Saturday, January 18, 2020

Thimbles Table Runner

The Thimbles table runner is all finished!


This is the first of my WOOFA challenge projects to be finished. It was my leader/ender project (a little piece of fabric to stitch when piecing other projects, so I don't have to cut the thread) for the past 6 years. There are 915 thimbles! But who's counting! There are 15 rows of 61 thimbles per row. It is 19"x56".


I use a little template to cut the thimbles. The finished pieces are just over an inch high and about the same on the bottom. I will keep making these because I think it is the best way for me to use little bits of fabric, and they are the perfect size for a leader/ender.


Over the years I have made a few different table mats with these thimbles, and I have learned that it is best to have an odd number in the row and to press the seams in one direction. This way the rows can go any way. I have also learned not to bother rearranging the rows because there will always be similar fabric near each other. This time I only found two spots where the same fabric thimbles stack on each other. When sewing rows I pinned the first row, then realized it was a waste of time (60 pins!), after I just locked the seams together while sewing and it worked fine.

this was my Grandmother's thimble
I used one layer of Hobbs Heirloom Natural cotton batting to make a flat runner. I used Aurifil 50wt thread for the free motion quilting, and quilted an overall meander, because it is my favourite to quilt.


I made this for the top of an entertainment unit. It is really so the dust doesn't show as much!

 Photos from around -

Stormy day.
 Maggie watching the snow fall off the window.
With all the fresh snow we tried out our new snow shoes.
They are much better than the old fashioned ones I have.

All the best!♥︎

13 comments:

Raewyn said...

The runner is a perfect fit for your entertainment centre! The thimbles do seem a great way to use scraps and also good as a L-E project.

PaintedThread said...

So many tiny pieces. It looks great!

Hmmm... I may need to make one for my entertainment center, too!

Karen said...

I love your runner! It turned out beautifully and what a great use for it. Thank you for posting and sharing this. I have a tumbler quilt project that I started, but didn't want to keep going on it. It's about the same size. Now I know what I can do with it. Thanks!

ferne said...

I love your thimble mat and the comment about the dust not showing really cracked me up because I do the same! I mean with all the sewing to be done who has time for dusting? You do such beautiful projects and I love coming to see them on your blog...thanks for sharing!

Vicki said...

Your table runner is beautiful, lovely way to use up scraps

Cheryll said...

Your thimble runner is gorgeous and such tiny pieces... Well done.
I'm so happy you completed your first months WOOFA challenge too...
Congrats xox

Sue SA said...

The thimbles are such a cute leaders and enders project! Did you cut them with a Go, or by hand? I love mini quilts, but these are truly tiny.

Narelle said...

Lovely runner and an excellent idea for leader/enders and using scraps.

Fiona said...

Oh I love your table runner - I have never seen such a tiny template but what a great way to use those tiny pieces. Just gorgeous....
Hugz

Ann at Prairie Primrose said...

I love scrappy quilts with little pieces and that tumbler is wonderful!

Maria said...

Such tiny pieces for the lovely table runner..
The new snow shoes look great...

CathyC said...

nice work :)

Sue said...

Love your table runner. I've been looking for a new leader and ender project. I have a similar template. ...time to dig it out!

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