Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Schnibbles and a contest

Sinta and Sherry announced a new Schnibbles for April, but because I was away on an extended vacation, I was not able to get to it.
Mr. O and I arrived home on Sunday evening, with just 2 days to spare in the month of April. That meant, I could waste no time getting down to my quilting studio, but....
There were suitcases to unpack, groceries to shop for, laundry to do, 2 1/2 months of mail to tend to, appointments in town, and various other things that were demanding attention as well. What's a girl to do?

Well, it was full steam ahead on Monday and by late afternoon, I was able to get down to my studio and cutting table. and fire up my machine and get at it.
Our April project is Carrie Nelsons "Hat Trick". Thank goodness the pdf patterns are available on line!
I had no shortage of fabric to pick from, but with a deadline looming, I decided to forego the  scrappy look I had intended, and used a couple of charm packs I had stashed away. I managed to find some matching yardage from a different line and we were off to the races.
I was only about an hour into the project when I received an email from my Schnibbles partner; Sue, with a picture of her finished Hat Trick quilt top! That was all the inspiration I needed to work quickly! I mean, if Sue was in the parade, then so was I...we were partners, weren't we?

Sue made her "Hat Trick" with civil war repros. For me it was love at first sight! I find I am more and more drawn to the civil war fabrics and this was no exception. Great job there Partner!
By bedtime Monday night I had about 3/4 of my 9 patches made, but I knew we had a busy day today so I really could pull an "all-nighter".
I woke at 5 am and contemplated getting up to so for a couple hours, but decided against it. When I woke again at 7, I headed to my machine for a couple hours before showering and leaving for errands in town. Mr. O had an appt at the dentist and so we didn't get back home until about 2:30. Groceries to be put away and a few other things done and then I was back at my machine...time was my enemy! By midnight the top was pieced, sandwiched and mostly quilted and by 1:40 am the binding was on and sewn down by hand!

I present you...Hat Trick!
Pattern by Carrie Nelson, Fabric is Wild Rose by Blackbird Designs, piecing and quilting by Moi.
There is nothing like a deadline to get me moving! I often joke  that if it wasn't for the last minute I wouldn't get anything done!
I am looking forward to the Parade tomorrow, be sure to check it out!
Now on to the contest...we had a wonderful trip and saw many amazing things, but I stopped at a quilt shop or two while I was away and I gathered up a few things while I was away. I thought it might be nice to put together a package for a little contest. It is a bit late tonight to gather everything together, but maybe tomorrow I can get a pic of the prize.
Earlier, I said to pay attention, there might be questions asked; well here is the question.
We left home on Feb.16 and arrived home on April 28.
We travelled through 20 states and 4 provinces.


You have until Sunday evening 10p.m. Atlantic time to leave your answer in the comment box, or email me your answer. I will announce the winner on Monday May 6.

The prize will go to the closest guess (above or below)

Tomorrow I hope to have photos of some of my quilty purchases all piled together as well as another fun purchase that Mr. O made.

Y'all come back ya hear; and bring a friend!

"Happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the road."
Sol Gordon


Sue W. said...

Well....when you get your steam going, it gets going.....finished you say???? Well that puts me to shame!!!
Good for you - it looks great! Welcome back.....I can't believe that it's finished....though I shouldn't be surprised.

JoAnne said...

I can't believe that you not only got your top done, but you quilted and bound it, too! I love both yours and Sue's. This is going to be an amazing parade. I'm emailing you my guess.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Wendy, I know you had a wonderful trip because I followed your steps all the way and sure did enjoy it. Sorry your granddaughter got sick and hope she is feeling much better. What a scare for everyone. See you at the next meeting. Have a good day! Pauline Morrison

Barb Gibney said...

I love your april schnibbles...and oh what a surprise to see that you just thrive on working under pressure. I must say I did notice what time this was posted...sleep sleep sleep today girl or you are going to run out of steam! LOL and oh ya my guess has been emailed to you! Welcome home!

Jackie said...

Whoo, you came back in a full swing to get things done!!! I can't beleive how much energy you have, for some reason I've been traveling silently with you guys and I am too "poopted" to do anything.... WELCOME BACK, even if it's just for a short visit..Lol.. Again what beautiful work, both you and Sue !

Barb Gibney said...

oh ya and I love your little free motion squiggle down the two side strips..I'm gonna steal that idea! thanx!

Carrie said...

You did all that traveling and you STILL finished a quilt? Ugh.

I feel like such a slacker. :)

Both quilts are gorgeous - congratulations and good job to both of you!

Glad you're home safe and sound... if a bit tired. :)

Nicole said...

Finishing Hat Trick really was like pulling a rabbit out of your hat! It is amazing that you got that done. Love the results and you have have a top you will enjoy forever.

Barb Gibney said...

Heh sis...could I join in on the schnibbles 2013 parade, or is it too late????

Sarah said...

Whilst a trip is good, you must be relieved to be home after so long. And straight into it, that's what I like to see! Your Hat Trick looks great! Good job under pressure. I'm too late for the contest, and I don't know the dimensions of the USA and Canada, but I guess 15256km!

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