First of all I've been setting my Dear Jane blocks together..sort of... I saw a picture of a quilt set in a very different manner and have wanted to do my DJ like it ever since. I'm sorry I don't know whose quilt it was or exactly where I saw it. I'm assuming it was in a posted group of DJ quilts from a gathering of Janiacs.
Trying to switch from blocks set straight to blocks set on point presents some challenges and lots of math. I do have EQ, but it is EQ5 and even if I was really good with it, which I'm not, I don't think it actually figures the width and length of borders needed in each round. If it does, I don't know how to do it.
Anyway, having probably confused you, this is what I'm talking about.
I pretty much had to piece the on point blocks and then figure forward and backwards to determine the width of sashing I needed to make the straight set blocks work. See that empty space where the carpet shows through? I still have to decide whether to piece strips of colored squares together or use a plain dark fabric for a border there. The quilt I saw had the pieced squares. I'm thinking a single fabric would look just as good and certainly be faster and easier.
The other problem is that I think I want to try hand quilting this. And I can't quilt in a frame or in a hoop with my left hand fully under the quilt. I need my left thumb on top of the fabric. Dumb, I know, but that is how I quilt. So I need to do it in sections like I did my first Dutch treat. So I'll leave this in sections and start quilting the center section, then add rounds as I go, working out to the edges. Make sense? Clear as mud? Strange way to quilt??????
Whew.......that has taken some time.
But I did get a few more Dutch Treat blocks done in the evenings when I curl up in the recliner
This one is sort of funny. Tom and I went down to the mall to sell tickets for our guild's donation quilt today. I took along this block to work on. Halfway through it I realized I should have brought two as it was really a simple one and it appeared it was only going to take me about 45 minutes to make it. We were scheduled to sell tickets for 2 hours. Just as I was ready to start sewing the outside edges I realized I had reversed the color placements. That would mean ending with dark edges instead of white and would really look odd among the other blocks. I didn't want to throw away my work so I just added another round and salvaged it. Filled up my time at the mall (and I still sold some tickets too!).
This is what it should have looked like. See the difference? This one is from my first Dutch Treat.
Speaking of donation quilts. Don't forget you can email me for an address to send you dollars for a chance to win our guild's 2010 quilt. It will be given away Labor Day weekend during our quilt show.
Isn't it pretty? It's a Judy Laquidara design. Don't you want it to live at your house?