I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country. My mom spoke "Dutch" to her brothers and sisters and lots of Dutch words and phases were used when they spoke English to us kids. ( In case you don't know about Pennsylvania Dutch - it is really a German dialect and not Dutch at all!) Schnibble (pronounced shnibble - rhymes with kibble) means a little bit of something - so it could be little bits of fabric for this quilt or little bits of paper when you cut out something or little bits of yarn or... almost anything else. The German dictionary lists the word schnippelche as a noun meaning snip, but growing up we always pronounced it schnibble...so I'm using my version.
This quilt is based on string pieced quilts, but I use the construction of each block for the "quilting." As you sew on the schnibbles, you are quilting each block. You then sew all the quilted blocks together to make a full size reversable quilt. I have attached photos of 2 quilts. One is made up of 25 blue cotton blocks and fits on my queen size bed, the second is 16 blocks and is a lap quilt made of purple corduroy fabrics.
Step 1: STEP 1 - START CUTTING
25 squares of fabric - 18" - BACK SQUARES
25 squares of batting - 18" - BATTING
SCHNIBBLES = strips of fabric - varying widths & lengths12 strips of fabric 3 1/2 " wide for binding at least 80" long.
Scissors or rotary cutter
18" template of acrylic or cardboard (optional - you can carefully measure and cut squares by hand)
BACK SQUARES: Cut out 25 squares of fabric for the back. I use 18" squares and end up with a finished quilt that is 78" x 78" which I use on a queen-size bed. Use fabrics that you like, because this quilt is reversable and you want both sides to look good. The squares can be all one fabric or you can use coordinating colors.
I use a rotary cutter and an acrylic template to cut out my squares. For the 18" square template, I went to the local glass cutter and had them cut a piece of acrylic - they smoothed the edges. It cost about $17. You could easily use a cardboard template and cut them by hand.
Cut BATTING: Cut out 25 squares of batting at 18" to match the back squares. Any kind of batting that you like, I have used polyester and cotton...and have some bamboo waiting to go.
Lay one of the back sqares face down and lay one square of batting on top
SCHNIBBLES: Rip or cut strips of fabric into various widths (I use strips from 1 1/2" to 3 1/2".) Use a lots of different colors & patterns. The weight of the fabric should be similar, Don't worry if the weights are slightly different. Cotton fabrics last longer then polyester, but if polyester is all you have you can certainly use it. I use whatever I have in the back room.