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Dear Jane I Have Not Given Up on You!

Okay, here they are!  More Jane blocks.

My Dear Jane group is concentrating on the G Row to get one entire row done.  I am now about 6 months behind, so I decided to focus on those as well, rather than do them in the order assigned.

I completely hand pieced Block G8 and I am happy with the result.  It was a bit frustrating at first and I concluded that I am happy the sewing machine was invented!  This is not a Kaffe or a Phillip or even a Westminster fabric, but I think it works well with them.  Guess I have decided to branch out and mix some other fabrics in.  If I have a fabric that works I am going to use it! No one in my group seemed to notice my Kaffe Fassett/Phillip Jacobs departure, so I got away with it!

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I did give hand piecing another try with G1.  I thought it would be too difficult to try curved piecing on the machine because the curve seemed a bit too tight.  I finished this block with the machine.

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For block G7 I decided to go ahead and try machine piecing the curves and it went quite well.  I pressed the pieces in half to line up the centers and pinned at the center and each side.  I put the convex piece on the bottom when sewing.  I only redid one of the curved seems and I actually ended up redoing that one twice!

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G9 is just straight forward paper piecing and I used an Amy Butler fabric this time (at least it is a Westminster fabric!).  I wanted to use this orange!

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Finally, I was looking at my progress chart and double checking to see if I had everything in the right place.  I found my chart had a couple of blocks in the wrong row and also discovered a block with the wrong fabric! But, aren’t I lucky because the block is D13, which is just about the easiest block you could find yourself redoing.  So, I now have a red and an orange D13.

 

And to wrap things up I will also show you the second B12 that I made some time ago because I was not happy with my first try at reverse applique.  The first is really not so bad, but I think I like the fussy cutting in the redo better.

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Is this more than you ever wanted to know about my Dear Jane blocks??

Oh!!  …. in case anyone is counting I finally got 50 blocks done! WOOT WOOT!!

 

 

The Garden Continuum Quilt

I decided to participate in the Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.  My plan was to fussy cut some blocks and then improvise from there, although I must admit my improvisation ended up taking place on my drawing pad so that I would have an idea of how much fabric I would need to surround my blocks.  Does that mean it is not really improvised?  Can there be no planning with improvisation?  Perhaps not!

I am calling this quilt the Garden Continuum.  It is 48″ x 64″.  I used all 6 of the fat eighths provided and I think I made good use of them.  I used 2 yards of fabric for the background and the binding, and also added about an eighth of a yard of a solid green fabric.

In keeping with the theme of the quit, I went with edge to edge swirly quilting so that the garden blocks blend in and appear to be floating in the continuum!

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Good Fortune in Chicopee

My Good Fortune Quilt with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee Fabric is finished!  I finished it a couple of weeks ago but have not found time to share this with everyone. This is the quilt top that I put together at the BMQG retreat in March.

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.

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One More Quilt for Boston

I just finished the quilting for this Top.

It is one of the many quilts that the Boston Modern Quilt Guild has put together as part of our Quilts for Boston effort.  25 of the quilts will be displayed in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon this year and others are available to those affected by the tragic bombing at last year’s marathon.

I am not even sure who put the top together.  It appeared at the Boston Modern Quilt Guild retreat last month and I told Alice I would finish it.  I really like this one.  The blocks are quintessentially modern and quite a few are wonderfully improvised.  This is the third one that I have quilted. Here is a blog article about the first one, but the second one made its way out of the house without a photograph!

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The Modern Goose Quilt

The Modern Goose Quilt

This quilt is the stunning result of a challenge between Peggy Anne and me.  We were on our way to the Denyse Schmidt Pure Improv class in Nobleboro, Maine.  Peggy Anne had her book that lists all of the quilt stores in the entire country.  So we stopped at a few.  I ended up picking out some fabrics at one of the stores, and Peggy Anne decided to buy the same fabrics, so of course we had to have a challenge.  The only rule was that we could only add one more fabric with no limit on how much of that fabric you could use.  I chose one extra solid color, the brown, in the same amount as the other solid colors.

This quilt has large blocks which go together quickly, and you can achieve great precision and very little waste of fabric if you use the Deb Tucker Wing Clipper I.  I have included some pictures showing how to do the no waste method.

If you like this quilt I have put a pattern together for it and it is for sale in my Pattern Store.

We were trying to take this picture today … such a windy day, we could not get it to stay still … it wanted to fly away!