I managed to finish this month's Another Year of Schnibbles, much to my surprise. I had pretty much given up on getting this one done, but I had the great luck to come down with my fifth or sixth cold of the season. I have stopped counting. Seriously, it has been one after another. This one was a doozy, complete with super watery eyes, snozzly nose, cough and a couple of cold sores. I look like "Beauty's Egg Bag" as Grandma Higgins used to say. I have no clue what that means, but it pretty accurately sums up how I look and feel. Did any of you have Grandmas who had incomprehensible expressions?
So I stayed in my jammies or my sweats and puttered around the sewing room for three days this week. Even though I felt lousy, the sewing was therapy for me. This pattern Jersey Girl by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company is such a delight. When I first saw the pattern I was non-plussed as to what fabric to use for mine. I had it in my mind that I should do a two color version, similar to what is pictured on the pattern cover. Carrie used Midwinter Reds by Minick and Simpson for Moda for her version on the pattern cover.
Then, my friend Thelma (Cupcakes 'n' Daisies) shared a photo of her version with me, and my eyes were opened. Don't you love it when that happens? I get so many great ideas from other quilters. Thelma used bright, happy colors and made each of the four quadrants of the block a different color. You can see Thelma's version on her blog, or on Sinta (Pink Pincushion) or Sherri's (A Quilting Life) blogs when they do the Parade of Schnibbles reveal on Feb 3.
For my version, I used a layer cake of Eric and Julie Comstock's Honky Tonk for Moda. My son in Ireland gifted me the layer cake as a Christmas gift (how awesome is that?) and I have been itching to get it made up into a fun project. I love the autumnal colors of gold, walnut, red, and aqua. I seem to be so drawn to those shades. Check out the mustasche print--oh my lord, how cute is that? Anyway, I had a blast making the quilt, which turned out larger than I imagined (36 x 36), and now I want to make a longer narrower version to use on the dining or hall table.
What is that block anyway? Is it Bear's Paw or Maple Leaf? Is there any difference between the two? I have always wondered.