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.



Baby Jane Fabric
March 12, 2008, 8:16 pm
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Dear Jane Fabric

I finally have all the fabric gathered together for my Dear Jane quilt. I joined Anina’s quilt-a-long a couple of weeks ago and have been trying to get everything together ever since. I went to three different quilt shops here in Orlando looking for that light gray fabric but nobody had any. Most of the ladies looked at me like I was crazy for wanting gray quilt fabric to begin with. I ended up ordering some online even though I was worried about the color clashing with the charcoal fabric I bought in town. I think it’s going to be okay though.

I’m really frustrated because I still haven’t received my Dear Jane book. I’m eager to get started. I ended up ordering it from a seller on amazon. I ordered Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match at the same time and it came in the mail over a week ago! Now it looks like even it I get the book in the mail tomorrow I won’t be able to start for another week because I have a ton of company coming into town next week. My dad, lil brother, Allie, Jess, Cory, Joe and possibly Brent. It’s been a long time since any of them have been down to visit so we are super stoked. Dear Jane will definitely have to wait our house is gonna be so full.