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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Chillin' Out

.................temperature wise and otherwise. It's still cold (for here) and with such a sharp, strong wind that my UMW meeting at church was cancelled for tonight.


Yesterday was so enjoyable. Hazel and Phyllis are always good company and it's fun to tackle the Dear Jane blocks together. I didn't actually get any sewing done myself..spent all my time talking and trying to help since I'd already made some of the blocks they wanted to make.

Last night I made this Dutch Treat block...it's called Edelweiss.

After yesterday I was inspired to get back to Dear Jane. This week's block for the list is a doozy. L-10 Nan's Naiad. I did some redrafting to eliminate some unnecesary seams and created a couple lines to make paper pieced part of it easier. Still has 45 pieces and I'm glad it's done...not perfect, but done.
Then I decided to try the one that has been really scaring me..G-6 Papa's Star. That little sawtooth star in the center finishes 1". I rotary cut and pieced it with the machine and it looked pretty good. But after I'd added the strips around it, the unit was a tad too big. So I took it apart and resewed. This time it didn't come out looking as good. I paper pieced the outer star points and then trimmed it at the wrong orientation. Now it was a tad short in a couple corners. So I used Jane's method and put a small frame around it. This one is far from perfect and I should be ashamed to post it..but it is what it is and I guess I have no pride. Maybe one day I'll try it again and see if I can do a better job.

2 comments:

karenfae said...

I redraft some of the Jane blocks to suit me as well Mary. I think we all have to make it the easiest for us to make! I have been working on Dear Jane again as well as a few other things, but have not gotten back to Dutch Treat - that will continue to sit while I think about it.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Connie W said...

Hi Mary, Stopping by to say hello. I see you're making a Jane Stickle quilt or Dear Jane. I started it last year and made a few blocks but I haven't made much progress and am having second thoughts. It's such a huge project.
Connie W
"cootie bug"