Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Jane management and a reveal!


I know a lot of people took their Dear Jane book to a print shop to change to a spiral binding. I simply cut the binding off (on the band saw) and put it into a 3 ring binder. This way, I could photocopy (for my use ONLY) any pattern I needed. As I mentioned before I did re-draft quite a few blocks, mainly because I prefer applique to piecing (clearly Jane did not!) and changed many of Jane's originals from piecing to applique. I also glued a scrap of each fabric used next to the pattern in the book. 


I did try to match Jane's fabric selection as closely as I could. The fabric swatches made it much easier to keep track of the order of the border blocks.


Ohhhhh sorry to show you my ugly ironing board cover! Time for a new one I think!

And, now for the reveal... I am cheating I suppose, but because I do love applique and because I am hand quilting the border triangles, I have opted to simply applique circles on the alternate blocks instead of piecing. I couldn't imagine hand quilting all those tiny little pieces and I just love appliqueing circles. 


I hope it doesn't make it look too contemporary, but I have finished all the appliques and I am NOT doing them over. I think it will look nice when finished. XXXX those are my fingers crossing!


Have a quilty day!




12 comments:

  1. How nice the circle in the triangles look.

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  2. I really like your triangles! Also like your organizational methods used in this project. Looks like your finger-crossing worked in your triangles! :)

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  3. lovely work wendy as usual....and a great idea about the binder too!

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    1. Thanks Grace, it is the only way I can keep track.

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  4. Love the note book! I need to do that with "The Farmers Wife" I have going...

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  5. What a great idea! Love the idea of switching out applique for some of the intricate piecing especially in the border pieces. Lovely.:)

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  6. Looks great, I love how you are making it your own!

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  7. I love how organized your quilt projects are. I'm curious on your fabrics. Do you purchase all your fabrics for a project at the same time? For instance with your Dear Jane quilt, how did you know how much fabric to get? What is your method for starting out gathering fabrics once you've decided on a project? Thanks always for your wisdom. Trudi

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    1. Trudy, I am so lucky to have a good friend who owns a quilt shop, Busy Thimble ( see Cyndi's blog on my sidebar). I have been shopping there almost exclusively since she opened over 20 years ago. I have been quilting since I was 9 so I have quite a stash or vintage fabrics too. Let's just say when I made my Y2K quilt, I didn't need to shop or trade to come up with my 2000 different fabrics. that being said, yes, I still shop for fabrics for a specific quilt when the need arises. I didn't have to shop for my Jane though.

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    2. Yikes! My stash has never been super big as we moved so often (30 year military wife). I love Cyndi's shop, so I guess I'll start increasing my stash as I want to do The Farmers Wife quilt. Thanks again for your wisdom. Trudi

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