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Monday, April 16, 2012

A Prize

Several weeks ago, Kim from Kim's Big Quilting Adventure was looking for new blogs to follow and asked for suggestions.  She would draw from the responses for a giveaway.  Much to my amazement, I won!  It was my first time winning a giveaway and I was thrilled.  A week later, there was a nice little package in my mailbox.  It was a Luna Notte charm pack and a pattern to make a little bag from charm squares.  I love the bag pattern and plan to make a few, but meanwhile, I've been on a bit of a Schnibbles-fest lately, so I decided to see if I could make up one of my patterns with the Luna Notte. 

I have to make a confession here:  I've never owned any Three Sisters fabric before.  There are many lines out there that aren't really me, however, I am totally enjoying playing with fabrics that are not the norm.  It is pushing me out of my comfort zone and I think it is good for me.  The Schnibbles made with charm packs are the perfect way to explore, and Luna Notte was a perfect candidate.  Looking around online, it seemed to be a bit of an older line, and not readily available.  I considered combining with another new line, like Etchings or something, but then I hit paydirt and found another Luna Notte charm pack and some yardage at The Stitching Post --it is a shop in Indiana and I've been ordering from them off and on for years.

Now with the fabric sorted out, I turned to my growing collection of Schnibbles patterns, and flipped through them.  I decided on Winter White.
When I read over the directions, I discovered that Carrie designed it using another Three Sisters fabric line, so I guess "great minds think alike" or somthing like that.  Once the fabric I ordered arrived, it was a breeze to put together.  Most of it is large squares, you just have to make 36 flying geese of two different  colors, for a total of 72.  With the mini Fit to be Geese ruler from Open Gate quilting, they were a breeze.  The one change I made to the pattern was to cut the border stips wider because I knew I wanted to do this again:

Make a scalloped border.  I tired it for the first time on my January Schnibble pattern and I loved how it turned out, so I was eager to play with it agin.  This quilt seemed the perfect opportunity.

Here is the finished quilt.  I love how it came out.  It was lots of fun to play with fabric I don't normally choose.  Another way that I pushed myself was to bind it in a lighter color.  I don't normally do that, I prefer a darker binding, but when the border is black there isn't much other choice.  I also had needed to order some pink yardage because the charm packs didn't have enough pink squares for this quilt, so that was what I used.  I really like the way it came out, too, so obviously I need to challenge myself to not always do something the obvious way.

Mahalo Nui Loa to Kim for the prize!



  1. Lovely quilt... the scalloped border is perfect! Challenges (like this one of yours) is good for the creative soul! Congratulations on such a great finish....

  2. I love it, so cute!! And the scalloped border is beautiful. Congrats on your win. xo

  3. I love your quilt, especially the border! Glad you won the charm pack and were able to find more. I have a top in progress made from Luna Notte. I really like it.

  4. What a great idea for using your winnings! The finished quilt is so sweet, especially with the scalloped border.

  5. OK I absolutely LOVE this little fellow! What a cutie and the scalloped border is P E R F E C T !
    p.s. I commented on this a couple weeks ago but it never showed up, so I am trying again...