Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dear Jane L1 and L3

Here is Dear Jane block L1 or Widow's Pane. At this point I am laying out the nearby blocks so I can choose my colors accordingly. Although Kaffe Fassett has chosen my palette for me, it is my responsibility to avoid huge clumps of dark purple, for example.

Hear is Dear Jane block L3 or Reflections Abound. With this block, I now have 31 more to make. I made a bit more progress than expected when I discovered that I had more blocks finished than I had accounted for.

And here's another small handful of bowties.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Baby Bowties

Time to make some baby quilts. I thought I would warm up by making some bowties. These are made from 2.5 inch squares with 1.5 inch flip triangles and will have a finished size of 4.5 inches square.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Red fish

Here is a fish as red as a rose.

And here are his companions. Well, oops. The one on the bottom is missing a stripe and isn't as long as the others. Is he defective? Or is he a better fish?

And now I realize that the big red fishes have their bottom fin in the wrong place. Or is it in the right place? In either case, I expect to spend time with a seam ripper.

Meanwhile, kitten neglect has reached criminal levels. Molly has sophisticated methods to get my attention when I'm at the design wall, cutting table and the ironing board. But how to get my attention away from the sewing machine? Pulling the thread and running down the hall is okay in a pinch. But recently she has figured out how to push behind the fabric baskets and get into the notions drawer which sits right next to the sewing machine. She can then knock treacherous items down to Buddy. Yes, this gets my attention. Here I have removed the basket that sits above the notion drawer so I can pull her out.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dear Jane G1, G2 and H1

This is Dear Jane block H1 or Peek-A-Boo. I used three prints for this to avoid having the block look like a blob of dark fabric.

This is Dear Jane Block G1 or Hattie's Hat Box. This was fun to make. I cut the rounded applique pieces and ironed the curved part around freezer paper. Next I sewed the four triangle sections together with the straight edges of the rounded pieces tucked into the seam. That left just the rounded bits to applique once the triangles were sewn into the square.

This is Dear Jane Block G2 or Mohawk Trail. This was the block I had originally planned to make in response to Fabadashery's pinwheel-like version. Mine reflects the Jane Stickle version which is a bit odd, to say the least.

I have made a chart of the blocks so I can keep track of the blocks I still need to finish. I have 36 more blocks to go...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dear Jane L5

Here is Dear Jane block L5 or Chatanooga Charlie. My cheat for this block is that I made six small half-square triangles using the Easy Angle Ruler. Then I surrounded two of those with the background fabric before I made the large flip triangles.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rainbow Kittens: Bloggers' Quilt Festival Fall 2016

Welcome! This is my Rainbow Kittens quilt that I made as part of the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge hosted by Angela at SoScrappy. I am entering this quilt in the Rainbow (ROYGIVB) category of Amy Ellis' Bloggers' Quilt Festival for Fall 2016.

Making the kitten blocks was a lot of fun. Tutorials for this block can be found in the tutorials tab of this blog.

I ran out of the purple dot fabric and used plain white for the vertical sashing.

Of course, my cat Molly had to get involved. Either she wants to show you that the border of the quilt is made of kitten ears, or she prefers the back of the quilt, or she thinks I'm still taking photos for the Pets on Quilts show. Probably she wants you to see the pile of Dear Jane and other blocks she has knocked to the floor as she helps me keep the design wall clear.

Hope you enjoy this spectacular Fall 2016 edition of the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.