Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tic Tac Toe...

Two quilts in a week.  That must be a record for me.  My machine has certainly been humming lately.  I wasn't sure if I would make the deadline, but I've just managed to finish Tic Tac Toe in time for the Schnibbles parade on June 1st.  This is the last parade Sherri and Sinta are hosting before taking a break for the summer.

The pattern is X-Rated by Carrie Nelson and is in the book Schnibbles Times Two.  I actually pieced the top last November, but it's been sitting in an ever growing pile waiting to be quilted.  This was just the push I needed to complete it!  Instead of a Layer Cake, I used 5 Charm Packs of Independence Trail by Minick & Simpson.  I was going for a lap size, but this ended up at 85" square.

I used the pantograph Celtic Braid by Patricia E. Ritter.  This was a fun one to use and a fast one as well.

Now that I've worked through all the issues with my frame, this quilted up beautifully - until the last row.  When I stitched down the bottom edge, I was in a bit too much of a hurry and managed to sew through my finger several times.  It happened so fast, I didn't even realize it until after the needle broke.  I am so very grateful it missed the nail!

This quilt coordinates nicely with the one I just finished for our bed.  I'm planning to keep it over the back of one of the chairs in there to snuggle under (or just to look pretty.)

To sum it up:
  • Size: 85" square
  • Fabric: Independence Trail by Minick & Simpson
  • Batting: Warm & Natural
  • Thread: Aurifil for piecing (#2326) and quilting (#2310)
  • Pattern: X-Rated by Carrie Nelson
When I put the quilt over the chair to take a picture, cats started to appear from all directions.  If you look closely, you can see 3 of them here...

I'm looking forward to this month's parade.  I've already seen some quilts done in some brighter fabrics and they look great.  I think this pattern is one that lends itself to so many different types of fabric.

Do to others as you would like them to do to you. 
Luke 6:31 (NLT)


  1. I love both quilts you've finished lately. You are really on a roll! Both quilts are really a huge undertaking to quilt. Hope your finger is OK (and that it didn't bleed on the quilt).

    Pets add so much excitement (good and bad!) to our lives, don't they?

  2. Way to goooooooo! I love this pattern! You are making my mouth water with all of these patriotic quilts! Sorry about your finger! YIKES! It's amazing how cats can be in hiding, and then all of a sudden they appear out of nowhere when something perks their interest!

  3. Oh my!! Ouchie big time! Hope you are ok!

    Your quilts are fabulous!

  4. SInce it is Minick and Simpson fabric, you know that I will love it, but I really like how you used the Khaki fabrics in the border. I actually made a version as well, but I didn't share it for the parade. I made mine big with a Grant Park layer cake. I didn't share because I'm going to use it as the back of my Blogger Girls BOM.

  5. Your version is lovely :-) The cats seem to like it too. Is your finger okay?

  6. Ouch! I have done that before! Pretty quilt!

  7. I love it!
    But did you just say you sewed your finger?! Ouch, I hope it's doing better.
    Love the three tails!