Weather-wise, it was a crazy day in the Sacramento area--probably most of Northern California, in fact. At the office, our power was out for about 40 minutes this morning, and we were hoping to be sent home; no such luck, though, because the power came back on just as we were starting to think it never would. Streets flooded and trees came down. Crazy!
Tomorrow night I have to attend one of those dinner banquet/seminar things for work. I attend this one every year, and I'd say about three years out of five, we're in the middle of a big storm. In fact, a few years ago, several of our speakers from nearby counties couldn't make it because of flooded roadways. By the way, last year I posted a photo of the chicken dinner and compared it to psoriasis--someone commented, suggesting I was putting the "ick factor" in psoriasis. And yep, I ordered chicken again this year. When will I ever learn? Still, I've had their beef and it's terrible too. Oh, well, I'm not going for the food, that's for sure!
I didn't think I'd get any time to sew this week, but I've managed to do a little bit, working on a Schnibbles quilt. This is the pattern called Winter White and I'm using a line called Old Primrose Inn by Blackbird Designs. Darlene used the same line last week for another Schnibbles pattern called Two Bits. Want to see what I have so far? Keep in mind that this is just roughly slapped up on the design wall and I still have over half of the geese left to piece:
At first I thought I wanted the positions of the brown and blue geese reversed, but once I got these pieces up on the wall, with the brown next to the center squares, I decided to switch them. The border fabric I'll use is a blue from the line, so I thought keeping the blue geese toward the center of the blocks would balance better. Who knows, though? Sometimes it's hard to visualize until everything's done and up on the wall. What do you think about the position of the geese?
But no, that's not the question I wanted to ask at the beginning of this post. Here's what I was wondering: Do you Schnibble and, if so, what do you do with your leftover charms? Stuff them in with your scraps? Work them into the back of the quilt? Something else? Of course, we COULD make Tuffets, but I kind of like them made with the happier, brighter fabrics rather than these softer, darker ones. It seems that with most Schnibbles patterns and most charm packs, you end up with several leftover charms.
And that brings up another question: Do you do anything with the leftover PIECES of charm squares? Again, Tuffets come to mind, but not with these fabrics--at least, not for me. For this pattern, 45 charm squares are cut at 3-1/2", which leaves about 1-1/2" to be cut off each square around two edges. Those little strips could add up to SOMETHING, but I couldn't think what, so they're in my trash basket. Of course, I could pull them out if anyone has a good idea to suggest. I have enough scraps, though, so I hate to keep them when they're that small unless I have a purpose.
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