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Thursday, May 31, 2012

A-5 and A-7

This block (A-7) I do not have much time to make this block. So I did the four petales with application to hand. Other people do two petals with traditional hand-application and the other two petals with application to inverted hand.

And this block (A-5) I developed the technique of paper piecing.
Have a nice day and thank you for your comments.


Monday, May 28, 2012

May's blocks

I managed to get a few in this month!
 E4 Buffalo Tree Hopper
 D12 Crossed Swords
 D11 Snow Crystal
E3 Paddle Wheels

Four Rotary Cut & Machine Pieced Blocks

I just shared my technique for these four blocks.

  four more Janes

For closer photos click on my Flickr links.
1. E-3, 2. I-8, 3. J-2, 4. M-12 

I do some photo editing after I take the pics and
honestly sometimes they look wonkier
- they really do look pretty darn good in person. 

Dear Jane, I've missed you ... xox J

I joined this group many many months ago but life changed direction unexpectedly.
So this is me, finally posting.

My name is Jovita , an American living in Belgium 
married to a tall German.

I began considering a "Contemporary" Jane last April (2011) and finally took the plunge in June. September was when things peetered. But I'm dying to get back to it. I've missed it. Some of the blocks I find rather annoying but that's ok I'm not letting the quilt dictate to me ... I don't think Jane would have ever.

The main point is to have fun! 

And I have been having lots of that with the first 32 blocks I have finished so far.

My Jane!

1. A-1, 2. A-2, 3. A-3, 4. A-4, 5. A-5, 6. A-7, 7. A-8 (re-done), 8. B-1, 9. B-3, 10. B-4, 11. B-9, 12. B-10, 13. C-1 (adaptation), 14. C-3, 15. C-6, 16. C-9, 17. C-10, 18. D-9, 19. E-3, 20. F-7 (changed), 21. H-13, 22. I-1, 23. I-8, 24. J-2, 25. J-6, 26. K-7, 27. L-4, 28. L-5, 29. L-7, 30. M-2, 31. M-9, 32. M-12

You can read a bunch more about my Contemporary Jane on our group blog "Under the Willow Tree" including how I've made my blocks and some tutorials. Most of my other projects are blogged at Jovita's Patchwork Atelier.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Row E is completed!

I know some of you are following my blog and will have seen this post already...........
BUT, it is very exciting. My next aim is row F by the end of June.
We'll see.......!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Row D - 2 blocks

Well, I had challenged myself to 2 blocks per week in May and prepared 4 early in the month. We have reach the middle of the month and I have only completed 2 of my blocks so far.
I have finished D7 Meeting Place, hand-pieced and sewn to D6
and also D8 Dee Dee's Delight, reverse applique.
That takes me to 119 blocks so far, 50 more to finish the centre.

Monday, May 14, 2012

G-10 Woven Meadow

Thanks everyone for your advice on keeping the last block or not for my quilt. 

Yes it's in the folder for when I put my DJ quilt together.

Today's effort is called Woven Meadows and its G-10 on the block list.

Took me about 2 . 5 hours from start to finish and in this time I had taken a break for some lunch.

Love the fabric I picked.

What Would You Do????

Can you pick what is wrong with this block?

I didn't notice until the block was all finished. Stupid part is I really like the mistake and am torn between using this block or remaking it.

To save you getting up and walking for your book, the centre of the star is meant to be blue not white.

So what would you do??? Leave it or make a new block????

Please let me know by leaving a comment. I will appreciate your opinion.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

E progress

 I have finally found some time to tackle a bit of applique so have completed two more blocks. I think I will 'cheat' and start to use my machine a bit more to assemble the blocks and complete the applique by hand, otherwise I will never got this finished!!!!!



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jane's Addicted - May Update

The Jane's Addicted "key", three new blue diamond blocks, and a new (to me) antique top...

My main layout worksheet: this one shows the large "diamond of diamonds."The idea is that blocks with a diamond motif will form a large diamond (all in blues), and the blocks withan "X" motif will form a large X. The other blocks are more or less organized by motif in "trips" but I will probably still do some rearranging. The outer corners will be mostly tans and browns.

"Arietty's Got a Case of the Cabin Fever" - aka A-9, Cabin Fever
"LulaMae from Tulip, Texas" - aka G-9, Mary's Journey
"Miss Minnie Fay" - aka B-4, Chris's Soccer Field
A few of the prettier fabrics in an antique top I just got from my sister.

- Jane's Addicted.

Friday, May 4, 2012

block A3


Finished 3-05-2012
more to come

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sashing Prep: Method to My Madness

Basket-weave sashing: 5:x1" and 10" x 1"

I'm all done sashing my blocks but I wanted to post this info on how I prepare the blocks and sashing before I start stitching them together. While I used a woven pattern, the same prep would be done for regular sashing, too. Before adding the sashing to each row . . .
  • The sashing pieces are cut, seamlines and corners (dots) are marked. The short strips have 4 dots; the long strips have 8 dots. Because I was doing woven sashing, I had short and long strips.
  • The seamlines on every block are checked for accuracy. Some applique blocks start out with no seamlines marked at all!
It's painstaking, but it helps control the wonks. Just look at the "migrating seamlines" in the Row K samples below. That pink block just barely had a seam allowance! It was a real nail biter! I remember when I made it. I had not made a block in many months and forgot many little tricks I had learned along the way....like putting a generous seam allowance around the outside of each block. I got all done, realized my error and just groaned. Luckily, I had enough to join it to its neighboring blocks -- just barely. Click the photos to enlarge them.

4.5" x 4.5" template is key to getting the job done.

Note the migrating seamlines (left and right) and a pink nail-biter (center)!

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