Monday, August 24, 2009

Stress Relief

Last Friday was kind of a busy, stressful day. Nothing major happened, but when you only get 3 hours of sleep (don't know why I couldn't sleep)...anything is bound to cause stress. So I told my older daughter who is home on summer break that I thought some sewing would make me feel better. Off I went to my sewing room to use my little scraps of Mill House Inn to make a Tuffets pincushion (a Schnibbles pattern by Carrie). I had so much fun making this pincushion...I think I need to make more. And the terrific thing about this pattern is that it really does use just small scraps...scraps so small you might not even think of saving them...so don't throw any fabric you love away if you're going to make this pattern! I used crushed walnut shells for the filling (thanks Nanette)! And let me tell you, once you stuff a pincushion with crushed walnut shells you'll never want to use anything else (the best place to buy crushed walnut shells is in the bird section of a pet food store)! Saturday was kind of busy and stressful too...so of course my daughter suggested I go make another pincushion...unfortunately, I haven't had time yet...but maybe today!

One great thing about Saturday was that I got a quilt back that had been away from home for over a year. I'm just going to show a few sneak peaks of a few of the blocks today. After I get the binding on I'll get a couple of people to hold it up outside so I can get a good picture of the whole thing...

The quilt is called Pieces of Baltimore by Pam Bono. And pieces there are! I sort of got obsessed interested in how many pieces were in each block after making the first one. According to my calculations there are 3,600 pieces in this quilt. I finished it about a year ago, and everything I've made since has been a breeze...I guess because I haven't made any blocks since then that have over 300 pieces!



Oh, and here is my Gobble Gobble that I've been playing with. I've wanted some fun Thanksgiving placemats for a couple of years...and I'm finally getting to them!
Now, just a note about the "A Year of Schnibbles" club...the response has been fantastic--I believe we have over 50 members so far! Thanks so much! We are busy compiling lists with e-mails and blogs and working on the schedule of patterns. Sinta has started putting names on her sidebar, and I will get mine up by the end of the week. We have some terrific sponsors who will be offering the patterns and kits as well. We've also had some questions about shipping internationally which shouldn't be expensive at all since Schnibbles patterns are so small and lightweight. Also, feel free to join in even if you won't be able to make all 12 Schnibbles quilts...you can enter in on the months that work for you!
Hope you have a wonderful day...and if you do happen to get stressed...make a pincushion!

52 comments:

Nedra said...

Your Pieces of Baltimore is AMAZING! WOW!

Dawn Heese said...

Your quilt is gorgeous, and I love the pincushion. I am a pincushion freak anyway. I only use the walnut shells myself.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Sherri, I pretty much save every little bit of scrap. So no problem there. Your quilt is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the whole thing. Wow!!

Trisha said...

I love your quilt, it is amazing. I can't wait to see the whole thing. Cute pincushion, I am going to try that walnut shells idea. I am so excited about the Schnibbles club. I can't wait to get started.

Kate said...

Your quilt is AMAZING. I have never made anything that complex; but I am working on a double wedding ring now (that has been in progress for about 7 years!) I'm determined to finish it now though. It was originally for my daughter's wedding; her 6th anniversary is coming in Sept and I would LOVE to give it to them. Thanks for sharing your work!

LyndaG said...

I have made two of the pincushions with others in the wings - and I fully agree with the stress relief. Plus it is just fun to see them around the house in my sewing spots. Kudos on your quilt... it is a lovely piece of art.

Kaaren said...

Amazing quilt, Sherri. I can't wait to see the whole quilt.

Aren't those pincushions the greatest? I made similar ones for the ladies in my stitching group and they were just thrilled.

Carrie P. said...

Thanks for th info about the walnut shells. I was actually thinking about ordering some off the internet but now I will check our pet stores first.
Your quilt is beautiful so far.

Candace said...

Can't wait to see the whole quilt, Sherri - it is stunning! I'm playing with Gobble Gobble, too - such fun fabric!
Cheers!

Lauren said...

Raegan and I got together today and ordered some Christmas fabric from Moda! We were thinking about you so I thought I'd better say hello!

Stina said...

Love the little pincushion.. sooo cute.. will keep you word in mind... if you get stressed..make a pincushion !!! :o)

Cisca said...

Your Pieces of Baltimore is gorgeous! And the pincussion is cute, thanks for the tip of crushed walnuts and where to buy them. I saw myself eating a lot of them first!
Quiltgreetings, Cisca

Karen said...

The pin cushion is something I would like for my collection. Looks easy enough.
I don't know if I still have the book of Pam Bono's with that quilt design. The number of pieces would be overwhelming to cut all at once and try to keep track of!

Quilt Hollow said...

Your quilt looks wonderful...can't wait to see it all in full glory! So...walnut shells were easy...I'll get me some. I wasn't sure but if you say so...

Ann's blog said...

Your Baltimore pieces are abssolutely beautiful, great colours. Your pincushion is so cute!

Lisa D. said...

Your pincushion is very cute and your Pieces of Baltimore is fantastic - I can't wait to see the full picture of it!

Kathy Wheeler said...

Holy Cow Sherri!!!! I am not waiting for you to post your picture, I must drop by and see that quilt. It looks like Andrea did her magic! Worth the wait???? KJW

Mary L. said...

What an amazing quilt. Can't wait to see the full picture.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've always wanted to make some kind of thanksgiving quilt. Maybe next year? Cute fabric. Your quilt you got back after a year? is oh my gosh amazing! Sherri you always surprise and delight. The pincushion is so cute too. Think of what a great gift it would make. The walnut shells are great.

Stephanie said...

What a cute little pincushion. Gorgeous quilt and the quilting looks just as gorgeous.

Julia said...

Your quilt is gorgeous,would love to see the whole thing..
great pincushion..I've never heard of walnut shells to stuff it..

Annette said...

Beautiful quilt! I have the pincushion pattern. It is adorable.

merumo said...

Lovely Pincushion! I agree with the crushed walnut shells are really nice filling. I learned that one from BBD on their workshop last year and ever since can't use anything else :) You can find it at the bird section at the pet supply store... Your Baltimore blocks are so beautiful!!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Oh what a pretty pincushion and I love your quilt blocks and some of the other things I seen on your site as I was looking for your followers box--I added myself to it and have added your site to my blog list sites so I can keep up with you and the Schnibbles Club!!!! hugs, just, Di

Kathy said...

I made 3 of the Tuffets so far and they are beautiful!!!!! Come to think of it they are stress busters. So long Zoloft!!!! :-)

Michell said...

Your quilt looks wonderful...can't wait to see it all in full glory!

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Terriaw said...

My kind of stress relief! Your pincushion is so elegant looking. And the blocks in your Baltimore quilt are so intricate and elegant too. What an impressive project! I bet you were ecstatic when it came back to you.

Material Mary said...

Totally in love with the pieces of Baltimore...gorgeous!! you did a beautiful job!!
Mary

Loris said...

I love your pincushion...very beautiful! I have a question about the walnut shells...do you make an inner lining for them or just pour them in before the last stitches on the pincushion edge. I bought some for a friend to use and don't really know what to tell her about the actual filling. Thanks for the tip about where to buy them.

Thimbleanna said...

Busy, busy over here. I can't wait to see all of that baltimore quilt -- it looks gorgeous!

Joanna from Fresh Figs said...

I need stress relief like you wouldn't believe and i NEED one of those pincushions. So... could you get right on that stress relief and send one right on over here :-)?

Happy Sewing,

Joanna

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

Love those blocks! Hope you get up out of that funk soon! I hate feeling out of sorts...

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Walnut shells! who knew! thanks for the tip! That's some quilt you made! the piecing is amazing! and placemats, yep, that's on my list to do one of these days too! can't wait to see yous!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love the pincushion...and the Pieces of Baltimore, that is totally awesome....very nice fabric range....hope you getting a lot more sleep now Sherri, 3 hours not enough..

w&v said...

V. here... cutest little pincushion. Wonderful quilt. I have decided lately I am liking lots of color with a white background. Very Traditional!! I have only heard of Schnibbles on your blog. Here in Albuquerque I have not seen any Schnibbles patterns in the stores. BUT I am going to see my daughter soon in ST G so maybe I 'll find some there.

Michelle said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. The quilting is just beautiful!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What a wonderfully and delightful blog you have! What a talented quilter you are! You should sell these darling pincushions in your Etsy store or right off your blog! I would buy one! I noticed we are of the same faith! Have a wonderful evening!

Hugs,
Maryjane

naoko said...

Gorfeous quilt!! I look foword to seeing the whole quilt.
All right,I'm getting stress,I'll try and make some Pin cushions!

Kim said...

I would like to do A year of schnibbles...

Kim

www.creatingbythelake.blogspot.com

dotti white said...

Your Baltimore Quilt is stunning! Thank you for sharing and for the fun pincushion! Love that! Sewing relieves stress for me, too! Have a wonderful day!

Brenda said...

Love the pincushion, I have started making them and you are right, crushed walnut shells are the best to use inside. I have been getting them at the LQS will have to check the pet sections.

belinda said...

Cute pincushion and I can't wait to see the WHOLE quilt.....did it take a year to get it quilted???

Brandy said...

All your quilts and needlework are gorgeous. I love the Quilter's Journey. Beautiful!!

an encourager said...

I hope this doesn't make me sound like I have a sick mind, but when I first pulled up your site and saw the word stress and all those pins stuck in a cushion... weeeellll, I thought you were using that cushion (and those pins) to get your aggression out. Hmmmm... from pin cushion to Pin Your Cares On the Tuffet?

Mel said...

Hi Sherri!
We did the Pieces of Baltimore at the shop I work at a few years ago as a BOM. It is very intense but amazing!

I love how you got it quilted!

Mel said...

Hi Sherri!
We did the Pieces of Baltimore at the shop I work at a few years ago as a BOM. It is very intense but amazing!

I love how you got it quilted!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Sherri, I can't throw anything away, so I have so many little scraps. I really want to join in, but I know it would be after October that I could do anything. Have to check off my list. Love the little pincushion.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

PS: Pieces of Baltimore, so much work and it turned out beautiful. Gotta be proud of that one.
Bonnie

ivoryspring said...

That quilt is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Christine said...

In browsing through your blog, I totally recognized the Pam Bono Pieces of Baltimore quilt. I have NOT seen once since I took it as a BOM class. Lotsa pieces!!?? You bet...All my blocks are made but I was so frustrated with it, I had to set it aside. I know it will be spectacular when I finally finish it. I never thought to count the pieces. But now I know!!

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Janet said...

Looking foward to seeing the whole quilt, it looks incredible. OPincushions and walnut shells go great together, love yours.