Monday, September 8, 2014

B-2 Sweet Tater Pie

It's funny where we can hand sew. In a car, at a hospital or in the lounge room with the ironing board as a table.

That is what I did today, after I gave 30 mins with the ironing. Behind my handbag on the chair is the ironing I didn't get done.

Love the TV show Criminal Minds and thought that could keep me company as I worked on another Dear Jane block.

This one I spent about 4 hours on over the day, most of it in the afternoon. I am forever checking the front of the blocks as I do such tiny stitches, I would not be impressed if I had to unpick it.

Block all finished. I am so stoked with the curves and the side  joining, even if the centre points are a bit off. That was hard to get them to sit properly and I put it down to the bulk in that area.

Hexies On Show

I've been making a hexie quilt using Sue Daley's pattern called "This Goes With That" quilt. 

I'm using civil war reproduction fabric.

I find these hexies not only fun to make but very relaxing.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dear Jane A-8

Yesterday I decided to spend my day working on my Dear Jane blocks. 

After my last effort of 2.5 days on the one block and not being happy with the end result. I thought I would try a different technique and what a difference it was. 

Using the template model and hand sewing the pieces together was just a fun and exciting afternoon. Yes afternoon, not 2.5 days.

By printing out the templates onto a heavy weight 132 gm paper I was able to cut out the templates and then photo copy them until I had enough pieces.

You can see by the paper I used the same sheet and just moved the templates around on my photocopier to fit them all on the one sheet.

All cut out and ready for them to be cut down to the size needed before the fabric is glued onto them. I didn't cut them straight away down to the correct size, as I thought cutting them as individually from a big sheet of paper, can leave me open for mistakes with the scissors.  Takes a bit longer, but I was happy with this idea and will use it with future blocks.

Yellow paper has the templates on them with the 1/4 inch border still on them. These were cut and glued to the back of some cardboard from cereal boxes. This way as I am tracing around them on the fabric, its easier to do so. Those templates are then stored with the finish block. That way I can reuse them down the track if I want. I so dislike waste.

The finished block. A-8 Florence Nightingale. 

I love this block for its crispness, correct size and all over finished look of it. This technique will be used in as many of the blocks as possible. 

Am I cheating? I don't think so as there is no right way or wrong way to make a block. As the finished look of the block is what counts. 

I've ticked all the boxes..... 
  • I've enjoyed making the block
  • Love the colour choices
  • Still happy the following day
  • Can't wait to make another block.
Can't ask for much more can I??