Maker Bee

Dear Jane Update…. Finally!
April 12, 2008, 8:12 pm
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Now that I’m all caught up with the Dear Baby Jane Quilt-along I can blog about my blocks. In the book Brenda urges people to keep a journal chronicling their Dear Jane journey. This is what finally spurred me on to start this blog I’ve been meaning to start for oh 2 years now. heh.

So my third completed block was Jane’s Tears. This was my first time for doing applique. Anina suggested using a reverse applique method for this block so the tears could be precisely located on the block. I realized this wasn’t the best idea for me since my tear fabric was so dark but I figured I had better go with the reverse method or my block would probably end up looking really wonky. The white flowered fabric is pretty thick so I don’t think the turned under edges show up too bad in real life.

Next was Field of Dreams. This was a simple machine pieced block. I had some fun with this Amy Butler fabric and fussy cut just the edges of the flowers out. I really had no idea how this one was going to work out. I think it looks pretty cool.

The next was Bacherlor Buttons which was reverse applique much like Janes Tears. My applique is still a little wombly but I thought the circles on the circles would be cute.

Next was Chris’s Soccer Field. This one was created using paper piecing. I had done some paper piecing before so this one was a breeze. I love how crisp everything can look with that method. I hope we do another paper pieced block soon.

Then came Mirror Image. This was my first time piecing a curve. I followed Anina’s tutorial and it worked perfectly the first time. I think I got pretty lucky :) I love this orange fabric it’s so cute.

The next block is Simple Simon. It’s a pretty straight forward block but I used this cool Denyse Schmidt fabric to spice it up a little. I wish the diagonal x running through the center of the block had come out a little bit straighter but I’m happy with it non the less.

Dad’s Plaids is reverse applique and regular applique. I was dreading this block for some reason. I put it off until the last possible moment. I used this fabric because it has those little shapes in it like the appliqued shapes.

Jason’s Jacks. I put this one off too. I was worried about all that applique. So I decided to pick a fabric with a busy print to hid any wobbly areas. I think that after finishing this one I finally felt comfortable with my applique skills.

Our next block was Rose of Sharing. I had a lot of fun fussy cutting this fabric. This block was hand appliqued and then machine pieced. I wish the center seam had lined up better but I was afraid of messing up the outer seams line up to rip it. I think this one is pretty cool.

Finally we have Rayelle’s Fence. Rayelle sounds like the name of someone from West Virginia so I like that. I used a paper piecing method to sew together the strips on this one and then I machine basted each intersecting seam before stitching all the rows together. I didn’t do any fussy cuts on this one and I kind of like the haphazardness of it.

Art for the walls.
April 8, 2008, 10:14 pm
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I just wanted to share this great little art quilt I bought on etsy a few weeks ago.

It’s called ‘Keep the Conversation Going’ and it was made by a man! Woohoo! You can find more of MudStuffings pottery and art quilts in his etsy shop.

This is the first art I have purchased for our home. JRoam was briefly an art major and several of our friends are artists so most of our walls are decorated with their art. Now that we are no longer on a college budget it is so nice to be able to support artists and hang new artwork on our walls.

Garden Update!
April 1, 2008, 9:10 pm
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Week Three.

Everything is up and growing! The tomatoes and zucchinis have blossoms and the red and green bell peppers have little baby fruits!

I’m not sure that we are going to have too much luck with the carrots – they don’t seem to really be progressing. Now that I think about it, it may really be too late for the carrots even though the package said they can be planted as late as March in our zone. We shall see.

So far the potatoes have been the most interesting to me because we never had those growing up so I had no idea what the plant would even look like.

Jroam and I love to go out and check on it everyday. I picked up some fish emulsion and bone meal so we will be fertilizing later this week.

Uncle Homer… hee hee
March 27, 2008, 4:40 pm
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I love that this block is called Uncle Homer… how random.

This is my second block for Dear Jane. It was really pretty easy, just the same as the last only the squares were different sizes. I’m trying my had at applique tonight though so wish me luck.

B-13 : Four Corner Press
March 25, 2008, 9:32 pm
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My Dear Jane Book finally came in the mail yesterday. I guess amazon still had my address at the old house and somehow that is the address that the seller sent it to. I’m surprised it didn’t forward on to this house because we still get some mail with the forwarding label on it but I guess it was just because I was waiting so impatiently for this book that it didn’t forward.

I was really nervous when it finally came time to cut and sew this block! Hopefully I will relax a little soon and won’t stress so much. I’m usually so laid back about things but I don’t know, I really want this one to be nice. Maybe it’s because I’m scanning every block in and scrutinizing it. I’m not going to look at it anymore. I had planned the fabrics for this block in my head and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Next, I think I will try another easy one before I move on to an applique block.

Poor little ‘nut…
March 24, 2008, 8:35 am
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Hazelnut is getting spayed today. Send her happy puppy thoughts.

Update: 03/25/08 Hazel is home and moving around a little bit today.  I think she will be back to her old self soon.  

We had a week long party.
March 21, 2008, 8:28 pm
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This week some of my most favorite people in the world came to visit. Jess, Cory, Joe, Dad, Josh, Brent and Allie. It was a kick ass time.

Mostly we sat around and watched the dogs play. Jess and Cory brought Baby Eden.

She had a lot of fun chasing the soccer ball while the boys kicked it around.

Eden discovered that its really easy to dig big holes in sand.

Sometimes, Hazel got caught in the sand spray.

We also ate some good food.

We are exhausted but so sad that everyone had to go home.