Dear Jane, Take Two

Still plugging away at my Dear Jane quilt…

This is block F5 – Parcheesi. For those of you who don’t know Parcheesi is an old game. I remember my grandparents playing it!

The second block is F1- Big Top. An easily pieced block, just be careful with all the bias edges.


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Fiddly Blocks

This is my Dear Jane block G-7, Indianapolis. Sometimes when doing these blocks, you get one that is very “fiddly.” This is such a block, at least for me. Don’t look at the piecing… if you do, you’ll say, “Wow, she sure didn’t line up her seams very well.” I tried. Inbetween watching the Democratic Convention and taking a good powerwalk around the neighborhood, I fiddled this block to death. I would either kill it, or it would kill me.

I won. When it blends in with the rest of the blocks in the finished quilt, I don’t think you’ll even notice it.

Unless, of course, you are a member of the elite “Quilt Police.”

Please keep your thoughts to yourself.


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A "Two-fer Tuesday"

Tuesday. The second day of the week…
“On the second day of Creation, God made an expanse to divide “the waters from the waters” (Genesis 1:6).

Certainly nothing quite as awesome as that, but here on day two are two more Dear Jane blocks, finished this past Saturday and yesterday.

E 10: Five and Dime. If you remember the “five and dime” stores, you might be my age (or older). I used to love going to the one in downtown Flint, Michigan and the one in Durand. Lots of fun, lots to buy for very little money.

F3 – Snowball. A simple little block to paper piece or hand sew. I paper pieced mine with a fun fabric that Susan Moore (Australia) sent me. Love it!
Now, in Michigan it’s not very smart to make a brown snowball for obvious reasons. AND, schools frown on the throwing of snowballs, also for obvious reasons. But I love snow! And when I taught second grade, there was nothing more fun than playing in the snow with my class. I remember one day right at the end of lunch recess and a beautifully deep, fresh snowfall. Most of the students had gone inside, but the principal (a friend of mine) was still outside waiting for the last of the children to enter the building. someone threw a snowball and hit him right on the back. He looked shocked, and I scooped up a good, hefty ball of snow and threw it at the back of the little boy. He turned around and, very stunned, looked at me and said “Hey, why did you hit me with a snowball?” I replied, “Don’t you know we don’t throw snowballs at Gaines Elementary?” Two seconds later, the principal also scooped up a snowball and hefted it at me. I tossed one back. Then all of my class got involved, and we had the most fun five-minute snowball fest you’ve ever seen. There was SO much snow flying, and so much laughter I thought we would all wet our pants.
Later in that season, I took the same class to Crossroads Village outside of Flint. It’s a little village that was created to look like the old times, with historic buildings from the area that were moved to spare demolition and preserve their history. It was a beautiful snowy day, very cold, and we grew weary of waiting for the train to take us for a ride. One of the kids said “This is boring! There’s nothing to do.” I flopped down in the snow and started making a snow angel. Pretty soon, 25 kids were lined up along the platform making 25 angels. What a sight! Wish I had that photo!
The summer is drawing to a close. Hope this cooled you off. Pretty soon, the snow will be flying once again. Maybe I’ll make snow angels with Jacob!


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A Dear Jane Spotting at the Fenton Quilt Show

A STUNNING DEAR JANE QUILT!!!

I went to the quilt show at the Fenton United Methodist Church (Michigan) today. I met my friend Susan who lives a ways away, and we had a wonderful time visiting the vendor’s booths and admiring all the beautiful quilts on display. There were quite a few quilts from the 1800’s and early 1900’s which is always fun to see. Most of the newer quilts were machine quilted, and a lot of talented long arm quilters were represented. A beautiful Dear Jane quilt by Donna Barnes was on display. Simply gorgeous!!! I couldn’t get far enough away to take a photo of the entire quilt straight on, but this gives you an idea of the beautiful work she has done. I love the black sashing between the blocks. It sets them off so nicely!

In working on my own Dear Jane (or Dear Sammy Jane, as I call it) I thought for sure I would hand quilt it. Now I’m not so sure! Donna’s quilt was stunning with machine quilting on it. Each block had the same quilting pattern over it,, and they were lovely. I tried to get a few blocks and tris to show Donna’s quilting off. So, so pretty!

The show was a beautiful exhibit of all kinds of quilts. Here are just a few of my favorites; click on the photos for a larger view.


We had a lovely lunch while we were there. The quilt show happens every other year… if you missed it this year, be sure to catch it next time ’round! It’s well worth the trip!

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I haven’t been doing much work on my Dear Jane blocks lately… but I HAVE been quilting! Here are the latest blocks I have finished. Top left: E7 Bread Basket, paper pieced (not perfect, but it is done). Next: G12- Gloriae, hand pieced and appliqued. I took artistic liberties with this one. If you compare it to the one in the Dear Jane book, you’ll see that the corners are different. I love the purple fabric, and wanted to see more of it got lazy. The last one is a little difficult to see the differences in the focus fabric and the background. It is block E8-Mamma’s Maze. It shows up much better in person than in the scan.
Why is it everytime I scan one of my blocks, it shows up with threads all over it, or I have forgotten to rinse out my blue fade-out lines? Oh well, at least you know I’m working!
Have a great week!


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Dear Jane on Facebook

Are you on Facebook? Facebook is a social utility on the Internet that connects you with the people around you. It can be as private or as public as YOU want it to be. It’s a great way to connect to people you know… and to meet new people who share ideas and hobbies with you.

I joined Facebook within the past month, and already I have connected with old friends, made new ones, and found some very exciting things I didn’t know were there.

There is a Dear Jane group on Facebook now. If you are a Dear Jane quilter, or have thought about starting your own Dear Jane quilt, please check it out. First, if you haven’t already, visit http://www.facebook.com/ and look around. Please sign up – it is absolutely free! Add my name (Caron Mosey) as a friend (and when you do so, in your message to me let me know that you read my blog). On the left side of your page are some options. Click on the Groups option. Then you will be taken to a page where you can do a search. Type in Dear Jane. When you see the Dear Jane quilt, click on that and sign up to be a member of that group. I think you’ll enjoy it!


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Another Block, Another Quilt

This is L-11 of my Dear Sammy Jane quilt, finished for the Block of the Week.

I was busy finishing up my newest quilt last week, so I didn’t get much done on my DJ quilt. I need to get better photos taken of “Over the Celtic Rainbow.”
It’s difficult shooting something with so much black/grey. More photos of the quilt, including up-close shots are available on my Etsy site.
The quilt was fun to make, and it’s almost all machine made. Those of you who know me know that I mostly work by hand on my quilts. This pushed my boundaries a lot, and for that I’m grateful. The quilt also includes embellishments of beads and metal.
I’ve found a great way to stay on track with the projects I want to do. I use Gmail for my email program. Because that’s part of the Google suite of tools, I now use iGoogle as my homepage. On that page, you can add many different boxes of “tools” to make the page be what YOU want it to be. Here’s what it looks like (below). On iGoogle, I keep a To Do list in the top left corner, and I check it frequently throughout the day. It helps me keep organized. Someone showed the site to me, and I found it useful. Check it out!


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Viewer’s Choice

This is I6-Viewer’s Choice from my Dear Sammy Jane quilt. I love doing applique. Dislike the tiny little “melons” in the corners. They are so small, considering this little block is 4 inches square. Ick.

I whipped up a little crib quilt last weekend. Very shortly, I will be tossing it onto my new Next Generation Frame and quilting it with my new Pfaff Grand Quilter. I’m a little nervous about doing that. Putting the sewing machine on the frame means I am back to sewing on my old Bernina Nova, and I love sewing on the new Pfaff. It runs like a charm, purrs like a kitten. I’ve been a hand quilter, and this is a scary move.

I played some more on Picnik.com with this photo of one of our day lilies. Here are two variations I came up with. Which do you like best?

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Jonquils and Other Assorted Goodies

This simple little block is J1- Josepha’s Jonquil. Hmmm… not looking like a flower to me. But it’s done!

I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been busy surfing the web, working on machine quilting my Celtic quilt, and working. I find after I get home from work, do dinner and any picking up around the house, that I only have the stamina to sew for about an hour or so. After that, my brain seems to need some time to just sit and veg. It’s frustrating, to say the least!

In my mindless wanderings around the web, I happened upon a great photo editing website called Picnik. I took a few photos and played with them. I see some great quilt ideas here!
From this rose… to this:
And from this sunflower… to this:
I want to mention one more link for you to visit. Now that I’m doing more machine quilting, I happened upon Superior Threads. What a great site!
Wishing you a Sunny Day!!!
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