Saturday, July 03, 2010

My first Schnibble!

My birthday was a couple of weeks ago - and my sweet husband bought me two new quilting books. The first was Schnibbles Times Two . The book features Carrie Nelson's adorable Schnibbles as well as a larger version of the quilts. The Schnibbles use charm packs and the larger versions use layer cakes. I had a couple of spare charm packs sitting around so I whipped up this little table topper for my mom for her birthday. It measures about 24"x36". It went together very quickly and turned out adorable. I have plans to make many more of these! In fact I already started on the flying geese units to make the larger version. The other book I received was Amish Abstractions - which I can't wait to spend some quality time with!

I just got home from a week at my parents house. On Tuesday, my sister, niece, daughter and I got to have a girls' day out. We drove up to Bowling Green, Kentucky and had lunch at a cute place called Chaney's Dairy Barn and of course we had to indulge in some of their yummy ice cream! We then drove on up to Whittle's Fabrics - where we each ended up with some fabric - some of us more than others! Maddie and Abby ended up with a fat quarter pack and Naomi chose a turnover. I, on the other hand, found about 10 yards of beautiful background fabrics. After Whittle's, we went to Hobby Lobby and Barnes and Noble. We had a wonderful day!

On Wednesday, Mom and I had a sewing day! I had to wrestle with her old New Home sewing machine. It didn't have a quarter inch foot and kept pulling everything to the left - but I did manage to get a big pile of flying geese made. This is the machine my niece sews on so I am hoping to find a new foot for her. Mom managed to finish piecing the top for Maddie's quilt. Mom is making and hand quilting a quilt for each of the grandkids. Maddie's is the last one she needs to do - which Maddie finds appalling because she is the oldest grandchild.

Thursday was the perfect memory-making day. First of all -the weather was amazing with the high being around 80. After a month of above 90 days, 80 degrees was wonderful. We had the windows open and the A/C off! Papa and Ian went fishing all morning. Maddie and I went to watch my niece's gymnastics class. In the afternoon, Papa flew kites with the kids. We had grilled brats and fresh corn planned for dinner. The weather was so beautiful that me and my sister hauled the dining room table out onto the back deck - thankfully only about 10 feet away! For dessert we had a blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. The cousins and Naomi spent the night with us.

Now to spend a week with Maddie - while Ian enjoys another week with Grams and Papa and the cousins! Next Friday we will meet up and switch out Maddie for Ian.

Have a great 4th of July!