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Friday, January 3, 2014

January's Schnibble

Hi Everyone,

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 borrowed this picture from Carrie's website, and if you immediately fell in love with it, as did I, you can find the pattern there, by clicking here.

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.


 I LOVE this quilt.  Look what I found for the backing:

More red and light--candy canes and peppermint candies.  I love the bit of "Christmas" it adds to the quilt, since there wasn't a single bit on the front.

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!
JoAnne

18 comments:

  1. As soon as you mentioned fall, I thought this quilt would look gorgeous in those colors. I've ordered my pattern, but I'm still trying to decide on my fabric. I've seen some great choices so far and I'm sure it's going to be another good parade.

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  2. I am so impressed with your hubby - Imagine taking so much in!! Have fun with this Schnibble - it's got so much history and such a story to it already :-) Fun to be meeting another blogger!

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  3. Love your ideas for interpreting the latest Scnibbles pattern, especially the name.

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  4. Love the name! Oh, you know me! We lived in Maine for awhile close to where Regan lives I believe. It requires more than two charm packs? Hmmm. I thought I had a plan, maybe not. I'll have to look at that. I haven't gotten mine yet. Unfortunately, I like paper not PDF when I can.

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  5. Oh, all that and I forgot to say that your husband gets two thumbs up for his quilting attention and knowledge ;-)

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  6. Your DH is impressive with his quilty knowledge... good on him! Your Countdown to Christmas turned out beautifully and you did find the perfect backing!

    I enjoyed your thought process on Jersey Girl... you've arrived at the perfect name and the perfect fabrics for this project!

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  7. Your DH is making quite an impression on your readers... bravo for him!!!

    Love how you decided to name the January Schnibble THE MAINE EVENT! You are so clever!Keep us posted on your progress!

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  8. Great post! It kept me interested and I chuckled because our husbands are so similar.

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  9. I enjoyed reading your inspiration for the January project, you have made this Schnibble your own! I hope it goes together for you beautifully. And yes, my Larry will hear and remember some quilty stuff, j-u-s-t enough to keep me surprised ...and smiling ~
    :-}pokey

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  10. Isn't it funny how our husbands surprise us! It's a darling pattern!!

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  11. How cut is that name....bet is going to be a nice color theme. I still haven't decided on a color choice and need to get going. Perhaps today!

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  12. I enjoyed Carrie's story about her Jersey Girl quilt. I've been hemming and hawing over doing this one but with the name, and being a born and bred NJ girl, how could I NOT do it! I guess I better get the pattern ordered :)

    Enjoy meeting a blogger friend. I remember when I first met girls I "talked" to on the internet. It was something I will never forget.

    Peggy

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  13. Your husband is amazing! Mine continues to say my quilts are made from rags--scraps, Mr. Moosebay--SCRAPS!!

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  14. Great quilt and great name! Can't wait to see it in fall colors.

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  15. Gosh, you get things done fast! The Midwinter Reds collection was a perfect choice for that wintery quilt.

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  16. Never thought of fall, I'm doing my schnibble in Coming Home by minick and simpson

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  17. I love how you came up with your quilt name. Just as creative as Carrie!

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  18. Holy cow, JoAnne! :o) I'm so honored that my visit is your inspiration for the name!! You're awesome! And I'm so excited to get to meet you! Woot! We're in for some quilty fun! :o)

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