Friday, May 27, 2011

Little Green Quilters Update

Making daughter's costume sort of took the wind out of my sails. I have done little sewing since the costume; now I am feeling refreshed, so I pulled out a few UFOs that have been on my mind.

First up is what I have been calling the Purple Estate Sale Quilt. The woman who passed away left behind a lot of fabric and some unfinished projects. I am not sure what she had in mind with this one; the pattern was with the fabric and small top, plus there were extra nine patches and a number of square in a square blocks, finished and unfinished. Did the quilter plan to make just a hearts topper and do something else with the rest of the blocks? Or should they be put into the same quilt?
I think I would like to finish this top by using the hearts as a center medallion, then build around it with these other blocks until it is large enough for a twin bed.

I've also been playing with layouts for the small nine patch blocks made from leftover MIL scrap fabrics. So many possiblities! I like this first one with the red centers that seem to tie all the blocks together.

This layout is nearly the same as the one above, except with white sashing and cornerstones. I think it is a bit busy for my taste.

Here is a third idea. If I went this route, I would probably make it a disappearing nine patch. Sew a nine patch in each corner, the center square is red, and the four other blocks would be white. It would come together quickly enough, I would think.

This fourth layout is perhaps my favorite. My MIL said she would be happy to hand quilt in the white areas; I would machine quilt the colorful squares.

Do you Schnibble? It is very popular in quilting circles these days. According to Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. ( a schnibble is "a scrap of fabric, a leftover bit of cloth, a small piece." The patterns for Schnibbles make wall-hanging size quilts, and the fabric pieces required to make a schnibble pattern are small in size! I have admired many completed Schnibbles on other quilter's blogs, but I have so many WIPs and UFOs hanging around, I would not let myself partake in Schnibble Mania.

Until now!

I recently won a giveaway from Thelma at! She sent me (GASP) SIX Schnibbles patterns!

AND...she send two charm packs of the rich and gorgeous fabric Maison de Garance by French General. It is so yummy. Once the costume dress was finished, I let myself have some fun.

Here is my very first Schnibble: Brocante!

Of course, this is just the flimsy; it will need to be quilted. Eventually. Another WIP for my (already too long) UFO list.

I've link this post up with Susan and the rest of the UFO busters at


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I agree with you about the fourth layout for your MIL blocks. I really like that one. Your Schnibble quilt is adorable too.

Mrs. JP said...

Love, love the fourth layout and was thinking the same thing about the blue and white material...heart center and work out. You are such a talented seamstress.
So, thanks, I'm off to find out what a schnibble is.
Happy Memorial day to you.