Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jane Block: Pam's Bells

The main block is easy to piece.  The four teardrops were easier to applique than I thought.  No need to consider this a "hard" block.  The fabric on the left is from the new Texas bound line, which I purchased at  I highly recommend this site for finding just the right repro fabrics.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Earthquake in Virginia and I was working on.....

The Jane triangle called Epicenter! Seriously, I was!  Did I cause the earthquake?  If so I am sorry!  Out here in the Midwest I did not feel a thing.

The center circle unit was assembled first following Anina's instructions.  Then, instead of putting this unit under the white fabric, and doing reverse applique (as she did), I just turned under the edges and appliqued the whole circle thingy on.  Then I appliqued the diamonds and struggled with the sharp points.  Oh well it is done.  This is one of the hardest triangles I have done yet.
PS. The pencil lines are where I am going to trim this block.  I always cut my fabric even larger than the 1/4 inch seam allowances, in case of fraying or mistakes.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Triangle: Eiffel Tower

And the top row triangles are finished.

(I have also done this in pink).  The two melons are appliqued on.  This is not how Jane Stickle did it.  If you study the picture in the book, you'll see she did the lower melon by reverse applique.  I didn't think I could be that fiddle-y.

145 blocks, 46 triangles, 1 corner, and 4470 pieces.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

School starts tomorrow!  Today is my last day to work on quilt blocks!!

On the left; Jane's tears for my daughter's quilt.  On the right: Eaton's crossroads, before trimming to size.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

B-5 Hot Cross Buns

This Jane block is B-5, Hot Cross Buns.  And there's a mistake - the border strips are supposed to be the background fabric, not the focus fabric.  Oh well.  I'm not going to re-do this, or unsew it.  Green for my quilt, pink for my daughter's quilt.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

"Jane-ing" On

These are triangles from the top row of The Quilt, as it is usually displayed.  The name of the triangle is Spanish Moss, each with 23 pieces.  I have almost all the top row triangles done!  School starts soon to time to plug along.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

J-12 Rebecca's Basket

Simple enough to do, pieced with an applique handle.  One for my quilt, one for my daughter's quilt.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hattie's Hen House

Thanks for everyone's comments on past entries on my blocks and triangles in the manner of Jane Stickle.
Following some people's advice, I did buy 'cheaters' or reading glasses, and put them on OVER my current glasses. Wonderful! I can hold my applique work at my normal working distance, not so close that I might poke my cheek with the needle, or hit my eye with the back of my wrist. So I have been pushing ahead with the applique blocks.

I do admit to some continuing eyestrain.  Not nearly as bad as before.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back to Miniature Madness!

In these last 2 weeks of summer, I am pushing hard on my "Jane" projects, because it's back to school soon.  I even pulled out some miniature madness blocks and finished them.

From left to right: bouquet, flying geese, and a pointy star.  These patterns can be found in the classic pieced patterns in Electric Quilt 5 or 6.  The Dear Jane software also has some classic pieced blocks in the library.

Each block is 3.5 inches across,  unfinished, and those are real vintage feedsacks and fabrics in there.

My numbers now are:

1800's Christmas Jane 143, 45, 1, 4394

Pretty in Pink Jane 101, 36, 0, 3178
Miniature Madness! 58, 0, 0, 816

Monday, August 15, 2011

Oh those little triangles!

The triangles are tiny, yet the block looks incomplete without them.  I did not think I could applique something this tiny, so I pieced them in. I think you can see the seam lines.

This is block I-7, called Mac and Muff.  No, I have no clue why!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Triangle: Jane's Oak

The bottom piece was easy to applique, but I had some trouble with the inside curves on the leaf!  This triangle I consider to be one of the signature pieces on the original quilt.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Triangle: Left-side 13

This triangle (called Watermelon) I think is often overlooked.  It's on the bottom left side corner in the original quilt, as the Jane Stickle quilt is usually displayed.  It's made of a tan fabric that has faded.

In Brenda's book this triangle is pictured on the very last page, just before the bibliography.  Easy to overlook.  Yet it has its own charm and is not too difficult to make.  Paper piece several different sections, and applique 4 melons on.  If you can do Dad's Plaids then you can do this one.

I am showing this in two colors because I am actually crazy enough to make two quilts!  One is reproduction fabrics, for me, and one in double pinks for my daughter.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Block 10 - Nearly Insane

A bit electric, yes? The colors and prints are close to the original quilt by Salinda Rupp.
I enjoyed finding a place in this quilt for the red print in the center, one of my favorite reproduction turkey red fabrics.  the green fabric in the frame is a VERY close reproduction of a green fabric that seems to have been manufactured for 70 years or more!  I bought it at least 5 years ago or more, so I am sorry, I can't tell you where to get it.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nearly Insane Block # 46

This one turned out a little small and I added red strips to two sides to get it up to 6.5 inches, unfinished.  A bit electric!!!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Update on the weight-loss journey

This summer there have been some bumps in the road, indeed. I lost a bit but have gained some pounds back. I seem to have lost my motivation, and going to a conference 2 weeks ago with all the eating this involves does not help either.

As some of my regular readers may notice, I have changed my 'ticker' or bar on the top of my blog. I have changed my goal weight to a more manageable number. I don't think it's really likely at my age to get down to where I was in my mid-twenties.

To be more motivated, my doctor suggests I promise my self something big, like a trip, if I reach goal and stay there for 3 weeks. Where would you travel to? she asks.
Venice! I reply promptly.
So, I have a picture of Venice as wallpaper on my laptop, and I bought the Lonely Planet guide to Italy yesterday. I hope this motivates me more. I can start saving money now too.


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