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Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Parade of My Own Schnibble Quilts

Hi Everyone,

If you are a regular reader of my blog, maybe you noticed that I haven't posted any entries for Schnibbles quilt parades lately?  There are two reasons:  the first was that I missed doing/posting the last two entries and the second reason is that we took the summer off.  Sinta at the Pink Pincushion announced earlier last week that it will resume again on September First and the new round will be called:  Another Year of Schnibbles and a Little Bit More!  The last "round" was called Vintage Schnibbles.  In preparation for the next, Sinta invited us to post our own parade from Vintage Schnibbles, so here are mine!

The first Vintage Schnibbles parade was on May 1, 2013 and featured the pattern Hat Trick.

It is made from the leftovers of my very first Schnibble, and the fabric line is Urban Cowgirl.  That is still one of my most favorite lines of fabric that isn't RWB.

The June 1 parade featured Gentle Art.  The spool blocks were lots of fun to make and looked great in any fabric.  I chose the line, Fellowship, by Jan Patek.  This quilt has since gone to California to live at my sister's house.

On July 1, the chosen pattern was Dulcinea.  At that time, I was into my "39 Days of Patriotism" where I was only working on RWB (red, white, and blue) projects.   For my version, I used bits and pieces of my patriotic fabric stash.

The parade for August 1 was made of quilts using the pattern Lincoln.  The pattern's name of a President inspired me to use a piece of fabric that I had had for several years that featured reproductions of the old collectible cigar silks with the faces of the Presidents.  I made a larger version of the Lincoln pattern in order to use each President that was present on the fabric.

Here is a close up of one of the Presidents--Mr. Lincoln himself,
and below is the entire quilt.

September First was a parade of Canasta Schnibbles.  I made my version from French General scraps and yardage and as a fun alteration, I scalloped the border.  I think it is one of my top five favorite Schnibbles!  I renamed it Colonial Canasta after getting this awesome picture of it with members of a fife and drum corps.

During September, for the parade on October first, the pattern to make was Mercerie. For this one, I went back to using charm packs and yardage from one line:  Seascapes by Deb Strain.  With such an ocean feel to it, I took it to a beach for it's photo.

The November First parade was comprised of quilts made from the pattern Clover.  For a quilt made entirely of 2.5" squares, it should have been easy, but when a quilt is named after a seam ripper, it must be for a reason!  You can read all about my drama here.   I think this was the first parade where my quilt was entered but hadn't been quilted yet.  If you remember, when I decided to participate in this group, I made myself a promise that each entry would be entirely finished--quilted, and bound.  I didn't want unfinished tops to pile up.  Anyway, I did get Clover finished a few days later and it now lives in my parent's living room.

November was now upon us and I was getting into the holiday mood, so when the next pattern was announced, Morning Joe, I decided to make it using Primitive Gatherings "Snowman Gatherings" fabric (with a solid red background) and to also make some changes to make it more snowman-like.  Another difference between this Schnibble and others is that usually I just meander the quilting, but for this project, it felt right to do something more "custom."  I love when these moods come upon me as it gives me a chance to experiment and "grow" with my machine quilting.

Here is my version of  "Morning Joe, Sam, Bill, and Ed."

A closeup showing detail of the machine quilting and embellishments.
I was completely thrilled when Lisa Bongean (Queen Primitive Gatherings herself) made a comment on my blog post!!!!

Since the holidays were now in full swing, there was a break until January 1 when the next Schnibble was announced for a parade on February 1.  

That pattern was Jersey Girl.  Again I changed things up a bit.  I had been wanting/longing for, a "leaf block" Schnibble and so far, Carrie had not delivered!  However, with the addition of some stems, the Jersey Girl block made a perfect leaf.  

I used bits of Harvest Moon by Kansas Troubles.  For the background, I pulled out all sorts of bits and scraps of fabric from my stash that seemed to be the right shade--I loved the scrappiness of it.  I also added a great "piped" binding.

The March parade was "Quilter's Choice" meaning we could make any pattern we wished.  Since my spool block quilt, Gentle Art, went to my sister's house, I decided to make Short Story, which also makes a slightly different spool block.  For it, I used Minick and Simpson's Midwinter Reds with a blue solid background.

"Hook" was the pattern for the April parade.  I was crushing on Lori Holt's Bakesale line so that was the charms I used.  I struggled more to find a good background fabric.  I tried a few options before settling on a solid red.  This pattern was a little bit more technically challenging, too, since it was made of angled pieces.  It went together fine for me, although sewing the rows together required pressing things open, and there was quite a bit of bulk where all the points came together.

The next parade was to feature any pattern by Camille Roskelley at Thimbleblossoms.  By then I was really busy with other things and did not participate.  The final pattern was Carrie Nelson's once more:  X-Rated.
We could either make the version using 5" squares or 10" squares.  I didn't blog about mine, but I did use a layer cake and made a version.  The reason I didn't share is that I made it with Grant Park fabric and it was for the backing of my Blogger Girls BOM quilt.

Here it is.  It did make a great back for the quilt, too!  This pattern was fun and quick to make.

And...  that's it!  We've been "on break" ever since, and I'm really excited for the next phase!  I hope some of you play along.  If you are interested, you can get details here.

I hope all of you here in the US have a great and safe holiday weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Quilt Show

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago down in Indianapolis was a big event called Gen Con.  Until last year, I had never heard of it.  Apparently, the board game industry has become very big and Gen Con is THE convention/show.  It's like the Comicon of board games.  If you don't understand that reference, its to board games what Houston is to us quilters!  I know about it because my daughter, who lives in the Indy area, has a boyfriend that is big into the board game world.  This year both of them worked at a booth promoting and selling the hottest game of the whole show--Heroes Wanted--as her boyfriend did some of the graphic art for the game.

During one of the days that she was there, I got an excited text from her that she found me the perfect thing!  Last Friday she drove up to spend the day and brought it.

It a game designed by Judy Martin and her husband, Steve Bennett.  They seem to be avid board game players, too.  (And yes, I should have written this post on Monday as I see that Bonnie Hunter had a post about it yesterday!)

I loved the blurb on the back:  "Award-winning quilt makers devote considerable effort to collecting fabrics for their stashes.  They shop for specific colors, often ranging into neighboring hues to achieve a nuanced, scrappy look.  If they cannot find the colors they want, they sometimes hand dye their own fabric.  They use their time and skills converting fabric into blocks, which they combine to make quilts.  Often, quilters work on more than one quilt at a time to keep things interesting.   They may embellish their quilts with intricate quilting stitches.  The best quilters make good color choices, combine blocks skillfully, use their time will, and win generous purchase awards when they enter their quilts in shows."  Doesn't that describe us quilters perfectly?  And that is what you do to play the game.

The game parts and pieces are really cute.

You have a shield that features a sewing maching.  It is referred to as your "sewing room."  See the piles of blocks in between us?  Those are the blocks.  You "buy" blocks by collecting fabric stash cards.  The fabric cards are either one color, such as yellow, or may be two colors, like red and purple.  There are a few "dye goods" cards, which are essentially the "wild cards" which can be used as any color.  Play consists of either gathering stash cards, or else using them to buy "make" blocks.  It is hard to see in the picture above, but there is a number value on each block.  That value number decides how much fabric is required to "make" the block.  It may "cost" three cards, two cards, or one card.  The card must be of the same color as the block.  So the purple blocks there will cost the appropriate amount of purple fabric cards and so forth.

We all know, though, that the clock is always ticking--especially before a quilt show!  For each block that you get, you also take a timer card.  Once all of the timers cards have run out, it is time for the quilt show!

In my sewing room, I have been assembling my quilts.  A quilt can be of two types:  all the same color and different blocks (a sampler quilt), or all the same block but different colors (a scrap quilt.)  I have two scrap quilts.  The quilts can be all sizes:  a table runner is three blocks.  A wall quilt is 4, arranged 2x2.  Lap quilts are made of a 2x3 block arrrangement, queen quilts are 3x3, and 3x4 is a king quilt.  Quilters do not have to enter all quilts they have started in the quilt show.  The game consists of 3 quilt shows--so there will be other chances to enter the quilt later, perhaps when it is larger.

Before entering, there are 3 round tokens with 1,2, or 3 on them.  This is the quilting that you can add to your quilt.  Quilts are "judged" based on the total points of the blocks and then the additional points of the quilting.  It is good to "make" blocks with high points, or assemble the largest quilt--that means the most points.

  Here you can see that my wall hanging has 3, 5, 5, and 5 point blocks.  (Five is the highest)  I added the most intricate quilting, the 3 token, so my quilt totaled up to 21 points.  It won first place!  In this case, $13,000.  There are 3 prizes chosen randomly for each show.  Cash is paid out to the winners.  Losing quilts are given $1000 and then they are removed from play.  You play the second and third round and at the end, the quilter with the most money wins!  My daughter and I only had time to play one round--to get the hang of it.  I won.  Then I got my husband to play a whole game with me.  I won.  I would really like to play with more than 2 people, though (you can have 4 players) as the game would be really different.  With 2 players, I knew that if my opponent didn't take a card, I would get it if I wanted, so playing with others would be more challenging.  Also, with just 2 players, it was beneficial to enter at least 2 quilts in each show as one of us would win 2 prizes, and the other would win 1.  That would change with additional players.

If you like this game, you can find it here.  I think it is really fun and just plain cute!  The only problem that I can see is that it will take more time away from actually quilting!

Oh, and just in case you are interested, here is my daughter at the Heroes Wanted booth at Gen Con.
She's the one in the pink skirt!  She was costumed as a butterfly super hero.  Also, Heroes Wanted was so successful that they have already sold out of the first production of the game!

Have a great day!