Saturday, May 29, 2010

Schnibbles in a Schnibbles . . . . .

I finished my latest project last night, ahead of my end of month schedule, barely. It's a wonder, the way my month got started. But once I got working on Madeline my pace and my attitude improved.

When I started working on Madeline, I wasn't even thinking of Sinta and Sherri's A Year of Schnibbles Sew Along, but luckily for me the month of May is quilter's choice, and I chose
Madeline and Good Fortune.


So here's quilt #58 named Madeline's Good Fortune. It finished at 108 x 108



As you may remember, I started working on Madeline after seeing Nicole's bigger and better version of Madeline. We enlarged the blocks to finish at 11 /1/2 inches, Nicole went with a five blocks by five rows Bigger Madeline and my plan was to go with a seven blocks by seven rows Even Bigger Madeline for my king size bed.

Madeline was the Schnibbles pattern for January and I loved every one of those quilts in the parade, especially the ones made from Rouenneries fabric.

I had been saving my Rouenneries fabric for a lady of the lakes or ocean waves type of pattern. But when I received my fat quarter bundle of Rural Jardin, I decided those patterns would look even better if I used Rural Jardin, the blue from that family giving one of those projects more dimension. So between Nicole's pictures of Bigger Madeline and my recently freed up my Rouenneries fabric I was set to go to town on my Madeline.

So I made 30 of the blocks I needed for my original design of 49, and filled up my design wall. I liked every block I made better than the last. And even though I loved each block, I got to thinking a whole king size bed of those Madeline blocks would be a little plain, so I hit the internet looking for ideas.

I started with Carrie Nelson's blog, La Vie en Rosie, since she designed Madeline I thought perhaps she would have some ideas.

Then I stumbled across this Schinibbles . . .


and it was my "Good Fortune" that Carrie had earlier designed a pattern with the same look and feel as Madeline.

If I centered something in the middle of Madeline, I needed something that was 35 x 35, Good Fortune is 32 x 32! So I increased the size of the outer border and added a border and got this



The perfect compliment to Madeline. I think it looks lovely all by itself.

Good Fortune would make a wonderful center for any type of medallion quilt, just add any borders that suit you. This was a breeze to piece and finished exactly at the 35 x 35 size I needed.

I mitered corners for the the first time on my last quilt . . . .




and went the same route for Madeline's Good Fortune. But this time I went with a mitered double border. I had no troubles this go round and think I'm hooked on mitered corners.

I made Madeline's Good Fortune to actually use on my bed. I think once it's quilted it will be a perfect fit!


Next up, a few pillows and shams to match....oh and getting it quilted.....the sooner the better!!

Be sure to stop by the blogs of Sinta/Pink Pin Cushion and Sherri/A Quilting Life on June 1 to see all the wonderful Schnibbles.
With it being quilter's choice, it should be quite a show.

Thanks for stopping by,

Added Later: I have received so many requests for the yardage requirements for this project that I have decided to add them here. I've never written or designed a pattern, and pulled all the fabric I used for Madeline's Good Fortune from a stack of French General fabric (Rouenneries and Rural Jardin) that I owned, paying no attention to how much I used, this is my best guess.

3 yards of assorted lights for star backgrounds
5 yards of assorted gray fabrics for stars and setting triangles
5 yards of assorted reds and pinks for stars and setting triangles.
3 yards of fabric for border

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56 comments:

  1. oh my gosh thelma, you're a GENIUS! it's stunning!

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  2. VERY nice, especially the second one.... I love it!

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  3. What a brilliant idea! Your quilt is amazing!!

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  4. Wow! I really like this. I hope Carrie sees it!

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  5. Ok now I'm going to break in a steal that one!! Seriously if you didn't live half a continent away you would have to be worried! That is so incredibly gorgeous!

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  6. Fantastic! What a great idea to combine the two patterns into one design. I will be very impressive on your bed, especially after it is quilted.

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  7. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm working on a similar idea combining a smaller Schnibble inside a bigger one. Seeing how yours turned out is motivating me to get back to mine --

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  8. Stunning! Absolutely Stunning! I would not have thought of putting the Schnibble in the Schnibbles! That was genius! Love it.

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  9. Wow. what an incredible quilt! It is gorgeous!

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  10. I can't tell you enough how much I love this quilt. absolutely stunning! looks wonderfu lon your bed too! your coordinating of the patterns is amazing, like they were made for each other. wonderful

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  11. Love what you did with this quilt...it's amazing!

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  12. Thelma, this is gorgeous. Of course, red is a favorite color of mine. Using the 2 patterns together is brilliant! I never think of things like that.

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  13. It's wonderful!! What a great idea! The fabric is lovely!!
    Susanne

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  14. PERFECT!!!!! looks sooo pretty on your bed.
    congrats on a wonderful combination of 2 patterns :)
    Kathie

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  15. Oh, Thelma it's drop dead gorgeous - wow!!!! The combination of both patterns was a terrific idea. Love it!!!!

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  16. Thelma it is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!

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  17. Beautiful! I love it. Those two patterns go perfectly together and it so pretty on your bed.

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  18. You have a show stopper Thelma!! I'm jealous of your creative genius!!LOL

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  19. Thelma, you know I think you are brilliant. However, I also think that you have started something brand new in using a Schnibble as the center medallion in a larger quilt. Your quilt is a blue ribbon prize winner, for sure!

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  20. WOW, WOW, WOW....this quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I love it and love how you took the two and combined to make one stunning number! Loving this one for sure!!

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  21. Oh my goodness Thelma - this is gorgeous. I've been sitting staring at my bundle of that fabric and wasn't sure what to do with it. I was just going to make Madeline, but hate making smaller quilts - I like them bed sized. Can I steal your idea? I just love, love it!!!!!

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  22. Absolutely fabulous! Very creative!

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  23. Stunning! You are absolutely the best when it comes to fabrics with patterns. I can't seem to get out of the box with modifying a pattern, so this project just amazes me. Your blog is always so inspiring and is a quilt show itself. Beautiful work.

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  24. Thelma's Masterpiece is what it should be called.

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  25. I love it !! . . . I really like the idea of a center medallion . . . I've been working on creating something using English paper piecing and a center medallion . . . I hope mine comes out as nice as yours did . . .

    wonderful idea . . . just gorgeous !!

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  26. Great thinking and wow what a great quilt!!! I had originally planned an Elizabeth for myself, the one I'm making is a wedding gift.....what great inspiration! Thank you for sharing :)

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  27. The quilt is incredible! I love the idea of the quilt in a quilt. I am going to have to try this sometime.

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  28. What a wonderfully creative idea. The quilt is gorgeous and looks smashing on your bed!

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  29. Amazing! I can't wait to see it quilted!!!

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  30. Whoa! That is beautiful! Lovely and inspiring!

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  31. Stunning! I love the medallion Schnibbles and the narrow and wide borders you added. Just perfect and so, so pretty without being too feminine.

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  32. Wow...your quilt is beautiful on your bed!

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  33. Absolutely knocked my socks off, my friend. Very nicely done. A stunner, for sure!

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  34. Sensational quilt - love it to bits.

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  35. What a brilliant idea! I love what you did with it!

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  36. genius ... brilliant ... trendsetter ... knocked-off socks ... yep - i am TOTALLY sockless ... this one is amazing, Thelma

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  37. Thelma - absolutely exquisite! Your mind works brilliantly and your fingers execute it perfectly!!!

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  38. Beautiful fabric, beautiful quilt!!!

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  39. OMG! What a beautiful quilt! You did a fabulous job...it's just stunning!!!!

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  40. My jaw is on the floor… seriously! This quilt is beautiful, stunning… I love it. The colors are so pretty. I think the thing that really makes it is the Good Fortune as the center, it looks so cool. Great job, you will love crawling into bed and staring at it :D

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  41. It's absolutely beautiful! Such a creative solution to super-sizing Madeline -- I can only imagine your excitement when you had that 'ah ha!' moment to add Good Fortune to the center of the quilt. Brilliant!

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  42. LOVE IT!! I want to make Madeline for my bed, now you've given me something else to add to it!

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  43. Just popped in for the first time. Your quilt is amazing. It's so much fun to meet new people. I'll be back - you are very talented.

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  44. It's absolutely gorgeous. I love the combination of the two patterns. gorgeous.

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  45. Beautiful quilt and a wonderful idea of combining the two designs.

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  46. A wonderful quilt. I like that you combined two designs together to come up with a third new design. Your fabric choices bring it all together.

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  47. Thelma - this is fabulous! What a terrific idea. I just made regular Madeline in Rouenneries and I love it, but this version is simply amazing!

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  48. Wow! Stunning quilt! Love how you combined the two patterns. One of the best quilts I've seen in some time.

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  49. This is so cool - I can't wait to see it quilted!

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  50. This may be the most beautiful quilt I've ever seen! I love both of these patterns, what a great idea to put them together! So impressed that you finished them so quickly! I'm in awe of all you accomplish.

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  51. Thelma that is just gorgeous! I love how you combined the patterns and I love the fabrics you chose! Great job!

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  52. Thelma that is just amazing! Everything about it is just gorgeous - the fabric, the combined patterns.

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  53. I found your blog by following links, and I must say that I'm not surprised you had so many requests for yardage on this quilt. It is a beautiful piece of quiltiness, and your idea to combine the 2 schnibbles was inspired! I agree with the earlier commenter who called it Thelma's Masterpiece! Enjoy!

    Hazle

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  54. This is so stunning! You are very talented. I would love to make this.

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