Monday, April 29, 2013

Changed up Hat Trick

It's time again for the Schnibbles parade!

The first of the May will be first Vintage Schnibbles parade of the year!  WooHoo!

Sherri and Sinta have once again graciously agreed to host the parade of small quilts on their blogs at the beginning of each month.

Be sure to stop by and visit!

It's so fun to see the wonderful variety of quilts, all made with Schnibbles patterns designed by the amazing Carrie Nelson.

I hope you can join us by creating your own quilt too!


Speaking of variety, that's certainly the category that my Hat Trick quilt falls into this month!

Mine didn't turn out quite like I planned!

Simply Color and Cuzco were the bright, fun charm packs I mixed up to make it. 

I was going to follow the original pattern Carrie created, but I made the mistake of choosing side corner squares and background fabrics that were a bit too busy for the pattern, at least that's what it looked like to me once I got it all laid out.

  My attempt at low volume ended up being a bit too high volume for me!


No worries!  I'm not showing any pictures of that phase of the quilt. It wasn't pretty!  Thank goodness I don't even have any!

It just looked too blended together.

 So, it was back to the drawing board!  

I decided I could salvage the quilt and make it even better than I had originally pictured, by leaving out the nine patch blocks from the center of the X's and substituting some quieter blocks all around the quilt.

I switched from charm squares to Kona Snow for the background fabric, which helped tremendously!  

Now I love it!

I still intend to make a quilt just like the original Hat Trick pattern someday. I'm kind of disappointed that it didn't work out for me this time.  

I'd also like to make a quilt using low volume fabrics too!  This just wasn't meant to be the one.  I need to collect some true low volume fabrics to make it work.

I discovered that this is not a pattern that I could jam so many busy fabrics in and expect it to be fine.  I knew it was a bit risky to try, but it all worked out in the end.

At least I think so!

I guess there is no harm in changing plans as you go along.  I need to keep that in mind and take some quilting risks more often.  

Not knowing exactly what you might end up with adds to the fun!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How does your garden grow?

Peppers, tomatoes, and herbs are what we're growing this year and we're off to a great start!

We're trying out the City Picker boxes this time.  Self-watering and they're on wheels too.

I'll let you know how the growing goes.     

Cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and datil peppers will be on the menu this summer at our house.

In case you're not familiar with them, datil peppers are a sweet, spicy pepper mostly grown in St. Augustine, Florida. We were lucky to find a few plants at our local nursery this year.

My sons love them! 


What are you growing or planning to grow? 

As far as quilting goes, I'm working on my Hat Trick Schnibble. 

I'm making a few changes to the pattern because my original plan for the background fabrics just didn't work out.

It turns out that when my blocks formed the X's, they all mushed together and I felt like they need to be separated to look nice.

In hindsight, I should have used quieter fabrics for the side squares, but I do like how it's turning out now.

Hopefully I'll be able to show it soon!


Friday, April 19, 2013

This afternoon

This afternoon I found some time to work on these.

Just a few blocks for my Hat Trick Schnibble.

A nice way to spend a Friday!

It's supposed to be rainy here for the next few days, so I should get lots more of these blocks done over the weekend.

That's a good thing because the Schnibbles parade will be here before you know it!

My new basil needed to be planted before the rain, so this afternoon was a good time for that too.

We're looking forward to plenty of pesto and lots of Caprese Salad this summer!

I can't wait!

  I'm going to make this short, since movie night, complete with a movie snack, is about to start!

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Zig Zag

Today I did some quilting.

I'm trying out that zig-zag stitch on the table runner I'm working on and I really like it!

I figured I'd use it for the first time on something small that I'm not too invested in.  

The stitch length I'm using on my Bernina is 2.5 and the stitch width is 4.9.

 For the spacing I put the outer edge of my walking foot on the highest point, or farthest point I guess, of the previous row.

I'm also using the pattern reverse button every other row.  I don't think I've ever used that button before!  I'm not sure it's really necessary to do this, but it does offset the design a bit.

When it's finished I'll be sure to show you the results!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

And the winner is........

I just had a helper choose the winner of the ByAnnie's Soft and Stable giveaway!

Drumroll please! 

I know you can't hear it, but there really is a junior high band member doing a drumroll in the background.

Doesn't it add to the suspense?

And the winner is Fiesta from the blog Quilting Fiesta!

If you'll email me your information Fiesta, I'll pass it along to Annie so she can send you some Soft and Stable!  


Isn't this mug just amazing?  My friend Robin gave it to me for my birthday last month.

It's from Anthropologie.

It seemed like a good place to put the names for the Soft and Stable giveaway drawing.

I've been wanting to use it, but it seems to pretty to use for drinks!

Right now it's just on display.  Robin said I should use it for anything, but I can't seem to do it!

Kind of like not wanting to use that beautiful piece of fabric in a project, I guess!

Do you have trouble using your favorite things or is it just me?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Something easy

I took a little break from some other projects I've been working on to whip up a few pillowcases. 

One of my boys is crazy about soccer and the other loves the Florida Gators, so these fabrics were an instant hit!

There are a few different sets of instructions that I have for these pillowcases and they are all basically the same.  Some of my sewing friends know them as "The Amazing Pillowcase Instructions".

The French seam is my favorite part.  It's nice not to have those ravelly edges on the inside!

  The pillowcases I made before my LQS gave me these wonderful instructions are all gooped up with ravelly fabric at the seam allowances from being washed so many times over the years.

The accent strip by the cuff is a fun feature too.  It's actually a flap, so it adds an extra bit of dimension.

Edge stitching isn't mentioned in any of the instructions that I have to make pillowcases,  but I usually edge stitch the accent piece, the cuff, and also where the cuff and accent piece meet.

  This gives it a finished look and helps keep the folds in place.

Have you made something fun and easy lately?

By the way, it's not too late to leave a comment on my last post if you're interested in the ByAnnie's Soft and Stable giveaway.  Comments close at 10:00 pm Wednesday night. 

It's an especially good opportunity if you have a new summer bag on your to do list!

Have a great week!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

ByAnnie's Soft and Stable giveaway

Remember my recent post about using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable in a bag?

When I find something fantastic and new to me I want to share it! 

I was really pleased with how my bag turned out when I used Soft and Stable.  It was flexible and firm, but certainly not slouchy or stiff.  I know you were interested in it too, as I got many questions from readers. 

Well, here's your chance to win some Soft and Stable to try it out for yourself!

In case you aren't familiar with it yet, Soft and Stable can be used instead of batting or other stabilizers in bags and other craft projects. 

Annie had created some amazing bag patterns and she was using headliner foam for her bags.  You know, that foamy stuff used to upholster the inside of the roof in your car?  Some of her students had a difficult time finding the headliner foam, so Annie found a manufacturer to make an even better product for her.  Lucky for us, ByAnnie's Soft and Stable was created!

Soft and Stable is a fairly dense sheet of foam with fabric on both sides, which makes it so easy to use.  It's lightweight and it keeps it's shape.

No need to quilt it if you don't want to! 

ByAnnie's Soft and Stable can be placed right up against the feed dogs of your machine, unlike batting.  This opens up so many possibilities!

Now, if you just can't wait to get your hands on some, ask for ByAnnie's Soft and Stable at your LQS or visit Annie's website.  Be sure to watch the video tutorials she has there and see what the fuss is all about.  

I especially enjoyed the Quilt As You Go With ByAnnie's Soft and Stable tutorial. She uses Soft and Stable to make placemats, no extra quilting needed. 

"Purse Parts" are also available on her site.  I was happy to see that.  I like to put swivel hooks on some of my bags and I have a difficult time finding them.  Now I know where to look! She has so many options!      

    Annie has kindly offered to send one of my readers an 18" x 58" package of white ByAnnie's Soft and Stable.

What a great opportunity for you to try out a new product!  Thanks so much Annie!

For a chance to win, no need to jump through hoops.

Just leave a comment on this post and I'll randomly choose a winner in a week.  Let's say your comment has to be in by 10:00 pm Wednesday, April 10th.  Oh, that would be eastern time since that's what time zone I'm in. 

Good luck!