Tuesday, October 27, 2009

MORE Schnibbles Productivity

When I returned from the honeymoon, not only did I manage to finish off the September Schnibbles project, but I also got crackin' on the October Schnibbles project, Cindy Lou Who. I used a couple of Nostalgia charm packs, by April Cornell.

Since I had a set number of prints in each color, when I cut them into the small squares for the 9-patches, it kind of distorted the coloring on some of the bigger prints and made the top look pretty busy. But I'm okay with that. It enhances the scrappiness of the top, I suppose.

I know it's not a great photo, but I'll post it again once it's quilted and bound. No promises on when that will happen ;)

I'm on a piecing roll, so I'm eager to see what Schnibbles project is on tap for next month! I've got my fabric all ready for it...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Menu Plan Monday and Schnibbles Productivity

Schnibbles Winter White
Originally uploaded by meganalayne
I'm finally getting around to this little ol' blog to update some. October's been a busy month, for sure. I finally got it together and finished the top for my Schnibbles pattern from September. I'm always so surprised when I finish a quilt top. I think I'm still such an immature quilter that I can't really visualize what the end product will look like. I have a general game plan for the colors, but I have a tough time wrapping my head around what the end product will look like. I just pick my collection, cut it up according to the directions, and start piecing, and I'm usually surprised in the end at which colors are the most prominent. Maybe it's better that way?

Anyways, this quilt was that way. I knew the cream was going to be pretty prominent. I mean, the title of the pattern is Winter WHITE, and I guess setting it on point with cream as the setting triangles lightened it up even more.

One of my goals for this whole Schnibbles project is for me to have a better sense of how the colors I pick for each part of a block affect the overall look of a quilt. We'll see how my projects progress throughout the year.

On to Menu Plan Monday...

Sunday - Potato Soup
Monday - Breakfast for Dinner
Tuesday - Chipotle-Kissed Sweet Potato Chili and Cornbread
Wednesday - Butternut Squash Soup
Thursday - Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans
Friday - Frozen Pizza
Saturday - Tortellini with Vodka Sauce, Broccoli

Be sure to check out other menus this week @ OrgJunkie!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Crafty Developments

My last post went on about life developments, but don't worry, I've had recent crafty developments too. Let's start at the beginning, shall we?

1) It got lost in the flurry of wedding excitement a couple of weeks ago. Right before I left to go to TN and wrap up the last-minute wedding details, I discovered that I won my first giveaway EVER. I was too excited! Nicole from Sister's Choice Quilts was lucky enough to score a couple of Rouenneries pre-cuts from the French General herself and was kind enough to host a giveaway. She's a much more generous soul than I am. I admit, I probably would have hoarded them away for myself. I won the honey bun, and ever since I got back on Sunday, I've been pondering what to do with it. Of course, Moda Bake Shop has been extremely helpful in this endeavor - they have 20+ projects for honey buns, and I just can't decide which one I like the best. So far, the top contenders are: The Turning Corners Table Runner from John - who's a local, The Triple Flower Irish Quilt, or the Baby Blanket. I know what you're thinking... Do I really need to start yet anothe project?

2) When I returned from the wedding/honeymoon, I was delighted to see that Hancock's of Paducah had re-stocked their pre-cut sale pages. Check it out for some great deals! Charm packs for $3.98 each? Yes, please. I might or might not have splurged on a layer cake for a future Schnibbles project.

3) My September Schnibbles project is FINALLY coming together. I've decided that my quilting goes a lot like my reading - about three-quarters of the way through the book/quilt, I really hit my stride, pick up momentum, and press on to the finish. The blocks are sewn into rows. Now, I just need to sew the rows together to make the middle, add my borders, and I'll finally be done with the top. The goal: Finish the top by this weekend, so I can start on October's Schnibbles project. Which brings me to next month's project...

4) I was pretty excited to see that October's Schnibble's project involves not just 9-patches, but 9-patches AND snowballs, two of my favorite blocks. At this point, the project is just a twinkle in my eye, but I've chosen the fabric line. I'm planning to make a quick run to my favorite local quilt shop after work today to pick up the rest of the fabric I'll need to complete the project.

5) In other Schnibbles news (are you sick of hearing me talk about this Schnibbles stuff yet?), I created a flickr pool for anyone who cares to add pictures of their completed Schnibbles projects AND their Schnibbles works in progress. The group is also open to anyone who's not officially participating in the projects but just loves to make Schnibbles quilts. Appropriately, the group's name is A Year of Schnibbles.

Shangri-La Quilt - FINISHED

Have I mentioned how much I love this fabric?

I have big plans to make yet another quilt from this line similar to this one. I have the jelly roll and all the charm packs I need. Add a few yards for borders and hopefully, I'll be able to crank another one out soon, maybe for our guest room bed. (Side Note: Cottage Quilts has this collection on sale, but leave some for me, okay?)

But back to the quilt at hand. The pattern is called "Spiral Strips" from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I know I've waxed poetic about this book before, but allow me to sing its praises again. For all but one or two patterns in this book, you only need one jelly roll and some yardage for borders/filler. Added to that, the directions are very clear, and the diagrams are easy to follow. I seriously want to make all the patterns in the book. Twice.

The fabric is Shangri-La by 3 Sisters for Moda, except for the border, which came from the Roman Holiday collection. The quilting is just an allover stippling.

Now that the date is safely past, I can say that this quilt was the final quilt for my bridesmaids' quilts. This one went to the Maid of Honor, Melissa. I picked out this fabric for her, hoping that it would coordinate with her living room colors, and about 2 days after I finished her quilt, I was slightly dismayed to discover that she's planning to completely change her living room setup. She assured me, however, that it will coordinate equally well with her bedroom colors. I eeked by with these quilts, finishing them about 3 weeks before the bridesmaids' luncheon.

Machine-pieced, machine-quilted
Started: February 2009
Finished: September 2009

Be sure to check out other super-cool quilts at Park City Girl's Quilt Festival Fall 2009!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Menu Plan Monday (on Tuesday as usual) and a Few Things...

1) First things first, here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Venetian Macaroni and Cheese (I only kind of follow the recipe), Asparagus, Salad
Tuesday: Potato Soup, Salad, Bread
Wednesday: NACHOS
Thursday: Chik'n Pitas with homemade tzatziki sauce (Drew cooks!)
Friday: Frozen pizza, Salad or asparagus
Saturday: Baked Gnocchi, Broccoli
Sunday: Lentil Soup, Bread

For more menu plans this week, be sure to check out OrgJunkie's website!

2) I'm officially married now (eep!! - see the photographer's blog for the sneak peek photos they posted today!!), which means that...

3) I've been out of town for the past couple of weeks and didn't come close to finishing my first Schnibbles project, nor have I started on THIS month's Schnibbles project. I'm gonna try to at least get caught up on the tops, but don't hold your breath, k?

4) We're under contract on a house and supposed to close at the end of this month! (Again, don't hold your breath on the Schnibbles projects.) We're cautiously excited about the prospect of having a house to fix up and redecorate (and pay for). The Hubs got a few power tools off our wedding registry, so he's ready to tackle any home improvement project that comes our way. And I am anxious to go to Lowe's and start picking out paint chips to coordinate with my quilts.

5) I actually have new photos to post, but they're coming tomorrow because now I have to write thank-you notes. Stay tuned!!