I have a soft spot in my heart for reproduction fabrics and patterns. I love old quilts and enjoy reading about them and have a few old tops that I treasure.
I could not resist Collette’s block of the month at Quilter’s Common for this pattern. I got a bit behind on finishing it but here is the top ready for quilting. I was inspired by Collette to add the striped border. I love how the Green jumps out now. The picture before the outer blocks and border were added highlights the reds. My blue/green border gives it another look altogether.
Piecing this top was a bit of a challenge and I feel that I have really improved my skills quite a bit. So, I am glad I spent the time to fuss with all of these blocks.
I used Patricia Ritter’s Bauhaus pantograph for this quilt. I know, I know, I should have just free motion quilted, but I am a big wimp and do not trust my skills for keeping things even and consistent.
I want more time to practice and play! But, I am happy with what I have accomplished with this quilt.
I spent the weekend at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, ME at a retreat with the Boston Modern Quilt Guild. Quite the quilting adventure. The accommodations were a bit rustic, but that just added to the feeling of being away at Quilt Camp! The Gymnasium we were working in was the best with lots of sunshine streaming in and plenty of goodies to munch on.
I decided to use my Denyse Schmidt Chicopee 2 1/2 inch strips. I hope Kate Spain does not mind that I used her Good Fortune pattern! The pattern is quite intricate and one should not participate in Happy Hour when trying to puzzle through which sashing goes with which type of block … unless one has a seam ripper!
I was amazed at the productivity of everyone. I was happy to get my one project to quilt top stage, but people were going from fabric to quilt or going from project to project. And, there was also lots of great improvisational piecing taking place.
I also have to thank Janis for inviting me on her road trip to Mardens. My fabric haul was modest at 25.75 yards with an average cost of $3.30 a yard! What an amazing place with lots of ultra modern fabric for no more than $4.50 a yard and then there were those bins with fabric for only $1.50 a yard … good designer fabric! Woot Woot!!
I just love the colors in this quilt. If this quilt does not make you happy I don’t know what will.
The fabric is a Hoffman Watermelon Bali Pops pack of 2 1/2 inch strips with two light green and two lavender fabrics substituted. Sorry to say that this color set has been “retired” and I could not find it even on e-bay. Perhaps Wildberry or Splash will make you just as happy!
The pattern is Champagne from Villa Rosa Designs. The pattern was written with a pack of 2 1/2 inch strips in mind. These patterns are very basic, printed on a post card, but are only $2.00. I added borders to the quilt to make is a nice size for keeping warm while watching TV or reading. Thanks to Colette at Quilters Common for help choosing the fabric for the borders. She was right of course!
October has been flying by with very mild weather and lots of beautiful color throughout the New England Area. I managed to get all of my October Jane blocks finished and have gotten a start on the ones for November.
November will finally see more green! Pat, our fearless leader at Quilters Common has been trying to get a mix of blocks each month … paper piecing, rotary cut, applique, and always one triangle, otherwise we would never get to them! But, this means I have no idea what colors I will be using for fabric each month. For the last two months the colors have been lots of yellow, orange and red, so I am happy to be picking out some green fabric for November.
Block M-8 ended up looking quite warped so I went ahead and added the sashing pieces. I am following advice from Aunt Reen’s Blog for the sashing. With the sashing in place it looks just fine now.
I had two students and Colette also joined us to work on a shop sample.
Joyce and Nancy finished their bags, and Colette almost finished hers. I have to thank Colette for a couple of great ideas …
1. Add fusible interfacing to one of the lining pocket pieces to add more stability to the inside pocket section.
2. To shape the bottom of the bag: After sewing the pocket sectioning seams from “pocket top” to “pocket top”, sew two seams from one side to the other of the 36″ x 21″ bag and lining pieces. The seams should be 3″ apart in the center of the bag and lining pieces.
It was great fun spending the day sewing with the ladies at the shop. I may be teaching the class again sometime in the future and will post when that is scheduled. In the mean time the pattern is for sale as a downloadable file in my Craftsy Shop.
Good Grief. It’s nearly the end of August and I still haven’t shared my Dear Jane Blocks.
I enjoyed putting these blocks together … not too much applique this month. Just the handle of the basket, which I did by machine. Not sure if that was a good idea or not, but it looks okay. I used steam a seam and ironed the handle in place and then machine sewed along the edges.
I love the colors in this summer quilt. Very cool and calming, but also whimsical! The large blocks in this quilt are a great way to use some of your favorite large scale fabrics. They won’t get lost in this quilt!
The quilt is off to Deerfield, MA for the 10th Annual Memorial Dinner and Fund Raiser to honor the memory of my cousin Gregory Belanger, who was Killed in Action in Iraq, August 27th, 2003.
The pattern for this quilt is available for sale in my Craftsy shop.
Just finished my Christmas Kitties quilt … in July! The block is a log cabin variation and goes together quickly. The kitty fabric is a cute fabric used in a modern quilt. I love the brown fabrics, which were Peggy Anne’s idea. I never would have thought to use these colors together in a Christmas Quilt … but I love it.
Here are my latest Jane blocks. Three of the five blocks are purple this month as indicated in my plan for the quilt .. a rainbow scheme starting with green in the middle, followed by yellow, etc. I still love working with the Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs fabrics. You can use the large scale fabrics and pick sections to work with. The blocks seemed fussy to me this month, but maybe it was me! The reverse applique is the most trying. Hard to get the corners sewn without the raw edges poking out. I think I need most improvement in that area and will not doubt get the opportunity to do so in the next few years of my Jane Journey!