Sherri's at A Quilting Life has been working on a cute hexie project using her GO! cutter and she's giving away a GO!. Stop by her blog, enter to win a GO! and then take a look around her blog. * In Friendship!
It's 6:00 PM and I have finished Cindy Lou Who! Rather than continue to ponder and overthink the borders you can see what I opted to do. I think it will be adorable during the Christmas season on a table with a small Christmas tree or one of my Santas. The best part - it's done! Wahoooooo!!!!!
I've had a fabulous day sewing with the Charming Girls. Thank you Kelly & Carol for hosting. * I'm off to grab my Netbook laptop computer to sit and visit with all of you. * In Friendship!
Cindy Lou Who
* The center of Cindy Lou Who is finish - woohoo! I don't have any yardage of these prints so I'm not sure what I'm going to do about an outer border. Piano keys might be the best idea but I'm not sure I have enough fabric. I'm off to ponder! * I hope you've had as much fun today as I have. I really love my results. I promise to visit everyone to see what you've done today. :-)
Cindy Lou Who
I'm so excited - I'm loving it!!!!
Be back soon............................
Update #1 Cindy Lou Who
I'm so excited I couldn't wait to share! I've been agonizing about fabric for Cindy Lou Who - grrrr! I had a major light bulb moment (don't you just love it when that happens?) I remembered that I had some super old Sandy Gervais fabric called Dear Santa. A couple of years ago I cut off half of every fat quarter to make charm packs for some friends who 'really wanted to learn how to quilt' - well that never happened. Sigh! Anyway, I pressed the halves I had and cut my own charm squares this morning and now I'm ready to start cutting the pieces/parts for the Schnibble. WooHoo!!!!
The lights! YUMMY!
The darks! More Yummy!
I don't have plans to sew anything specifically for Christmas but I decided to just spend the day with the Charming Girls. :-) Wait a minute I just thought of something - I'm going to be working on Schnibble Cindy Lou Who and she's from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas so I guess it is Christmas related. LOL
Another check mark on my 'to do' list - woohoo! Block 2 pieces/parts of Kaaren's Raggedy & Friends pattern is in the mail headed to Carol. I can hardly wait to Carol work her magic and finish the blocks.
I hope you're all having a good week - gotta run, another embroidery project is calling my name. LOL * Thanks for stopping by - come again soon. * In Friendship!
Of course, you already know that I finished Raggedy & Friends block 1 for Carol. In the mail on Friday - woohoo!! Almost finished with block #2. Thank you, again, Kaaren, for sharing your talent.
I have one more loose end to tie up but I can't seem to wrap my head around it. GRRRRR! I need to make Cindy Lou Who Schnibble for Year of the Schnibble but selecting fabric has been a daunting task. Need to focus on just that project. Wish me luck!!!! :-) * I feel super productive and that makes me very happy. It's the little things that make me happy. * Happy Day to you! * In Friendship!
Transfer-Eze and I are now very good friends - I LOVE this stuff.
In January I visited a craft show and Bird Brains Designs had their adorable booth set up. I took my time visiting and discovered a package of Transfer-Eze. I read the package and it just sounded way too good to be true so I put it back and went along my merry way. Mind you for a couple of months I kept thinking about it and then discovered that I could buy one 'try me' sheet from Bird Brain Designs. So, the next time I placed an order I added a 'try me' sheet to my shopping cart. When it arrived I put it in a safe place - still experiencing serious doubts about it. LOL * After chatting with Yvette I decided to try it with Kaaren's Raggedy & Friends larger block. I really don't mind tracing my embroidery projects but sometimes it's really a daunting task. And, when it's a daunting task I have a tendency to procrastinate. It was time to just do it - I put the design on the bed of my printer/copier, loaded the single sheet of Transfer Eze and hit the print button (keeping my fingers crossed - LOL)
The design printed a bit light but that's easily rectified in the future. After it's printed you peel off the paper backing and adhere it to your fabric. * Time to Stitch
Time to stitch. I feared that my needle and floss would drag when I pulled it through to make my first stitches but it didn't. I also feared that it would be too stiff to put in my preferred spring hoop but it worked just fine. I was a very happy stitcher. WooHoo!!!! * Removing Transfer-Eze
When I finished stitching it was time to remove the Transfer-Eze film. Once you're finished stitching you're to pull away and cut away the excess film and then put the whole thing in water - the remaining film is suppose to dissolve. I started pulling it away from the fabric - didn't come up as easily as I'd hoped and I detected a sticky residue. At this point I was getting a bit concerned. :-o * The Dunking of Annie & Andy
As soon as Annie and Andy were dunked in the water the remaining Transfer-Eze dissolved away and there was no sticky residue. Wahoo - time to dance!!!! I was a very happy girl.
EDIT: Kaaren made a very good point in her comment here about using overdyed threads - it's been my experience that they are not colorfast. Putting your stitched project in water may cause your floss to run. That would be a disaster so please be very careful. I feared that my red floss might run but thankfully it didn't.
They are so stinkin' cute - aren't they? teehee
After I pressed the larger block I realized that I failed to do the running stitch around the design - Oh No! I'll send a skein of floss with the blocks and I'm sure Carol won't mind adding the stitches. :-)
Did I mention that I LOVE Transfer-Eze? :-) I plan to place an order for a package of Transfer-Eze from Bird Brain Designs very soon. I don't anticipate using Transfer-Eze for every embroidery project but I will use it more often than not.
Kaaren's second installment should be available on August 20th and I can hardly wait. :-) Yvette, thank you so much for encouraging me to try Transfer-Eze. * Have a fabulous Tuesday. I appreciate your visit.
Through my blog I try to extend my hand 'in friendship' and work hard at keeping it non-controversial. I've been contemplating a blog post to rant a little about something that simply doesn't matter. I mean seriously in the grand scheme of things and life's daily challenges my little rant was really silly. So instead I'm going to leave you with my thought for the day....
I managed to accomplish my self challenge and completed all 12 Big Schnibbles in Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles Times Two book. May I say that I'm quite proud of myself. :-) My daughter, Kristie, paid me the ultimate compliment "Mom, you're so disciplined". Wow - thank you, Sweetness! * Part of my silly challenge was to make all the quilts with Moda fabrics and I'm happy to report that the quilts are 100% Moda. I don't know why that was important to me but it was - maybe it's my homage to Moda - I don't know. LOL Such silliness, I know!!!! * I need to thank two very special people - my bloggy BFF who encouraged my challenge and sent lots and lots of words of support (you know who you are, My Friend) and Carrie Nelson (Miss Rosie's Quilt Co). She provided lots of encouragement, laughs, and fabric - thank you! It's a terrific book and I'm ready for Book Two - LOL * And, thank you fellow bloggers who visited and left so many comments and compliments - you guys really ROCK!!! Along the way I got to know some of you a little better and have many new bloggy friends.
Click here to view parade of quilts - click on each photo to advance the parade.
* I've been asked if I have special plans for these quilts. Well, no special plans - they need to be quilted but first I need to save pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills to purchase backing and binding fabrics. That will be a huge task. Sigh! After they are quilted Bennington will go to my daughter and her boys, Seth & Eli. The rest will stay with me and I'll just own and love them. LOL
Thank you from the bottom of my quilting heart. :-)
Hi - we're rolling in to tell you that Darlene is will be back in a day or two to tie up her Big Schnibble parade. She gave us a To Do list in her sewing room and walked out mumbling something about putting her tootsies up, drinking a diet coke or two, blog surfing and other words we couldn't understand. Basically she's taking a little break!!!!
#12 - Spin City with Park Ave. * Seems appropriate that this quilt would be the final quilt in my Big Schnibble parade. Why? This self-challenge has left my head spinning. :-) * I had a fat quarter bundle of Park Ave but no additional yardage for the inner border. I found some yardage from Gingham Rose by Moda - not perfect but it works. * I'll be back tomorrow to wrap up my Big Schnibble parade.
This is the one that started the Big Schnibble craze for me. Carrie Nelson, Miss Rosie's Quilt Co (aka Queen of the Schnibbles) asked me to make Imagine with Nostalgia by Moda for the book. I was honored, flattered and downright excited. LOL I won't bore you with all the details however if you're interested you can read more about it here.
The parade of my silly Big Schnibble self challenge will end tomorrow - see you then.
I really believe that every quilt tells a story - well this quilt has a long story. Go ahead grab something to drink - I'll wait. :-)
Comfy? Here we go.......................
When I was planning and buying fabric to make all the quilts I tried not to be a copy cat and make the quilts like the ones in the book. However, I really like Carrie's small Schnibbles quilt made with Harvest Home by Moda so I asked her if she would mind if I copied. She didn't mind one bit; in fact she gave me the layer cakes I needed. WooHoo! :-)
I was fat, dumb and happy as I was separating and cutting the layer cakes. Deep in my stash I found a fabulous background tone on tone from an older Blackbird Designs line that I knew would work nicely. I did a quick read through the instructions, started cutting and made four blocks - wahoo!!!! It suddenly occurred to me that I needed to set aside all the blue prints to use in the setting triangles. I was now ready to sew like the wind - I piled four layer cakes and made the first diagonal cut and then a second diagonal cut - screeeeeeeeccccccccccccccchhhhhh - there wasn't suppose to be a second diagonal cut. ACK!!!!! I sewed the halves back together hoping that they would work - they did. Whew!
Wait, what's that yardage sitting on the end of my cutting table? OH NO!!!!! That's the background fabric I was going to use for the 1/2 square triangles forgetting I didn't have enough of the one from Blackbird Designs - OMG, OMG, I've already made four blocks - ACK!!!
At this point I'm no longer feeling fat, dumb & happy - just FAT & DUMB! It's very obvious that the Quilting Gods are punishing me! Why? I don't know! :-)
I refused to be deterred - onward!!! I made # blocks with the first background print and used the other one for the final 8 blocks. Not sure I like them together but that's the way it is.
I got all the blocks laid out on my design wall. I needed to cut and sew the setting & corner triangles. I grabbed the blue layer cakes ready to start cutting - I needed 14 but I only had 13!!! OH NO! Feeling very FAT & DUMB - what did I do to anger the Quilting Gods? Huge Sigh!!!
Again I refused to be deterred - onward!!! I went digging deep and found a piece of blue Blackbird Designs fabric - not an exact match but I settled. Sigh!!!
It's far from perfect but it's finished. :-)
This was going to be the final Big Schnibble because I thought it would be fun to wish you a Nice Day. It just didn't feel right so here it is. LOL
There are several morals to this story but I'm sure you already know what they are. LOL
If you've read through this entire post - thank you! LOL The parade continues tomorrow - see you then.
I showed this one in early July so it's 'old news'. :-) I purchased a fat quarter bundle of American Primer by Moda a couple of years ago and cut my own Honey Bun (1 1/2" strips) to make a quilt called Dutch Treat. Obviously I had lots leftover - enough to cut my own Layer Cakes to make this quilt. :-) I remember snickering while making this one because it was my first experience with the huge flying geese units (they are BIG when you use 10" squares) so I started referring to them as "man eating flying geese" - LOL * My grandsons, Seth & Eli go back to school today - sigh! Seth is growing up so fast - 8th grade! And, Eli is headed to 1st grade - bigger sigh! * I do appreciate your visit - the parade continues tomorrow - see you then. * In Friendship!
* This one is old news - you saw it in May but it may be 'new' to some. I saw this one when the book was released and it immediately spoke to me. I knew instantly I HAD to make it with Frolic by Moda. I ordered two Layer Cakes and got busy. * We're three fourths of the way through my parade of Big Schnibbles. If you're still visiting let me say thank you one more time. * Tomorrow - American Primer * I appreciate your visit, comments and compliments. * In Friendship!
* Now we're talking!!! LOL I hadn't planned to use Looking Back by Moda for Hot Cross but I'm really, really glad I did. I'm super crazy about this quilt. I didn't have any Looking Back yardage for the inner border so I did a little digging in my stash and found something by Kansas Troubles that worked perfectly. Gotta keep the integrity of all 12 quilts being ALL Moda. LOL I don't plan to leave the black corner stones in the outer border - I failed to keep a print layer cake square when I was cutting. I'll purchase a fat quarter next time I'm out and about.
* Thank you again for stopping by! * Come back tomorrow - Fresh Cottons will be starring! :-) * In Friendship!
The first time I saw 12 Day of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda I was instantly smitten. I'm receiving the Designer Mysery blocks every month from The Fat Quarter Shop featuring The 12 Days of Christmas but I wanted to do something to be enjoyed this Christmas. The colors are vivid, bright and refreshing. I used the snowflake white tone-on-tone for the background and it does look a bit 'flat' but I believe it'll come alive when it's quilted.
Another huge thank you for your stopping by and your sweet comments and compliments. I appreciate YOU. *