They sprinkle in, slowly - but surely. I added sashing to the little pile that had accumulated and finished up the A, B, and C rows. Still waiting for more of the spotlight fabrics before I choose the cornerstone fabrics, so it'll be quite a while before I sew any rows to each other. Since those long seams will be far-spaced in time, I really don't mind doing entire rows at once. But if I were assembling the quilt at one shot, I'd much rather do it in growing rectangular chunks!
Sometimes Brenda's drafts do not match the photos of Jane's blocks. When that happens, I often redraft the block. Out of the 169 square blocks, I redrafted over 30 of mine. For a complete list with links, go to my Dear Jane page and scroll down to "Follow Jane, Brenda, or Minka." In that section, I also link to other blogs that address the variations on the blocks -- including Connie's meticulous photos of the original quilt.
Here's one of my redrafts, H2 - Jacob Anthony. You can read about the redraft here along with photos that show why and how I changed the block.
I am so pleased that I have one ready to go up here.I chose "Florence Nightingal first (being a nurse from way back) It is hand stitched on FP.I bought these fabrics from a lovely little stall at our Craft fair . This shop had bags made up of "dear Jane" style fabrics. This took me about an hour to do while I had a very slack day in my job Am on a roll so hopefully will keep going.
Here's my A-7 block finished. I stitched it all by hand as my take along project this month, so it was done a little at a time at a couple of guild meetings and two Doctor's office waits. That worked well, so I'll have to prepare a couple more blocks to work on while on the go :)
Where Do I Begin? When Did I Begin?
I was so excited when I discovered this blog! What fun! I've been working on my DJQ so long that I don't remember what year I started -- LOL! I just know it was the late 1990s! I am humbled by speedy quiltmakers.
Lots of Changes
To date, I have made all my square blocks...15 of them were made twice or thrice because I changed my colors midstream. You can read about all my fretting over colors here. I started making my first blocks on the machine but that did not last long. I just could not get enough control and clearly, I prefer handwork. I kept 4 of the early machine-sewn blocks but all the rest were done by hand. You can see my stats, etc. on the Dear Jane page of my blog.
Today and Tomorrow
Lately, I've been joining my blocks -- rows A through G, so far. I'm trying to decide if I want to make the triangles or not. If I do, then I've got lots to figure out because I'm running out of the background fabric. (The early editions of the book listed the wrong amount.)
I look forward to following everyone's progress. It's always fun to see the different variations on Jane Stickle's quilt.
Thanks for the nice comments on my post yesterday, I sure appreciate it! Quilting is indeed good therapy, as well as friendship.Today I finished the last block in row E. I didn't like the way it was diagrammed in the book, so I made mine to look like the actual picture of the block. I pieced the triangles, the strips around it and the interior triangles the traditional way. Then I appliqued the small blue triangles to the corner triangles and stitched them on. I like it!
I have stitched the first row together with the sashing, but I think I will take it apart again, in favor of sewing my blocks in chunks instead of rows. Besides that I think I might want to arrange my blocks differently because I haven't really been planning the arrangement of the different blues. It might look ok as I have them, but it might need some tweaking and that will be harder if I sew my rows together now. For now I am just gong to concentrate on getting more blocks finished!
Well February is already halfway over and I haven't done much at all! This week I did manage to get an applique block and a triangle done. My buddy who has been working on one as well has been needing some encouragement - her husband passed away shortly after Christmas and she is having a tough time right now. So we are encouraging each other to work on our blocks. I hope she can find some comfort as we work on our quilts - at least it gives me a chance to lift her up a bit and know that she has a friend. This triangle I did by tracing on freezer paper, cutting it into the pattern pieces and ironing them on to the fabric. I cut out with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, then pieced. It went really well and looks pretty good! E-11 is one I've been avoiding for a while, so it was a good day to tackle it! I appliqued the center wheel onto the white, then reverse appliqued the background over that. Then I appliqued the corners on in white. Glad to have this one out of the way! I think tomorrow I will finish up Row E! Yay for progress!
now, I'm not thrilled with every block & would like to redo a few but they are technically complete.
I did the blocks first, having originally eliminated the triangles from the design.
Phase 2 included all the triangles....but I never put the pieces together! Everything sat in storage bins, just waiting for me to get the urge to move on to Phase 3.
To help move me on, fate brought a blogger friend to me....
I had some fabric she was looking for & had to dig through the stash amassed for Jane. While in search of the 4 leaf clover Judie Rothermel fabric, I fell in love with the 30s reproduction prints all over again.
Then, I read some of the posts on Janiacs Unite and found this blog is such a warm & welcoming place to be! I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
Special thanks to Vicki & Dawn for the invitation to post here. I'm so looking forward to getting back to this project of a lifetime.
I joined this blog recently as I really need encouragement to keep stitching those triangles! I am not having so much fun with them and they bore me a lot. But I do want them to be finished and add them to my center piece! So far I have done half of the top border and some single ones in the other borders. I have stitched my center piece together, so need to add those borders and the scallop outside border to be finished, at least to get it basted and quilted!The above picture is of my center blocks piece.
I will make a picture of my triangles when my first border is done. My progress is also on my blog.
Happy stitching to you all!
My Dear Jane progress has languished for months, but now I've done six blocks in two weeks! Sure, they're easy blocks, but that's okay with me. The further I get into it, the more likely I am to keep going.
This week I completed four blocks:
Happy to sharewiththe fansof this historicquiltandembroideryfansalso, this link to make a smallsamplecross-stitchDJ.
Theseare the threadsto use.The story isthat years agoI sawthis embroideryin ablogand wanted to dothis butunfortunatelydid not share thedata.As fate wouldfind mewith the saleof embroideryand by chance, surfing theweb.I gotthe pattern via emailthe day beforemy vacation...andthe desireI hadto do...I took it and I couldbuy thethreadssomewhere in thesouth andof courseI includeda piece ofAida fabric.I founda shop in PuertoVaras,fully stocked, I onlymissedtwo colors.
Here is the pictureof the brochure.I bought iton linehere and justsend itvia mail(not PDF)and it takesabout 45 daysso do notbe impatient, arrives.Thefinalsize of the embroideryis small butdepends onAida fabricthey use.Check thisonline storealso sellsmany designsforvarious topicsand has otherSampler.
That wasmybeginning.Myembroiderywill beabout 30x 30cm
And myprogress.I see alittle twistedthe lasttriangle on the leftbut Icountedand counted,seen and reviewedand well.I will seethefollowing.
Good thing, right?At leastforthequiltwe are doingD.Janeand likecross-stitchembroidery.
:) Yasmin :)
Feliz de compartir con las fanáticas de este histórico quilt y fanáticas también del bordado, este enlace para hacer una pequeña muestra del DJ en punto cruz.
Estos son los hilos que ocuparé. La historia es que hace años que vi este px en algún blog y quise hacerlo pero lamentablemente no compartieron el dato. El destino quiso que me encontrará con la venta del bordado y por casualidad, navegando por la web. Me llegó por correo el día anterior a mis vacaciones... y con las ganas que tenía de hacerlo... me lo llevé por si podía comprar los hilos en alguna parte del sur y por supuesto que incluí el trozo de tela aída. Los encontré en una cordonería en Puerto Varas, completamente surtida, solo me faltó dos colores.
Aquí está la foto del folleto. Lo compré on line aquí y sólo lo envían vía correo (no PDF) y se demora unos 45 días por lo que no se impacienten, llega. El tamaño del bordado final es pequeño, aunque depende de la tela aída que usen. Revisen esta tienda on line porque también vende muchos diseños de diversos temas y tiene otros Sampler.
Así fue mis comienzos. Mi bordado quedará de unos 30 x 30 cm.
Y mis avances. Veo un poco torcido el último triángulo de la izquierda pero he contado y contado, visto y revisado y está bien. Ya veré con el que sigue.
Buen dato, no? Por lo menos para las que estamos haciendo el quilt D. Jane y nos gusta el bordado en punto cruz.