Sunday, October 27, 2019

Thomas the Train - Nifty Novelty Prints Blog Hop

All Aboard!

Welcome to the Nifty Novelties blog hop hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew 

There will be a list of all participating bloggers at the end of this post, as well as details for a give away.  Everyone loves a chance to win, right? 

This hop is a time to celebrate all of the cute and fun themed fabrics that are out there.  Do you want a particular theme?  I'm willing to bet you can find it!  Bears, cats, dogs, horses, rainbows, music... and so much more!

A few years ago I acquired a fabric stash that had belonged to the mother of one of my friends.  {{Everyone needs friends like this!  lol...}} And the stash had many, many panels and novelty print fabrics.

To name a few of them... there was Dora the Explorer, hot air balloons, Captain Frog, Beatitude Bears, nautical themed and trains.

I had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use the Thomas the Train fabric.  Last year I was asked to donate an item for a silent auction and saw it as the chance.

Thomas and friends was a favorite show of my girls when they were little.  And I was certain that some baby boy would be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor...  It was a really quick quilt and the photo shoot was one of the first shoots where I tried to up my game and have more that just a quilt.  My goal was to capture some background that would relate to the name/theme of the quilt.

I still had yards of fabric left over and it went back into my stash storage closet until this fall.  Recently, I have been enjoying some pattern testing and when I saw the Quilt Crush pattern at Patterns By Jen I felt this was another great opportunity to feature Thomas the Train and rail yard fabric.  

I fussy cut the center of the squares to feature the various characters on the fabric...

I recruited a friend for the photography and I think she captured the theme perfectly!  When I explained that it was a train quilt and I wanted to use some of the local train setting areas she was on board. (see what I just did there? 😉 )

It was a bit gusty that day and we may have stopped the traffic because we were standing in the middle of road to get a shot... 

One visitor near the above engine snapped a few photos with his phone as he carefully passed us.  We got a good laugh as we said "be sure to mention Melva Loves Scraps when you post it on social media!" 

Look!  Even Mr. Conductor made it in the photos! 

Jen's pattern makes up very quickly.  The blocks are big and would be excellent for a beginning quilter. 

But I have to admit that the thing I overlooked was the placement of the half-square triangles...  

Oh the pictures here look fine. 

But take a peek at the photo below

I noticed the error of my ways before I quilted it...  I tried to ignore it.  I tried to convince myself that it was fine... but my conscience would not let it go!  I ripped out the misplaced blocks and turned them to make the correction.  

And I felt so much better!  And the change really did make it more interesting.

My stop on this hop is just a brief one... but don't jump off the fun train yet!

Be sure to visit all of the stops on the tour!  There are different prizes available at each blog... and you will not want to miss out on the opportunity these prizes!

So, how do you enter???  Well, let's see...  

Tell me about a train museum or train trip that you have enjoyed... 

Simple as that...  Leave a comment by November 4th!

But don't forget to leave behind an email address if you are an anonymous or no-reply reader... Like this >>>  MelvaLovesScraps(at)NolanQualityCustoms(dot)com  It would be very sad to select a winner and have no way of contacting them. 

Oh, and by the way, Marian has done an amazing job at acquiring the FQ prize bundles for this hop but has noted that the cost of mailing the prizes will be $4. Where else can you get 10 fat quarters for just 4 bucks???   

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your lovely projects. Thomas the Train is one of my favorites also.
    My best train trip ever was probably also the shortest one I've been on - travelling from New Jersey to New York. I was travelling with my parents at the time and my dad refused to drive in New York. A train trip and yellow cab got us to the airport. :-)
    Best email to reach me currently is:
    Although in South Africa, I do have US address (should I be the lucky one to win).

  2. Great job on the quilt! It'll be a lucky silent auction winner who gets it.

  3. Great pattern! It looked good with all the dark on one side, but I am with you. I like the finished way better. And I know how you feel. I've been there several times myself. It looks good design wise, but isn't what it was supposed to be so I'd start ripping.

  4. Super cute! Love the finished project!

  5. I like Thomas. Neat use of the fabric, thank you!

  6. Thanks for a great idea!! I love your usage and the way you placed your final blocks. I have never had the pleasure of taking a train trip, but it is on my bucket list!!

  7. My husband and I went north on a train trip to view the fall colours. Temagami, Ontario - it was such a wonderful day trip with a fiddler on the train.

  8. Great quilt. Never ridden on a train.

  9. Fun quilt! I love the Railway Museum in York many huge trains!

  10. I commented at Melva Loves Scraps.

  11. My husband is a train buff so we have taken many, many train rides. We have been to the Durbin Rocket, Tygart Flyer and Cass Scenic Railroads (all in West Virginia), the Essex Steam train in Connecticut, and the Three Rivers Rambler in Knoxville, Tennessee just to name a few.

    Whenever we travel we try to find a tourist train. . . it is kind of like a "busman's holiday" but my husband gets to talk to other train people. Since he volunteers on a tourist train he is always looing to see how other trains operate.

    I love how your quilt turned out. I also did a testing for Jen. . . but I used oriental themed fabrics.

  12. When I was 19 I took a train ride from Edmonton Alberta to Truro Nova Scotia. I rode couch so sat up for the whole trip (5 days and 4 nights). A very scenic ride.

  13. Lovely quilt - used to travel by train in the Rockies - beautiful scenery!!

  14. Cute quilt and a fun project. One lucky winner for sure.

  15. My son loved trains as a child, so one winter we took the "Snow Train" , also known as the Algoma, from Sault Ste Marie in the upper peninsula of Michigan into northern Ontario. It was very cold and a snowy day but the views were awesome!
    Now my grandson loves Thomas and his buddies so I made him an I Spy quilt with Thomas fabric.
    This QAL looks like fun! I still have a lot of kids fabrics.

  16. What a great photo shoot! I'm a train lover from way back into childhood ... when people could actually travel the entire country by train! My favorite thing Paul and I did was train chasing, usually the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad between Chama, NM, and Antonito, CO. We liked it better than the Durango train, which is also very nice, but not so good for chasing, in our opinion.

  17. I love trains so this was fun. I am entering at melva loves scraps.

  18. Love, love the quilt, and the photo shoot just makes it even more adorable!

  19. Hi Melva, I love your train quilt. I saw the error but since you were consistent, it could have passed :-) When we were kids, we used to go to a little park in a neighbouring town that had a cool train structure. We spent a lot of time playing there. I also love riding trains.

  20. Entering at Melva Loves Scraps. My first train ride was from Everett, Wa to Portland, Or to visit with my grandkids. It is the only way to go! Just recently sent my daughter and granddaughter on the same trip. They thoroughly enjoyed it.

  21. I went on a train trip in eastern Nevada, from the little town of Ely to a mine with a bunch of educators when I was at a Nevada Gem and Minerals Society conference. It was so much fun to sip wine and enjoy the vast, untouched land of eastern Nevada...miles and miles with no sign of human habitation. I've also ridden a train from Nevada to Nebraska when I was 5, but my memories of that are very dim. I love that train track run through the farm where I live...when I'm out riding my horse and wave at them, they will honk at us.

  22. Entered at " Melva Loves Scraps" We took a cool train ride in Sugar Creek, Ohio in the Fall of 1994. It was Gorgeous with changing leaves & all. We plan to go again sometime.. :)

  23. I'm entering at Melva Loves Scraps. About seven years ago some of my husbands' siblings, along with our oldest daughter plus ourselves travelled to London, England to visit & celebrate their Aunts' 80th birthday. The smartest thing we did was purchase transit passes & we toured the sights of the city easily. We also purchased train tickets to get to Skegness where our Aunt lives & then on to Edinburgh, Scotland. Great sights were seen & relatively stress free as compared to being in a rental car in Scotland whilst hubby drove & daughter navigated!

  24. This summer we went to the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum in Capreal, Ontario Canada. It is a small town but well worth the visit.

  25. Just a few weeks ago my daughter and husband took their 3-year old to Strasburg, PA to the train museum to see Thomas and his friends!! He was so excited!! :-) When out children were young we took them there and stayed in a caboose motel! Great fun!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  26. The Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, Sask has a train inside the museum. Awesome looking.

  27. We have an old train depot as a museum in our small town--it has many interesting exhibits of times gone by including clothing, photos, kitchen items, beautiful glassware etc, machinery, an old windmill head and so much more!barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

  28. I am entering at Melva Loves Scraps--I previously commented about the old depot that is a wonderful museum in our town,

  29. We had the pleasure of visiting the Agawa Canyon in northern Ontario by rail in the fall. On my bucket list is a Rocky Mountaineer trip through the Rocky Mountains! Entering at Melva Loves Scraps. (at) rogers (dot) com

  30. Melva Loves Scraps. My Grandpa worked for Wabash RR. He would get passes and take us to Chicago for the day. I loved riding in the Dome car. For a young child, it was almost like flying!

  31. Hope your girls enjoyed your quilting train journey as well!

  32. Thomas the train is a cute quilt.

  33. We visited the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer NC, which is the site of the original Spencer Shops where they repaired steam locomotives. They have a roundhouse, which is pretty neat to watch in operation. Entering at Melva Loves Scraps. Thanks.

  34. My boys too both loved Thomas the Tank when they were kids. Your quilt is sweet! We traveled to many place to see trains and I remember the museum in Sacramento, Ca. It was fun and I think even more so now as I believe it’s expanded quit a bit!

  35. Super cute quilt, love rhe layout!

  36. What an adorable couple of quilts and what a fun place for a photo shoot. Your friends eye for things make for fabulous photos. Great post!

  37. Wonderful quilts! I took the kiddos to ride the train around Stone Mountain in Georgia! Thank you, Susan

  38. Commenting on Melva Loves Scraps! Yay! Took the kiddos to ride the old train around Stone Mountain, Georgia! Thank you, Susan

  39. Thanks Melva for sharing such a cute project and great photos. Except for rides at the zoo and the south shore between South Bend and Chicago, I've not been on a train but it looks like it would be such fun! So glad to have been able to visit your blog!

  40. Entering from Melva Love Scraps. I love novelty prints too. I've made many quilts using them. Yours are really cute.

  41. The quilt is lovely, and the placement of the blocks (after a slight adjustment) is very effective. Someone got extremely lucky at that silent auction.
    My favourite train trip was a number of years back, my mother and I drove down from Ontario, Canada to Florida, and we stopped in Dollywood. I wore white jeans, and we took the train up in the Smokies - and it was run by coal - needless to say, don't touch your jeans was the order of the day. I did stay looking white, and we had a wonderful day in Tennesee.

  42. Entered at Melva Loves Scraps. I love the Quilt Crush that you made. Nancy A:

  43. Entry for Melva loves Scraps. I have not been on a train but someday would like to ride across the Pacific Northwest! Thank you for the chance to win!

  44. I know a little guy who would love the Thomas the Train quilt!

  45. I love trains! I was raised in Chicago and my mother let me ride the Rock Island line to downtown from when I was 12 years old. I would spend hours roaming through Marshall Field's Department store. Such wonderful memories.

  46. Melva Loves Scraps! Very cute quilt! Looks fast and easy which is what I like. I have never been to a train museum but my hubby used to make models for his train sets. He was very particular with them, even to putting worn marks and peeling paint on buildings, broken down cars and trash in areas etc. He ended up donating most of his stuff to a club as he didn't have time to spend on it.

  47. We took our young grandsons to local train depot just to watch the trains. Cheap fun for all!

  48. It looks great. It's been years since I have visited the transportation museum near me, like grade school. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down and the memories.

  49. Soooo cute! My son would have loved this when he was little and into Thomas! Thanks for sharing xx

  50. Very cute, and perfect for this hop! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  51. Such a cute quilt! And what a fun way to photograph it. Thank you linking up to Creative Compulsions!

  52. Thomas and Friends: The Endearing World of Railway Adventures
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