Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Yet More Dear Jane.

Is Molly guarding the sewing machine or huddling next to it to stay warm? You're right. She's waiting for her brother to come charging back into the room so she can give chase.

 Here is Dear Jane block I8 or Pete's Paintbox. I am now laying out small sections of the quilt and filling in the holes. During the first part of making the quilt top, I just picked fabrics according to my mood. But now I'm being more careful so I don't have areas with a concentration of one color or value.

Here is the next door neighbor Dear Jane block I9 or Chase a Myth. I thought I could build this block up like an improv medallion, but I was sadly mistaken. What looks like flying geese are really some other species. So yes, I resorted to paper piecing for parts of this.

And here is Dear Jane block J8 or Anna's Anchor. From the looks of this one, the ship has met with some rough seas and is on a tilt.

In case you are counting, I have nine more blocks to go.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Dear Jane I7

Here is Dear Jane block I7 or Mac and Muff. I spent more time thinking about making this block than actually making it. Just one of those days. And now I'm going to go and put away all of the stuff Molly has pulled out of the linen closet. She looked a bit surprised to have accomplished so much with so little effort.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dear Jane I6 and K6

Here is Dear Jane block I6 or Viewer's Choice. For reasons I don't understand, the original was created as a four patch with a seam down the middle. I thought I would take advantage of the Kaffe fabric instead.

And this is Dear Jane block K6 or Ann's Folly. It was also my folly because my first version had the stripes reversed with green in the middle. It may end up in the alternative universe pile. At this point, however, I have thirteen more Dear Jane blocks to go.

While I languish with the same project, Molly has moved on to new hobbies. As you can see behind her, I relented and unpinned the Dear Jane sections and she happily brought them to the floor where they apparently belong. And as you can see in front of her, she is now clearing fabric off of the cutting table.

Friday, October 21, 2016

More Dear Jane Progress

Here is Dear Jane block L12 or Sally's Pride. In many of the Dear Jane blocks I have been sneaking in some applique to avoid difficult piecing. In this case, I used some easy piecing to avoid difficult applique. According to the Dear Jane book, the tiny triangles in the border are appliqued.

I, of course, use flip triangles wherever I can...those are the squares you sew on the diagonal and then iron the flap over. In this case I used 1.5 inch squares. I then trimmed them down to the tiny size (plus the seam allowance).

And this is Dear Jane block K9 or Scout's Honor.

And this is what the first six rows of the Dear Jane quilt look like. I have started to sew the blocks together in sections of nine (and twelve at the end of the row). This way I can have the blocks up on the design wall. When a naughty cat knocks them off the design wall, there are only eight sections to pick up. And just to be mean, I have these sections pinned. Molly was dangling from the wall trying desperately to get them to fall, to no avail.

Here's Molly plotting revenge. Oh, and I have no reason to believe that Molly was behind the internet hacking today. She says she didn't do it and I am taking her at her word.

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.