Staff favorite: a heaping helping of precut fun! (+ special offer)

I have SABLE syndrome (Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy). I’ve had it most of my adult life and my self-diagnosis is that I’ll never recover from it. Do you have it too? Maybe you do, but you weren’t aware of its technical term. Now do you think you might have it and maybe know a few others who might be afflicted as well?

Precut fabrics

I must also share that if you were to assess my SABLE symptoms you’d find a well-beyond average incidence of precuts in the form of 5″ and 10″ squares. There’s something about owning a delicious assortment of every fabric in a collection—or maybe it’s just the ease with which I can toss a packet of precuts onto my pile at the checkout counter—that gets my stash all stocked up!

Another Bite of SchnibblesRegardless of how it happens, the evidence is clear. So, I’m always on the lookout for great patterns that use 5″ and 10″ squares. When I first picked up Carrie Nelson’s Another Bite of Schnibbles, it was like “Eureka!”—a gold mine of patterns for square precuts. The book instantly rose to the top of my all-time favorites list!

What’s to love? Carrie’s instructions are clear, concise, and amusingly clever. She guides me through every step of re-creating her patterns, but also lets me in on a little of what she was thinking about as she designed each one—and tells just what the heck a Schnibble is. (I confess to reading quilting books the way some read novels. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy the “read” of this book too!)

A Field Guide to Schnibbles

There’s no math required. Want to make a pattern from 10″ squares? Done. How about changing it up to make the same pattern from 5″ squares? Included. EVERY quilt pattern in the book has a specific Materials and Cutting list for both 5″ and 10″ squares. That means you get 12 quilt patterns made with 10″ squares and 12 quilt patterns made with 5″ squares. Brilliant if, like me, you’ve got a stash of precut squares of both sizes just waiting to be converted into quilts.

Winter White quilt, two ways
“Winter White” quilt made with 10″ squares (left) and 5″ squares (right)

Can’t decide between BIG and small? You don’t have to. See every design rendered in two ways, with dimensions included, so you can decide whether you feel like making BIG 17″ blocks or small 4½" blocks or many sizes in between. However you slice it, you’ll end up with irresistible quilts that are a breeze to make with Carrie’s step-by-step guidance.

Quilts from Another Bite of Schnibbles
Big “Reveille” quilt made with 10″ squares (left); little “Cindy Lou Who” quilt made with 5″ squares (right)

I recently made a cross-country move and for reasons known only to the moving company (what! pay by the pound?) I had to edit my selection of books that made the trip. First in the box was Another Bite of Schnibbles, well padded with an assortment of 5″ and 10″ squares, of course! If it’s not yet on your bookshelf, soothe your SABLE symptoms and add it! I’m confident it will become one of your all-time favorites, too.


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