Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dear Jane L13

Here is Dear Jane block L13 or Harvest Moon. This is my favorite type of block to make.  Those of you making a circle a day might be less fond of this block.

First, I made two four patches where each four patch is at least 1/2 inch larger than the circle they will become. I carefully center and mark the circle on the back. Then I cut the circle out, baste around the seam allowance, and gather the seam around a Karen Buckley mylar circle.

Here are the prepared circles. I carefully center the largest circle on the background fabric.

Then I lay the smaller circle on top of the larger circle. Last but not least, I applique the two circles down. (I will trim away the excess fabric underneath later. If I remember.)

Molly thought it might be easier to understand the construction using cats. Molly says she represents the center circle (aka the center of the universe), while Buddy is the merely decorative outer crust that should hold still when the inner core bites him.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

More Dear Jane

Here is Dear Jane H7 or Bennington Star. I have been following Fabadashery's Dear Jane Journey and she is down to her last block. This means I have to pick up my pace or I am going to have a lonely last mile.

Here is Dear Jane I4 or Stability. This is all pieced except that I sewed the rounded flaps into the seams and then appliqued the curves down.

This is Dear Jane J5 or John Jacob's Windmill. And yes, again, I used applique to avoid complex piecing including inset seams.

And last but not least, this is Dear Jane block I11 or Coyote Chase. I made this quite a while ago but apparently forgot to post it. I check this blog to try and avoid making duplicate blocks, but in this case my chart was correct and not the blog. At this point the blocks are starting to run together in my mind and everything looks like a center hunk with blades shooting off of it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dear Jane E13 and H5

Here is Dear Jane Block E13 or Moth in a Web. Again, I combined piecing and a bit of applique to make life a bit easier.

Here is Dear Jane Block H5 or Michael's Motorcycle. As many of you already know, Jane Stickle was a member of a notorious motorcycle gang and won Michael's motorcycle after a hair raising race.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dear Jane E11 and E12

Here is Dear Jane block E11 or Wagon Wheel. This was all very simple applique although I now have to carefully cut away the layers. I applied the circle of background fabric on top of the green fabric. And then I applied the rounded star on top of the circle. No fussy melon pieces for me. Then I prepared another circle of background fabric around a mylar circle, cut it in four and applied those to the corner.

And this is Dear Jane block E12 or Mary Ruth's Corset. I assume the corset is the small pieces in the middle. Here I just used old timey strip piecing techniques. I sewed three strips together...turquoise surrounded on each side by the background fabric. I then cut four three patch strips from that strip. These I sewed together so they were offset on the diagonal. This was then trimmed and surrounded by two strips of turquoise fabric to complete the center square. Then I made the flying geese using flip triangles. All easy techniques to make a complex looking favorite.

So now I have 23 more Dear Jane blocks to make...that is, I'm 86 percent finished with the blocks. At that point I'll make a plan for the border.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Dear Jane D11

This is Dear Jane block D11 or Snow Crystal. As I have mentioned before, there is a bit of variation from the Jane Stickle quilt to the book and then to the Electric Quilt module. I don't have the Electric Quilt module. So I scratched my head when I saw that the book and a rectangle in the center but Jane Stickle's quilt seems to have a square. So I did my own variation. I pieced a center square to fit the dimensions of the rest of the block in the Dear Jane block, and then appliqued all the triangles. Plus I'm using the new Kaffe fabric called Rolled Paper.

We recently had a brief change over to cooler weather, so I pulled out the plaid bunny quilt to work on some hand quilting. However, Molly has decided to become a lap cat, so I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked. On anything.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sunrise Piglets

Today I couldn't generate enough enthusiasm for striped fish, standing bunnies or owls. Instead I thought I would make a couple of piglets. I absolutely loved Cynthia's pig race quilt over at Quilting is more fun than housework (aka Oh Scrap!), and I would like to make one for our quilt guild (local children get a book and a quilt). 

Of course, I took the sunrise theme at the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge a wee bit literally...

And then because I finished that baby bow tie quilt, I thought it might be nice to make a bow tie piglet. And if you would like to root around and see what others are doing with their scraps, race over to the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bow Tie Quilt Fails Inspection

Yay! The Bow Tie quilt is bound and finished.

Uh oh!

I think its too late for an inspection.

The inspector disagrees.

And Molly wins. The score is Molly 1.

Quilt 0. Well, you do get to see the front, back and binding. Plus you can see some of the Dear Jane debris as well.

And here's Molly waiting for her trophy presentation.