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Friday, November 30, 2012

My November Schnibble

Hi Everyone,

It took almost until the last minute, but I finally got my entry into Another Year of Schnibbles for this month complete.  Sinta and Sherri are are wonderful hostesses each month for the parade.  They do so much work!  They feature the parade on their blogs each month on the first.  I'm telling you, it's better than payday!  (hmm, maybe I should name one of my monthly projects that!)

This month's pattern was actually not a Schnibble, but one project from Carrie Nelson's new pattern line, Little Bits.  Drop is the name of this pattern.  I decided to use Christmas fabric this time, and I'm so glad.  If I haven't been working on it up in my quilt room this week, I've been getting out the decorations, so I had "seasonal continuity."  (I think it would really bug me if I was Christmas decorating and making a Valentine or Easter quilt.)  The fabric is Christmas Spirit by Holly Taylor.

I made the larger version with sashing between the blocks.  The pattern quilt was square with 25 blocks, but I opted to make mine rectangular as a table mat and so used 24 blocks in a 4x6 layout.    SInce I had an extra block, I used one more set of triangles to enloare the "square in a square" block and bordered it.  I layered and quilted a bit in the ditch and then made it into a pillow.

Alas, I went to stuff it and had no fiberfill!  Who runs out of that?  It's like running out of white thread or something.  So for now, it is almost done. 
When it came to binding the quilt, it is fairly small, so I cut 2 "length of width" strips from my binding fabric.  I cut the ends at a 45 degree angle to distribute the bulk of the seam.  I sewed the two strips together, pressed it in half and applied it.  When I was done, I had this left over.

That's it!  Maybe an inch of binding.  It must be some sort of record!  When I make binding, I always cut lots because I guess I think the world will end or something if I run out while applying it to the quilt!  Anyway, I didn't even measure or guesstimate or anything. 
Have a great day, everyone!


  1. ha ha ! Beautiful version, I just finished mine too !!! Hugs

  2. It's so pretty in the Christmas colors! I love it!

  3. Hi JoAnne! Just found your blog! Love your little Christmas quilt!! I'm hoping to get my decor out today!!


  4. It's beautiful! I just love working with the fabric of the season :-) I can see why you enjoyed it. Wow! You really cut it close on the binding! Impressive! I usually have way too much too.