I wrote yesterday that I would be back today and here I am.
I wrote that I would have pictures of the new Schnibbles patterns and I do! I also wrote last week that I would tell you about some of the @(#$# that Rosie had to listen to while I was finishing the last four Schnibbles.
So here goes.
This is Honeycomb. Central Park by Kate Spain. I love this fabric.
While I toyed with the idea of using different colors for the background, I kept coming back to the white, a lovely Bella Solid. I love how clean and clear it is, and how clean and clear it makes the rest of the colors in the prints. As for the hexagons, I didn't use a template, just a ruler with a 60-degree line on it. And, yes, there is a seam across the middle of the hexagon. It was the only way I could be fairly sure of everyone being able to get consistently sized pieces without having to buy, make or use a template.
Honeycomb measures 36" x 39" and can be made with two charm packs and some background yardage. My quilt was made using a Layer Cake which is why I had enough for the scrap-pieced binding and this backing --
This is RicRac. It was made using a Light and Dark Charm Pack -- 100 squares -- by Primitive Gatherings. The borders and sashings are a Moda Crossweave. If you're not familiar with those fabrics, they're gorgeous. This one is kind of a yucky, mucky brownish color that suits the reproductions in the charm pack perfectly. You wouldn't believe how old this quilt looks.
Measuring 38" x 40", the pieced strips in RicRac are made entirely of triangles. I would love to make another version of this quilt, one where just the middle "dark" row of the triangles are scrappy and everything else would be the same fabric, either a solid or a print. And maybe a version reversing the placement so that the light was on the inside and the dark was on the outside. Or the rows could be sewn together with light to dark. But after Paganini and Sweet Spot, I told myself that I was only going to make one version for each pattern... so far, I'm staying strong!
Honeycomb and RicRac were the quilts we did at Winterfest.
This is Brocante, made from Pom Pom de Paris by French General. If I didn't already have a quilt named Plan C, that is what I might have called this one. It is where the #(*!@(#(* started.
My first plan had stars, lots of scrappy stars. But it didn't work. The red over-powered everything else. I mean, seriously over-powered everything else. So after making 32 sets of flying geese and a big pile of half-triangle squares, it was back to the "drawing board". After thinking about it and really considering what wasn't working about the first plan, I came up with another idea. The good news is that I still had half a Layer Cake to start over. Was that the end of my problems? Not exactly. I cut 20 red squares and 20 background squares, then happily pieced 40 quarter-triangle squares. I pressed them and went to square them up... uh oh. Too small. I had cut my squares a 1/2" too small.
Picture Yosemite Sam with a rotary cutter. Muttering. Grumbling. Ornery. I'm happy to say that I one more Layer Cake that I could raid for the red squares. And more background fabric. And more thread.
But when it was all finished, I had to admit that all the grumbling was worth it. I really love this quilt. The pink and the yellow are still pretty and soft but the quilt still has this rosy redness that is just... well, it's just pretty. (It is so pretty its starting to whisper "bigger"!) Brocante measures 35" x 35" and it can be made with two charm packs and some background yardage. I will 'fess up and tell you that I did use a few "extra" red squares salvaged from what would have been my star quilt so that I wouldn't have to use the solid red piece. I don't have anything against the solids, I just like the prints better.
This is George. It is made with the oh-so-yummy Charlevoix by Polly & Laurie -- aka Minick & Simpson.
Seriously, I just want to pick the cherries right off the quilt and make a pie. No, this isn't named after George Washington. It is named after Curious George, the monkey. It is also a variation of the Chunky Monkey block I did for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issue. The blocks in this quilt are a little bit bigger, measuring 14" x 14". With the border, this quilt measures 34" x 34". Two charm packs and some background yardage. And yes, there was a little @(*# with this one too. When I was finishing up with the border, I realized that I had forgotten to put two squares aside for the corner squares. While I could have cut the necessary squares from the rest of the Layer Cake, I decided to improvise.
This is Roadshow. Antique Fair by Blackbird Designs, with one of my favorite old BBD fabrics for the background.
Measuring 32" x 32", this is the smallest of the new quilts. Two charm packs and about 1/2 yard of background fabric is all you need, except Roadshow does come with a couple of options. Yardage requirements are provided if you would like to use a single fabric for the sashing and/or the border; and if you choose to do that and you've got two charm packs or 80 charm squares, this quilt could be made to measure 40" x 40". The best thing about this quilt is that it is a very easy block to make. Really.
Just so you know, this quilt was not without its @(*#$# too. I should know better but I was chatting with a friend on the phone while sewing the rows together... big mistake. Huge! The "bottom" row was sewn to the "top" and I didn't notice it until after the borders were on and I was taking the quilt to be photographed. Grrrrrr. Do you know how long it took me to find my seam ripper? It was covered in dust... buried in a drawer... okay, maybe not. It kind of annoyed me that it took me three times as long to take off the borders and remove the row than it did to sew everything back together. That's just wrong.
And finally, this is Recess. La Petit Ecole by French General.
Cut it out. Lay it out. Start sewing. When you're done, Recess will measure 34" x 40". I had planned to make this using a different collection but all the pieces were too close in value and scale, making too much of the top "moosh" together. I had used this fabric for another small project and really loved how it had turned out so using it for this quilt was an easy switch. And the fabric is perfect for it -- there is a good variety of color and value, and there is contrast between the pieces with both the print and the color. Do you know what the best thing about this quilt is? There aren't any seams to match or points to worry about chopping off! How cool is that?
So these are them.
I'm off today to take my car in for a spa day. Don't laugh but I think the heater is on the fritz and the charger thing doesn't seem to be working. Then it's work, work, work... if I work really, really hard, I might get to sew this weekend.
Until tomorrow... really. I have a funny e-mail to share.
I know what you're thinking... three days in a row?
Don't worry. I won't make a habit of it.