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.

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