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!
I started this Lorax quilt quilt ages ago. I quilted it as planned with the Zephyr, panto that looks like the Truffula trees .. and then it just hung out on the quilt frame like clothes on a tread mill for months! Finally during my unexpected break from work I got around to putting the binding on it.
I suppose it is controversial to quilt right over the Lorax but I don’t think it matters to him. Think of it as a screen overlay and don’t worry about adding a panto over a panel. I think it works just fine.
I was finally able to make it to a Boston Modern Quilt Guild meeting and was pleased to discover that they were still looking for help with the Quilts for Boston project. Alice gave me a bag which I thought was a top to quilt, but I discovered a collection of blocks that needed to be pieced. I had great fun arranging all of the blocks, including a strip of tumbler blocks, some very modern blocks and also traditional star blocks. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to put this quilt together which will go to someone who was directly affected by the Boston Marathon Bombing or I think it may also go to someone who has helped in the healing process. I could really feel all of the love that went into making all of the blocks in this quilt.
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!
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!
I have finished my Dear Jane blocks for Tuesday night’s meeting. I am enjoying this quite a bit …. so far! I love the fabric I am working with and the fact that each block is so different. This month I had two rotary cut and pieced blocks, two paper pieced blocks and one applique block. The paper pieced blocks are the fussiest, but the triangle block went together pretty quickly. Take a look at the May blocks. 10 done 215 to go!