Monday, June 7, 2010

It’s A First!

You see them everywhere in blogland.  There’s a ‘once-a-month-for-a-year’ club and there’s even a monthly parade.  They’re kind of on the smallish, table topper size, but HUGE in attitude!

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What am I referring to?  Well, Schnibbles, of course! 

I just needed to get on the band wagon too so I asked my LQS if she could order in a selection of Carrie’s patterns and I purchased two…just to get started.  This was about a month ago and I had forgotten all about them until a couple of days ago when Mary, of Quilt Hollow fame, mentioned that she was going to make another ‘Picnic’…which just so happened to be one of the patterns that I had stashed away.

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Instant inspiration and just the little kick start I needed!  So into my stash cupboard(s) I went.  I remember having bought a 70 piece charm pack of Civil War reproduction fabrics at the Vermont Quilt Festival last year so I found that, and along with some coordinating background fabric, I dove right in.

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I thought this was going to be a piece of cake, primarily I guess, because of the size.  Wrong!  Although Schnibble quilts are small…’Picnic’ finishes up at 34” x 34”…they are quite labor intensive.  Tons of cutting and trimming and squaring up and piecing and ironing and did I mention piecing?  I don’t know how many hours are in this little baby but I can attest to many.

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Don’t you just ♥ basket quilts?

The top is now complete and I ♥ the finished product.  It’s going to make a wonderful topper for our kitchen table after it’s quilted.

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I must add that Carrie’s instructions are second to none…complete, accurate, very easy to follow and lots of visuals.

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And if you can believe it, I received an email yesterday afternoon from Karen of Briarside Lane directing me to her blog to show me this…

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She’s already finished stitching this month’s FFF design that I posted only 48 hours before!  Great job, Karen and thanks for sharing!  Your stitches are wonderful and you’ve succeeded in making my heart sing!

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Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥

39 comments:

Stephanie said...

I heart baskets too. Smaller is always cuter but always more work.

Terry said...

I love your Schnibbles! And to me it looks like a LOT of work! Well done! :0)

Diane said...

love the picnic quilt...worth the time and effort for sure. So now I must be the last person in blogland yet to make a Schnibbles...I have several of the patterns...one of these days tho!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love how your Picnic turned out! Schnibbles can be a little intensive, for sure. Some go quicker then others. And as a Schnibbler, I participated for 5 or 6 months. But now we are getting ready to move, and there is no time to work on these little beauties. So I will enjoy the parade and see how everyone takes the same pattern and creates a different Schnibble. Enjoy!

Shelley said...

Welcome to Schnibbles mania!!LOL! Bet you can't make just one!! Love the fabric you chose for Picnic. Great job Kaaren!

Lori said...

I love your newest quilt and agree it will look perfect on your table.

Elyte said...

That Schnibble is worth every minute you devoted to it. It is gorgeous.

Patty said...

Your basket schnibbles looks wonderful. I haven't made a schnibbles yet because I'm trying to finish up all my ufos I'm almost there and will add schnibbles to my to/wish list.

Darlene said...

Welcome to the world of Schnibbles! There's a first time for everything - LOL but be warned - you'll soon be addicted to these little cuties. Picnic is very labor intensive but some of the others are simple and fun.

Lurline said...

Now I know what Schnibbles are rally all about, thanks, Kaaren!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Iris-Julimond said...

Thanks Kaaren for allowing to comment to all.
"Schnibbles" a little word for a lot of work. But it looks great.

Thanks for sharing

Hugs from Germany...40 km from Duesseldorf away...you know what i mean.;-)

Iris

Mrs. JP said...

Super cute table topper. Did you say there were many pieces??!!! Wow, labor intensive looks like the right word, but, so worth it.

Sherri said...

I really love your Picnic quilt...it's one of my favorite Schnibbles patterns! Welcome to the Schnibble world. Yes, some do take a little time...but they are always so worth the work--and such a perfect size for decorating!

paulette said...

I was just looking at my Picnic Pattern yesterday...and I seriously thought of doing it as my next project! After seeing yours I want to do it even MORE now!! But I started something else...so will pin it on my Bulletin board with your name under-for inspirations-for the next project. I find if it's out of sight..it's out of mind!! Is that an old lady thing? OR just too many projects and so little time!! Anyways...LOVE your picnic!! Looks wonderful on your table..fabrics are PERFECT!! Well worth all the work!
Paulette

Candace said...

Perfect in every way, Kaaren! Don't you just love it when something jump starts you that way? I've been eyeing Schnibbles for some time now...oh, to take the plunge!
Cheers!

Micki said...

I love your latest quilt and it looks so pretty on the table.
Micki

Hellen Sigurbjörg said...

Your basket quilt is so pretty, and thank you for your last fridays freebee! I love it and will sew it soon.

Annette said...

It was well worth the work...your Schnibbles topper is so nice! And your fabric choices are ideal for this design. I too enjoy the Schnibbles patterns. So fun!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

That redwork is so so darn cute.

Karen said...

Every time I see one of the Picnic Schnibbles, I am reminded that I purchased one of those patterns. I say purchase because I have done nothing to get started on it. Yours is going to make a very nice table topper. Something you can display in one of your vignettes you so often have in your header pictures.

julieQ said...

What a wonderful job on your Schnibbles!! Very pretty. Thank you again for your First Friday...I love it so much.

Sue-Anne said...

Your Schnibbles looks wonderful Karen. I love that pattern.

Julie said...

oh my! all that hard work did indeed pay off. your quilt is so sweet. just perfect for a table topper. think i'd sit there with a cuppa tea and just gaze at all the different fabrics.
another wonderful finish for you.
xox

Sharon said...

Yes, these small blocks are a bit labor intensive...but so worth it! Yours turned out wonderful...LOVE it. I have a Schnibble cut out and hope to get to sew on it this weekend at our guild sewing day on Saturday.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi Kaaren---Love that Schnibbles and I love the fabric line you did it in--makes me want to do mine over again---No -- I gotta do the State Fair this month--Hummm!!!!
I do not have my FFF stitched yet--but I do have two of the traced off onto towels that I did today--so I am started--which is good for me??
So which Schnibbles are you going to do next?????
Hugs, Di
I did just finish my first doll mini quilt--love it!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Schnibble is so cute Kaaren! Worth the effort for sure!

Jantine said...

This is quite a big quilt for your doing lately! Just love it!

Gran said...

Love your Schnibbles - well done!
I have your apple pattern traced on a place mat ready to be embroidered. I also referred people from my blog to your blog to get the pattern. Were your ears burning. :o) When you are good your are GOOD!

Deb said...

I love basket quilts too and I'm addicted to those Schnibbles although I haven't made one yet - just collected a bunch of the patterns and some fabric. Thanks for the warning on the intensity of the quilts - they look like a piece of cake but maybe because they're small.

Robyn said...

Gorgeous 'Picnic' quilt Karen...don't ya just love it?!!
It's on my to do list also.

Mwah!! xx
Rob xx

SheilaC said...

LOVE your quilt! I have her Schnibbles Times Two book.... can't decide which one to make :)

It will be my first one!

SheilaC

Janet said...

Your little quilt is awesome and I love basket quilts too. A perfect size for a table.

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, that is too adorable! Definitely worth the time and effort you put into all the piecing.

Sandra Henderson said...

This quilt is spectacular! You amaze me... Such a lovely creation.

Linda said...

Hi Kaaren, I picked up Madeline schnibble. I think I may do mine in pinks and whites. Thanks for reminding me. I forgot that I had bought it some time ago.

Cathi said...

That is a gorgeous little quilt!! I love basket quilts -- making one is on my someday list!

Brenda said...

My sister is doing the Schnibbles, she said the same thing..."looked" like a breeze, hahahaha!
But you did it; good for you! Basket quilts are perfect anywhere so this one is a good one for touring the house. Can't wait to see it finished. Are you hand quilting it or machine quilting?

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

I love the Picnic quilt too (it was quite labor intensive LOL)! It looks wonderful in the fabrics you chose!!

Carrie P. said...

Been catching up on your blog. You have been busy. Great fobs you made for your giveaway. I love the one you made for me. Love your Schibbles.