Ah...love is fickle. I usually think of myself as pretty loyal partner. My third finger on my right hand has been married to the same Roxanne's quilting thimble for years. I occasionally use the old fashioned silver one for applique, as it was my grandmother's. And, I like the adhesive thimble pads when I go "au naturale."
I have had 3 Roxanne's thimbles over the many years, with the brass one as my favorite for the last 8-9 years. Well, move on over 'cause I have a new love...a new thimble!Nat!!)
I just bought this little beauty after Barb (Fun With Barb) shared her story of finding her thimble after it had been missing for a while. I was so touched by her emotion in telling her story that I just had to look into the matter for myself.
The thimble is made by T.J. Lane at http://www.thimbles2fit.com/. I was a little skeptical of getting a good fit ordering it online, but I am completely pleased. They guarantee the fit.
I chose an "open thimble," which allows for your fingernail, usually not a problem for me..please excuse my man-ish, piano-player, horrible manicure. I downloaded her paper measuring strip and followed the directions for a great fit. You can get the opening round or slightly oval. I found the slightly oval to be perfect. (Hey Glenn...how do you like yours?)
The fit with the Roxanne's thimble was never great. It just wasn't shaped like my finger tip, so my finger tip never went to the end of the thimble. It was heavy and after it flew off my finger and hit one poor woman in the chest while I was teaching a hand quilting class, I knew the love affair was over and I needed to move on. Sigh.
This new thimble fits perfectly...like a second skin. And it is so lightweight and beautiful. They have many styles to choose from. When I first slipped it on, I was a little worried that it might be too short and not stay on, but it is fabulous.
There has been so much interest in this older BOM pattern, purchased from Quakertown Quilts in Houston, and it was a little expensive so I thought I would give it away. This way, someone else can enjoy this journey. (I taped the original pattern sheets together for each of the 12 blocks to lay out my applique. I think I would mess them up if I was to untape them, so I will just roll them up gently and put them in a tube mailer along with the rest of the directions and the picture that came with it.)
And now, some eye candy!! Check out this incredible Halloween gourd that my best friend Ola designed and made for my husband as a Christmas gift. We are now using it as a night light in our bedroom with one of those LED tea lights. There's a ghost on top of the cute pumpkin and somehow she made the most beautiful cut in the gourd to separate the shapes. Look...it even looks like Steve!! (he's holding it in the dark picture)
And finally, Beth K. surprised me, Ola and Mary J. with homemade mittens today. We were 3 very happy kittens with our lovely new mittens! Thanks Beth!!
It's been a fabulous week and it is only Wednesday!!