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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:32

Here's another Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Block in Row B...

Especially if you Love to Paper Piece like I do!

Block B-4 is called Chris's Soccer Field and was completely Paper Pieced and finished out using a total of 21 pieces.  This block shows lots of detail...however it was not a difficult one at all.  I would consider it a Beginner, just as it is indicated in the Dear Jane Software.

Moving on...


Monday, 24 February 2014 11:45

Another Day...another Block.

Here is Block B-3 called Mirror Image...she was simply pieced and then cut out in a circle pattern and then sewn on top of a four patch. There are 8 pieces in this block.

I used Red Thread on the Red half circle and White Thread on the White half Circle to make it look more uniform...just as I did on the previous Block B-2.

This block was simple to me, since the B-2 Block was more challenging using the 1/2 square triangle units from which I cut one of the circles out of.  This Block on the other hand used a simple four patch (two of them) that I then cut a circle applique from one of them.

I guess when you do the more challenging one first...the second similar one is really easy!



Friday, 21 February 2014 09:26

Another day...working hard pretending that this Flu is still not here...

Oh, wait...it is!

At least while I am in the Studio and sewing I am concentrating on something else...other than being sick.

Moving on in Row B is this absolutely Beautiful Block...

B-2 Sweet Tater Pie is her name...she has a total of 16 pieces in my version and is unfinished at 6 1/2" square.  This time I combined a couple of my skilled techniques to make this one just perfect...did I mention she lays completely FLAT?  I LOVE it when a plan comes together!

Here's what I did...

First I used my "Wondercut Ruler" to make perfect 1/2 square triangle units and made sure to press the seams OPEN.  Yeah...I'm a Rebel like that...it's how I roll!  Since my block is unfinished at 6 1/2" square I cut them out on the 3 1/2 reference line with the Wondercut Ruler.  I then used the printout block from my Dear Jane Software to place the correct sequence of the 1/2 square triangle units together and sewed them in a four patch set...I made two of these units.  Then I used the circle on the print out to trace a pattern onto Heat n Bond Lite...making just a silhouette and not a solid pattern.  I put some cross hairs on the circle too so I could line it up onto the four patch unit.  After cutting out the circle silhouette, I used the seam lines as reference points to line up the circle on top of the four patch background of 1/2 square units...and press it into place.  Then I machine appliqued the circle in place, using Red Thread on the Red section and White Thread on the White section...being sure to lock the beginning and end of the stitching.  After it was completely appliqued into place I then turned it over and VERY CAREFULLY cut out the background 1/2 square triangle four patch unit close to the applique stitches to eliminate any bulk...




Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:30

Today is one of those "rough" moments in life...

A bump in the road...I have the Flu.  Good Grief, I am miserable....

This is the first time in my life that I have had the Flu and to make it extra special...I Fainted...


Thank Goodness, I wasn't hurt going down!

Today...I am dressed, for the first time in a solid week.  I am trying to convince myself that I'm better...I'm actually sewing, so I am on the right track...right?

Let's move on with a very simple block for my Dear Jane Quilt...A Rebel in RED!

I have finally moved to the 2nd Row of blocks...Row B...here is Block B-1 called Batchelor Buttons.  It's a simple block that I made even simpler...even if you're sick!

Here's the skinny...

First, I cut a block from from the Red Fabric at 6 1/2" square...I then traced the circles from my print out pattern in my Dear Jane Software, using Heat n Bond Lite Fusible Applique.  I pressed the circles in place, pin attached a tear away stabilizer to the back side of the Red Fabric and then Machine Applique Stitched them all into the background.

Easy Peasy...Lemon Squeezy!

Block B-1 has only 5 pieces...it doesn't get any easier that that!


Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:39

Recently I pulled out my container of Dear Jane Blocks and put them up on my design wall so I would be inspired to move forward with this huge undertaking of mine.  Go figure why I have let it collect dust in the closet...

Wait...there is NO dust in my Studio Closet, so I guess I really can't say that.

However...I have neglected her for some time.

No excuses...let's just move on!

Here is Block A-13 called Starlight-Starbright and once again I just had to shake it up a bit!  First, I did go ahead and cut a larger white background square measuring at 8".  I then cross cut it from corner to corner, in both directions.  I then used a 1/4" seam allowance and sewed the pieces back together to create this background pieced look.  I love this little quick technique and it plays a double duty as a reference point for setting on the rest of the block...which is the RED section.

At this point please visit my Gallery of pictures and click on the Dear Jane Collection and you will re-familiarize yourself with the fact that my Dear Jane is A Rebel in RED!

Now...simply because I CAN...I took the pattern and made an Applique out of it...using Heat and Bond Lite on the backside of the fabric.  Using the seam lines as my reference points, I pressed the pieces in place making sure that all the edges touch the "neighboring" piece...this way I could machine applique the edges with a matching RED Embroidery Thread in a continuous sew.

Block A-13 is the last block in Row A and it has 13 pieces...using the method I did of Machine Applique.

Ahhh...I feel motivated...let's make some more blocks.

On to Row B.



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