Project Thimble, the book

You don’t stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.
-Michael Pritchard
I think about blogging more than I actually have time to post right now. It is just that  ”  market”   time of year. Additionally, I am racing toward the deadline for ” Project Thimble”   the manuscript is due Nov 12th. Two huge events back to back. This would fall under the category of  ” ain’t life grand”  .  No sense thinking and whining about all that needs to be done, JUST GET ER DUN. 

There is so much that you don’t see about a book when you make that book purchase. Behind the scenes work that the author and publishers do. I have been telling friends of this experience and the best way I can describe it is to say that…It is not like I’m an expert on Abraham Lincoln and I go to the libraries of the world and do some research and then write a book. (all due respect to those writing any book) There is the creative part of a book about quilting that has to go first. That process can be slow..painfully slow..or fast..amazingly fast. I love the process of thinking and working on new designs. I JUST LOVE IT. It makes my skirt fly up. (and sometimes my bra flies right off too, that may be too much information, sorry).
Over the last 6 months or so I have been deep deep deep in that process and have learned so much about myself as a designer and about relaxing and just going with what I felt was right. Remember, I have been designing and making projects for the book and market at the same time. I have roughly designed, written and finished 17 quilts in 6 months (and yes I have a team of angels lending a helping hand). sheeesh I never counted those quilts and projects until just now…hold on I konked my head when I fell out of the chair I need an ice pack. 
ok back to the design story…there are a couple of projects in the book (you know I can’t show you!) that I’m so in love with I could just cry. I really love all of the projects but as with any collection there are some that stand out for me. Here is something I discovered. Sometimes the project at the pen and paper stage looks one way, at the fabric and construction stage it looks another. The design of one project in particular told ME what fabric to  choose. My first choice of fabric was waayyyyy wrong and I knew it from the start, my daughter saw some of the sample blocks on the design wall and said ” Mom, that is dark and creepy”  when I showed the sample blocks to B,K, and B they pretty much confirmed what I already knew. Start over and get it right. The color and particularly the value choices were key. The design was there and good…but I had to rethink value.  When the quilt was finished and I put it on my design wall I almost cried. It was amazing. The quilt has soooo much movement and ACTION. It is super.

What is the lesson here for all quilters? Well, think about value and contrast when you choose fabrics for a quilt. Do you want ”  sparkle.” That is best achieved with HIGH contrast. It is not necessarily the design that makes the sparkle it is the fabric and contrast.

Later on Project Thimble….blended quilts …There’s a place for us…somewhere a place for us, deee dah dee dah dah.

Oh by the way…Thank you Lord for delivering those miners back to their lives and families..and thank you for the heros and heroines who worked tirelessly to bring them out!!!! OH HAPPY  DAY!


  1. 1

    Oh! I can’t wait to get my very own copy of your book. I am sure you don’t remember me, but I was able to participate in the Silver Thimble Club at The Scarlet Thread for only 3 months before family obligations tore me away.

    But, I learned so much in those 3 months that I use every time I sew. You are an awesome teacher and designer and I can’t wait to be able to do more of your projects!

    One day, I hope to return to Silver Thimble Club, but until then…..


  2. 2

    I am waiting for the day to order yout book….

  3. 3

    Hang in there Pat!! I am cheering you on!!!!!

  4. 4

    I really love your blog and can hardly wait to order your book!

  5. 5

    It’s a fascinating process indeed. Good luck with the deadlines. I’m looking forward to seeing your book.

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    I can’t even imagine the stress of writing a book and in only 6 months!! It takes me that long just to think of a project let alone write about it LOL.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your book :0)


  7. 7

    Can’t wait to see your new book!
    Will you be at Festival as well as Market?

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    Isn’t sleep highly over-rated? Don’t believe the experts that tell us we need 8 hours of sleep a night!

    Geesh — Cheeto Lady — have you got orange blood? You’re just in time for Halloween!

    Take care of yourself and eat a carrot and celery stick as you wander through the kitchen.

    Good luck and I look forward to seeing your book come out in a year or so!

  9. 9

    I cannot wait for your book to be published, Pat! 🙂

  10. 10

    It will be so exciting to see your book published. I can’t wait to get a copy. How neat is that!

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    I am so excited for your new book! I love that you are taking us through it step by step.

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