Monday, September 23, 2013

Mercy...or Schnibbles Me Timbers!

Hooray for finished quilt tops! Carrie Nelson is a genius and I loved this latest Schnibbles pattern, "Mercerie".  And I've finished in time to email my photo to join the Schnibbles Parade...though not totally quilted and finished.
 I'd like to use binding and backing fabric that's part of the collection of fabric I chose, plus I got carried away and made the quilt larger than I'm comfortable quilting in my machine!  The fabric is Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda.  The precuts had arrived to my local quilt shop and I excitedly snatched up some charm square packs.  I've gotten a lot out of these charm squares...two churn dash baby quilts and Mercerie!  The bolts haven't arrived yet...which is generally the case.  For some reason, the precuts arrive before the bolts.  

This is how my top looked before I decided to add another row.  It was such an odd dimension, but I had really wanted to keep the look of the number "88"!  I loved that part!  This number reminds me of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Nascar :-) So, after adding the row, the number isn't quite as obvious :-( 

 It wasn't a throw, lap, crib or any standard size!  Not sure what I did, lol! Definitely got carried away ... :-)
And this may be the only time you may get to see my backside :-) because I love the way Carrie tells us how to roll and clip our seams, as opposed to pressing open.  This is how my rolled seams appeared:

And for the finished top...

I took it to my local quilt shop and believe I may have sold the pattern and last of the charm squares!
The finished dimension is approx. 43"x66"
The post office is on my list of errands today...excited to get my finished churn dash quilt off to parents and their new baby in Texas.  It was fun to use the Sasparillo yellow "Texas Star" for the backing and binding.  The pattern is Camille Roskelley's churn dash in her "Simply Retro" book.  I love her books and patterns!!  

Checking out!  Off to run my errands and hopefully start building a barn!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

City Sampler Quilt Along

A fat quarter bundle of more Tula Pink fabrics arrived from Stash Modern Fabrics and I couldn't wait to pick up my City Sampler blocks using Tula Pink's book "City Sampler 100 Modern Blocks".  Her Salt Water collection and Birds and Bees are my absolute favorites!  It was difficult at first cutting into these gorgeous fabrics as these blocks are really pretty small at 6" finished. There are also some Amy Butler fabrics mixed in and of course the Kona cotton solids.  It's been fun to go into my local quilt shop, Block Therapy, and match up some solids.  Fortunately, Joan has a huge selection of solids.  

Here are the blocks I've finished, beginning with block #33...

Block 42 with the squirrel from the Birds and Bees collection is one of my favorites today! :-)  (even though I'm not fond of squirrels)

Meanwhile, I'm working on my second baby quilt...the second one only because I had all these charm squares and I was on a roll.  And, I looked up September's Schnibbles pattern for the Schnibbles quilt along hosted by Sherri of the blog, A Quilting Life, and Sinta, of the Pink Pincushion blog. 
Needless to say, I love the pattern that's been chosen and I've already pieced a sample block...with charms left over from the baby quilts, which is pretty cool!   It was incredibly fun to see my Canasta quilt in the parade on Sherri's blog!  

Miss Rosie's Schnibbles pattern chosen for September is called "Mercerie".  

Have a wonderful Thursday evening my friends!!  It's been a good day!!