I am now up to date with my Dear Jane Blocks. This month I was working with my Singer 301 Sewing Machine which just got cleaned and had some adjustments made. It is such a nice machine. It has a great stitch and is amazingly light. Perfect for taking to class.
I also wanted to comment on this month’s triangle block. Instead of appliqueing the curved piece on the bottom I decided to just sew it on with the machine because it is not much of a curve. And I cheated with the little melon. Yes, I did. It is fused in place with steam a seam and machine stitched around the edges. I think this will be just fine. After all, this is a MODERN Dear Jane quilt, so I am using as many modern techniques as I can!
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.
Here they are! This months selection of Dear Jane Blocks. I found some time to get them together. All warm colors this month for my color scheme. Lots of paper piecing and one block with applique. I cut out templates for the circles and melons and then used a needle and thread to gather the edges of the fabric around the template. A blast of “starch” held the gathered fabric in place … and sorry I did not take pictures to show you how to do that!
This is what I did with 40 10″ squares of Kaffe Fassett Millefiore and Paperweight fabrics. I did have to add a few fat quarters into the mix.
Peggy Anne’s Quilting and Sewing Company is selling packages of 10″ squares and then all you need are the fat quarters or some extra yardage to make this quilt.
I have put a pattern together with the directions which is available as a downloadable file in my little pattern store.
The quilt is 64″ x 73″ which is a nice lap quilt or a perfect size for the charity quilts that the North Parish Quilt Guild puts together for the Hole in Wall Gang Camp! I’ll have to make one for them, and I also might put a couple of kits together for other guild members to put together.