Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013
My super slow-mo pace continues... Still having fun though...
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I burrowed into my assembly work all last week and got my Rainbow Dear Jane fully assembled Tuesday night!
I put in cornerstones on this one - went through all the colors I'd received for the blocks and found the one of each color that I liked best. Used that one for all the stones in each radiating color band. I think you can get the idea here:
Regarding earlier thoughts of quilting this in large sections, then joining them - SCRATCH THAT IDEA~! There are far too many precision points in small measure to match up to ever get it to line up perfectly after quilting. You'd have waves that will never block out completely, or mismatched lines. Besides the whole challenge of the serious thicknesses that fight with the foot as you're sewing.
As you're assembling your Babies, you'll find that tiny 1/2" sashing places many thick, thick seam-allowance stretches that ride so close to the foot that it's often difficult to keep the edges perfectly lined up. I found pinning like this to be super helpful, because on most blocks, that top Baby likes to slide away from the foot with a strong pull:
GO SLOW. And it also helped to provide support/tension from 3 angles: front and side with my left hand, from the back with my right hand reaching through the machine's throat (absent here to do camera duty):
P.S. - Men. . . ::shaking my head:: Mr. Caulkins: "This is what it would look like if a quilt farted:"
Friday, August 2, 2013
Here is my finished Modern Jane quilt. I taught a Dear Jane club and made this - working along side my students.
The quilt was constructed using a mix of batiks and modern prints.
I was incredibly humbled and honored that Brenda Papadakis asked me to submit this quilt as part of the Celebration of Jane Stickle Exhibit. The (150th anniversary)exhibit took place at the Vermont Quilt Festival the end of June.
Above is a picture of Brenda giving a lecture by my quilt at the exhibit.
The experience and women I've met on this journey have been so wonderful. I am so grateful to Brenda for her years of dedication in preserving this great American Treasure!
I'm still working on my Civil war and 1930's Jane quilts. I will be starting up another Dear Jane club this fall so I'm hopeful to have these 2 Jane quilts completed by the end of next year.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
It was harder finding the zippers that what it was to make the cushions. The fronts hung for a months on my coat hanger on the wall, in my sewing room. Eventually found the zippers in a quilting shop.
This cushion I gave to my daughter-in-law as like me Tamara is a cushion freak.
This cushion I have kept for myself.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
I just finished all my blocks!! All inner Babies, all triangles, all kites!! I just want to dance all over the neighborhood. ;D
Thursday, June 27, 2013
BLUE RIBBON PAVILION
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
and also http://countrythreads.blogspot.com/2013/05/dear-jane-exhibition-and-talk-nantes.html
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
See you after I get more done!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Here is a picture of my finished MODERN Jane quilt top.
I sent it off to the Longarm studio. Here is a picture of my quilt with Valerie. (she is studying the quilt for design ideas)
Here is a close up of one corner...I hope you can see the scallops I drew in the borders. (you may have to click on the picture to enlarge it)
It feels wonderful to have this accomplishment behind me. I'm still working on my Civil War and 1930's versions of this quilt, hopeful to have those completed within a year.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Here are the blocks I finished up last week. In addition to these I also completed LS8 triangle "Northern Lights".
Here is what my progress looked like by the time I was done:
Pretty good progress for me - I was very happy.
But wait there's MORE...I spent the entire weekend on Jane as well. I'll have the grand reveal for you all in just a couple of days!
Wishing you all a Happy & Productive week!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
And the individuals: