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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 12 Comments »
As some of you may recall, I've discovered charm packs.  Truth be told, I've been infected with the Charm Pack Virus.  It's not my fault.  I was surfing the quilty web one day when I happened upon Sisters Choice Quilts, where I was told I needed to join the Between Charming Friends Quilt-along.  And having no will power what-so-ever, I did just that.  I even blogged about it here

For those of you who have taken The Process Pledge:  we picked out fabric, then we cut out fabric, then we started to sew.  Then along came my darling daughter's wedding anniversary & the need to fill a very large, blank space on her kitchen wall.  Wouldn't you know, that little quiltlette I was charming along with was exactly the right size to fill the Katie's kitchen wall void.  Instead of waiting for instructions, I barged ahead, put it all together, quilted the darned thing, bound and labeled it.   How serendipitous.  Turned out pretty well, and she LOVES it.  Of course she loves everything I do (grin).  Well, almost everything......

Ta Da!! Finished size: 27.5" x 33".


Not having enough to do, I also joined the 9 Patch Project which started on Karen's blog.  I found a jelly roll of Kansas Winter, by Kansas Troubles hiding in a trunk, and started patching.  The tan, green, burgungy, black and dark gold patch combination will make a perfect cold weather throw for our family room. The idea is to make a patch a day from June 1st through mid-August,  netting about 76 patches; I've got 39 done.  Here is my progress so far:

I'm always looking for ways to make my sewing space less helter-skelter.  Those plastic take-out entree containers make really good storage trays for pre-cut strips; I have them sorted by color.  They stack up on each other very nicely & fit quite well into my Art Bin storage box.      Take 'em out to work; pack 'em up when I've had enough.

The Charm Pack Virus continues to rage.  I've been making myself project packs for Schnibbles quilts.  I'm taking a Schnibbles pattern, doing all of the sub cuts from a couple of charmers, and packing everything up in pastic bags to create ready-to-go project kits.  The Schnibbles work up so quickly they make a great diversion from weighter efforts, and I can manage quilting them myself on Bernie.  With any luck, they will work in happily between other stuff and make great Christmas presents. 

Oh, and Patchwork Penguin, a.k.a. Nancy, got me started reading Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper mystery books.  Funny, light summer fare -- just the ticket to sooth a schnibbled brain -- the books have a quiltish theme without the (sometimes) cloying sweeness of a few of the Elm Creek books.    My favorite quote in the 1st book, Fool's Puzzle is from one of Benni's old friends.  She and Benni are trying to figure out what they ever saw in a particular boy 'way back in high school: "I don't know where my mind was. He kissed like a vacuum cleaner set on thick plush."  I laughed out loud, eliciting stares on the commuter train this morning.  I'll go back to the "good for me" books in the winter.


12 comments:

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

LOVE Mi Casa . . . . Just love it.

Angie said...

Awesome quilt. Great way to use the 9-patch blocks. I like your color selections too!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Love the anniversary quilt, and I think I may have been exposed to the virus... I feel it coming on strong.

Quilt Hollow said...

Glad you are IN with us! Addicting those charm squares can be....do you Schnibble? If not....you will and soon!!

KimQuiltz said...

That quilt is RIDICULOUS! I love it! Oh my my my MINE!

Anita in Florida said...

Wow, I really like the way you quilted your quilt...looks beautiful!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

It's gorgeous Pat! OMGosh - you have GOT to teach me to quilt like that! And, I love the fabric too! What an inspiration!!!!

Kimberly said...

Hey Pat -- I'm with you. I love charm packs! And what's not to love? So much eye-candy-yummy-goodness in such a little bundle, with darling quilts that practically fall together! Love your photos, too. Your daughter must have been thrilled with her present.
AND, I also LOVE the Benni Harper books. I've read nine of them so far. Lost my Fool's Puzzle somewhere in Amsterdam, but I have all the other copies.
Now that things might slow down a bit for me this summer, I need to get going on the next book!

Sharon said...

Love the way your little quilt turned out...got mine sewn together yesterday and ready to quilt! Yeah! I love these little charm quilts...I think I might become addicted!

Denise in PA said...

Beautiful, Pat! Sounds like you have the same "joining" bug that I do - LOL! I just joined the Clamshell club and Charming Girls along with my Schnibbles, Jelly Roll Sampler & Snowbound!

And, I blame Nicole (Sisters Choice), too, for my Carrie Nelson/Schnibbles obsession (along with my Fig Tree Quilts obsession I believe) - LOL! I love Nicole's blog and I want all of her quilts o:)

Pat said...

Thanks for the great comments, everyone! I spent last week making up "Schnibbles kits" for myself. Each kit has a pattern & all of the charmers/backgrounds already cut so that I can just pick up that kit and start sewing. Maybe I'll post next week with some pictures.

Word Verification = RUMIOHO: What a pirate Santa Claus says.

Pat said...

Oh, and Kimberly, I made up a "kit" for the variable stars quilt from your Jelly Roll Quilts & More book. It's my retreat project this weekend!! It's for a baby quilt & I'm using Cheri Strole's Animal Alphabet jelly/charms.