Sunday, July 22, 2012

Holiday Medley


I have been working in my next Schnibbles.  We can use any pattern we would like this month.  So I pulled my stack of patterns and books - then chose 'Schnibbles Times Two' for the pattern 'Short Story'.  I have been working on blocks for the Think Christmas Blog Hop , so very in the Holiday mood.  I am using a Jelly Roll of Holiday Medley by Kansas Troubles.  


I pulled just the deep moss green and maroon strips to make the blocks.  The lights/browns  and few blacks will be used in another project.  All the sections are pieced and I have the greens done - need a good pressing and trim.  Today I will get the maroon blocks done and hopefully have this all together by night. ** will link up with  http://www.patchworktimes.com/ for Design Wall Monday**


Yes, I quilt on that small throat machine!  Although it is not loving FMQ right now and I can only use my walking foot for straight line quilting.  I have a quilt ready for my granddaughter for Christmas, this year's Festive Mystery Quilt for the Christmas Quilt Along done, and half way thru last year's Mystery Christmas Quilt Along .  You will see these up close in the near future.  I am pricing and trying out longarm machines - an early Christmas present for myself I hope.



I have been playing with the July FMQ Challenge.  My little machine just is not loving me lately, so using my 'old girl' for this.  Angela Walters was our expert for July and the challenge was 'tiles' using a filler of our choice.  This is really time consuming and I can see it on a more modern, solid color quilt for adding texture.  You can see some of the other's works HERE at SewCalGal.

CLOSING THOUGHT

"Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit."
– Henry David Thoreau


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

28 comments:

  1. I can see how small the throat is on your machine. You make so many quilts, you really need a long arm quilting machine.

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  2. such a busy lady Sharon,have a great day.xx

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  3. Oh to have the room and the patience to learn then use a long arm! :)

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  4. LOVE anything with the word Schnibbles in it. Good luck with your long-arm search. Hope you find the perfect fit for you. Your FMQ looks great! I haven't tried that one yet, but will very very soon.

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  5. I love your spool blocks. It looks like you are still accomplishing much on that little machine. I found this month's fmq challenge harder than it looked.

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  6. Your Schnibbles blocks are beautiful...love the fabrics! Sounds like you have a lot on the go! I bet a new long-arm machine would be very happy in your home...and would be very busy...giggle! Have a great day!

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  7. Pretty, pretty. Have fun with the long arm shopping. I've begun to think about one of those too but I am still a very long way away from being ready to take that leap.

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  8. Love the combination you chose for the spool blocks. And your quilted tiles look great.

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  9. I love how your Schnibbles project is looking! Wonderful! You gals that do so well at FMQ inspire me!

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  10. Love the schnibble blocks. An early Christmas present well you are getting in the mood. Can't wait to hear more about it.

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  11. we quilters are so inventive, creative and can make things work for us. Way to go on all your projects. love the schnibble blocks.

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  12. Here you are at Christmas in July! How festive for you!

    I thought my sewing machine throat is little, but you've got me beat. Nice job working on the FMQ challenge with your challenging small throated machine.

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  13. I am liking those new blocks.
    Your FMQ looks neat on that fabric too. I need to practice some more too.
    What an exciting prospect, to get a long arm. I hope your wish comes true.

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  14. I can't imagine what a struggle it must be to get a quilt done with such a small throat space!! You amaze me.

    Love the Christmas blocks!

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  15. Very cool! I especially love the pink thread!

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  16. Your tile quilting is great!

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  17. We finally got some rain also, much needed. Lucky you, a longarm, wow that's wonderful!

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  18. You always have so many wonderful projects going...and you finish them, too! I so enjoy your blog -- thanks for being so faithful in your sharing with us all! I know blogging like you do is a LOT of work, too!! Hugs! :)

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  19. I see you are busy as always!! Love the Schnibbles and I hope you get your Christmas present for yourself:)

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  20. Using the "tiles" method for the floral is really interesting, I like it! I haven't tried that yet. When you're shopping for a longarm, I highly recommend you look at a Handiquilter 18 Avante (or any other HQ style). Their customer service is next to none.

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  21. Love your tiles!
    I am months behind on following this challenge. I loved the heart shaped leaves earlier this year & have been using the devil out of it.

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  22. Pretty blocks! And you'll love quilting with a long arm - it's amazing to have that much space to play with!!

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  23. You with a long arm seems like a natural pairing. You must have built up some upper body strength wrestling with those tiles, but they look great. I love everything in the Snibbles Times Two book and your blocks are no exception. The crisp white against the green and deep red looks wonderful.

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  24. Hi Sharon, your blocks are great! I LOVE Schnibbles too, my collection of patterns just keep growing. I am fairly new to quilting and I am an avid cross stitcher also. Plus my name is also Sharon, lol. I have the exact same machine you do, got it in March and I am trying to learn free motion on it. So you have actually quilted larger quilts on yours?
    Sharon in Texas

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  25. I am impressed that you can do any FMQ on that machine. Looks good!
    This post is getting me in the mood for holiday prep! : )

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  26. It has been awhile since you posted this. DId you get a long arm machine?? What fun that will be for you!!!!

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