I'm heading off in one direction and then without notice, something changes and I'm off in another direction. I know that's what life is all about but really, sometimes I've got other plans.
It's been a busy couple of weeks... okay, three weeks. But I wasn't counting... or I was trying not to. I just know there are about three weeks worth of "stuff" to tell you about.
This arrived a few weeks ago, an advance copy of the new book.
It still seems strange that I've actually published a book. A real book. My family can't believe it either. Carrie? Our Carrie? Writing books is for serious people... serious students... experts. As with the first book, I still find it a little hard to believe that the lovely folks at Martingale didn't hire a ghost-writer or edit like crazy. Maybe I should put that on my "bucket list"... some day I would like to write a book where readers don't start wondering if I'm nuts.
While you'll have to wait a little less than three weeks to see the rest of it, I did want to show you something that is included in the acknowledgements...
In Schnibble-related arrivals, I also received boxes and boxes of Schnibbles pattern covers ~ Doc, Full House, Bibelot, Summer Day, Spot and ISTH. Those were packed and have been going out the door..
As always, each of these quilts was made with two charm packs and some yardage. The amount of yardage varies but it is never more than 1 1/2 yards total. The sizes of the quilts vary as well
Never play cards with a someone named Doc. This is the wonderful Hometown collection by Sweetwater ~ love, love this collection. (Pssst... Reunion is pretty terrific too.)
I've been trying to figure out how to make a house quilt using charm packs since Schnibble No. 1. But I could never make the roof work. It was either going to have to be pieced or be really small. And then while piecing a whole gaggle of flying geese, I got an idea on how I could adapt Monique's method to make flying geese to get the roof I wanted.
This is the Little Gatherings collection by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. The red is from French General's La Petite Ecole. (Pssst... Rouenneries Deux is gorgeous. Kaari is doing a giveaway of some pre-cuts so make sure you enter!)
A "bibelot" is small object of curiosity, a trinket. The fabric is Curio by Basic Grey and this is one of those little quilts that sort of evolved. It was part engineering ~ how to get all the pieces for one "T" from a single charm square. It was also part "organic", in so far as how the quilt and blocks "felt". Did it need more of this? Or less of that? The only problem I have now is that I want to make another quilt with this block... a bigger quilt. Scrappy. Maybe even really, really scrappy for the prints and the backgrounds.
Seriously. You didn't think I could make a couple new Schnibbles quilts and not have at least one with lots and lots of flying geese. Seriously? This is Strawberry Fields by Miss Joanna ~ Fig Tree Quilts.
This is one of those funny fabric collections ~ as much as you might like it when you first see it, you'll like it even more when you start sewing with it. It's that pretty.
"X" marks the spot. Terrain by Kate Spain. This is one of those quilts where I loved the fabric and set out to make something that I thought suited the fabric. Meaning, how to cut up the fabric and sew it back together so that you can see how fabulous it is and still manage to keep it from all mooshing together.
ISTH? Yes, ISTH. Maybe it makes more sense if you see it as it looks on the front cover of the pattern.
Maybe it would make more sense if you put it in parentheses...
For... (insert snappy title here)
After 64 little quilts, I seriously couldn't think of a name for this quilt. Not just a name... how about any name?
If you're wondering why there are only 64 quilts and this one is numbered #465... that's a story for another day. And another quilt.
.... I'm back. I had to go answer the door, the mailman was here. Boxes and envelopes going out and some interesting-looking mail coming in. Have I ever told you how much I love Quilts Japan magazine? And it looks like some fabric I ordered arrived... though I sort of hope not as it would likely distract me from the sewing I was planning to do this afternoon. Yes, I've actually gotten some sewing done the past week or so... two variations of Full House that I'll share with you next time...
See you September 23rd.