Monday, September 28, 2009

September Schnibbles

When I went up to Marietta for the quilt show I did a mini-quilt shop hop. I wasn't about to let 20 inches of rain slow me down. Gosh it was soggy, rained the entire 4 days I was there. I desperately needed some reds and aquas for the Disappearing 9-patch I signed up for at Jane's. I had 1 aqua fabric in my stash. Never realized it before, but I guess it's a color I just haven't worked with. I picked up these fat quarters at Intown Quilters. What a fun shop! Filled to the brim with mostly bright and funky fabrics with a very helpful staff. I sound like a commercial but really, I loved the shop. Sorry for the lack of shop pictures but the day was so drear and rainy I left my camera back at the hotel.

I got this little bag filled with 20 Kaffe Fasset fabrics and some Schnibbles patterns at Red Hen Fabrics and Quilting Emporium. I think this was my favorite of the 4 shops I visited. The fabrics were arranged by color, something different and had a load of patterns and again, a very friendly staff.

These are either Kaffe or Martha Negley, got them at Intown Quilters also. I also went to Little Quilts and Tiny Stitches. I had been to Little Quilts for the first time about 9 years ago. I was amazed how it is exactly the same! I guess when you've found your niche and it works why mess with it. Still mostly civil war reproduction fabric. I still have my purchase from 9 years ago uncut. You know how that is. So I didn't buy anything here. Last stop was Tiny Stitches but I found the shop too dimly lit to do any serious shopping. I hate that!

Back in January I started sewing along with the Forever Green Quilts BOM program. Well, I have not made a block since April so I figures this was the weekend to do all 5 months AND the September Schnibbles for the Year of Schnibbles. I am finally caught up. The Forever Green blocks are so tedious as they all have so many pieces many you have to draw the seam allowances on to get the triangles to fit together right. One block really gave me a problem. I think the cutting directions are faulty but regardless it got finished.

The Year of Schnibbles pattern was Winter White. I decided to use Fig and Plum by Moda as I really liked the fabric. In fact I love any fabric that Joanna Figueroa designs. Love that vintage-y thing she has going. I first made the flying geese in greens and peaches but they really didn't work. The geese needed to be dark, or at least half of them did.

I needed 18 dark charms and the Fig and Plum had only 16. I spent quite a while trying to get something to work and hoped to use some of the geese I'd already made.

Here's what I came up with. Ditched the green geese, kept the peach geese, and made new plum ones. I actually found a fat quarter, civil war reproduction no less! in my stash that went with the Fig and Plum plum. And that is one different shade of plum!

Those peach cornerstones seemed like a good idea but now...

Had a chance this afternoon to cut into the reds and aquas for the swap ~ 225 squares cut!

Check out the head on the windowsill!
Talk to you later.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bird Brains

OMG, I just realized I forgot to include these pics this morning. This was my favorite quilt at the show. It is just so happy, so silly, and those birds, so cheeky! I took loads of pictures but will restrain myself and share only a few. It did not garner the attention I personally think it deserved!

Don't you love the Big Stitch quilting? Really suits the irreverence of the piece, don't you think?

Talk to you later...

Part Two

Here's some more photos from the Marietta quilt show I attended. This is the Best of Show quilt, Metropolitan Garden by Jane Gorder. It's a reproduction of a Baltimore Album quilt in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was so beautiful to see,so much work and so beautifully executed.

I was really charmed by these guys having a fondness for nutcrackers as I do.

This quilt used a lot of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, another love of mine. I've a large collection of them but never made anything with them. I need to change that. He has a new book (yay!) coming out soon, by the way.

Love the aqua fabric in this double wedding ring quilt called Blue Moon.

The stitching on this quilt was incredible!

and the back was finished with loads of beads and positively glittered. Just stunning!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Georgia Celebrates Quilts

Back in sunny Florida after spending the weekend in Marietta Georgia at the East Cobb Quilters' Guild Quilt Show. The quilts were beautiful and I took plenty of pictures.

This quilt was in a vendor's booth. It was much more eye-popping in person, all different batiks, pattern from the StrataVarious Quilts book.

There were a few One Block Wonder quilts mostly done up using very dark fabrics, I liked this one best.

This is Hyacinth Garden. One of my two favorites. Again, much brighter and prettier in person.

More pictures next time including Best of Show, thanks for dropping by.