Little blocks I forgot to post

How could I forget to share these little blocks with you?

From top left:

  • B-13: Four Corner Press
  • C-13 Lakota Sioux
  • L-8 Box Kite

Being spring, I felt the urge to freshen up my blog’s image a little bit. I needed something less wintery… Does this do the trick? Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thanks!


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Only One Away From 50

No silly, not years. Already crossed that line, thank you very much. One more block to go before having 50 of my Dear Jane blocks completed! Yippie!

F 13 – Tour de France B 11 – Melissa’s Cross

B 5 – Hot Cross Buns

B 7 – World Series

Think the Tigers will make it to the World Series this year? Fingers crossed…

Tonight is my final teaching class for my Wednesday night group, then next week the final. So another long day today.


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The Beginning

Today is Saturday, March 22, 2008, and it marks the start of the making of Samantha’s christening gown. I’ve waited until I had a day when I didn’t have to work or teach, so this is it. It seems a fitting day to start her dress. Actually, I will probably only be cutting the pieces out. I think I’ll wait until Easter to begin the sewing. That seems appropriate.

For those of you who don’t know, or don’t remember, I am making my granddaughters christening gown out of my wedding dress. The pattern I am using is the one shown, top left. You can see more of the gowns from The Old Fashioned Baby by clicking on the link.

I haven’t posted in about a week. It’s been a hectic week with work and school. I’m nearing the end of the semester, and there is SO much to do, and so many papers to grade. YIKES! I haven’t even had much time to work on my DJ quilt. Here are two little blocks I managed to get done… but the basket I will probably do over. For some reason, it didn’t turn out large enough, and I had to add a little strip to the top and bottom. I don’t like that, but it’s done. Time will tell. The block on the left is B-8 Water Lily. It doesn’t look like it here, but the focus fabric is gold. The one on the left is J-12 Rebecca’s Basket.

Speaking of which, (or is it “witch”?) I had an awkward thing happen yesterday. I talked to someone at work and asked her if she and her husband had any special plans for Easter. She said no, that she had celebrated her holiday the day before. I was puzzled and asked her what she meant. She said she is Wiccan. I didn’t know how to respond to that, and it’s left me with a pit in my stomach ever since. In thinking about this, here would be my only response.

The Ten Commandments or laws are contained with the Decalogue that God proclaimed to Moses, as the representative of the Jewish people. The Ten Commandments are recorded in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.

I am the Lord thy God who have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shall have no other gods before me. Thou shall not make unto thee any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous, God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall thou labor and do all thy work; But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shall not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor the maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God gave thee. Thou shall not kill. Thou shall not commit adultery. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Thou shall not covert thy neighbor’s house; nor thou shall not covert thy neighbor’s wife, no his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s. (Exodus 20:2-17)
Have a most Blessed Easter!


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On a Roll!

I’ve been a busy girl the past few days! I completed four more little Dear Jane blocks, and I’m so excited! That means I’ve done 26 blocks, 6 border triangles and 1 corner, for a whopping total of 512 pieces sewn. WoooooHooooo! One happy gal here, incase you couldn’t tell.

  • I also want to share a link with you that is non-quilt related, but certainly worth visiting. Barbara Carson is a sculptor who has some very amazing pieces on her website. Please check it out and be prepared to smile! Barbara lives near the University of Michigan, and is mother to Margaret (my son Loren’s girlfriend).


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Jud’s Trophy, B-10

I’m enjoying the “Dear Jane” process. It’s a daily reminder that as quilters, we all have options. How big, what color, what fabrics, what thread, what technique, etc. This block, B-10 called “Jud’s Trophy” shows up with two different brown fabrics on the CD, but in the book Jane’s little block just shows one brown. On my block, left, the little beige squares are muslin in Jane’s quilt, but my background fabric is that beige, so it doesn’t pop out at you as much. For some reason, I struggled with this block, and it didn’t come together as well as I’d hoped, but I’m going to leave it “as is.”
Grandson Jacob called me last night while I was sewing. They were working on dinosaurs at his preschool, and he was telling me all about it. It was SO cute! Jake will be four this May. Kim also started her last semester at college yesterday. I don’t know how she’ll do three classes AND have a baby on Feb. 15th. Go Kim, go!
I am almost at my one month anniversary for my new job. As each day goes by, I am loving it more and more. I feel so blessed to have so many great people to work with!

Dear Jane – B-1 Bachelor Buttons

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!