Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dear Jane

I'm back at it! I have not one but two finished Dear Jane blocks to show you! The first, pictured above, is F7. This one was begun in the car on the way back from seeing the actual quilt in October, but languished half-finished in my sewing box until a couple of weeks ago, when I decided to actually finish it.

But once I finished that block, I had to keep going. Above is E3, completed in about a week's worth of TV watching. I have fabric for a few more blocks cut and prepared from when I first started this project, nearly two years ago, so I hope to keep going and making more progress. I've got a lot of work to do if I want to finish by April of 2021!

DJ stitching
Here's a gratuitous shot of my hand-stitching, from one of the large pinwheels in E3. Pretty good, no? Small, consistent... No wonder why it takes me a couple of hours to finish each block! Fifteen down, 154 to go... and then: triangles!


Aimee Sue said...

Is the goal to make it completely 'by hand'?

Erica said...

Yeah! I've been waiting to see Dear Jane blocks. I can't wait to see more.

Aimee Sue said...

Do you use templates for your blocks? I saw a nicly written book that you could buy with templates for the blocks and triangles. The quilt is AMAZING:>)

Karissa said...

Aimee Sue, I have been using the Brenda Papadakis book, which has outlines / graphs of all of the blocks, then tracing those pieces onto freezer paper, putting that on fabric, adding a seam allowance, then cutting... OR I have been measuring the pieces in the book and rotary cutting the simple shapes, like squares. It takes a really long time just to prep the blocks for hand-sewing!