Last night I made two more Dear Jane blocks.
<—This little block is 5 inches square. It has 28 pieces in it! I used another fabric from the stash my Aunt Jean left me. It's called A-1 "Pinwheel Gone Awry." I paper pieced each row, then stitched the rows together by hand. I found it was easier to match the seam lines that way.
This block also has Aunt Jean’s fabric in it. I think it is as sweet as can be! Love the little hearts, though I’m not a fan of blue anymore. Funny how our tastes change, isn’t it? This is B-2 “Sweet Tater Pie.” I used half square triangles to make two 5 inch pieced squares. One of the squares is the foundation, the circle was cut from the other square and appliqued on to make the center portion.
I have to work today from 8-3, but after that, more stitching to bring in the new year.
Happy QUILTY New Years, Everyone!
Santa was kind to me in 2007. I received the Dear Jane
book by Brenda Manges Papadakis, as well as the CD of patterns that goes with it. Not being a patient person, I hopped right in and completed what is probably the easiest block for me: B-1, Bachelor Buttons.
I am making my quilt in “scrappy” fabrics, using mostly what I have on hand. I’m going to try not to purchase fabric for this quilt and use up what I have, but if you’re a quilter, you know how that goes. The original quilt was made by Jane A. Stickle in 1863 during the Civil War. My quilt will use the same layout design, but with different fabrics and “my touch.” Each block is 4.5 inches finished, so these are little bitty things! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will see the quilt grown here.
I will hang on to this quilt for years (hopefully) once it is completed, but the quilt is being made for my Grand daughter, Samantha Mosey. I will also be keeping a journal during this time to give to Samantha with the quilt – someday.
So, here you have block B-1, Bachelor Buttons
. May the rest be as easy!
I’ve been busy and completed four more blocks!
Somebody reach out and give me a pat on the back. I’ll turn around and make it easier for you…
This time last year, I signed up to participate in a “Block of the Month” challenge on the Quilting Arts Forum. Each month, QAF features a new block, and if you participate in it all year, you have 12 blocks completed in matching colors. Well, sometimes life gets in the way, as it did this year. Each month I printed out the patterns, but they became a collection of papers – with very few blocks completed. You can see by the photo below that I was ambitious the first month, making the four corner blocks all the same.
Today, I decided I wanted to skip shopping/wrapping/cleaning/decorating and all that other Christmas preparation. (Well, I DID clean the oven… using the auto clean feature!) I did three blocks today, so the photo below shows my TOTAL number of blocks completed. Pretty sad, isn’t it? Mind you, the two applique blocks are NOT a part of the challenge, but I determined last January that I wanted a mixture of pieced and applique blocks, thus the two you see here.
Here are some close-ups:
With a little more work over the weekend, I should HOPEFULLY get them all finished and save face. I’ll post again when all the blocks are completed. Crossing my fingers as I type,
You’ve probably heard about the Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative to raise money for research by making and selling miniature quilts… now there is a website where you can buy apparel with the logo to further publicize the program. CLICK HERE to take you to the page and see all the goodies you can buy!
I’ve been making totes for days… can’t quit without making me one, too! I’d show you the rest of them, but they are gifts, and I don’t want the recipients to see them online before they get them!
This one is all mine!
My husband now has some of his furniture online at Etsy.com.
Please check it out… you never know what you might find!
His Etsy shop is HERE
His workshop website is HERE
So, what do you do if you have TWO people who are hard to buy for? You make two totes!