Friday, September 9, 2011

Schnibble'n Along . . . .

Are you a Schnibbler? I'm a Schnibbler!

Schnibbles are mini quilt patterns that use a couple of charm packs and a little yardage to make an amazing work of art and are the brain child of Carrie Nelson at Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

Two years ago, September 2009, Sherri at A Quilting Life and Sinta at Pink Pincushion started a little sew along called A Year of Schnibbles. (I know, can you believe it's the second anniversary of the "Year of Schnibbles!) ((I wonder if anyone besides Sherri and Sinta has participated each and every month, they deserve a legacy prize, or at a minimum, to be the first in the parade!))

I had only been blogging for a few weeks and was so excited to get to participate in my first sew along. The first Schnibbles for the sew along, "Winter White"!



Since that time I've made 4 Schnibbles, maybe I should say I used 4 Schnibbles patterns to create some quilts.

Carrie's "Winter White" finished at 34" x 34", mine, named "Eat More Pie" finished at almost twice that size! (see Lifetime Quilt #51 for more detail on "Eat More Pie")

Next up was "Cindy Lou Who", which finished at 33" x 33", I made my blocks bigger and added a few. (see Lifetime Quilt #52 for more detail on "One Star Two Star Red Star Blue Star" or click here to see the finished quilt on my bed)

I did make "Good Fortune" exactly as called for in the pattern but surrounded it with "Madeline" who I enlarged. (Lifetime Quilt # 59)

The main reason I kept tinkering with the patterns, besides the fact that I'm a nut who always has to be just a little different, I didn't have any place to hang those mini quilts. And even though I have 7 or 8 quilts stacked on one bed, one on top of the other, they are still bed quilts and serve a purpose. I just couldn't talk myself into making little quilts, even if they were adorable, if I didn't have any place to put them.

And it drove me crazy, what a great way to use up scraps, to experiment with fabric choices, to learn some new techniques, by making Schnibbles.


And while I was able to resist making Schnibbles, that didn't stop me from buying the patterns. They are like candy to me, a real treat! I love reading them, love finding out how they go together, love the math that makes up the designs. They're better than a Sudoku puzzle. Plus they are portable, I stick one in my purse and read it when I have a spare minute. I actually left Nash at the dentist's office. When the receptionist called to tell me I had left it behind, and wanted to know where she could buy the pattern, I just gave it to her. Once I've figured out the "man behind the curtain" I'm pretty much done with them. It's like those find the differences in two pictures puzzles, once you've figured it out, you're ready for the next one.

Well all that's changed! This summer I replaced the bedroom outfit in my guest room.


And I intentionally didn't order a mirror to go over the dresser, I'm filling that space with Schnibbles! What a perfect place to hang mini quilts, that dresser stretches out 66 inches long and Schnibbles usually run less than 40 inches square.

I just got the latest 6 new Schnibbles patterns in the mail and can hardly wait to make them all!



One of my favorite things about Sherri and Sinta's sew along is the monthly parade, where all the projects for that month are revealed. I just love seeing the same pattern made with different fabrics, I am always in awe of the projects that are in that parade and the fabric combinations that folks use. Well Carrie has created her own Full House Parade, click here to see this pattern using 4 different families of fabric and two different pattern sizes! House blocks in quilts always appeal to me, I have a few houses in a Thimbleberries Christmas quit, but this one is better, a whole little town!

This pattern is called "T stands for Thelma" I'm not sure why the cover says "Bibelot", the back of the pattern says bibelot is "a small object of curiosity", I'm not small but I am sometimes an object of curiosity. I'm going to make "T stands for Thelma", I hope you do too.


This is "insert snappy title here", maybe we could call it "Bibelot" and get the right name on "T stands for Thelma"


When I make this quilt I'm gong to hang it like this, because I think this is the way it's meant to hang.

"Summer Day" out of light, bright fabric, how about Fall Day out of Sandy Gervais, or Winter Day out of Countdown to Christmas or Spring Day out of Fig Tree, the possibilities are endless!!

These are the last two of the latest Schnibbles patterns, I've yet to read the directions but just know Carrie has come up with a clever way to make these complicated looking quilts go together easily.

Sinta and Sherri have decided that September is quilter's choice month. We can make ANY Schnibbles pattern we choose, I've been waffling on my choice for days now and have still not made up my mind. But as soon as James River Blues is done I'm starting on my Schnibbles, you'll just have to come back by to see which one.

I sure hope you participate in this month's Schnibbles parade too. To give you a little incentive I'm giving away 3 Schnibbles patterns of your choice to 3 folks who leave a comment or send me an email. New, old I don't care, which ever patterns call your name they will be coming to your house.

Any comment about Schnibbles will do, like how many you've made, why you've not made any, why you like Schnibbles, why you don't, your favorite (my favorite is Picnic) just share a little Schnibbles trivia and you're in. You have until 5 am, CST on Monday, September 12th to leave a comment, I'll announce the winner later that day.

Thanks for stopping by!

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67 comments:

  1. I am loving the Schnibbles "Full House" and know exactly where it should hang. I even have the fabric planned in my head.

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  2. I already made 14 Schnibbles, every month of the first year of Schnibbles, +...not yet quilted !
    I love to try different styles of fabrics / colours and have a special tab on my blog especially for Miss Rosie's patterns ! XO

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  3. & I thought I was the only person who collected them as patterns! I persuaded my local shop to stock them but have only made Madeline - & lots of tuffets, which are addictive :)
    Don't know when the new patterns will reach UK so maybe I'll get lucky?!
    Chris x

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  4. I haven't made my first one yet - though I do have a kit ready to go! I'm looking forward to seeing which one you pick - and how you're going to change it up. I know there must Thelma Twist in there somewhere!

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  5. Love reading what you will naming the new Schnibbles! It amazes me how many different Schnibbles patterns that Carrie has created!Her directions are wonderful and it is always interesting to read how she cuts the blocks. I have made 6 of her Schnibbles and just love them.

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  6. I'm like you - I really have no room for mini-quilts, but I do love those patterns. Perhaps if I won some, I would actually make them...and as you've shown, they can be made bigger.
    Ashtona@Hotmail.com

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  7. That's exactly the reason I have never made any of the Schnibbles or done any of the doll quilt swaps that are on the internet - I have no place to put them and no idea what else to do with them! Sounds like you have found a good solution to that problem!

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  8. I do love the Schnibbles but have yet to make one. They are really cute and would be a good way to try new techniques. Thanks for reminding me to add a pattern to my list of quilts to make. :)

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  9. I have yet to make a Schnibble but I do have the Schnibbles times two book. One reason is that I haven't seen a Schnibble pattern in real life (or on any of the online shops I buy from) and another reason is that charm packs (and fabric in general) is very expensive over here (about $15 for a charm pack, prints are around $17 - £20 a metre) but I'd love to try one, probably from stash rather than charm packs, though! It's hard to choose a favourite - all the others would feel left out!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. I'm still suffering through Honeycomb...didn't make the deadline and it seems there is some operator error (me) going on here. I love the Schibbles too..and like you, I love to see what Carrie comes up with next. :)

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  11. Ooh, I hope you make Spot or Doc. Those are just so darn cute!

    I know that lots of folks are hooked on Schnibbles. I may need to try one or two. I prefer smaller projects = greater sense of accomplishment.

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  12. Schnibbles are awesome!!! Love them! Great way to get a fabric fix! I've completed 8 Scnibbles so far! 7 small and one large from Schnibbles Times Two. I love each one more than the next!!! I can't believe I haven't gotten the latest 6 yet. That will have to change because the new ones look like the most fun yet!

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  13. I made my first Schnibble last year ("Scratch" from the "Times Two" book). I also gave "Honeycomb" and "Winter White" as gifts to a friend who said she was tired of making BAQ's (Big A** Quilts) so figured she'd love Carrie's mini quilt designs.

    My current fixation is on Leymoyne Star projects so I'd love "i.s.t.h" if you are willing to part with it!

    BTW: Loved your patriotic version of Cindy Lou Who!!

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  14. I love making Schnibbles. They are so addicting and a perfect way to get a wonderful fabric line out of your system. You know those lines that you just gotta have but don't really need a big quilt made out of it. I need to get busy and quilt all the Schnibbles I've made. I even have a perfect place to hang them in my house.

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  15. I haven't made any Schnibbles yet because, like you, I wondered what I would do with a 30" quilt (other than enjoy the creative process of making it). But I like both Spot (maybe for new baby coming to our extended family in early 2012) and Full House (enlarge slightly for quilt wall in kitchen).

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  16. I was late to the Schnibbles bandwagon, but I've bought several patterns since then. I'm in the process of making "Cindy Lou Who" for a friend using Odyssea. I'd love to win "Winter White", "Doc" and "Spot" if I'm chosen. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I saw Carrie's parade of homes yesterday - what fun. My favorite of yours is the Fortune one you surrounded by Madeline. So striking!

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  18. I love full house and really want to make it out of Sweetwaters Hometown. I have a couple of schnibbles patterns but have only made Reveille so far out of Spooktacular Halloween fabric and love everything about it.

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  19. What a fun post! I love Schnibbles patterns and have many patterns and the Times Two book, but other than lots of Tuffets, I haven't made any yet. I think I'm having a hard time picking one...I want to do them all! I know I can move on to another one, but picking that first one to start is hard! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  20. i am getting ready to do a cindy lou who as soon as i decide if i want to make it larger

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  21. I love these patterns. I'm a newbie to quilting and I hope they aren't all above my skill level. I'm willing to try!

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  22. I've made several schnibbles, they are so much fun to work on and challenge myself with, they are great little in between projects.

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  23. I have made two Schnibbles and I love them BOTH!! I would love to make more!! Thanks for the chance to win more patterns!! I have lots of wall space!!haha
    Take care and have a wonderful weekend!
    Paulette

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  24. I have several Schnibbles patterns but haven't actually made one yet! I don't know what I would do with the small-size quilts as my girls are past the doll blanket age, I do not hang them on my walls, and my kitchen table is never clear enough to decorate with one.

    I love the pattern, Nash. Mostly because of the name. Steve Nash is one of my favorite basketball players!

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  25. I have not made any! But...Doc is calling my name. Definitely on my list.

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  26. Gosh, I'll have to go and look at the patterns! I love Scnibbles but haven't made any yet even though I've collected a few of their patterns (thanks to you - :O). I do have Recess sitting on the cutting board so that will be my first attempt at one, and I know that I won't be able to stop there.

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  27. I've never made a Schnibble pattern before, but I'm pretty sure I have one around here somewhere! Summer Day sure is pretty. Hmmm...I think I have a spare charm pack or two laying around here too!

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  28. I have just started collecting these patterns and have a few. I would love more!

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  29. I bought Carrie's book Schnibbles Times Two and like you, I am not sure what I would do with a small quilt(or many small quilts). Short Story is the quilt that I have marked to do first and the perfect fabric would be Ruby by Bonnie and Camille.

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  30. I have made a few of the Schnibbles but also love to collect the patterns. I like to take them along as retreat projects because they don't take up a lot of room when packing things up.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  31. Oh I sure hope you aren't going to want your saltbox "scraps" back! I do have plans for them, just not the time yet. I sure do like that pattern with all the flying geese on it. I may have to do something like this with those scraps.
    Like you, I seem to make this bigger because they are more useful and because I don't have wall space. But somethings you just need to work on something small that'll get done in a week.
    Good luck!

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  32. I think these look like fun, I have not tried any of them. However I do have a large stash that i could use up trying : )

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  33. Cute idea of how to use your little quilts! Thanks!

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  34. How fun to see your new bedroom furniture! I like it a lot, and think your idea to hang a Schnibbles over the dresser is brilliant. I just may join in this month and make a new Schnibbles pattern. I love making them, and better yet, they are fun for me to quilt myself.

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  35. I haven't made any of them yet but I'm going to start one as soon as the weather cools off. My sewing room is just too hot right now so I'm behind on everything sewing related. I'm not sure which, though. I'm like you - I love them all. Sometimes it's the pattern itself, other times I notice it because of the fabrics she chose. But I'm definitely a Schnibbles groupie!

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  36. I AM a Schnibbler, thanks to YOU! In May I won your giveaway of six patterns and two charm packs. I had such fun putting together
    "Brocante" (http://imkeepingbusy.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-green-quilters-update.html)

    Now I love love love your idea of doing "Summer Day" in autumn colors!

    prjule at gmail cot com

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  37. I loved this post Thelma!~ and I will forever think of Bibelot as T stands for Thelma now. :-) I've been making Schnibble's since the beginning of Sherri and Sinta's little group. Yup, I've made everyone~ but everyone did not grow up to be a wall hanging... some had minds of their own and turned into placemats, pillows and purses! :-o They have all been a lot of fun! Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to win a few of the patterns.

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  38. I would love a chance to win the CINDY LOU pattern.

    I love your new bedroom furniture in the guest room and mini quilts will be just perfect about that long dresser

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  39. These are the cutiest quilts ever. I would love to win.

    Sharon Didio

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  40. I'm in love with the Schnibbles patterns. I don't have any of the individual patterns but I own Carrie's first book and I have pre-ordered the second one that will be coming out any day now. I can't wait!

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  41. First quilt I ever tried to make was a Card Trick. As a new quilter all those little triangles were a nightmare! Ended up throwing the whole mess away. Would love to win a copy of Doc to see how Miss Rosie does it.

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  42. I have been wanting to do some Schnibbles, what a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

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  43. I really like Spot and Doc from her new patterns. I've made several patterns from Schnibbles, including participating in your quilt along! I too think the pattern should be T for Thelma!

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  44. I love Schnibbles-Carrie is so talented!! My favorite pattern is Good Fortune. Thanks so much for the fun giveaway.

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  45. I've never made any Schnibbles, although I've admired yours! (And I'm sure T is for Thelma is the correct name too!) Spot is calling my name, but I am so buried under all my UFO's it is just a faint whisper--for now.

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  46. Ya know, I really love all of the Schnibbles patterns but I've always thought that "Schnibbles" sounded like a really good snack food...I'm just sayin! The only one I have made so far is Decoy, but I fell in love with Good Fortune and Madeline the first time I saw the patterns...I have a thing for stars, LOL. I've been away from sewing for over a year now due to health but I finally got back into my sewing room about two weeks ago and have just been doing 'instant gratification' projects. But now I'm looking for a nice table topper for my kitchen table and I think a Schnibbles would fit the bill perfectly. Especially Good Fortune or Madeline. I'd really like to make four seasonal toppers to change out through the year. Think of the possibilities Schnibbles offer!!! (they really do sound delicious, don't they?)Hugs...

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  47. I recently discovered Schnibbles and don't have a pattern yet but absolutely love Madeline. I'm not sure what fabric selection I would use but I think it would look good in most any color palette. Not a Scnibble, but another pattern of Carrie Nelson's that I discovered is Scarlet Begonias and I am going to have to track that one down - it really speaks to me!
    Linda Kay

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  48. I love Schnibbles!! I too started making Schnibbles and made 7 or 8 of them. Then we had a big move, and then I had a fall, which hindered me from any quilting for months :-( So I was not able to continue with the little projects. I love that T stands for Thelma!!! And I love Carrie's patterns ;-)

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  49. I have not made a Schibbles quilt yet, but I have a couple in the que, just waiting to finish a couple of other projects first! It's been fun seeing the parade of quilts each month. I hope I can add mine to the mix this month! Summer Day, doc, and spot are on my list to purchase next!

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  50. I love the Schnibble patterns because of the price. It's such a bargain. If you really like the design, just make more of the blocks. They are SO popular at the quilt shop I work at and for the same reasons, I think.

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  51. Do you think we ought to start a group...I'll start...."Hi, my name is Mary from Quilt Hollow, and I have a Schnibble Addiction." Oh yes...they are very addictive. Please, please include me in the drawing.

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  52. Schnibbles are fun to collect and even more fun to make. Hurray to Carrie for creating them.

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  53. I love, love, love Schnibbles! I like them because they are so cute, but also because I like doing small projects and changing them out in my house. I also think charm packs are so delicious and this is one of the best ways I've found to use them. I've made 5 or 6 of the patterns including one from the Schnibbles Times Two. I doubled the recipe and used four layer cakes to make a quilt for my son's wedding.
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  54. I haven't made a Schnibbles pattern yet, but would love to. And I'm thinking that Schnibbles would make great Christmas gifts. So maybe that's the purpose for some Schnibbles! My favourites of the newest patterns are Doc and Spot. I look forward to seeing which of the six you make first.
    Debbie R.

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  55. I love making the Layer Cake Schnibbles they are so fun and just the perfect size for snuggling. I am so excited for the new book.

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  56. Oh Thelma - I LOVE all the Schnibbles too! I've done several and I even combined a small X-rated in the middle of a large -rated one to make a bed sized quilt! I can't wait for Carrie's new book to arrive. I know there will be a ton of new inspiration.

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  57. I love Carrie's Schnibbles patterns, although I'm not sure why I haven't made any--probably because I like them so well I can't choose!

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  58. I really started to notice the Schnibbles patterns when I bought the home I'm living in now because of the areas in which I could hang them. I haven't started on my Schnibbles yet...that is going to be my winter project. I would be delighted to add three of your patterns to my new home :o)

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  59. I have a three Schnibbles patterns, but have yet to make one. Like you, I haven't had a place to showcase smaller quilts. But time to dive in! If I won three more they would have to be Sweet Spot, Good Fortune and Nice Day. Thanks for a great post and for highlighting these fun patterns.

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  60. I bought the Schnibbles Times Two book and haven't made a thing from it yet! I am a high school math teacher and enjoy looking at the patterns and figuring out the math just as much as I do the actual sewing. I would love to win more Schnibbles patterns since we have long winters where I live in Pennsylvania and my goal is to crank out several Schnibble size quilts :-)

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  61. I am a schnibbler, too! I am amazed at how much detail these little quilts have - and they are really fun to put together. I would like to try Doc -maybe because it is pictured in Hometown fabrics and my Hometown charm squares have been calling my name lately!

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  62. I love snibbles!! The attention to detail is amazing. I have made a Dow Jones out of Minnick&simpson and Simpson fabric. I would love to make Cindy Lou Who out of Christmas fabric. Summer Day is calling my name too. I LOVE your red & white quilt,it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

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  63. I love all the schnibbles! It would be impossible to pick a favorite. I am starting my first schnibble project- It is Hot Cross. Reading your blog has got me hooked on Carrie Nelson. I am also making the "wild air" big quilt after seeing it on your blog.

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  64. I have made one schnibbles. I love the patterns that Carrie comes out with. Our local quilt shop doesn't carry them or I would make more.

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  65. I have not made a Schnibbles quilt yet but have made 3 of Carrie's large quilts...Elizabeth, Stella Blue and Cracked Pots. They are wonderful patterns.

    Theresa W

    foleywestrup(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  66. I haven't yet made a quilt from a Schnibbles pattern, but I just recently bought the book Scnibbles Times Two. There are so many great patterns in it. I can't decide which one to make first, so I think I'll start at the beginning and work my way through. Should be fun!

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  67. What a fun post Thelma...
    first of all I have to say, "HI, my name is Sinta and I am a Schnibbler. I have been Schnibbling for 2 years now".
    I am taking out my Bibelot pattern right now, crossing out the title and replacing it with Thelma! O.K., done. Perfect!
    Can't wait to see the Wall of Schnibbles evolve!

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