Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Year in Review – Schnibble Style

A year ago Sherri and Sinta announced that they were starting A Year of Schnibbles. It was going to be a fun quilt-a-long of sorts where each month they would reveal a Schnibble pattern, designed by the very talented Carrie Nelson, that we were all going to make. Along the way their were lots chances to win prizes for finishing your quilts in the month’s time and a parade of all the quilts that were made that month.

I thought it would be fun to show you how my year went…

This first quilt is from the pattern Winter White and I made it in September of last year. One rule I gave myself was that I was going to try and have the quilts totally finished each month and that includes quilting and binding. I did really good with that…for a while.

October’s quilt pattern was Cindy Lou Who and I went patriotic on this one.

November’s quilt pattern was Picnic. I loved making the variety of baskets this pattern called for.

For December they went easy on us since they knew we were probably busy with last minute Christmas gifts so all we had to do was make a Tuffet, which is a Schnibbles pattern of pincushions. I ended up giving this one to my sister, Tina, for Christmas.

For January I switched things up a bit and made Madeline bigger and changed the orientation of the blocks. I made this one to hang above the couch in our family room. This is also the where I broke my “have the quilt totally done” rule.


February’s quilt was Sunday’s Best and was lots of fun to make. I love the little bow ties. This one is currently still a top but will soon be finished into a quilt for my friend that is having a baby boy.

April’s quilt pattern is called Tagalong and I actually didn’t finish the top for this one until last month. So out of the whole year I missed one month’s deadline and this was it.

For May the pattern was Two Bits and I made a table runner out of it. It was all left over Roman Holiday fabric from a previous project. I made it from start to finish at my Memorial Day retreat.

June’s pattern was State Fair and I went all out girly for this one. I had so much fun shopping out of my stash for a huge variety of fabrics for this one. I finished the top in June but got it all quilted and bound in time for my friend, Ginny’s, baby shower.


July was a newly released pattern called Joy Luck. I went with some Asian fabric because the pattern looks like Chinese lanterns.


For August we got to pick between two different patterns and I picked Short Story. I love these double hourglass blocks and have wanted to make a quilt in that pattern for a long time. I made it nice and big so I can snuggle under it. I’ve got to hurry and finish this one if there is going to be any snuggling.

As I look back on my year of Schnibbles I am pleased with the fact that just about every quilt was made from my stash. One of them I did have to buy the perfect binding fabric for it and another was made from a charm pack and I had to buy two coordinating prints so I would have enough fabric to make the quilt. Other than that, this was a great stash busting year thanks to being a part of A Year of Schnibbles.

Sherri and Sinta have cooked up another year of fun but this time it is called Le Petite – A Year of Small Projects. I would love to do this again but I have to opt out this year because I was recently asked to make quilt samples for a friend that owns an online quilt shop and is a vendor at quilt shows and festivals. I didn’t even have to think about it. Get paid to quilt? Umm..yes please! So that should keep me busy and I want to leave time for my long list of UFOs, WIPs, etc.

Thanks for visiting me and my parade of Schnibbles!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We have a winner...

Did you forget about my birthday giveaway? Luckily I didn't! I have been putting some goodies together and have picked a winner. I did the random number generator thing and got #52. Congrats to AnnieO!! You are the winner! Go ahead and send me your snail mail address and I will get your prize off to you! (sorry no picture, the camera is MIA)

Monday, September 6, 2010


Thank you for your sympathy and kind words.  I did end up going to my retreat.  I rested all day on Friday and was able to go over Saturday morning.  My back felt lots better but I only took light sewing with me and was very careful to not over do it all weekend.

I had ordered a kit from Nanette for one of her mixed bag patterns a while ago and took it with me to make.  I really wanted a bag made with her unique fabric.  My friends oohed and ahhed over it while I worked on it.  I adore how it turned out!


She included a fabric covered button that you can see in the picture is so cute and red rick rack.  I forgot to take a picture of the other side of the bag.  It too is super cute.  I lined it with the same fabric as the handles and used a Meadowsweet strawberries on yellow fabric I had in my stash for the pockets inside.  It looks great with the rest of the bag.  Nanette's pattern was so easy to understand and had lots of pictures. 


The other project I finished while I was there was my doll quilt for the DQS9.  I really want to keep this one!  My partner likes linen and patchwork and modern quilts.  I really had fun fulfilling her request.  I used Flea Market Fancy for the binding since she really seems to like it and uses it in her projects. 


I had fun quilting this with abstract lines.  I love how the quilting turned out.  It works well with the style of the quilt. 


For the back of the quilt I used the same fabrics I used in the front to add a little color.


Here is my label for the back.


The rest of the time I worked on a quilt I am making with Patisserie by Fig Tree Quilts.  I am using Moda Turnovers, Moda Charm Packs, and Kona Bone for the background fabric.  For this quilt I have to make 480 flying geese.  So far I have 101.  So I have a ways to go.  I took a picture with some of the flying geese I had finished so I could get an idea what the block would look like.  I just lay it out.  It isn’t sewn together.


I think it will be very pretty.  Especially when I get more of the flying geese made and there is more of a color variety. 

I will be back soon to show you what my friends made this weekend.  It is always fun to see a mini quilt show, right?

Friday, September 3, 2010

There’s no place like quilt retreat


retreat view

But I am not there and I don’t know if I will be going.  I am so disappointed I can’t even express it enough.  It is all paid for, my friends are there, there is tons of sewing going on, there is an empty place at a table for me, and I am home laying in my back chair.  Yes, I am having a pity party.  Want to join me?  I over did it on Monday and Tuesday trying to get my Schnibble quilt done in time.  My back wasn’t doing great in the first place because of our cruise but then I went and made it worse.  UGH!   

Ok, now the good things.  My husband had already planned to be home to take care of the kids and the to and from school thing.  So I get to have him around to help me and to be sweet and cheer me up.  The retreat is until Monday afternoon so there is a slight possibility that if I feel better I could go even for just a day.  And of course things could always be worse, right.

Just wanted to end this depressing post on a good note!  

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