And Yet, There’s More

More snow. Yes friends, Mid-Michigan is getting more snow today. This has been the snowiest winter I can remember having in years! And so freaking cold! I keep trying to think of warm days, sitting on the deck enjoying the sunshine, listening to the birds, playing with my flowers. Ahhh, that’s better already!
Here’s another block for my Dear Sammy Jane quilt. This was an easy block to do… around and around, paper piecing with itty bitty pieces. I love the crisp orange with the beige! The block is G4- Shutter Bug, with 29 pieces.

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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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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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Two blocks, great weekend

I spent some time Saturday and Sunday sewing. It felt so good! Last week was extremely busy, and there wasn’t much time for relaxation. My stress levels go up when I don’t have a little time to myself to stitch, so I’m hoping this week goes more smoothly.
I had lunch with an old friend on Saturday as well. I hadn’t seen Sue in probably 30 years, and we had a lot of catching up and picture-showing to do. We’ll be getting together much more often, I’m sure! It was great to see her again!

Photo of Dean and Sammy

Sean, Kim, Jacob and baby Samantha surprised us with a visit yesterday for my birthday (which is today). We had a nice, long visit, dinner, and some good relaxing time together. Sammy slept most of the time, but was never set down except for a change or two. She woke up and was very alert before they left, with big open eyes looking all around. Dean’s parents came over for a bit and got to see her for the first time. They said “She’s a keeper.” We agree. I asked Jacob if we should keep her, and he said yes. When I asked him if we should put her back in Mommy’s tummy, he looked really puzzled, then said no, she wouldn’t fit anymore.

This last little block is called “Four Clovers” and is block G-3 in the Dear Jane quilt.

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Mohawk Trail and "While I Was Gone" by Sue Miller

I’ve been completing a few Dear Jane blocks lately, but on Sunday we went to Borders and I decided I hadn’t read a good book in a long time. I picked up one called “While I Was Gone” by Sue Miller. What a GREAT book! I’m on page 133 already, and it’s hard to put down. So, in searching online for the photo of the book to show you, I discovered that it’s one of Oprah’s book choices. If you haven’t already read it, you might want to add it to your list. It’s fantastic!

Yes, I have been sewing inbetween reading. Here’s Mohawk Trail, G-2.
That should tide you over until my next post!

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