at your guild if someone wants to sell theirs….I just got a new one for my “other”house…that is how much I love to hand quilt…Here I am at my frame in my studio….where I LOVE to be!!!  My studio is L shaped…I will do a post someday on my whole studio…as a matter of fact I think we have to do a Studio Tour for the next Moda Blog hop…in March I think….

IMG_0584 Now for the winners of Day 8…it is hard to keep these days straight…so confusing…I am blogging ahead just in case…and I cannot keep track of what day is what??? The winner of Day 8 is comment #34 (Jakes football number)  Lori…please send me an address where to send your prize!!!

  1. Lori Neisler

    December 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

    You have the best ideas, too bad there are only 12 days of Christmas tips. How about extending your great ideas into New Year’s resolutions?

You will recieve a strawberry pincushion and a handle for your Magic Size…(I sent Nick to the store to get me one…he brought back 4!!! so I can part with one of mine…

Just a few questions about yesterdays post…There is nothing wrong with the Best Press…it is just too expensive for this…you need to saturate your fabric and then iron it dry with a dry iron… so it would cost a small fortune to use Best Press…save that for your Pillow cases so they smell nice and Fresh!!!  The Magic size does not leave flakes like starch might, so that is why the Magic size instead of the Starch…but I am not opposed to using starch if I have some whimpy fabrics…some fabric will stiffen up better than others….hmmm, I better stop now….LB

161 Responses to “Day 7…needful things for quilters…”

  1. 1 Carol Eberhardt
    December 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I would be very interested in learning some hand stitching pointers from you via YouTube. I have a quilt planned that would look so nice utility quilted rather than long armed but don’t have a clue how to go about doing this well. Thanks!

  2. 2 Sue
    December 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Great post! I too have the Roxanne thimble and love it. I do love how they fit so perfectly. I also have a Grace frame for my hand quilting….which I love very much!
    Those are the cutest earrings and I just might have to pick me up a pair. I’ve not seen those before 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  3. December 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I would watch your utube.. Those ear rings are just too cute…thanks for sharing .

  4. 4 Linda Cates
    December 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

    You tube video tips would be very helpful. I have a 60 y/o quilt top to hand quilt waiting for me.

  5. 5 Kathy O in GA
    December 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I’ve never been able to get the hang of using a thimble, so maybe I’ve just never found the right one! Thanks for the insights you’ve been giving to us! And I think with arthritis setting in, I’d better just plan to big stitch any hand quilting I do!

  6. 6 Debra lash
    December 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I am not sure if someone else requested this or not but here is my comment / wish / request: can you please consolidate each days post into one printed packet with each days item and sell it for a package deal ? I like them all and then when I receive my packet all the information and new tools can go into sewing room so I can refer to them for years ! Thank you and happy holidays

  7. 7 Pat
    December 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I’ve big-stitched a few quilts. I especially like it on flannel and baby quilts. Sure could use a Roxanne thimble.

  8. 8 Kathy B.
    December 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Can’t wait for your You-Tube videos- I want to try hand quilting using the big stitch method, but haven’t gotten the strong urge – yet! As far as thimbles, I haven’t found one that works for me. I need to feel that “poke” in my finger before I can be sure I have the needle through all layers. Needless to say, I don’t like hand quilting much, so I beg my sister to finish off my small quilts for me. Thanks again for these great tips. (Your studio is fabulous!)

  9. 9 Debbie Kirscht
    December 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Enjoy each day reading your hints!!

  10. 10 Paula Stuplich
    December 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I would be very interested in watching your videos. I am also very interested in the thimble. I will check those out. And the earrings. Oh My are those a “want” or not? Thanks for sharing your helpful tips.

  11. 11 Debbie T
    December 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Would love to watch your u tube videos!!!! I am starting a new quilt I may just have to try big stitch quilting on it.

  12. 12 Kitty
    December 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I love to hand quilt, too, and actually I am fine quilting your BOW from last year!! I’m very slow at it and it’s my goal to finish in 2013! A good thimble makes a world of difference! The earrings are sooooo cute and guess we could wear the thimble as a “fingertip ring” and have matching earrings! Lol… Love your posts Lisa….. They give us a peek into your world. I would love for you to do a YouTube video on both types of quilting.

  13. 13 Janet Larsen
    December 18, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Tip after tip of excellent ideas to try or use. Each one just keeps getting better!

  14. 14 Sandy
    December 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I started quilting with perle cotton some time ago on the Thimbleberries quilts I had made. I don’t know what thread you use but that works great and I have colors to match most because of the wool applique. I usually use a very light gold color. Finding sharp needles with a large enough eye to thread can be a problem but perhaps you have them at hand. Love your posts, how about one or two a month all year?

  15. 15 Cindy
    December 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Yes – u tube video!! Lisa you’re the best! How do you hand stitch and not have sore fingers without using a thimble? Thanks the tips on the thimbles.

  16. 16 Christi P.
    December 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I love to see pictures of everyone’s sewing rooms!! I love my sewing room…it is my woman cave!! Pointers on hand quilting would be amazing. I can’t wait!!

  17. 17 Gloria Galiana
    December 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I would definitely watch your YouTube video. I love your tips. I have never been able to get a thimble to fit properly, so the Roxanne sounds like the answer.

  18. 18 Julie
    December 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I would love to see youtube videos with tips on quilting and working with wool! 🙂

  19. December 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Yes, I would love to see some videos on this topic. I love the look of hand quilting, but haven’t mastered it. The thimble earrings are adorable!

  20. 20 Michelle S.
    December 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Looking forward to you videos on big hand stitching. It is something I want to do more of.
    Merry Christmas! Michelle S.

  21. 21 Sue Kraft
    December 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Must confess I just can’t get the hang of using a thimble — I want to but it just doesn’t work out for me. This might be the answer. Please, yes, yes, on the youtube videos — can’t wait for that! I saw your show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms and learned so much more about wool applique.

  22. 22 Barbara
    December 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Those thimbles look neat. I will certainly look for them!

  23. 23 Rhonda
    December 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I would love if you did a u tube. I love all your hints.

  24. December 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I thought i had tried them all but I haven’t tried this one.

  25. 25 Kathy
    December 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I like to use a thimble, too, and have left it on when I left the house! I’ll have to check into getting this one.

  26. 26 Mary C.
    December 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I would love to get some tips from you on YouTube. I find hand quilting very relaxing too, sounds like a good thimble.

  27. 27 Joanne O
    December 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I thimble that needs to be fitted……I think I might need one of those!!! It might actually stay on my finger! I had a favorite leather one, but wore it out. The next two leather ones just didn’t fit like the first one!

  28. December 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I find hand stitching so relaxing. Looking forward to your videos. Thank you for all your tips and information. The earrings are adorable.

  29. 29 Cheryl Rudnytsky
    December 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I have a thimble by TJ Lane that I enjoy using for hand quilting, but I would love to get a Roxanne one, too. Want that frame!

  30. 30 Sandy D
    December 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I just cannot get comfortable with using a thimble.Maybe a tutorial would help,maybe not.

  31. 31 Alice Tignor
    December 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I can’t use a thimble but would love to see how you do your hand quilting with one. Love the earrings.

  32. 32 De De
    December 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    OMG, I just took your big stitch quilting class, I’m hooked on this thing!! I am piecing dutifully so that I can hand quilt again with this thimble. I love it so much, I’ve vowed to figure out how to assemble my floor frame and use it!

  33. 33 Sandy Kipphut
    December 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I’ve always had trouble finding the right thimble. One that’s sized might do the trick. Can’t wait to see the YouTube tutorials.

  34. 34 Christi P.
    December 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

    You really sparked my interest about the Grace quilting frame…can you give some more details on the frame. I have done a little looking and there are several. I would really appreciate it if you let me know the exact model that you had. Thank you!

    cjpike at indiana dot edu

  35. 35 Cheryl Barkdoll
    December 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I find it impossible to use a thimble. I remember how my grandmother would wear through hers. When I have tried using them, whatever finger I have it on, I will always use another finger to jab the needle through. Ouch. Maybe I need a thimble that fits perfectly. Can’t wait to see your tutorial. Do you use pearl cotton when using the larger stitch? Let us know when the tutorial is available. Thanks.

  36. December 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

    One of the gals in my quilting small group just did a demo on big stitch quilting and I’m eager to try it since I don’t do very well on fine hand quilting. You YouTube tutorial would be a bonus! I’ve not seen the Roxanne thimble so interested in trying it.

  37. 37 Julee
    December 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I tried to use the cut out thimble but had to exchange it for the old standard kind. I apparently use all sides of the thimble when I hand quilt and kept poking my nail. Yes, its worth it to have your thimble sized to your finger.

  38. 38 Rosemary Redhead
    December 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I too love hand quilting and love my Roxanne thimble. Yes please … do a youtube video.

  39. 39 Mary
    December 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I’ve always been stymied at a hand quilting frame- as I’m use to a hoop that you can turn. Would love a video to show how you quilt in different directions with a frame.

  40. 40 Jane Hansen
    December 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Love this thimble. I have two. One to use when it’s warm & humid & my finger is “bigger” & one to use when it’s cold & my finger is “smaller”. Thanks for all the tips.

  41. 41 Sherrie
    December 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I have never used a Roxanne thimble. Will have to try one on.

  42. December 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Lisa, I bought my Roxanne from you when I took the Big Stitch hand quilting class, and have been using it, and I do love it. Thanks much. Now how to find a used Grace frame? You have taught us all so much!!
    thanks peg

  43. December 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Well finally a tool i do not have but i have many thimbles over the years collected. soft and hard and i just do not seem to do well with them they seem so cumbersome. It is a beautiful thimble indeed i just might have to order it. thanks for the opportunity thanks for all the tips happy holidays

  44. 45 Carolyn Vogel
    December 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I love this thimble also, but have not tried it with big stitch. Another great suggestion. Thanks to you for being the great professional who is willing to share her “secrets”.

  45. 46 Sharon nejedlo
    December 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I find that I cannot wait for your new post each day!,
    Love the photo of you in your studio!

  46. 47 Marian
    December 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I love the thimble. But I love your studio more. I printed the picture for inspiration to organize and decorate my sewing room!

  47. 48 Fran Bianchi
    December 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

    When I first started piecing and quilting in 1993, I was very frustrated with the hand quilting process. I could never use a thimble because I have slender fingers and nails. Thimbles would always fall off my finger, until Roxane. I love this thimble precisely because it is fitted and will not come off. I like that it accommodates my finger nails. Please, Please produce a youtube video on big stitch quilting. I would watch, I promise!

  48. 49 Sharon
    December 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Too bad I already gave Santa my list…the frame is beautiful…you mean I have to be good for another whole year???

  49. December 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I love to piece quilts, but my passion is handwork, so I’m making a resolution to save some time for hand quilting in 2013. Look forward to your video on handquilting !

  50. 51 Kary
    December 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Would love to watch you hand quilt. Great blog ideas

  51. December 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I’m not very good with hand quilting but would love to see a video on the long stitch. Love you daily suggestions, what a great Christmas gift to all quilters.

  52. 53 Melanie Truesdale
    December 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I appreciate all the hints and tips you are giving us. For those of us who live in a “quilt shop challenged” area (meaning none around, LOL) the help you are providing is so needed. Thanks.

  53. 54 Barbara P
    December 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for explaining the difference in Magic Size and Best Press. Would love to learn to big stitch. Thanks for all tips!

  54. 55 Leanne
    December 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I have tried a few different thimbles but they just didn’t feel comfortable. I will have to try this one. The earings are just too cute, I can see why you had to have them. I love seeing your studio.

  55. 56 Chris brown
    December 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Love both the thimble and the earrings

  56. 57 Margaret
    December 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Nice thimble. I don’t have long fingernails so I don’t have that problem. lol! Love the earrings — so cute!

  57. 58 Maddy McCaslin
    December 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I have a friend who has a Roxanne Thimble and just loves it. I will put this on my Wish List. thanks again for the wonderful tips

  58. 59 Barbara Jenson
    December 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Please do a video I’ve learned a lot just with your hints. Thanks for sharing!!

  59. 60 Barb
    December 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

    again very helpful Lisa I’v done the big stitch would love to see your video of how you do it hope you do that thx BarbC

  60. 61 wendy
    December 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I’ve really been enjoying all of your tips…..thank you Lisa! I have admired those thimbles for a long time now. Just don’t do enough hand quilting to justify the cost.

  61. December 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’d love to see a video of your hand quilting. It sounds like a relaxing pasttime. I think there is nothing like a hand quilted quilt. Thanks for all these cute tips and hints. I am making a list for my Christmas money!

  62. 63 Elaine S.
    December 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Oh YES, I would love to watch a video of you quilting, and could sure use the tips. Love the earrings! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  63. 64 Amy McC
    December 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Hmmm….I will have to give one of these a try. I LOVE your work area. I am going to have to share that with my husband. 🙂 Great Christmas gift……

  64. 65 Diane
    December 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

    One of my goals for 2013 is to do more hand quilting. I think one of these would help me achieve my goal. That and more time in the day…

  65. 66 Rachel Childress
    December 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I love to hand quilt but I have never tried the Roxanne thimble. I will have to tryit. I am really excited about seeing your studio! I am moving into a new house, and I will be able to have a sewing room…I need ideas, especially for storage, because this particular room doesn’t have a closet. I love what I can se of your studio…it is just beautiful!

  66. 67 Sharon M.
    December 18, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I would definitely watch your video. You are such a wonderful teacher from what I have seen.
    Thanks for the tips and the giveaways!

  67. 68 Diane K
    December 18, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I could listen to you all day, I have learned so much already. I have a small quilt that I machine cross hatched (which all I can do by machine) and I am hand echo stitching around the center cotton applique design. I think I need a Roxanne thimble. Whenever I put on a thimble, I end up holding my fingers funny and taking it off.

  68. 69 Juanita
    December 18, 2012 at 11:03 am

    More good tips … thank you! I love the “mini – lesson” each day … just the right amount of information to absorb at one time. I’ll stay – tuned for tomorrow …

  69. 70 Connie Kelly
    December 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

    These tips are awesome!!! Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge!!

  70. 71 buntyw
    December 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Thank you for all the tips! I hope you will continue into the New Year – perhaps on a weekly basis??

  71. 72 Cindy D
    December 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I LOVE my Roxanne thimble also! Bought it many years ago and still use it! So glad to hear you say you love yours too.

  72. 73 Marlene
    December 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I took your big stitch class and that is my new quilting stitch now. Love it. Thanks for the tips!

  73. December 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    What cute little earrings! Love seeing pics of your studio! I’ll be watching for a youtube video!!

  74. 75 Mary
    December 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

    One of my quilting buddies has tried to teach me hand quilting and I think I “flunked” her class – – I know I need to practise more! I would love to see a video from you – – a good reference to turn to! Loving your daily tips. I need to take a road trip to your shop – – I have purchased many of your items at shows, but would love to see where all of the action originates!

  75. 76 Renee Rettler
    December 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I would love to watch your video. The end of these great posts is going to be one more reason I will be sad for the holidays to be over!

  76. 77 Barbara P
    December 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Would love to learn to big stitch. Thanks for explaining the difference between magic sizing and Best Press. Love all your tips.

  77. 78 Barbara
    December 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    PLEASE tell us about big stiching. I am getting ready to put blocks togeather and then quilt them with a big stich. I have done it before but just guessed as to how to do it. About half of these blocks are embrodered so how would you quilt them? I just might try a Roxane thimbles.

  78. December 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Need a thimble. Never think of one till I poke the needle in my finger.

  79. 80 Phyllis Hosier
    December 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I too LOVE my Roxanne thimble soooo I really needed the earrings. Lol! I also use the Grace quilting frames. I use a smaller lap version most of the time when working on smaller projects. My larger floor hoop is just the right height for hand work. I don’t hoop those pieces, but use the hoop as a kind of support for larger pieces while I do buttonhole stitch or other kinds of embaellishments

  80. 81 janet Chrzanowski
    December 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Love your find in those earrings. I am trying different thimble styles and trying to find the right kind for myself.

  81. 82 Teri LaVoy
    December 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Another great tip. thank you so much. Now back to “My Favorite Things” quilt top to do more stuff!!

  82. 83 Bev R.
    December 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I love to hand quilt and after trying almost every thimble (haven’t tried the Rozanne one yet), I have cobbled one together that I use every day. Yes, I would watch your big stitch tute. I bought a book on it but I’m a visual learner so I haven’t tried. Thanks for your tips and Merry Christmas!

  83. 84 Betty Lockhart
    December 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I will vouch for Roxanne’s thimble. I love it.

  84. 85 debby
    December 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Look forward to all of your tips. Would enjoy watching handquilting on U-Tube. I only use the leather underthimble as I cannot figure out how to keep a thimble on my finger. Have a great Christmas. Am looking forward to the tour of your sewing studio. Loved the bedturnings you took pictures of:) Thanks

  85. 86 Monica Walter
    December 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Lisa: love your blog and your “favorite things”. I noticed your sewing machine cover in the background of your hoop picture. Sooo darling ( and primitive). Will you share the pattern, instructions?

  86. December 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Love all the You Tube tutorials I can find. I have found so many great ones from designers that I admire. It is my go to place when I need a little help on a technique. Looking forward to yours.
    I have a grace frame sitting in a box in my attic. Got it for some special occasion and never set it up. It doesn’t help that when I opened it to look at the setup my puppy dog ate one of the rotators (back then it was all wood). Now they are made in a black plastic and I read someplace I can just order the part as a replacement.
    As for the thimble. I used to use a leather thimble with a metal pad but I saw one that was very similar to yours but it’s by Clover. I fell in love. I bought 3 of them! I love that my finger can breath and it really does feel like an extension to your finger. I use it everytime I have some hand work (bindings, applique, etc). Now I need to find a solution to the finger on the other hand (the one that goes under). I prick it all the time and I’m developing a callous. I don’t like having another thimble on that finger so I’ve been trying several stick on thimbles (like Thimbe it) but have not found the right solution yet. Suggestions?

  87. December 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Would love to try that thimble! I’ve never even seen one! You are bringing up some great tools and tips! Thank you!

  88. December 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I would like to find a thimble that I would like. I keep looking for the right one. I would watch your hand quilting video.

  89. December 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Oh yes please to youtube! I have 2 wool BOM tops waiting big stitch quilting only I am too nervous to start! I will patiently await your video and thanks for the info re the thimble:). I’m loving that wool quilt on your frame-just something more to tempt me:)

  90. 92 Shirley
    December 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Another great tip, bought magic sizing today, very reasonable anxious to give it a try

  91. 93 Lytle Markham
    December 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Would love to see the vid on Big Stitch. Goes great with the depression era quilts I’m into right now. I am going to have to try the Roxanne thimble also so I can quilt with my “decorative nails” on! I have just started doing wool quilts also–just small ones so far!

  92. 94 Rose
    December 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Beautiful thimble, will look for it in Houston next year for sure.

  93. 95 Penny
    December 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    One goal for the New Year is to learn to hand quilt. But, I have never been a thimble person, so I quess that is going to change. Also, would water and a little cornflour make sizing. I have not seen it here in Australia?

  94. December 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I was wondering if your frame has a curve to it or is it just the way you took the picture? I have never seen one like that. Also I have that thimble and love it.

  95. 97 Janan
    December 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Love your designs and ideas. Can’t wait for you to share your studio!!!!!! I love to hand quilt, I currently use an Ulmer frame. I have never tried bigstitch, but I would love to try it.

  96. 98 Jill
    December 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I have a Roxanne Thimble and absolutely love it. As a matter of fact, I wore a hole through the sterling silver thimble and they have replaced it free of charge. They guarantee their thimbles for a lifetime and they mean it. The earrings are soooo cute.

  97. 99 Joyce
    December 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Love the picture of your sewing room!

  98. 100 Katherine
    December 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve always loved to hand quilt but haven’t done it a lot. Maybe in the new year! It might help to have a good thimble so thanks for the tip on Roxanne’s thimbles.

  99. 101 Margo Langer
    December 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I have never been able to find a good thimble fit. Might have to give this one a try.

  100. 102 Lise Russ
    December 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I love my thimble and use it all the time for hand stitching. Your sewing room looks awesome! Can’t wait till you share more pictures.

  101. 103 Judy Renner
    December 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I love the thimble. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the blog and have learned so much in the last few days. What amazing tools there are out there! I look forward to watching you-tube videos showing hand quilting! Thanks so much for all of the wonderful projects, tips and inspiration. Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in 2013.

  102. 104 Bonnie Larson
    December 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Hand quilting is on my to do list for 2013. I would love to try it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  103. 105 Brenda Y
    December 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Lisa the only hand quilting I do is the small projects, your quilt is beautiful!!

  104. 106 Denise W
    December 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Very nice sewing room!! Thank for the tips you have shared with us. OK, did you make the cover for your magic spray?? I really like the top! When I find magic spray I buy 2 cans at a time, it is not always easy to find!

  105. 107 Barbara
    December 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I love your sewing room, it’s a place I could spend days and months in being creative! I have heard about big quilting and would love to see a demo. I do a lot of wool applique and bet that big quilting would be perfect for that.

  106. 108 Janet G
    December 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I would love to see a video on you tube for big stitch quilting. I haven’t done any hand quilting but would love to try it. I am really enjoying all the helpful tips each day and hope you continue them in the New Year as your time permits.

  107. 109 Cheryl C
    December 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I love hand quilting. I have wanted a Roxanne’s thimble for a long time, but it hasn’t been in the budget…hopefully, some day. Video tutorials are the best. That would be great to see one on the big stitch hand quilting. Cute picture! These daily posts are quite fun, wish they didn’t have to stop.

  108. 110 Lisa
    December 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I have studio envy!!! Thanks for all the great information. I would love to add to the tip request. How about Tip Tuesdays in 2013!

  109. 111 Ann
    December 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I am always looking for a good thimble. So the next time I’m in the shop I will have to be fitted.

  110. 112 Sue
    December 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve been reading your “best” lists and really appreciate all your advice. I’m going to look into the Grace frame – right now I use a hoop. I also like the idea for the sprayer. Keep the ideas rollin”!

  111. 113 Jody R
    December 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I never used to use a thimble but my Grandmother convinced me you can’t hand sew without one. When I started quilting I began to use a thimble and now I realized how right she was. I always use one for any type of hand sewing. I’ve not tried the Roxanne one in your blog.

  112. December 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I’m another one who is always looking for a good thimble. I use the rubber ones a lot, just because they are easy on my skin on my fingers (Type I diabetes has taken it’s toll on my skin), but if you can actually be “sized”, that would be wonderful! I will look for these thimbles at my local quilt shop. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  113. December 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Looking forward to some hand stitching tip. I have heard Roxanne thimbles are the best.

  114. December 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Haven’t really used one… Except for the little leather dot ones… Those are good

  115. December 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I am going to be looking for this thimble when I am at the Road to California in January!! See you there!

  116. 118 Linda
    December 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Your tips are a great Christmas gift to us. Thanks!

  117. 119 Jean Nolting
    December 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Love those earrings.I always use a thimble but have never found one that really fits. Thanks for the advice.As I am typing this the snow (real snow ) is falling in Mn.

  118. 121 carolyn
    December 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I have always wanted to try one of these thimbles as I am an avid hand quilter–

  119. 122 Molly
    December 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve wondered about the Roxanne thimble. Glad to hear that you like it. Really looking forward to youtube videos! Great for those of us that are far away. Grace frame…any model in particular? And since you showed us a peek of your studio, we would like to know what brand of sewing furniture you have. I don’t think I’ve seen black before.

  120. 123 Stacy McDaniel
    December 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I will admit the only hand work I do so far is your wool kits! I love hand work, and may get brave enough one day to try hand quilting. Love the new quilt in your studio/house! 🙂 Happy Holidays to you and your family.


  121. 124 sandy
    December 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I have just discovered your blog with all the wonderful tips. I had to go back and start from the beginning. I would love a tutorial on hand quilting. Have never done it.

  122. 125 Lisa K
    December 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I vote yes on the Youtube video! Thanks for the peek at your sewing room.

  123. 126 Joan richards
    December 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I sure hope my local quilt shop can fit me for one of these thimbles!

  124. 127 Cindi P.
    December 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I absolutely love your thimble, I think that having one that you forget to take off to go to the grocery store!

  125. 128 Maggie
    December 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I love those earrings! I would love to try hand quilting someday. Maybe I can get my husband to build me a studio so I can have room for the frame!!

  126. 129 Vicki
    December 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Looking forward to the you tube videos!!!! Hope it will be soon…

  127. 130 Rebecca
    December 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Awesome thimbles. Great reason to visit Primitive Gatherings!!

  128. 131 Cathy
    December 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I use a leather thimble but I am now inspired to try a beautiful Roxanne thimble at the next big quilt show that I can attend. The thimble earrings just went on my Christmas list. You present the best ideas.

  129. 132 Kathy K
    December 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Your tips are outstanding!!!! Never heard of this thimble. I would also like to do some handquilting and need a good frame.

  130. December 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Love the thimble earrings!!! Thanks for your posts….they have been very interesting.

  131. 134 Kim Friesen
    December 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for the posts. I love the earrings!

  132. 135 Loretta Pederson
    December 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Haven’t used a thimble much, but might be worth a try. Save on the fingers a bit.
    Thanks for the tip.


  133. 136 Lori L
    December 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Will definitely check out the videos. Need to learn to hand quilt. As for a thimble, I don’t own one. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  134. 137 Cecilia
    December 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I love this thimble. I bought one from a friend and it has been great. The earrings are cute.

  135. December 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I am a recent thimble convert and I am going to save up for one of these. About the starch thing….I am the ironing queen. If I had more time, I swear I would iron and starch my bras! I have used every brand known to mankind, er, womankind. Currently and for some time I have used concentrated staflo. I like the stiffness of a 50\50 mix. No flaking, ever. Give it a try and let me know I am not crazy. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Chris beresford

  136. 139 Kristy
    December 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Thimbles are a must, and that is a beautiful one. In our family thimbles get passed down. I treasure the one I have that my mom used to quilt with.

  137. 140 gsHARON
    December 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Yes, I believe in using the sizing…it makes sewing wonderful. I also like the Grace frame. Looks like a great investment and something I know I would use. Love all your “twelve days” so far. Thanks!

  138. December 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I hand quilted a few years ago. I haven’t had much time. I found it so relaxing. I would really enjoy seeing your videos. Looking forward to it.


  139. 142 Bridgid K
    December 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I LOVE your studio and the quilt you are working on. I have done some hand quilting but I used a very large hoop.

  140. 143 Diana Tatro
    December 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I have a wonderful round hoop on a stand. I LOVE your studio…..It’s so NEAT !!!!!!!

  141. 144 Steph
    December 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I have used a leather thimble in the past. Would love to see how the Roxanne thimble fits! Thanks for all your posts, they are very helpful!! LOVE your studio…and the wool project you have shown!

  142. 145 Karen Schultz
    December 18, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I haven’t ever heard of this brand of thimble, I will have to look for them.

  143. 146 Charlotte S
    December 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Would love to see a video on big stitch quilting. Thanks for sharing all your tips and hints.

    Charlotte S.

  144. 147 Jane Knoll-Tenney
    December 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Would love to learn big quilt stitching…look forward to your video!

  145. 148 Lorrie McD.
    December 19, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Never heard of this type of thimble. The thimble I use is actually my grandmothers, so if I misplace it, I send out the distress call and everyone in the house must drop what they’re doing and help look for it!!
    Would love to see some videos for hand quilting – big and regular.

  146. 149 Diann Selke
    December 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Thanks for the Thimble recommendation. I am getting ready to hand quilt some of my “Little Quilts” I have made from the Quilt Square kits I have purchased from you. Thought they would be good for practicing before I start a large project.
    Looking forward to some hand quilting videos.

  147. 150 janet
    December 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I’m so glad the sheep didn’t get left off of your tree!

  148. 151 Mary
    December 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Maybe this thimble would solve my ongoing thimble problems. They never seem to fit right. Thanks for sharing.

  149. December 20, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I used these thimbles for many years and they are wonderful. Unfortunately arthritis made my joints swell and form these old-lady bumps (my words since I can’t pronounce what the doctor calls them!) and I had to switch to a different kind. They were well worth the extra cost though because they never wore out. blessings, marlene

  150. December 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Lisa, I keep going back to the handquilting frame pix on this day. What type of frame would you recommend?

  151. 154 Diane Ranshaw
    December 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Looking at your sewing room, it makes me feel like I have to clean mine up. When I get a project going my wool is spread out all over the place until I find the right colors. It takes time because I have to “feel” the project before I actually get started. I think I may have to get one of those frames.

  152. 155 Mary Marge
    December 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Just love that studio and want to be just like you when I grow up. You are one good looking chick (ne: Hoeflier!) I tried that thimble but it’s going to take some getting used to. Hand quilting? I barely have time to piece!

    • December 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Its party time at the Bongean House…that would be Nick’s…so you think I’m a good looking Hoefler Chick…that must be where it came from!!! I got enough them looks to get by…but I ain’t complaining…at this point they don’t really matter…it matters how good a person you are, not the package it delivered in…Send me some picks of your studio…better be working hard on it!!! Say Hi to Fredster for me!!!LB

  153. 157 Cheryl Rudnytsky
    December 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Lisa, PLEASE do a video on hand quilting. I think it would be helpful for a lot of quilters. We want to learn from the best!

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