A Dear Jane Weekend
May 30, 2011 § 31 Comments
These are all of the Dear Jane blocks I have made since January of this year. I’m still not that speedy. But I have been having a Dear Jane Weekend. I’ve made 5 blocks so far and have 3 more prepped. It’s been good to spend some time with Jane. I’ve noticed a few things: For one thing it’s becoming more comfortable to sit down and hand sew.
And my methods are changing… I’ve started tracing around each template in pencil to make the seam allowances more even. And when I inadvertently picked up the snack size Ziplock bags instead of the sandwich size I discovered that the snack size is perfect for storing block parts. Jane in a bag…
And I’ve changed the way I’m labeling each block. Now I’m writing the block number on freezer paper and ironing it on the back. I think I ran across some blocks like this on Flickr and the “aha” moment took over. What a good idea!
A marathon weekend of Jane blocks has also given me an opportunity to try out these glue sticks by Lapel Stick. It’s a temporary glue and although it is meant for fashion emergencies but it works great for applique as well. I’ve been fighting with pins sticking out everywhere when sewing down an applique piece. So this was the perfect opportunity to smear some glue on the back and try it out. I just held the piece down on the background for a minute or so and then stitched around the shape. I love that I don’t have any more pin points sticking out and poking me!
The manufacturer gave me a couple of glue sticks to give away so that you could try it too. Leave a comment and I’ll draw a couple of names later on this week.
So far I have a total of 41 blocks consisting of 543 pieces. I still haven’t reached my first year goal, but it doesn’t really bother me. It may take me a lifetime to finish but that’s okay.