April 3, 2015 § 14 Comments
I wish I was a 1 or 2 project-at-a-time kind of gal. But I’m not. There is always another project that draws me away from my current one. Lately, someone has been pinning lots of Dear Jane quilts on Pinterest which prompted me to take at look at what I’ve got. Only 61 out of 225. Sigh.
I started out pretty strong in the beginning, back in 2010. It was my original goal to have it done by now. Five years later! I think the last block I finished was in 2014. But that was the only block made in 2014. And I was using the book as a sort of diary, keeping track of when each block was finished and noting something that was going on in my life at the time.
When I posted the photo above on Instagram this week, we started talking about alternative layouts. So I played around in EQ this morning and drew up a few ideas.
This one uses a contemporary improv style layout and all 61 blocks that I have done. It is tempting to stop with what I have and finish them up! But it doesn’t stay within my original plan of only a red & white themed quilt.
This one uses 77 blocks and wouldn’t be that big of a stretch to finish. It’s definitely an option. And I have always loved the various versions of a plus or cross quilt. Very tempting…
This one uses 116 blocks which makes me approximately 53% finished. This one is tempting because it would give me an opportunity to make a few more of the blocks that make the Dear Jane quilt so unique & interesting. But it also means that I am a LONG ways away from finishing.
I originally started making the Dear Jane quilt with the goal of hand piecing all the blocks to overcome my intimidation of hand work and to improve what little skill I had. I feel like that original goal has been accomplished. But I also started with the most simplest of blocks. So some of the blocks that make Dear Jane so cool and intriguing have not yet been made. Which calls to me to make a few more blocks! Oh the dilemma!
Whatever I decide to do (and I could be persuaded in any direction)… At least they look pretty on my wall at the moment.
March 27, 2015 § 6 Comments
We spent the week helping out my sister-in-law who had a partial thyroidectomy. Her surgery went well and she is doing great! The above photos are some of the highlights from the week. It was good to spend the week with her and now it is good to be home.
March 20, 2015 § 6 Comments
Hooray! I finished the second side of my Random Sampler. This section consists of two original Sampler blocks, some leftover blocks and few new blocks. I thought it might loosely follow a textile theme like the first side was loosely a garden theme. But you would really have to stretch your imagination to link all the blocks to textiles. No matter! This is what I ended up with.
- a Squash Blossom block
- a Spools block – arranged as an “X” instead of the traditional layout
- some mini spools that sort of look like a variation of the attic window block
- a couple of 4-patch blocks with leftover squares from another project
- some more square-in-a-square blocks leftover from my Merry Merry Snowmen redo
- a couple of leftover blocks from my Modern Chain quilt. They look a little bland so I might add some embroidery to these as well.
- a leftover block from a baby quilt that was gifted last summer.
I’m going to use the leftover baby quilt block as the quilt label. I just haven’t put anything in the center of the block yet. But I am envisioning a wee bit of embroidery to fill up all that white space.
It’s going to take a little more time than I had originally planned to finish up the 3rd and 4th sides . But I am please to see this coming together. Finally. Hooray for all of you that are also making progress on your Random Samplers!
March 10, 2015 § 8 Comments
Well… that took a little bit longer than I had anticipated. The first side section of my Random Sampler is now done. Whew! I decided to stick with the loosely imagined garden theme that was going on. I had originally made three Basket blocks and one Wagon Wheel block. So I made another Wagon Wheel and another Greek Cross block. (The first Greek Cross block is going to live in another section of the quilt.) Then I filled in with some square-in-a-square blocks from my Merry Merry Snowman quilt that were discarded when I decided to change color themes. I also made some Butterfly blocks from Lori Holt’s book Quilty Fun and a Pinwheel block that I drafted in Electric Quilt. And finally, I found some leftover Half-Square Triangle blocks that are so old that I don’t even remember where they came from. Maybe they were trimmed off of something?? Who knows. But they worked nicely to fill in that space next to the Greek Cross block.
I’m thinking that finishing this thing may take a little longer than I had originally anticipated. But aside from that, I am happy with this minor finish.
Next week I’m moving on to side two. Which seems to be the sparsest side of the quilt. And it feels like it might taking on a textile theme. Or maybe a hobby theme? So who knows what I will come up with.
How are your Random Samplers shaping up this week?
March 2, 2015 § 7 Comments
Welcome to March Madness, er, I mean… the month in which we will FINALLY finish up our Random Sampler quilts. I feel terribly guilty for letting this one slide. But I’m now ready to get it done. Maybe I was just missing the mental energy to work on it earlier?
Somehow, my quilt is becoming a medallion quilt. It wasn’t my intention to make it into a medallion when I started. But there it is. To get my head around what I have left to do, I divided up the remainder of the quilt into sections. Theoretically I’m calling it a border and will then make enough blocks to fill up that section for that week. The section above is the side I am going to work on first.
Then each consecutive week I will complete another section as above. Even if your quilt is not leaning towards growing into a medallion, you could still divide up the blocks into sections, determine how big you want to make each section and then work on making extra blocks for that section.
If you have seen Moda’s Modern Building Blocks, that is exactly how they are putting their quilt together. This is the first two sections of the Modern Building Blocks BOM at my local quilt shop.
Here are some of the extra blocks I would like to incorporate into my quilt. What extra blocks would you like to make for your quilt?
Let’s check back in again next week and see where we all are at. Ready. Set…. Go!
February 26, 2015 § 9 Comments
This was the last known whereabouts of my Random Sampler quilt. I know that there are a few others out there in the world that have quilts in a similar state to mine. So, let’s resurrect this thing and get ‘er done! No more guilty feelings about letting these blocks languish away, hidden in a closet somewhere. Let’s declare March the month for making those extra blocks and assembling them into a quilt top. Are you with me? Cue the hired cheering section.
February 20, 2015 § 7 Comments
I have become a very lazy blogger. Therefore, I am giving myself a goal to post something at least once a week. Anything! Something!
So…. this is a little bit of the sewing that I have been doing. My local quilt shop is making Moda’s Modern Building Blocks quilt as a block-of-the-month in prints, instead of solids. And I have been making the sample blocks each month. I have really been enjoying these blocks! Above is the first four months worth of blocks. We are breaking each section in half to spread it out over the entire year.
January blocks #8, #19, #44 and #12
February blocks #41, #39, #20, #42, #10 and #17
March blocks #6 and #5
April block #1
As I have been making these blocks, I’ve decided that it is worth the extra effort to trim off all the points. It just seems to make them sew together better. That is a whole topic in itself for another day. But suffice it to say, that as fussy as it seems, it is worth the effort to cut off those scraggly points.
For the half-square triangles I have been using this 8″ Bias Square ruler. I have no idea when or why I bought this ruler, but it’s in with my basket of other rulers so I may as well use it! There are lots of other brands that also square up half-square triangle blocks.
And for the points on 90-degree triangles I have have been using the Precision Trimmer that I picked up with my Star of Chamblie kit. That was going to be my winter project but I haven’t yet had the time or energy to dig into it. Again, there are lots of rulers out there that trim a variety of points.
So many projects… I did clean up my sewing room today in anticipation of a little free-motion quilting. Stay tuned for some finished projects in the near & far future.