Dear, Dear Jane
March 2, 2010 § 19 Comments
The week that the Ladies Downhill Skiing race at the Olympics was having a Crash & Burn day, I realized I had a crash & burn Dear Jane month. I have a total of 6 blocks done and here it is March already. March! How did that happen, I ask you? While I really want to make one block a week, I am really going to try and not sweat it. It will take as long as it takes. Okay? Ok!
These are my first 3 blocks made in January. The first one went great! The 2nd one I forgot to include the seam allowances. Rats! And the 3rd was a bit wonky and off center. So I made those last two again while watching the Olympics. I really wanted to make more. But it is what it is. I also came to the realization that I don’t think I want any plain muslin in the actual blocks. Maybe for the sashing, it would be okay. I haven’t decided. But I like all the mix of reds, patterns & textures in the blocks.
The other major crossroad was deciding how to keep track of the blocks. Those of you who have already made, or are making, Dear Jane… how are you labeling your blocks? I thought about sticky notes but was worried that the stickiness would leave a nasty spot over time. And pins, they tend to rust. Especially in our humid, rainy region. (side note: Last fall I finally cleaned out a box of really, really old unfinished projects and nearly all of the pins had rusted. I tossed out the whole lot. It felt good to be rid of that box!)
So I finally came to the conclusion that only fabric should be touching fabric. I cut a few 1-inch squares of muslin and wrote the block number on them with a fabric marker. Then I basted them to the back side of the block. We’ll see how that goes. I was dreading the thought of sorting through all 200-something blocks in the end. I’m hoping this will help.
And… there are my February blocks in the bottom row. Just three. Including the infamous D-13 (’cause it’s easy). I’ve only been doing the easy blocks. But I think I’d better start mixing in some of the hard ones. Someone suggested using the Dear Jane book as a journal. So I’ve been doing that too. I’ve made little notes with the date finished and sometimes something about the day while I was working on that particular block. Dear, Dear Jane. You will definitely be a journey… not a project.