Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ten more miniature blocks

Here is the latest set, last one finished this AM. I am up to 35 blocks! I really like the Electric Quilt software. The foundation pattterns are SO useful. I am also using quite a few of the alternate blocks that are included in the Dear Jane software. Many are classic patterns. (note Churn Dash and Shoo Fly). Some work very well in this small format - like the lower right block in blue feedsack - a windmill design that I like very much. Fabric placement can change the look of a block too. There are 2 here that are the same pattern - can you tell which ones?
1800's Christmas Jane 105, 30, 0, 3122
Pretty in Pink Jane 73, 26, 0, 2245
Minature Madness! 35, 0, 0, 518

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More mini blocks

I tell ya, they are addictive! R.D., I am finding the 2 inch blocks a real challenge. I think I will pack up the four I have done and mail them to you.
The rose block is Caitlin's Rose (get it?) That one, and the center block, are done with feedsack fabric. the other two are done with dress weight, tighter weave fabric.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I've "met" someone more insane than me.

She shall only be known as R.D.

She saw my posting on a yahoo group about Dear Jane quilts, and we have been emailing back and forth. So I haven't actually "met" her, but we are connected.

R.D. is making Dear Jane blocks that finish at 2 inches square. She even sent photos of some ONE inch squares (I wonder if they are faked - you can do anything with photoshop. Just kidding!) And we will exchange blocks. The photo below is of the first four I've made, using her background fabric:

After finishing these I took a look at the original blocks in the book by Brenda Papadakis. They looked monstrouly huge!
Now, to start our exchange, R.D. sent me a 3 inch block. What does she send? G-6, Papa's star! Showoff. It is in the picture below, flanked by two I finished today:


1800's Christmas Jane 104, 30, 0, 3077

Pretty in Pink Jane 72, 26, 0, 2204

Minature Madness! 19, 0, 0, 258

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More Madness!

Is there any help for me? Am I totally around the bend? Here are 9 more blocks. You may not be able to tell but the birds in air block fabric has dancing children and the old lady who lived in a shoe. Cut up so small, it's hard to tell.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Miniature Madness!

The blocks in the original quilt by Jane Stickle, and as drawn and published by Brenda Papadakis in her book "Dear Jane" finish at 4.5 inches. This is considered small, tiny even. Over Christmas break I got the strange idea of making a few blocks even smaller, so that these 4.5 inch blocks would look large. Say, 3 inches, finished.

And, in a switch from my Civil War reproduction fabrics, maybe use 30's and 40's reproduction fabrics. Or... the blocks are so small, I could use my actual precious pieces of 30's and 40's fabrics and feedsacks.

Oh no! I am truly insane now. I have two other Jane-related quilts in progress! But these blocks are so cute...

A note on the blocks: I am using the Dear Jane software from the Electric Quilt company to size these blocks to 3 inches, finished. Thank you to the designers and publishers of this great product. If you have the $ I recommend this software.


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