Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuesday quilt block February 26

Welcome to my Tuesday quilt block for the end of February.

This is G-5, called Poof.  The background is pieced and the white shape is appliqued on top, so it's a pretty simple block.  No need to match corners either, as it will be covered!
We are back to pink blocks as I am slowly working on my daughter's quilt.  I am filling in on the easier blocks  to get up to 144 blocks (hers will be 12 by 12 blocks, not 13 by 13 as in the original quilt).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday Quilt block Feb. 19

It's Tuesday again (how these weeks fly by so fast!) and time to share another quilt block. I tend to do several blocks as I have time for them (say, over Christmas Break), and show them one by one on this blog.

The block above is F-5, Parcheesi.  It is the 168th block I did, meaning I expected it to be the hardest of all.  (For block 169 I had picked out ahead of time a simpler paper-pieced block, to end on a happier note.)

Well I was not disappointed.  Applique all the melons and squares?  I did not think I could avoid wonky placement.  So I followed Anina's instructions in which the squares and the background are pieced, and then you add the melons by reverse applique.  Turning under the seam allowances and then sewing them down for the melons was a nightmare, especially at the corners of the melons.  It is because of how the block is constructed, and not Anina's fault in her directions, let me be clear.  It's just a difficult block.

I am joining Connie at Freemotion by the river  as I do most Tuesdays.  Drop by her blog to see the pretty things others are doing!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday Quilt block Feb. 12

It is Tuesday February 12 and time for another quilt block.

Todays' topic: Alternate blocks.  I am making the the full Jane Stickle quilt with 169 center blocks, but oh, some of those center blocks!  Applique 16 little melons!  Or applique 4 melons and four pointed motifs that will never have sharp corners!  I should be able to do it, but I blanch at the the thought.  Therefore, in my planning I told myself that it was OK to have an alternate block or two such as the one below.

This block is called Arrowhead and you can find it in the Dear Jane Software package, under the listing "good for alternate blocks". There are some old standards in there, and some simple geometric blocks.  This one can be paper pieced in four sections, something I can easily do.  And if you know your blocks, you know there are others that look a little like this.

My final quilt will have two alternate blocks, which I think will blend in with the 167 classic Jane blocks.

Would readers of this blog be interested in a weekly place to share their current work on their Jane Stickle quilt or Hannah quilt? A blog hop hosted by one quilter (ME), where you could leave links to your blog, and have people visit? You could share your current block, triangle, corner, or your current assembly and quilting. If a quilter did not have a blog, but had digital photos, they could send the photos to me and I could post them.

I have thought about hosting such a thing on this blog for awhile, but wondered if there would be any interest.  I would be happy to host such a blog hop.  There is no advertising on this blog (and there won't be) so I have no monetary interest. Let me know in the comments.

I am joining Connie at Freemotion by the river (a good example of a blog hop) as I do most Tuesdays.


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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday quilt block Feb. 5

It's Feb. 5 and time for a short tutorial on the block H-6, Pie Sale, which I promised last week.

The idea of piecing or appliqueing all those quarter circles made me tremble, so I came up with a different way, which I thought was new.  Of course when it comes to quilts in the style of Jane Stickle someone has tried this method before.

Anyhow, I pieced the center block of focus fabric surrounded by background fabric, following the measurement in The Book, and four 4-patches the size of the quarter circles plus 1/4 inch seam allowances. (Sorry, I did not write down my actual measurements.).

I then prepared my 4 patches into circles for applique.  I use freezer paper on the bottom and fold over the seam allowances and crease them with a hot iron.  I then baste down the seam allowances to hold them in place while I applique.  You may use your own method.

Carefully pinning or basting in place to match the block in the Mother quilt, applique around the circles, remove basting stitches and freezer paper if any, and press.

Well, I thought I was doing a "new" method for this block.  However doing some web searching for images of the actual block in the Mother Quilt in the Bennington Museum, I came across the blog Connie's Quilts and her entry on reproducing this quilt block.  And yes, she used the same method, over 2 years ago.  Connie, are you still out there?  Are you going to continue your reproduction Jane Stickle project?

I am linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River as I do most weeks I have blocks to share. Both blog hops have of pictures of pretty quilt blocks and other projects.

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