Saturday, November 22, 2008

St. George's Cross

Well you can't win them all I guess. Pitt lost 38-35 in the last 3 minutes or less. At least we made the playoffs again this year.

Decided I'd better get some actual sewing done today instead of playing on the computer. I haven't been making as much progress on my Dear Jane blocks as I was when I first started last May. I've at least managed to make one a week. This week I'd already done the chosen BOW (from the Dear Jane list) so I made an alternate. This makes 111 blocks so far....only 58 more to go....and of course all those border triangles..IF I decide to do them...I may not.

For the uninitiated who might be reading this blog..the Dear Jane Quilt was made by a woman named Jane Stickle in 1863. There are 169 4 1/2" blocks surrounded by 56 pieced triangles. You can see a picture here or on the sidebar on this page.

Here's today's block...L-4 St. George's Cross. The green fabric is some from the Dear Jane line of fabric by Brenda Papadakis. Thank you, Hazel for sharing!

My blocks aren't perfect, but they sure are fun. I just love the challenge and variety of these little blocks. Last year I completed Sylvia's Bridal Sampler, a quilt made by the characters in a novel, The Master Quilter, the sixth in the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini. You can see a picture of mine in the side bar on the right. There are 144 different blocks, each finishing 6 inches.

The day after I started working on my Dear Jane Quilt, I also started working on another big project. Dutch Treat is composed of 169 different blocks that finish 4". They are all done with reverse applique and the designs are based on delft ceramic tiles The pattern book is out of print but you can find it used online and even new a few places like here .

This is an amazing example of a red and white version.

I have 63 of these blocks done. Being entirely hand pieced they go slowly. Working on Dear Jane and Dutch Treat at the same time gives me machine work in the daytime and handwork in the evening. I kind of like that. Guaranteed not to get bored.

Here's my latest Dutch Treat block. It's called Sunburst.


call me crazy said...

Hi there! :) I'm so glad you are blogging~ I love all of your projects! I hope to start a Dear Jane next year. My Christmas cactus bloomed once and is now working on a second round. ;-)
Happy Stitching! ~

Donna said...

I'm not yet motivated to start either of those projects, Mary, but yours are lovely. I especially like the Dutch Treat, but I am pretty partial to blue, so that may be the reason.