Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Waiting for the Postman!

I spent the better part of last year making quilts with Jelly Rolls... those beautiful, gorgeous, yummy rolls of fabric that are so much fun to play with!  So this year, I decided I was going to try to make quilts with Charm Packs - the cute 5" squares.  A couple of weeks ago, I posted about cutting up a Recipe for Friendship fat quarter bundle into 5" squares and so far, I've made 2 quilt tops with those:  McGuffey and Spin City (both are Schnibbles for Carrie Nelson's book Schnibbles Times Two).  I haven't yet posted pictures of Spin City but McGuffey looks amazing.

In fact, I'm loving these little 5" squares so much, I signed-up for the Fat Quarter Shop Charm Pack Club where 6 identical Charm Packs will be shipped to me every month.  September's fabric line:  Hometown!

So I am anxiously awaiting Mr. Postman who should be delivering my beautiful Hometown Charm Packs any day now!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Productive Weekend

This weekend was very productive, but I have zero finishes to show you!  I do have a couple of finished tops and a couple of finished blocks... and a couple of new windows.

First, here are place mats that are ready for quilting. I found this pattern in the February 2011 Quilter's World magazine.  I used fabrics from my stash for this one.  I had told myself I would get going on the quilting on these this weekend, but then I really wanted to work on something else...  Quilting is most definitely my least favourite part of the whole process so I tend to put it off until I can longer put it off.

Next, here is McGuffey.  I used two of my Recipe for Friendship charm packs for this one as well as white fabric I had in my stash.  For the backing, I used the Recipe for Friendship panel that came with the fat quarter bundle.  McGuffey is a Schnibble designed by Carrie Nelson and which can be found in her book "Schnibbles Times Two".

Third, here are two blocks from my next project:  Spin City.  This is another Schnibble designed by Carrie Nelson (also from the Schnibbles Times Two book).  I'm using the Recipe for Friendship charm packs for this one as well and so far, I'm loving it!  The blocks are fairly easy to do, but I'm using a technique I've never used before:  quilting with a template.

And finally, here's something else I worked on this weekend:  two new windows for the mud room at the cottage.  (I only took a picture of the last one.) 

And how was your weekend?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My first Schnibble!

With the charm packs that I cut last week, I started working on my very first Schnibble this weekend - McGuffey. I forgot to take pictures of course and now I'm back at home in the city so cannot show you the progress. I'm done with the quilt centre (it only took me about 2 hours to piece it!) so I'll put the borders on it next weekend and hopefully be able to prepare the backing and start quilting.

I'm glad the evenings are now too cold for me to just sit outside until bedtime - I get to sit at my sewing machine instead.

That's it for now. Talk to you all later!

Monday, September 5, 2011

A fantastic visit!

My wonderful sister-in-law Sandra came to the cottage for the long weekend and we had a great time. This was the first time in a long time that Sandra was able to get away by herself (no hubby, no kids, no grandkids) so we spent lots of time reading, gardening and relaxing. It was a perfect weekend.

No actual sewing or quilting took place during the last 3 days, but I did spend a couple of hours cutting a bundle of fat quarters I've had for about 2 years now into 5" squares. I love the fabric (Recipe for Friendship by Mary Engelbreit), but this bundle obviously was not going to get any use so I decided to cut it up into pieces I know I will use. I had approximaly 24 Fat Quarters which yielded about 7 Charm Packs of 40 squares each! (I apologize for the very poor quality of the picture.)

Since I've been dying to make a Schnibble or two lately, these beautiful 5" squares will soon undergo a transformation... I can't wait to get started on these next weekend.

That's it for now. Talk to you all later!