Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dear Jane Progress

I think I will be really limited on my sewing time in May so I decided to get a little ahead of myself and get my Dear Jane blocks done. All of them were done by hand. Geez, I love this hand stuff. The triangle had a little paper piecing involved but it also was mostly done by hand.

Hand is a 4 letter word.

I am caught up with all 11 BOM's for April. Yahooooooooooooooooooooo!
The last 2 BOMS are all hand applique. When I first started doing the applique I didn't think I was going to like it. I LOVE IT! I am sad right now because I have nothing to hand sew. If I didn't already have 11 BOMS plus another project, I think I would take on another applique BOM. I even have a few picked out. This one is called "Affairs of the Heart". I will be doing 3 blocks a month. This should not have been the first quilt I did using hand applique. You can tell which blocks I did first and which I did last. I am hoping that the quilting will take away from all the errors. I still have to use gold embroidery thread to do some decorative stitches but I need to learn how to do it.

This is month 2 of the Vintage Valentine BOM. It had over 70 pieces.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Quilt End Table

I picked up the end table I ordered at Road to California. I will probably buy a matching one next year.

More BOM fun!

Here are April's "Wildflower Sampler" blocks for April.

My Dear Jane is progressing a block at a time. It's fun to put it on the chart to see how far I have come. In 5 yrs this should be completed. LOL!

I practiced my new applique skills on this. I used double freezer paper method.

This one was also the double freezer paper method.

This one was pieced traditionally.
This one was paper pieced.
This was also paper pieced. You can't beat the precision of paper piecing but it is definately not my favorite method of piecing.

Here is April's "Out Of The Darkness" block

Here is April's "Stars in the Garden" blocks

Here is my newest BOM. It is called "Vintage Valentine". This is March's block. I am in the progress of April's block and should have it done by the end of the week. This is all hand applique using the double freezer paper method.

This the the "Be Attitudes" April block. The only thing left 2 do is the eyes. I used a method I learned at class last Friday to make the nose. I used a satin stitch that I get making larger with each stitch.

Here is my BOM from Leah's. Thank you Karene for picking it up for me. :) I changed the center block to green instead of the red sunflower that the pattern had. Thanks again to Karene for suggesting this.
This is April's "Lilibette's Garden block. This series has some great piecing tricks.
Here is the "Midnight Garden" block for April.
This is the white version of the Out of the Darkness that was posted above. It is called "New Beginning"