That is what my dad always says when we call him to dinner. "I'm leaping". As in "to my feet". So, that is what I'm calling my little quilt.
Instead of 16 block squares, I made mine with 49 squares in each block. Just liked the added element of complexity I guess. They make a pretty mosaic, don't they? It puts me in mind of the 60's when my mom was putting mosaic tiles on everything we owned. Don't you feel if you step back a bit further, the little squares will show something representational, like a cow in a pasture or Abraham Lincoln in profile? Ok, I am getting goofy now.
While reading about the Leap Year pattern on the blogs of others, I keep seeing two variations mentioned--a 16 patch version and a 36 patch version. I thought I WAS making the 36 patch version, but as you see, my blocks have 49 little squares. It looks like in my hurry to get this top finished, I neglected to actually read the pattern. This is the sort of thing that happens when I stay up past my bedtime.
I have no idea how I managed to finish this. It was a fun little project, but I started it at the eleventh hour, that's for sure. I did stay up late and sewed by the light of the moon shining through the window of my studio. Believe it or not, I have never worked down there at night. I am a morning person, and staying up doing anything remotely productive after the sun has gone down is very much against my nature. It felt strange to be wandering around in my back yard at midnight in my nightgown, going from studio to house for a refill of chardonnay. Oh. Maybe THAT'S why my blocks have 49 squares instead of 36.
The fabric I used was two charm packs of Farmer's Market, by Brannock and Patek. Also, since I like to use these Schnibbles on my kitchen table, I cut down the size to nine blocks instead of twleve. The blocks ended up being 7 1/2 inches square, the lattice was 2 1/2 inches wide and the border was 3 inches wide. I think my finished top is around 32 inches square. Don't you love that sprinkling of black throughout the top? It makes things twinkle. I was completely random in chosing my fabric placement, except to avoid putting the same colors right next to each other.
Even though this quilt top came out a far cry from the Leap Year pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, I really like my accidental variation.