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Another Applique Quilt

I am working on my version of Peggy Anne’s In the Meadow Quilt.  I know it is supposed to be a counting quilt, but I am getting a bit creative here, so the number of babies will not be quite the same and some may be missing from the scene all together.  Changing my approach to a smaller quilt with separate blocks for each applique has re-awakened my creative spirit.

Here are the two blocks I have finished

fish ducklings

Here is the current plan

meadow-plan

Here is my previous background for the quilt, which may now be the backing?

meadow background

November Jane Blocks

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!

 

 

The Lorax Quilt is Finished

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.

 

Quilt for Boston

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 Jane

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Stickle’s Quilt

Last week Bob and I visited the Bennington Museum in Vermont specifically to see the Dear Jane quilt.  It is the 150th anniversary of the quilt.  If you want to see it hurry on up there because it is only on display until October 14th, 2013.  We managed to get some very nice photos of the quilt … with the Flash off!!  No flash photography for this quilt.  It is in very good shape with just a bit of discoloration here and there.  It was so nice to get close to the quilt and compare the blocks I have already made with the original.  I could have spent all day just looking at each individual block!  You can see my Dear Jane Progress HERE!

 

 

 

 

September Jane Blocks

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!

 

 

Dear Jane August Blocks

August Dear Jane Blocks

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.

 

 

Dragon Fly Quilt

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.