It is a new year and a new month, so consequently, there is a new Schnibble. This month's pattern is the one I guessed it might be. Jersey Girl.
I really did guess that this would be our Schnibble. Along about Christmas, I showed my husband the picture and said, "I bet this is going to be the next Schnibble--you mark my words." As if I really thought my husband would: 1. pay attention to what I was saying and 2. Remember the picture of a random quilt. I was seriously surprised the other night, though, when I had the pattern open on my computer and he said, "That looks like Jersey Girl. Is it your Schnibble?" (He finally figured out how to pronounce that word after butchering it mercilessly the past few years.) Well, I tried not to let the surprise show on my face and instead did a triumphant, "Yes it is! I was right!" Then I thought I would throw him for another loop and said, "I'm considering making it in Grant Park." Hah! That would confuse him again. He would think Grant was a name or a person or that I was somehow going to make this in a park. But you could have knocked me over with a feather when he said, "Oh yeah, that fabric you got for the block of the month!" Okay, I guess he won that round, even though I didn't know there was any competition going on.
Actually, I wasn't really feeling Grant Park for Jersey Girl. Carrie made it as a two-color quilt. I figured out right away, that unless you have a two-color fabric line, it was going to require more than the 2 usual charm packs. I went upstairs and looked through my charm packs, but I wasn't getting inspired. I briefly considered Indigo Crossing, as it is a 2-color line, but it wasn't making a strong impression. I love the quilt as is, made with Midwinter Reds, but I wanted to do something "my own" this time. Besides, I just made Countdown to Christmas, and while it wasn't made with Midwinter Reds, it was made with MR-inspired fabrics from my stash. That reminds me--I finished the quilting and binding.
But back to the Schnibble. Since I wasn't really "feeling" anything, I decided to read the pattern. I love to read patterns, but Carrie's are great as she usually talks about how she came up with the name. This pattern is no exception--I'll let you read the story on your own, but the conclusion is that she named it after her mother, who was from New Jersey. It was a sweet story, but still no inspiration.
And then she had me! In her opening paragraph, she said that this block was inspired by a maple leaf block. I've been wanting a fall-like, hopefully leaf-based Schnibble. Back when I made the ribbons for the quilt show, I knew I would have fabric left over. I used some of the Kansas Troubles line, Harvest Moon, because it had a lovely tone-on tone leaf print in a variety of colors. Anyway, at the same time, I got some charm packs of the line thinking I could make a Schnibbles quilt that would remind me of the quilt show.
I normally keep the name of the Schnibble for my quilt, but in this case, I don't think Jersey Girl is going to work for a fall/leaf quilt. I don't think of fall foliage when I think of New Jersey. No, the state that comes to mind for fall color is Maine. So, what does Maine remind me of? I've never been there, and I don't really know anyone from there, except my blog friend Regan. Do you know Regan? She was one of my very first blog friends and followers. And as it happens, she is going to be in the area this month and we are going to get a chance to meet and spend some time fabric shopping, etc. I am really looking forward to it have the day marked out on my calendar--it is going to be quite an event. Hey! Event! Are you thinking what I'm thinking? The title for this Schnibble is going to be The Maine Event!
Wow, now that I have a pattern, a plan, and a name, I need to go get cutting!
Have a great day!