Sunday, June 29, 2008

Strawberries, Jordgubbar, Mansikoita

Please send help.

I am obsessed. And bleeding. Well, almost bleeding.

What started out as one of my three mini give-away quilts has turned into a red and green monster. (Speaking of green monsters, a week from Tuesday, I'll be here!) I bought some Marimekko Pieni Mansikka fabric on sale a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd use it to try a little handquilting with perle cotton. I've finished three small quilts (from 9"to 16") and don't feel finished with the series. I think I'm going to send one for the Miniature Booty Swap II. My fingers are raw, but I just can't stop. I'm trying to use the rubber finger tips you can buy at an office supply store. They are the only 'thimbles' I've been able to deal with. Hopefully, if I keep going, I'll build up some callouses! While surfing around yesterday, I noticed I'm not the only one with strawberries on the brain! Now I'm just hoping there'll be some in the market square to make some jam before I head to the US!

11 comments:

Candace said...

My husband is a Red Sox fan, so when you said 'monster', I thought of Fenway, didn't know there were other 'monsters'. Looks like you have been a quilting dynamo, your strawberries look delicious. Have you tried the Quilter's leather thimbles,
http://tinyurl.com/5bmdy8 .
When I was handquilting these were the only ones that I could use and were recommended by my boss who taught me, and who also was a quilting dynamo.

floribunda said...

great strawberry fabric, and I love the quilts, too!

Gina said...

I love the quilts. I use silver thimbles when I hand quilt. They take a bit of getting used to but they are the only thing I'm comfortable using. Occasionally I won't use anything but the callouses take for ever to go from my fingers.

Love and hugs xxx

Margaret aka Supermom said...

Yea...Good for you. We've had the absolute rainiest mess the last 10 days, every afternoon, 1" or more of rain. Joy...

I don't use any thimble, but I use only the tiniest of quilting needles. If I could find the doggone package, I'd know what size, but one size smaller than applique sharps. They glide thru the fabric. I'm not sure about using with perle cotton though.

Guðrún said...

Your quilting is great, just love those "strawberries"

Jacquie said...

These are fabulous. I bought a vintage tablecloth the other day (full of holes and stains), but a cut a bunch of 6 in squares... strawberries on each one. Can't wait to do something with them.

Clare said...

Jen it's great.

I can't use a thimble, although I've tried. I'm currently quilting the crumbs quilt which is an aboslute B. My fingers are bleeding too and the air is blue!

Libby said...

I'm sad that our berry season is all over for the year . . . it gives hope that others are still going strong. Hope you find some tasty ones *s*

I AM said...

cute, cute, cute!!!

Jessica said...

your strawberry quiltlets are adorable~
isn't playing with pearle cotton fun?

Nettie said...

Hey! My strawberry quilt arrived in the mail last week (mine is the one pictured upper right) I finally got my computer back so will post pics on my blog soon. It's gorgeous! I love it and you're right, the colors are Christmassy. Besides, it never hurts, during these long grey northern european winters, to be reminded that summer Will be back. Also, it happens to be perfect to hang in my kitchen, which has pistaschio green walls.

You've totally inspired me. I'm starting my first mini-quilt today. Thank you, Jen!!