This is my Schnibbles quilt, designed by Carrie Nelson, who named the quilt "Roadshow". You can read more about my quilt on a previous post HERE. The quilt arrived back from the longarmer, Quilting on the Mira, before Christmas so today I pulled it out and sewed on the binding and the quilt hanging sleeve.
I kept looking at the quilt and all I could think about was chocolate covered cherries, so I am calling it, "Chocolate Cherries", not be be confused with another quilt I made last spring called "Cherry Blossoms". Mmm, I think I detect a pattern here...
The following pictures give a more accurate reflection of the actual colours and fabrics in the quilt.
This paper pieced church block is block 2 of the Quilted Village BOM that I joined last year through Shabby Fabrics. The blocks arrived like clockwork each month, all year long, but I only took the time to finish the first one. Yesterday I decided I would get back to it and "whip up" the church block.
Now the truth...I kept making mistakes, no one's fault but mine. In fact, only when I was putting the three church units units together did I notice that I had a whole wall of the church wrong. Here is the wrong block...
Notice the church wall has some background fabric in it, plus I ran out of fabric because of my cutting errors so had to piece the background together, plus when I pressed the block, the iron seemed to spread the ink from the foundation paper I had printed with my printer right onto the white walls of the church. The good news is that I learned a lot from my mistakes. Although far from perfect, my church block now is definitely much better, albeit a day longer in the making. I'll embroider a steeple on the top of the church and perhaps plant a few shrubs beside the steps on another day.
I guess I'm not the only one who did some shopping over the holidays. I love the fabrics and patterns by Moda designer, Kathy Schmitz, who blogs at Kathy Schmitz Designs. She creates such wonderful patterns and there are so many I wanted to try out. I tried to be a good girl and tried to be frugal, so I limited my shopping and only ordered 2 items from her Etsy shop HERE.
My purchases arrived in no time at all, a pattern for a little quilt that combines monthly cottage stitcheries with a log cabin pattern, and a wool needle holder kit that is adorable!
But guess what? Kathy hated to "waste" a near empty envelope so she decided to fill it up for its trip to Nova Scotia. This is what she "threw" into my package...au gratis! Four patterns and a set of the cutest notecards!
And even more...a charm pack of her latest fabric, "Round Robin", that to my knowledge will not be available in the stores until the Spring. I just had to open up the pack and look at each fabric...I am already dreaming of another Schnibble quilt!
I am so spoiled...Kathy had said that she might add a little something to her December orders, but I think I was the big winner that day! She has a sale going on in her shop right now until the end of January.
I was a co-winner in Quilt Time's December wrap-up party of the 2012 Christmas Quiltalong hosted by Quilt Sue. Sue had a few games that day and my prize arrived last week...a charm pack of Seasonal Little Gatherings sent from the Crazy Quilt Girl Fabric Shop.
Guess what I decided to do with this charm pack? I'm using it for the first installment of the Mystery Quilt designed by fellow Nova Scotian quilter and blogger Darlene at Quilts by Darlene. She just posted the first part on Thursday. Here is a picture of the first instalment that I borrowed from Darlene's web page to t
Darlene's Snowballs at Quilts by Darlene
Darlene tells us that the quilt can be made to any size. If we do the full mystery, the quilt will fit a queen size bed, or we can stop any time. Who knows, it could be a future Cuddle Quilt! So why not join the fun and head on over to Darlene's to get started.
Tomorrow is a huge day in Blog Land. It is the first day of Madame Samm's Sew We Quilt's latest blog hop, "In Your Words". The blog hop goes from January 7-16. Host Linda has the schedule at Buzzing and Bumbling so make sure you check out all the wordy creations coming your way.
One last mention...if you love scrappy and love small, then check out Pam Buda's blog, Heartspun Quilts, for her latest Pocket Patchwork Sewalong. This sewalong is called "Orphans and Scraps" and she tells us that all the blocks finish at 4", and none of the pieces are smaller than 1.5". Pam's sewalongs are always a lot of fun!
That's it for now...I'm all caught up with the news. It's a great day for quilting!