Sep 30, 2014

AYOS and a Little Bit More, September

I am so excited to be joining in on the fun of Another Year of Schnibbles and a Little Bit More!
I have always wanted to make a Schnibbles pattern, so I thought this would be my chance :)
The pattern for September is called "Whit" from the "Little Bites" line from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
"Little Bites" are packs of 2 l/2" squares from a line of fabric.
I used a charm pack (5" squares) from Moda called 1974 (the year I graduated from high school) Ha ha!!! by Urban Chicks.
There are three patterns, Whit No. 1, 2 and 3.
The reason I chose Whit No. 3, (Flying Dutchman) is because I had a busy month and the pattern only called for 128 2 l/2" squares as compared to 140 or 160, not including the background squares!!!
Below are 128 squares of background fabric...

Here are all of my 128 background squares cut in a neat little pile.

I neglected to take a photo of my charm square pack, but here is a sampling of what the color scheme is, without the yellows.

Here is my Whit pattern with a portion of my assembled, non trimmed flying geese.

Yay, a finished itsy bitsy 4 l/2" Flying Dutchman square.

Progress, all of my blocks are finished :)

This is everything layed out, ready to sew, and I need to make a larger design board!

I finished sewing all the blocks, posts and sashing, I just need to add the border.
This is a new color scheme for me, usually I sew with bright colors.
This color selection is more muted.

I added the border, but something is missing.  
I think it looks a little dull, and the quilt only measures 22" square.
I'm making this as a table topper for my daughter Rebecca's dining room table which is right next to her living room.
The dining room table sits on top of a jute rug, so that's why I chose Kona "stone" as the background.
The colors in the quilt are matched to the rug in my Rebecca's living room.

 I looked through my fabric stash and found this Michael Miller houndstooth which I think looks great on the quilt!
It adds some brightness or life, to the Kona "stone" which is a little dull.
The quilt or table topper, now measures 28" square.
It will look great on my daughter's dining room table which measures 53" square.  

I know the fabric I chose for the binding will also liven up the colors.
I don't have much in the lines of plum or teal, or berry.....
These are the fat quarters I pulled from my stash which are even remotely similar, but they don't work.
The colors don't blend.

I remembered my little collection of Denyse Schmidt fat quarters.
Denyse's colors are a little muted, and I love the medallion fat quarter with its greens and blues.
I would have loved a berry or plum but I'm still happy with this choice.
Rebecca has lots of blues in her living area, so this fabric will be great for the binding :)

Here's a hint of what the quilt will look like bound, but the quilting and binding will have to be shared in another post.
So many projects, so little time!  Ha ha!

Here's a photo of Rebecca's new living room rug.
I pulled the colors from it, along with the color from the blue couch and accessories.

If you would like to follow the parade of finished "Whit" quilts tomorrow, October 1st, go to Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life, or Sinta's blog, Pink Pincushion.
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  1. I love your Whit quilt! So often I go for the white background and when I see quilts like yours I also wish I'd chosen something different. I also like that used different fabrics for the cornerstones. Great colors!