Monday, March 31, 2014

What a week!

The last 8 days have been crazy busy! I have been to 2 quilt shows, visited Bryce Thompson Arboretum, prepared and taught a scrappy class for our park guild (including making 19 kits, and sample blocks in various stages), spent a 14 hour day quilting with our guild and then with my sister Barb. We were invited out two evenings for supper, went to a concert of Il Divo. I also finished my Schnibbles, HOOK, and packed everything up in ready for our journey home. Oh yeah and somewhere along the way I picked up a honey of a cold!
By far the hardest thing was finishing HOOK!

If you read the back cover of Carrie's pattern she says," trust me! It isn't nearly as complicated as it might appear."
Well that's true, I wouldn't say it was complicated, but only because Carrie has done all the "figurin'. It always amazes me how she comes up with the math to turn 5" charms into such patterns.

But if you read on, she says,"the biggest challenge is picking fabric. Once you've got your fabric,it's just a little strip piecing and then some cutting of triangles. Those triangles are sewn together to make rows, a few edges are straightened and borders added, And then it's done." 
I know a 60degree ruler would have made things easier but I didn't think I would make use of it afterwards so I opted to use the 60 degree lines on my rulers. This probably slowed things a bit, but I found this to a very labour intensive project. All the cutting, pressing seams open is much more time consuming, and all the piecing!
Oh dear! It looks good but all I can say, is this...I WOULD RATHER GIVE BIRTH THAN MAKE ANOTHER ONE!

Have a look...

It will not get quilted until we get back home, but Sue on the other hand got her Hook completely finished

She even made a couple matching candle mats! I'm sure you recognize the fabric. It is Countdown to Christmas. I have lost track of how many projects she has made with this fabric line but I know it is more than one! Well done Sue!

I'm curious to see how many entries in this months parade... Be sure to check Sherry and Sinta's blogs on parade day.   and

FOR SALE: 1 Schnibbles Hook pattern, only used once. (Not likely to be used again!)lol

Sorry Carrie, your pattern is great but apparently my piecing skills are not equal to the task, or my patience has grown thin, or maybe, one HOOK per household is all that's needed, but whatever the reason, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is my one and only HOOK!


Brenda said...

This pattern looked to hard for me. I didn't think I would be able to make it. Looking forward to seeing what next month's project is. Your Hook looks very nice.

Lisa D. said...

Your Hook turned out great! I agree, this wasn't the easiest pattern, but it sure turned out cute.

Barb H said...

You did a great job on the Hook piece. I think it is well worth all the effort but I won't be trying it.

Sinta Renee said...

I love your Hook... it is beautiful Wendy! It was a harder pattern than most of the other Schnibbles... but well worth it! Yours turned out great and I love Sue's version with the black background! Gorgeous!!!

Linda H said...

Wow Wendy, you have been busy!! Hope you're still taking good care of that finger and not working it too hard! lol
Your Hook is lovely, as is Sue's. You two are very committed to Schnibbles, or should I say addicted? haha

Judy said...

Your Hook came out great! But I do agree with you this one was a challenge!

JudyCinNC said...

It all started with Step for me and it never got any better. I do wonder if perhaps the paper-pieced pattern would have been more successful. Oh Well!!! Love your color choices in your One and Only Hook - that will be the name of mine - Hook, Line and Sinker One and Only. lol Sue's black background is stunning and a real winner. Judy C in NC

Dee said...

Very funny! I appreciate the honest assessment of the pattern. I bought it, but didn't get a chance to make it for the parade. It's still on my to-do list, but I'll have to make sure I have plenty of time and patience before I start. Your quilt looks great though, so obviously your skills were up to the challenge. I also love Countdown to Christmas and like the black background on Sue's too.

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