Piece and Comfort Challenge Quilt Reveal

Posted on May 09, 2015 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments

You may remember our blog post stating we were going to participate in Moda's Piece and Comfort Challenge.  Here is our quilt reveal!

We used Red, White and Free by Sandy Gervais.  We liked it because it was patriotic, but a little more on the playful side.

I would like to tell you just how much work it was cutting out all these fabrics, but honestly it was a breeze because we used the Accuquilt with the Flowering Snowball template... piece of patriotic cake in fact.

The quilting is a series of wavy lines that reminds me of fireworks (maybe that's just me!).

The backing is really fun, we used leftover strips from the border which was this awesome panel.

So there you have it!  In all seriousness, we truly appreciate all that the military folks do for our country.  The danger and sacrifices they make for our country often times goes unnoticed and I'm so pleased that Moda decided to do a challenge to honor these men and women.  I am thrilled at the thought of all those beautiful patriotic quilts that will get donated to military families to enjoy.

Here are the quilt stats:
Pattern: Flower Snowball (template used was Accuquilt)
Size: 58" x 73"
Fabric: Red, White and Free by Sandy Gervais


Posted in Flowering Snowball, Longarm, Moda Fabrics, Patriotic, Piece and Comfort Challenge, Quilt, Red White and Free, Sandy Gervais

Pieces and Comfort Challenge

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments

Have you heard about the Pieces and Comfort Challenge? This is a challenge to recognize and honor the sacrifices that are made by our country's military families.  By joining this challenge you have a chance to give back to those families by donating your quilts directly to an organization or to a local military family.

Challenge Rules:

WHO: All quilters who would like to create a beautiful quilt to honor a military family in their circle of friends, the community, or the nation.

WHEN: Challenge begins January 1, 2015 thru March 31, 2015

  • Challenge quilts will be displayed at our shop April 6 – 18. (If you’re not local, just send us a picture to jenn@quiltedthimblecottage.com Make sure to include the quilters name, city and contact information).
    • Customers will get to vote for their favorites. Each shop’s Viewers’ Choice winner will receive a prize.
    • A digital image of the Viewers’ Choice winner from each shop will be entered in Moda’sPiece and Comfortonline quilt show.

WHERE: Pick up an entry form at our quilt shop, if you you're not local just send us an e-mail to request the form to jenn@quiltedthimblecottage.com

WHAT: Ninety percent of quilt must be made with Moda fabrics. Fifty percent of the Moda fabrics must come from one or both of the featured collections (Red, White, & Free or Because of the Brave).

  • Quilt(s) must be 54″x65″ or larger.
    • Quilt must be quilted or tied and bound.  No quilt tops will be accepted.
    • Quilt must be labeled with Maker’s and  Quilter’s name, city and contact information.
    • Quilt(s) remain property of maker unless they choose to donate quilt to a military family.
    • No limit to number of entries.

Prize Awards for Moda’s Online Quilt Show:

First Viewers’ Choice – $500
Second Viewers’ Choice – $250
Third Viewers’ Choice – $150
Designer’s Choice – $500

We hope you participate with us!  Here is a really small sneak peek into what we are making!


We can't wait to see what you make!




Posted in challenge, moda, patriotic, piece and challenge, red white & brave, red white and brave, sandy gervais

Big Flirt

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Jenn Thurston | 2 comments


Meet one of our newest collections called Flirt by Sandy Gervais.  One of the many prints this line offers is a fun and whimsical panel featuring two sweet blue birds perched up high.

One of my favorite features in the quilt is the checkerboard around the inner border, reminds me of ribbon that's been woven.

The panel comes with two of the same prints, so the options are really endless of all the things you could do with it!  The pattern uses the second panel as appliqué in the corners, which I think is a great idea and really adds a lot of detail without all that really tedious layering!

Last but not least is a close up of our backing.  We used a bella solid for the backing and a neutral thread which really features the outline of hearts nicely.  I just love the way it turned out! 


Posted in flirt, hearts, longarm, moda fabrics, quilt, sandy gervais, valentines

Sassy Flying Geese

Posted on April 02, 2012 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments

Remember all these flying geese?  Well, I have one small table topper done, and only about 1,000 flying geese remaining!  I do love using all my scraps, but I think I will have take a small break and come back to the rest of the flying geese.  I'm feeling like something, well anything other than flying geese right now!

Here's how it turned out, I'm quite happy with it.  It's a great size for a patio table - I can picture it now, me and my quilt relaxing in the shade with a cold glass of lemonade... 

This little table topper was made with less than one charm pack, and did I mention still plenty of flying geese left?

This beautiful fabric is from the Sassy line by Sandy Gervais.  We have precuts and yardage available, it's the perfect line for summer.  It would also make a darling apron with the fruit pattern!


Posted in flying geese, Longarm, Moda, Sandy Gervais, sassy

A Flock of Flying Geese

Posted on February 13, 2012 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments

I have been attacked by flying geese... well, maybe it's the other way around.  I'm afraid to count how many flying geese are actually in this stack.  We have this cool new flying geese tool I can't wait to show off!  More on that later.   

This tool makes flying geese incredibly easy, and I have gone overboard (obviously).  I have an idea of what I'm going to use them for, but for now, I will just admire all the pretty colors from this new Sandy Gervais line called Sassy.


Posted in flying geese, sandy gervais, sassy

Feels like summer, looks like fall

Posted on May 22, 2011 by David Thurston | 1 comment

Grand Finale Display

This weekend was the start of 90 degree weather here in Belmont, NC - and you won't hear a single complaint from Jenn about it. This kind of weather makes for a fun (and busy) weekend filled with quilting, working around the shop, and ice cream! 

This past week we received our order of Sandy Gervais' Grand Finale line from Moda, and almost immediately we were all finding ways to use the deep, warm colors and prints in a project. Although we are a small shop, we still find a reason to dress it up a bit from time to time. There is a space near the front door that we kind of consider our mantel. We like to showcase one of the fabric lines we have available, and showcase a little creativity. For Grand Finale, Jenn made from the panel print, along with part of a charm pack. The half circles are incredible, and the turquoise along with the golds makes this little corner of the shop look like fall. Above the quilt is a little banner I made (yeah, that's right - David has a little skill!). It was fun to work with the scraps from Jenn's charm pack, a 1/4 yard of the orange (for the back of the bunting) and some scrap Moda marble brown. 

So - the heat is rising outside, the air conditioning is running inside...but in a small corner of the shop there could be a nip in the air! Pumpkin carving anyone? ... or watermelon, maybe... ;-)

Posted in display, Grand Finale, Moda, quilt, Sandy Gervais

Special Delivery ~ New Fabric Coming!

Posted on April 17, 2011 by David Thurston | 0 comments

Frolic, Fandango and Spirit Line CardsWelcome to our first New Fabric is Coming, New Fabric is Coming announcement! Here at the cottage, we are already planning on what to do with these new designs. Over the next few months we will be seeing more and more lines come into the shop from great designers like Sweetwater, Basic Grey, and Joel Dewberry. On Tuesday we begin the fun with the arrival of some "Mini Moda" deliveries from Kate Spain, Sandy Gervais, and Lila Tueller. Be sure to check back as we post fabric and projects to our site!

Time to go run in circles!!

Posted in Basic Grey, fabric, Joel Dewberry, Lila Tueller, Moda, Sandy Gervais, Sweetwater