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Monday, 31 March 2014 19:47

Finally...I can upload the pictures of the adorable kitchen Holiday Towels I made for my friend and neighbor...April S. for her Birthday.  I actually had these made for over a month now, but her Birthday is tomorrow, so I had to wait till I gave them to her...you know, just incase she wondered over here to my website!

I actually had to make the towels themselves too...I couldn't find the "perfect towel" for a little special add on of Holiday Fabric.

This birdie fabric is one of my absolute favorites...it's Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Moda...gotta LOVE it bunches!  It's just PERFECT for Easter and Spring!

Because I couldn't make just ONE...I pulled this beautiful Patriotic Print from my shelves to stitch the Perfect Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day Towel!

Some times Simple gifts are the BEST!



Friday, 28 March 2014 06:31

Woohoo ladies and gentlemen...my FIRST Tutorial is up and ready for you to view!  Please remember this is my first one, so bear with me while I learn and progress.  Sometimes this computer stuff overwhelms me.

If you can stand looking at my Thumbs...check it out!

I digress...

Here is Block B-9 called Tinker Toy from my Dear Jane Project.  she has a total of 9 pieces...as the background fabric is actually pieced.  Be sure to check out the Tutorial for a step by step of this Modern Pieced Block.




Let me know what you all think!



Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:28

Now that I am working on Row B of the Dear Jane Saga...has it crossed your mind that I may have very well LOST my mind?

You know...how do you remember this crap, Kathleen?

No...I am NOT telepathic...

Although...I have been known to be extremely keen into reading someone's body language...including across the room.

It's really kinda of creepy...it sometimes scares my children!

But...it's how I roll!

Here is one of the latest Dear Jane Block Printouts from my Dear Jane Software, I had just blogged about.  If you click on the picture it will enlarge so you can see my messy strategically placed notes all around the actual block image.

What is that all about, you ask?

Well, believe it or not...I like to document EVERY thing about anything that is done in my studio...crazy, huh?  Let me explain...

These notes are the windows to success for me...(hey, I think I just became a poet with that line)...they help me as I move forward with this particular project, simply because Dear Jane...A Rebel in RED is a rule breaker!

I am making my Dear Jane using my Modern Piecing Methods, that I kind of make up as I go along from block to block...utilizing my best skills as a quilter, seamstress and applique artist.  Most of the time this is a highly successful way of piecing for me...however, somedays it ends up in the trash! But...let's face it...you gotta take the good with the bad!

That's why I take notes...I never know where the next block will take me on my Dear Jane Journey...I don't want to know, it's funner that way!

I know..."funner" is NOT a word, but I'm going to use it anyway! Wink

With these pages of Dear Jane Saga Notes, I have something to always reference back to...for instance...if I am making a block that has the same prep of the background fabric as a previous one...I have the "recipe" written down to take a peak at and repeat it without reinventing the wheel a second time.  LOL!

Here's a list of the kind of "things" I write on my printouts...

-At the top of the page...I write down whether or not the block is considered BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE or ADVANCED...according to the Dear Jane Software.

-I include all the fabric cuts I make to each fabric (red and white) for the pieces needed in the block...including how I cut the background fabric and if I had to "piece" that background fabric first.

-I document which piecing method I used or if I used more than one...I include what methods were used in what sections.

-if I Machine Appliqued any of the pieces I included the name of the piece and what I set my machine at...mostly so I could shut the machine off midstream and then go back to it and reset it to the EXACT applique stitch set up.  This happens when I receive those all so important phone calls from the Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims Quilt Show...yeah, right...in my dreams!  Lol!

-I also include a little side note (if I Machine Appliqued it) where I started and stopped the stitching to ensure a continuous sew...with no stopping or starting in different areas...I LOVE this!

-If there is alot of directional pressing of seams in the block...I will indicate which direction I press them in with arrows...for ease of construction and whatever is most pleasing to the block itself and what will help it lay completely FLAT!

-Then I add the date I made it and how many pieces were in the block (using my Modern Piecing Method).

I figure at this rate...I am ALL set if I ever decide to make another Dear Jane Quilt somewhere down the line in another colorway...you know...just to make it interesting!


Monday, 24 March 2014 12:04

Fresh Prospective to the day and I am making progress with my Dear Jane...A Rebel in Red!  Call me a Janiac...it is a sickness, once you get started and you find your "nitch".

Today's block is B-8 called Water Lily and is made up with a total of 9 pieces, and just like yesterdays block...she is completely machine appliqued.

You guessed it...just because "I can" and I LOVE to Machine Applique the weirdest things...So, I've been told by a few hundred friends, family members and complete strangers walking down the street.

Ok...maybe the "strangers" part is a tad bit of an exaggeration...but the subject does comes up ALOT!  LOL!

I wasn't "lucky" enough to have the shapes I needed for these appliques in my sizzix die collection,  so I had to trace them from my Dear Jane Software Print out and then I used the same method from yesterday where I used my Rotary Cutter and Ruler to cut more precisely on those lines.

Who out there is interested in a Tutorial on that?  A little Modern Piecing with My Dear Jane Quilt!

PS...be sure to find the center from your background piece first before laying out the pieces...both corner to corner and top to bottom.  This makes placement of the appliques a sure thing!  Give it a try...you will love love love this method!

Easy Peasy...Lemon Squeezy!



Sunday, 23 March 2014 11:01

True to my word...I am moving forward with my Dear Jane Blocks...

Yesterday, I had a "happy" and updating conversation with a Quilting Student from Aiken, South Carolina...Luanne L.  and she conveyed to me such a positive thought process from my latest set back!  She loves the Dear Jane Saga...I do too!  So, without further ado, let's piece another fun block...

That conversation with Luanne brought a new perspective to what I had been doing with my Dear Jane Quilt...A Rebel in Red!  My Dear Jane is a Rebel in her own right...she simply cannot follow the rules...she's simply a Modern Day Piecer!

Continuing on with Block B-7 called World Series...I used my "Modern Piecing" method and broke all the rules!  Here's the skinny...

First...I cut my background red fabric at 6.5" square, unfinished.  I then printed out the block pattern from my Dear Jane Software...(yeah...she is one of my BEST purchases!).  Because I am also a Card Stamper and Scrap Book Maker...I own a bunch of the Sizzix Dies and I use them all the time with my Quilting and Applique Projects.  I love it when my hobbies come together on a single project...and play nice!  I happen to have the same oval shape from this block in my sizzix quilting dies...so it was easy peasy to just adhere the Heat and Bond Lite to the backside of my White Tone on Tone fabric and then run it through my Sizzix Machine with that Oval Die.  I cut out 4 of those.  The diamond shapes where simply traced...using the print out from my Dear Jane Software and then instead of cutting them out using my scissors, I laid it down on my cutting mat and used my ruler and rotary cutter to cut nice, clean and crisp sides to the diamonds...it a perfect solution to what might other wise produce "wonky" sides to the diamonds!

Preparing the block itself requires a simple method of not only finding the center of the Background Block, but also the corner to corner reference points.  First, fold your 6.5" square of fabric in half in one direction and press...reopen it and fold it in half in the other direction and press.  When you open it up you now see your square block is divided into 4 even sections.  Now, fold your square corner to corner and press...reopen it and fold it corner to corner in the opposite direction and press.  Now open it flat and you will have a perfectly pressed block with reference points to make placing your applique pieces in the exact position simple and completely accurate.  How great is that?

After I had all the shapes pressed directly onto the background square I turned it over and press it from the wrong side to ensure better adhesion.  I then safety pinned some mid weight tear away stabilizer to the back side and Machine appliqued all the pieces in place...in one continuous sew.  Remove your tear away and WALLAH...

Block B-7 World Series...Modern Pieced!

PS...this block has a total of 9 pieces in it and was completely Machine Appliqued!



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