Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Haunting Halloween Schnibble

Okay, there isn't much haunting going on in this post.

That Boo Crew fabric is just fun, but I couldn't resist throwing in "haunting" in a Halloween post about a Halloween quilt!

The big Schnibble parade on both Sherri's and Sinta's blogs is coming up soon and you know I just finished my entry.

It's Clover, one of Carrie's latest patterns.

I love this one!

A diagonal setting and lots and lots of squares, but that's what makes it fun and different for me.

I alternated the fabrics in the "block"to get a slightly different look.

As I've mentioned, I do like the Boo Crew fabric and so I decided to find a way to throw a few more of them in the main part of the quilt.

The variety made some of the blocks look much different than others and I like it!

Different colored backgrounds have been on my radar lately and I tired to go in that direction with this quilt to no avail. 

An orange background just wasn't doing anything for me, and purple or green wasn't it either.

  I thought black would be just right, but somehow I couldn't get over the black fabrics in the "block" fading into the background.

 Why am I okay with the cream ones blending in a little?  Hmmm.  I'll have to think about that one a little more.

A black screen looking fabric was close in the running, but in the end I went with the cream this time.

Oh, well!  I decided that since I was able to find the Boo Crew cream fabric nearby, that a cream background was just meant to be.

I'm looking forward to the parade and to finding out which project is next!

Happy Halloween!

Be sure to give lots of candy out tonight and don't forget to keep a few pieces for yourself ;-)

I'll leave you with this picture of our Jack-O'lantern that my son designed and carved himself over the weekend.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Hey! It's time again for the Blogger's Quilt Festival from Amy's Creative Side!

It's always so much fun to get a chance to see so many beautiful, creative quilts all in one place.

My entry in the Mini Quilt category is this tiny Bennington Schnibble that I made awhile back and swapped with a blogging friend.

Even thought I don't have it anymore, it remains one of my favorites.

I don't even know why, and I guess it really doesn't matter.

I've made many quilts since that are bigger, or more complicated, and even some that have fabric that's more my style, but this one continues to be at the top of my list of my all time favorite quilts.  

These pictures were taken when the quilt was made, but I never noticed until now that my quilt holder managed to sneak in a rare appearance.

So of course, I had to include it.

The line of fabrics I used was Urban Cowgirl and I quilted it using my home machine.

I've still got some of this fabric and I'm planning to make another one of these sometime soon.

Okay, maybe not soon, but definitely sometime!

My list of quilts that I'd like to make keeps getting longer and longer!

And I'm sure that after I take some time to enjoy the Blogger's Quilt Festival I'll have to add lots more.

I hope you get a chance to go over and see the show!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On this rainy October day.......

I've been sewing lots of squares together........

And trying my best not to eat too many these........

They aren't what I would consider a fall flavor, but they are just too good!

A cross between a jellybean and a Starburst.

I hope you're having a sewing day too!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I've got a few minutes before we start making some Magic Cookie Bars for a junior high school band lunch tomorrow, so I'll quickly show you these pictures of my most recent finish.

My friend Jen made one of these cute mini quilts a few weeks ago and I thought they were adorable!

A sweet little pumpkin, Boo Crew fabric, what's not to love?


I had a great time putting it together using the kit from Sew Lux Fabrics along with their free tutorial.

A zig zag stitch or a blanket stitch were their suggestions to attach the stem, but I chose to use raw edge applique.

A smaller regular straight stitch close to the edge of the stem was all it needed.

I don't think I've ever tried that applique method before, so that little stem was the perfect place to start! 

The text fabrics from this line are my favorite!

Especially the multi-colored one on the back.

Jen's ideas for the quilting really worked well on the quilt, so that's how I did mine too.

Some straight line quilting with a little pumpkin detail finished up this mini quilt nicely.

Now it's done and ready to enjoy for Halloween!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WIP Wednesday - extreme edition

 Well, I've got lots of WIP's going on here. 

Some I've started in the last few days. 

Others I've just put off finishing for one reason or another and what better time to pull them out and make myself finish than a cool, rainy afternoon on a WIP Wednesday!

Oh, it's cool enough to wear jeans here today and that's a great thing!

The binding just went on this cute little project made with Boo Crew fabrics.

I love Boo Crew!!!

My friend Jen showed this project on her blog a few weeks ago and it was one I couldn't pass up.

Just adorable!

Thanks Jen!!

My plan is to hand sew the binding on ASAP so I can put it out for Halloween. 

Also on my mind, is getting the binding on my Gentle Art quilt.

Yes, you've seen this before.

Last week I was trying to square up the quilt and it wasn't going well.

It's just a bit off on one side, but I was starting to cut off more than I probably should, so before the whole quilt disappeared, I decided to put it away and get a fresh start another day.

It's essentially squares, right?  How could it be off?


Maybe today I can get over it not being perfectly square........

I need to label some sewing bins too.

This will probably take all of a half hour once I get started on it.

For some reason I'm just not starting.

I figured if I wrote about it here I'd be motivated to start and finish it soon, since surely someone will ask me if I got it done.

Please ask.

I won't even mention how long it's been on my list.

Too embarrassing. 

And finally something fresh, new, and hot off the presses......


One of the newest Schnibbles patterns!

By Carrie, of course :-)

I'll bet you can't guess what fabric line I'm using.

I've got my fabrics picked out and arranged on the floor.

I'm just glancing at them as I pass by to see if I'm still good with my choices, then I'll start cutting.

Yesterday I had a little help deciding on fabrics for the blocks and today it's just a matter of being sure.

Do you wait awhile before you start cutting to be sure you're ready, or do you just dig in and go for it?

Looks like I've got a lot to get to this afternoon before I have to run over to the junior high.

I'm linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced on this WIP Wednesday.

And Show and Tell Tuesday.....a day Fresh Squeezed Fabrics too.

Oh, I've linked up with Freemotion by the River also.

Lots of parties going on! 

Wish me luck on getting some of these projects done!