Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Schnibbles Shenanigan!



Well, maybe it was the heat ... or possibly the massive amounts of Diet Coke I consumed before my last embroidery class last night ... but for whatever reason, I found myself having a "white night" last night.  If you've ready Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Emily" series, you know what I'm talking about.  One of those nights where you wake up in the middle of the night, and no matter how hard you try you can't will yourself back to sleep, so you stay up ... and think.  Unlike my dear friend, "Emily," I wasn't pining for lost loves ... I was pining over Carrie Nelson's latest book, "Schnibbles times two."

You see, one of my favorite local quilt shops, Bear Paws and Hollyhocks is participating in a Schnibbles contest.  All you have to do is make one of the Schnibbles quilts, using a current Moda line, and submit it to the shop by the end of July ... and you can make as many as you like -- the pattern just has to be in the latest book.

So, at three o'clock this morning, I convinced myself that despite the two baby quilts I've started this week, I absolutely, positively had to participate in the July Schnibbles contest.  I'm so very excited!!!  I've chosen Miss Rosie's "X-Rated" pattern and the blue and green colorways from Moda's Verna line.  Keep checking back here for updates!

After the end of July, I'll reveal my finished quilt.  It, and all the other Schnibbles contest quilts will be on display at the store from August 1st to August 15th, and you can come in the shop and vote for your favorites!

Monday, June 28, 2010

MIA...?

I don't know 'bout you, but summer is flying by way too quickly for my taste.  I can't believe that July is here this week!  Yikes!  While hubby and I have been enjoying camping, BBQs with friends, and family gatherings, my poor, neglected (and might I mention, nameless!!!!) sewing machine has been sitting by his lonesome self -- however, not for long.  He'll be kicking in to high gear to finish two quilts for two cousins having babies this summer.

Baby #1 is a little girl.  When I purchased fabric from Moda's Cherish Nature line (thanks to FQS for the picture!), I wasn't sure how I was going to use them, but loved them too much to pass on getting my hands on some.

Last week, I started playing around with a pattern I had started writing about two years ago.  While I liked the middle checkboard portion, and the outer diamond pattern, I just couldn't get the center of the quilt to work.

Once I loaded these fabric swatches into my ElectricQuilt 6 program, and started playing around with the design, something just seemed to click!  The fabrics and my new diamon-square-diamond pattern feel like they were made for each other!  The pattern should be available for sale in my etsy shop by mid-July.  I'm really excited about this new pattern, too, because it includes directions for make the quilt with charm packs or with fabric yardage.  Stay tuned for more details!!

Baby #2 is a little boy.  I don't know about you, but I always have such a hard time finding fabric I like for little boys.  I hate using fabric that is so baby-ish, it's only age appropriate for a short period of time.  My fall-back fabric of choice always seems to be jungle animals.  This blanket will be made with Timeless Treasures' "Safari Jungle Baby."  I absolutely love the colorway, and the animals are cute, without being too kitschy.

I wrote a brand new pattern for this quilt, and it should also be available in my etsy shop in mid-July, as well.

Stay tuned for more sneak peaks!!