Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dear Jane B row blocks

B-1 Batchelor Buttons
We went to the Oregon Coast in November for three nights!! We rented a little beach house, I brought my sewing machine and worked on some Dear Jane blocks.!! So fun and so relaxing!!!

Dear Jane Quilt: Make by Jane Stickle of Vermont during the Civil War-1863.

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 It was Bailey's first time to the beach and she wasn't afraid!! I was surprised!!! I thought the loudness of the surf would scare her but not at all!! And she wanted to chase the seagulls which were so much bigger than her!!! Silly dog.


Our view from the couch!

B-2 Sweet Tater Pie
B-5 Hot Cross Buns



B-3 Mirror Image

Nice view to sew to!!


Then when we got home, I finished a fifth block.
B-4 Chris's Soccer Field
I have 8 more blocks ready to go. Fabrics chosen and patterns printed.
This is my color guide for all the blocks. All the X's are the
blocks that are done. 34 in total, and 135 to go for the center.

I have the computer program for the Dear Jane blocks. Helps
so much!! It prints out the foundation blocks, paper piecing
and allows me to print out the block in color to help remind
me what fabric goes with what block I am working on.

Here are some of the upcoming blocks.

And my Dear Jane book. I love looking at it!! But the computer
program helps with the construction much more than the book
does.
There is also a CD you can purchase
The CD is from Aunt Reen's Place. She had a blog called 13 Months of Dear Jane, and gave so many wonderful guides to making a Dear Jane quilt. That blog is now closed but she is offering the CD for sale. I may be purchasing one as I really enjoyed her blog as a go to place to help with these blocks. Some are very complicated and some are very simple. I really loved seeing how she constructed them!

That's it for today folks! Have a lovely day and take a gander at all the Dear Jane quilts, You can do a google search and then look at the images. They are amazing!!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Posie Pincushion from an Orphan Block


I Love this new little pincushion I made from a spare block. 

Here is a photo journal of what I did!!!
You can see that I had already used part of this block for a
quilted postcard, Notice that there is still space for a quilted
bookmark and another postcard!
I added a little more quilting before I cut the pincushion out.

Measuring how much space I have for the pincushion and
cutting it out below.

For the back of the pincushion I decided to use a wool
remnant I had. I love it too!!!


For the backing I used some fusible interfacing. This is the
best product!! Once fused, it gives the fabric more durability
but isn't stiff. You don't even know that it has been added.


I used this circle as a guide to round the edges.

All sewn together
and just need to handstitch the opening.

Perfect. Not sure if I will keep or give away or put in my Etsy Shop!!

So, if you have an extra block laying around and you aren't sure what to do with it, practice some free motion quilting first, then make a pincushion, or a quilted bookmark, or a quilted postcard!!! I am sure I could come up with more items to make. An eyeglass holder, a little wallet.!!

Take care, Happy Quilting and I will see you again real soon. Martha

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hiking Silver Creek Falls, Oregon

I haven't been doing much quilting lately because we have had a lot of company. First, my nephew and his wife came for a visit, and before they left our oldest came with his family.

On Monday the 10th, Josh, Maria, Luna, Liam, and I went to Silver Creek Falls, Oregon, to hike and see waterfalls. OH MY< WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED!!!!

We walked at least 4 1/2 miles and were not disappointed!! So gorgeous in the fall and so much water falling!!!

I am going to let you see what we saw, no words needed!!

Today once I get the house cleaned up, I shall be quilting :^)

Enjoy!!!




























The kids also went to Newport Oregon. The weather was perfect!

Take care my friends and I shall keep in touch with you again! Martha