Thursday, April 12, 2012

Another 4 Dear Jane blocks and some hand sewing...



G-13 (machine pieced 9 patch, hand applique circles)

...is what I've been doing in the way of quilting lately. This batch of four Dear Jane blocks took a little longer than the last four but they are now finished and I am pleased with the way they turned out. When I started this project more than 12 years ago I wasn't working full-time and had much more time to practice my craft. Some of the blocks were challenging but I didn't have any doubt I could tackle them all.

The last seven years haven't provided as much time to practice and when I pulled this project back out I didn't know how or where to start. Fortunately, I am finding that quilting is a little like going back to roller skating. You are rusty, fall down a lot but eventually it starts to come back and you start gliding along. This week's blocks were a little more challenging but I didn't have any real disasters and only had to recut part of B-10 (below).



B-10 (hand pieced, used 1/8" seams for tiny middle part)

This group involved a mix of techniques including machine piecing, hand piecing and hand applique. Notice there wasn't any paper piecing? I am currently choosing blocks I can do without even thinking about paper piecing them. Once burned and all that...


G-1 (hand pieced, curves and all!)

On G-1 I attempted hand piecing curves for the first time ever. I am going to avoid those for a bit, as well. After the first one I kind of figured out a system and they did lay flat when finished. But it was dicey.

K-9 (rotary cut and machine pieced)

This was my easy block of the set. I rotary cut all the pieces and sewed them on the machine. Whipped that puppy up in about 30 minutes.

My favorite time of day is turning out to be when I climb into bed at night and get comfortable propped up on pillows with one under my knees and my hand sewing on my lap. I keep little prepared pieces that are parts of my now FOUR hand piecing projects in my little green sandwich box and am ready to stitch anywhere and anytime. In addition to the hand sewing, I have my iPad and earphones and both seasons of Downton Abbey to watch while stitching. Is that a little slice of heaven or what?!


25 comments:

Donna in SW PA said...

Rusty or not your work looks great!!

Frances Leate said...

I couldn't agree more. I thoroughly enjoyed Downton Abbey and don't forget to get the Christmas Special which follows series 2. When I am propped up with pillows in bed and hand stitching I usually listed to an audio book for our local library. Take care.

Lori said...

Wonderful blocks!!

Karen said...

A couple of those DJ blocks look a bit challenging for machine sewing.
I pulled out a plastic bin from under the guest bed just this morning that has tumbling blocks in it that I hand pieced and parts for lots more. I thought I had given the project away as I did not know where it was. It went back under the bed but maybe I will remember that is there.

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Dear Jane blocks and hand piecing blocks look great. I love to hand piece sometimes too, usually when watching baseball on tv.

Sue said...

Boy, I really love your DJ blocks and love the cheddars!

Love your LeMoyne star blocks and those wonderful tumbling blocks. Your fabric choices are awesome.

Cheryl said...

I loved Downton Abbey and cannot wait for the next season! I am impressed with G-1. I am not brave enough to even attempt curved piecing. Your tumblers and LeMoyne Star blocks are to die for.

Janet O. said...

Your DJ blocks look amazing--so precise and lay flat and everything! : )
This makes me want to get started. I bought the book way back when and then got intimidated. You prove that bit by bit it can happen!

Vesuviusmama said...

Sounds like my kind of heaven, for sure! Lovely blocks - and how brave you are, along with all the other DJ quilters, to give themm a go!

Me and My Stitches said...

Oh...your DJ blocks are looking so great! Love them all!!

Julierose said...

I especially like your first block on this post--so charming...lovely work. DJ looks daunting to me somehow; at this age, I'm not even buying "green bananas" LOL Julierose

Kyle said...

Your DJ blocks are super. Don't you like getting into the rythem of hand stitching. Keep working on those blocks.

Meredith said...

The hand pieced blocks look so cute. Keep going wirth DJ

Robin said...

I had to study that first block for a long time. I really like it and admire the workmanship. When you can blow up a block that big and have it still look good - you aren't rusty at all.

Nicky said...

Sounds like heaven! I love handsewing! And it takes you closer to historical times!

Sew Unique Creations said...

Oh - I just love all your projects and enjoy your blog too!

Teresa said...

Wow...where to start...I think G-1 and G-13 are my favorite out of this set. G-13 is just so funky and I love that fabric (in my stash as well). Did you piece the curves on G-1 or hand applique the curvy parts on? Either way, the result is perfect!

I am also loving the hand piecing projects...the star and the tumbling blocks. It's very satisfying to watch those finished blocks slowly blossom, isn't it? I'm impatiently awaiting season 3 of Downton Abbey...

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Sue said...

Great blocks Taryn, I really don't know how once you've climbed into bed you even stay awake let alone sew and watch Downton Abbey.

Mimi said...

Heaven!

And great planing.

Kimme said...

Your blocks look great Taryn. I have to redo my G13 as I had trouble with the applique bits. Love the Lemoyne star and the tumbling blocks. Your planning is inspirational!

Sue said...

Your blocks are so lovely. Reminds me I haven't made a Dear Jane Block for some time! LOL!

Hitchhiker42 said...

I like the hand-pieced G-1 curves with the golden fabric. It reminds me of a medieval coat of arms. Very cool!

Betsy said...

Taryn, I'm so behind in blog gazing and took a minute to catch up. I love your little blocks, especially the one using my fabric, wink, wink!. They are all precious. DJ and DA, great combination, love, love Downton Abbey.

Cathy said...

Love your DJ blocks. I've been working on it too. However I put my finished blocks up somewhere and now I can't find them...lol

Barb said...

your blocks are lovely - so well done!

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