I was recently asked by a new quilter several questions about my “Quilts for Sale”. I keep forgetting I get new quilters coming to my blog and face book page every day. I’m happy we have this medium to get information out to those who desire it.
As per her questions, I thought I’d give everyone more background on each of the quilts I have for sale one at a time.
“My Thimble Collection” was inspired by an antique quilt that someone brought into my vending booth in Jacksonville, FL way back in 1996. I had been collecting ideas for my first self published book, “Vintage One Patch Scrap Quilts”. I made the example for my book by tracing templates. Leslie G. owns it.
Later that year, a local Florida quilt shop contacted me about producing stamps for the patterns in my book. I had been experimenting with making stamps, so it seemed a natural. My first stamp was born, the Thimble Stamp! I was delighted and shocked how many people caught onto the idea. I immediately started to make a new thimble quilt with my new template stamp.
I had been working for Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting at the time, freelancing many of my designs. I submitted this quilt and they accepted it!
What a treat to see this quilt appear in their fine magazine in February 2000!
I was able to use several fabrics that I had been “hording” because it was a charm quilt (every piece is different and not repeated) and used only 2″ squares of fabric. Carol C. will get a laugh at one of my favorite fabrics because she and I bought “the skiers” together. And the “fox heads” was used in all my charm quilts at the time.
Because of it’s popularity and the really cool picture American Patchwork took of the quilt, it then appeared on the cover of Scrap Quilts, a small publication highlighting several of the magazines recent quilts by various quilters.
This publication came out in 2001. It was sold in quilt shops and hobby stores around the country.
Now you can own this particular quilt “My Thimble Collection” if you desire. Only one is available and it is the original that appeared in the magazine and publication.
The original stamp has been discontinued, but if you wish to make your own version, you can purchase the “Vintage Thimble Stamp” on my website.
As Paul Harvey used to say, “Now you know the rest of the story!”
Until Next Time,