But all is not lost!!! I learned so much, and now I want to try again. So last night I went to Jo-Anns and wandered through the fabric bolts, wondering what I could come up with. This is what I ended up with:
Now, my sister moved to NY (now NJ) with her dog - so I just couldn't resist the New York-themed fabric! I'm going to do 5 rows of 3 large blocks each, with the top, middle, and bottom rows going "NY-brown velveteen I found in my stash-NY." In between those will a row of "paws-NY-bones" and then a row of "bones-NY-paws." And then I have a limey green plush for the border.
I'm having so much more fun doing this "myself" -- even if the pattern isn't technically mine, it still feels like an original, where I'm free to improvise/change my mind/experiment. AND I'm doing it with quarter-inch seams.....except for the plush border. LOL
(repeating to self: "I'm a stitcher, not a quilter...I'm a stitcher, not a quilter....I'm a stitcher, not a quilter.......)