Thank you for all the great thimble tips!
I ended up getting one at my LQS, but haven't had the chance to try it out. I'll take its picture and give a little report once I use it.
Our Hobson preschool auction has been keeping me busy, but it was a big success last weekend and I had fun giving away the two quilts I made for them.
This bowtie pattern is such a fun and satisfying block to piece.
Today's Hobson feature is "Pink Lemonade" a 64inch square picnic quilt.
I named it Pink Lemonade because there's nothing more fun when you're kid than a picnic with pink lemonade. And the most fun for a kid at preschool can be found at Hobson! It really is the best preschool ever - it's a play based curriculum, parent run co-op.
Did the home dec weight back again, as I really expect it to be used on the ground all summer. It helps just a bit more with the damp or rough ground.
Awesome colors and pattern on the back - perfect for the cathedral windows kick I had been on.
And see my 'label' on the bottom right? I wrote directly on one of the white circles and I loved the look. Can't be any easier, either!! I used a sewline pencil first, then fine tip sharpie over the top.
This quilt was in the silent auction part, all on it's own. I was kind of nervous/excited to find out where it would end up. Just as the auction started, a couple I didn't know came up and said they had bid on it right away and how pretty it was...a nice thing to hear.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see what would happen from there. The auction people decided to try something new this year and made some of the packages with a 'buy it now' option in addition to the silent bidding option. A set price was at the bottom, and if you filled in your bid number before the bidding reached that price, then you immediately won the package. Two problems with how they did it I think (since a lot of people felt a need to complain to me about it during the actual auction) they set the buy it now price at 80% of retail, and you were able to choose to buy it now after others had already bid. For example, on ebay you must choose to 'buy it now' before any other bids are entered. So what happened on some of the popular packages, the bidding went along until it got near the set price, and then stopped as it was then scooped up. There was confusion and a few grumpy people with those packages.
If I set it up, I would have removed the buy it now option as soon as one bid was entered. And/or made the set price double retail or so.
Now I must admit I took advantage of this once I realized it was going on, and scooped up a fun package that I would have paid more for, had the bidding continued - without the bidding stress. Also, the evening was FABULOUS from start to finish in every other way.
But of course I'm mentioning it because my quilt happened to be one of the items that had the option of a set price. I was kind of bummed missing out on seeing where the price would go, but am super happy about who did get it. One of the moms in Becket's class lost out on my quilt last year. This year her husband noticed the set price option and bought the quilt for her, she was so happy and I gave her a big hug!
I've been wishing she would come out the winner - I knew my quilt would be well loved with her. So, it was a good end to the story.