It's official. I'm hooked on Schnibbles! I'm sure you've heard of them by now...cute little patterns made with charm packs or charm size squares. I've always admired the little quilts and even have plenty of patterns and books, but they were just put in that "some day" category. I finally made my first one last month, which you probably remember was called Plan C. I found out about the Schnibbles Parade held by A Quilting Life and Pink Pincusion and decided to join in! Each month a different pattern is selected and for March the pattern is "Hook." How appropriate...because I'm completely "hooked" on Schnibbles. :)
|"Hook" from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co|
First thing to do...pick fabric! I did not have two matching charms packs (I think most of the patterns use two), so I needed to turn to my "stash" to find something. I had this nice little stack of blues and greens leftover from the 2012 Quiltville Mystery quilt called "Easy Street," and decided it was time to use 'em up!
Most were FQ size or a little less, so I ironed them up and cut them into 5" squares...and added a few 2", 2.5", and 3.5" strips to my bins as well. The best part is, they are cut and ready to be used and not stuffed in a box anymore!
This pattern looks complicated...and it is complicated to a degree. But...if you follow the very well written directions, it's not difficult at all! I was really pleased with how well it came together. A 60 degree ruler is a must! Here are all my stars...or half stars rather. The directions have you assemble in rows as opposed to blocks, but that technique makes it possible to avoid any Y seams and that's a very good thing!!
Ta-da! I'm so pleased with the end result! I'm not used to using so much "white." I'm usually drawn to neutrals that are off white or tan...so I wasn't sure how I'd like all the WHITE! But it turned out fine! I think it will make a nice baby quilt for a sweet little boy.
Of course, I tried to get an outdoor picture...but once again, the wind is a blowin'! This picture gives an idea of all the seams! So many seams! And most are pressed open! I love the little checkerboard border...
There were only two things I tried to control with the colors...I wanted all the blue "blades" pointing the same way...but you'll see that I rotated 2 or 3 of them. I also wanted each block to have a blue and a green...but you can see here that didn't work! LOL But then after I sewed this one together, I kind of like the two-tone version!
I think this block is the culprit...I think that darker color was one of my "greens," but somehow it got sewn together as a blue. Oh well...I wasn't willing to change it at that point. Once again, no one will likely notice if I would just stop pointing out my booboos!! :)
I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to quilt this one...I have a few others in the queue that must get done. We don't have any babies coming in the near future, so it'll be okay if this one sits for a while. I do have lots more blue and green charms...I think I'm going to make a couple disappearing 9 patch quilts with those, so stay tuned!!