Saturday, 31 December 2016

Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
You lose track of time at this time of year, but yesterday was a Friday, which means another part of the 2016 En Provence Mystery Quilt was released. 
Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Part 6 - En Provence, 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
This block was triangles and at last we got to use a new colour from the En Provence stash, which is the Dark Grey / Mink you can see. 

Usually Bonnie does the BIG REVEAL on New Years Day which I believe is already in full swing in Australia as I write.  But hang on - there is still one colour left to use.  Do you think there will be another part revealed in the next 24 hours?


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block J8 Anna's Anchor

Dear Jane Quilt - Block J8 Anna's Anchor
Dear Jane Quilt - Block J8 Anna's Anchor
I thought I would sneek in another Dear Jane block, J8 Anna's Anchor, whilst I wait for the next stage of the En Provence 2016 Mystery Quilt.  This one had tiny melon's on each corner to applique - I managed.

There are not many days left of 2016!

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 22  pieces

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block A5 - Cathie's Campfire

Dear Jane Quilt - Block A5 - Cathie's Campfire
Dear Jane Quilt - Block A5 - Cathie's Campfire
Here is Dear Jane block A5 Cathie's Campfire.  A simple flying geese affair in pretty green Kim Diehl fabrics.

Today I have had a bit of an audit for the Dear Jane quilt. AS a result I have all the papers and fabric cut for the remaining sashing, cornerstones and border triangles, so in theory there is nothing to stop me ... besides the En Provence Mystery Quilt.
 

Techniques: English Paper Piecing
Pieces: 29 pieces

Monday, 26 December 2016

Part 5 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

Part 5 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Ok.  All the Christmas celebrations are over, so I am now ready for the final push on Bonnie Hunter's 2016 En Provence Mystery quilt.  I have made a good start on Part 5, still managing to use the Accuquilt cutter for cutting the triangles.  My sums on a back of an envelope reckon there are still 1908 sq" left to complete before the big reveal next Sunday.  Are you managing to keep up?

Today, we are off to watch Rogue One at the cinema and then I expect we will return for plenty of sewing.

Joining up with the Monday Link Up!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Christmas 2016 Edition

Dear Jane Quilt - Christmas 2016 Edition  Electric Quilt
Dear Jane Quilt - Christmas 2016 Edition 
Christmas is a good time to give you all a little present of a long overdue update on my Dear Jane quilt progress.  I am slowly posting the individual blocks on this blog, but it reached a point where I could start to put it together and sitting in front of the telly over the Christmas break is helping me move the whole project on.
Dear Jane Quilt - Christmas 2016 Edition  Electric Quilt
Dear Jane Quilt - Christmas 2016 Edition 
All these blocks are actually together and it is great to start having just one big piece to haul around, rather than wobbly piles of 4.5" blocks.  Have I removed the papers yet?  I did remove one line of papers and that showed me that it was not going to be as onerous as the Nearly Insane paper removal (which took 7 whole days!), so it will get done in its own time.
Dear Jane Quilt - Christmas 2016 Edition  Electric Quilt
Dear Jane Quilt - Christmas 2016 Edition  Electric Quilt
This is how it is looking as its virtual self, in my Electric Quilt software.  I still have a load of edge triangles, sashing and cornerstones to baste before I can even sew them together into the quilt, which slows me down at the moment.  No statistics either at the moment.  Do you notice one edge triangle not done yet?  That is Jane's Oak - it has proved troublesome ...  Otherwise I am SO pleased to see this quilt come together and I hope to give it a big push over the next week.
Dear Jane Quilt - Christmas 2016 Edition with Suzi the cat
Dear Jane Quilt - Christmas 2016 Edition with Suzi the cat
Suzi the cat has taken a break from sitting on the Easy Street quilt to check out the Dear Jane progress, but not much sewing from her so far this Christmas season.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas!


Friday, 23 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block H10 Ben's Bowtie

Dear Jane Quilt - Block H10 Ben's Bowtie
Dear Jane Quilt - Block H10 Ben's Bowtie
With the shorter days, photo shoots for Dear Jane are becoming more difficult.  The light is dark and at the moment Storm Barbara is on her way.  All the Christmas shopping has been done and I am just finishing off the last customer quilt for my long arm business before I stop for Christmas.  It is time to settle indoors and enjoy the Christmas spirit of home. 

This hopefully means more Dear Jane stitching. This is Dear Jane block H10 Ben's Bowtie.

I am still open to ideas for the next project ....

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 18  pieces

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 54 - A5, H10, J8, J13

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 53  - Corner Blocks TLC, BRC, BLC, TRC
Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 53  - Corner Blocks TLC, BRC, BLC, TRC
Completing the Dear Jane quilt corner blocks does feel like a major achievement.  For the record, they are just a regular 4.5" block placed in a corner shape, so not too far off piste if you have your Dear Jane head on.

Thanks to everyone who pointed out a few projects for 2017.  The Quilt Room in the UK is starting a BOM Dear Jane with all the paper pieces cut - bit late for that one!

Draw 54
A5 - Cathie's Campfire
H10 - Ben's Bowtie
J8 - Anna's Anchor
J13 - Pam's Bells

This Draw will be in Green

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block TRC Longwood

Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block TRC Longwood
Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block TRC Longwood
This is the last of the four Dear Jane Corner blocks which I will be showing you, TRC Longwood.  This block has 61 pieces in it which has to be the most of any block in this quilt.

Construction of the whole quilt is quietly going on in the background.  I keep running out of sashing and now it is less portable, I get less stitching time.  If there was some good Christmas telly that would really help ..

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 61 pieces

Monday, 19 December 2016

Part 4 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016

Part 4 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
Part 4 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
As Bonnie promised, quite an easy week this week for the En Provence 2016 Mystery Quilt.  Something we have done before, just a slightly different colour way.  I have made about 42 sets of these, which is just ove half, so I expect to be making a few more maybe.  I used my Accuquilt cutter and this made light work of the cutting.
So this is what we have after four weeks of the En Provence Mystery Quilt - four sets of 3.5" blocks.  I can't believe we have done a month already and to think that in four weeks time there will be some completed ones! There are still two more colours to use and  hopefully a bit more variety in the blocks this week.
Easy Street Mystery Quilt , modelled by Suzi the cat
Easy Street Mystery Quilt , modelled by Suzi the cat
Suzi doesn't seem quite as enthused by the current Mystery quilt as she has been in previous years.  We switched the quilt on the bed for my Easy Street 2012 Mystery quilt and this is where you will find Suzi the cat.

Linking up with the Monday group.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block BLC Goshen

Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block BLC Goshen
Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block BLC Goshen
Here is another corner block for my Dear Jane quilt, BLC Goshen. 

Although I am in the middle of the Bonnie Hunter 2016 En Provence Mystery Quilt, I am starting to look for some new online projects starting in the New Year. I have resisted the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge for years, but feel I am starting to weaken with all the lovely projects that are being shared at this time of year.  Do you know of any that are starting in the beginning of 2017?  I think a monthly 'thing' would work with my schedule.  I am all ears.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing
Pieces: 72 pieces

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Part 3 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016

Part 3 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
Part 3 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
How about this as a guess?  For Part 3 of the En Provence Mystery Quilt I used my Accuquilt cutter again, but refrained form cutting the strips into squares and the 4-patches came together much quicker.  However, I have been struggling with a cough and a cold this weekend and I have only just finished pressing all those spinning seams which seemed to take for ages.
Part 3 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
Part 3 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
In total I have done 105 4-patches and I can see that when Bonnie does her BIG REVEAL I am going to have to do a bit of last minute 'fixing' to get a convenient amount.  I have always done the full size until this year, so my 'different size' decision has added another level of jeopardy into the Mystery process.  Will the quilt be square?  Will it be oblong?  I don't know, but the start of 2017 is going to be interesting for sure.  I am loving all these parts just building up ready for the final construction.
Part 3 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
Part 3 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
Here is another idea. 
I will be linking up on Monday!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block TLC Sadie Rose

Dear Jane Quilt - Corner  Block TLC Sadie Rose
Dear Jane Quilt - Corner  Block TLC Sadie Rose
As you know, the Fabadashery Blog is a haven for English Paper Piecing with other techniques only occasionally getting a look in.  However, you very rarely see my touching a hexagon, perhaps the most traditional of all English Paper Piecing shapes.  To be honest I find them an awkward shape to deal with, so I avoid them if I can.  Today I am showcasing Dear Jane corner block TLC Sadie Rose which is made up of octagons, OK, still not a hexagon, but I think I deserve some congratulation for my attempts.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 30 pieces

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block BRC Sarah Jane

Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block BRC Sarah Jane
Dear Jane Quilt - Corner Block BRC Sarah Jane
Let's start off simply.  Six appliqued melons and an appliqued pieced star for the first Dear Jane corner block, BRC Sarah Jane.  I think this is the block where I am meant to embroider my name and the number of pieces I have used throughout the whole quilt.  I imagine that this figure varies wildly across Dear Jane quilts depending on the techniques you choose.  I haven't added that number up yet - maybe a task for the Christmas holiday period.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 11 pieces

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 53 - Corner Blocks TLC, BRC, BLC, TRC

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 52 - B4, E9, K2, K3
Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 52 - B4, E9, K2, K3
Lots of little pieces for this Draw of Dear Jane blocks, but fun working in the red fabrics.
There are only 5 Draws left for this project and to add to the excitement, the next draw includes the Dear Jane corner blocks - slightly bigger and slightly more involved.

Draw 53
TLC - Sadie Rose
BRC- Sarah Jane
BLC - Goshen
TRC - Longwood

These are the corner blocks and this Draw will be in Yellow

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Part 2 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016

Part 2 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
Part 2 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
Part 1 of the Bonnie Hunter 2016 En Provence Mystery Quilt didn't give much away, but with Part 2 there is the fun of second guessing what she has in store for us.  It is early days, so this layout guess is pretty much all I have come up with.  With a different colour scheme I also had to decide which fabric would be my constant.  The dark fabric I have chosen is actually a rich purple / plum colour, the darkest in my fabric selection - not sure what your 'device' is showing you.  My favourite line of her instructions was  'there is an Accuquilt die for this size.'  It certainly made light work of her cutting instructions and reminded me of how far I have come with my quilt making skills since I started participating in Bonnie's Mystery quilts.
Part 2 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
Part 2 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016
This triangle block is familiar from the Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt in 2013 which makes me think that they will be placed in sets of four and that the quilt will be made up of 25 + 24 blocks.  Again, based on the layout of Celtic Solstice, I have done 72 for my smaller quilt.

I have been joined by a few friends and family for this Mystery Quilt and we are all doing different colours, sizes and layouts.  With all our different approaches it has highlighted a little clue from Part 1.  If you are keeping to one colour you only needed to cut 45 plain squares? So what about the other 176?  At this stage I think the 45 are for the blocks of the quilt and the rest are for the border - what do you think?

Looking back at my guesses from previous years I have been hopelessly wrong - LOL! 

I will be linking up on Monday and with my 'homework' done also with Kathy at Slow Stitching Sunday! I'm off to do some more work on my Dear Jane.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block K3 Seven Sisters

Dear Jane Quilt - Block K3 Seven Sisters
Dear Jane Quilt - Block K3 Seven Sisters
In the past Bonnie Hunter has released the clues for her Mystery Quilt about 11.00am GMT on a Friday, here in the UK, which allows a good days sewing if I am about.  There seems to be a change in schedule this year which is more in line with the USA time.  So whilst I wait and I fill my time with another sewing project, here is Dear Jane block K3, Seven Sisters, the last of this Draw.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 33 pieces

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block B4 Chris's Soccer Field

Dear Jane Quilt - Block B4 Chris's Soccer Field
Dear Jane Quilt - Block B4 Chris's Soccer Field
Here is Dear Jane block B4 Chris's Soccer Field.  A simple Dear Jane block.
As you know I have completed all the blocks and I am slowly putting the whole thing together.  This is the slow part about English Paper Piecing.  This is the part when it becomes less portable, so I have less opportunities to stitch.  This is the time when I start thinking I need a NEW project ...  any suggestions?

However, there are still plenty more of the blocks to show you, so keep watching!
Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 21 pieces

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block K2 - Grandpa's Chickens

Dear Jane Quilt - Block K2 - Grandpa's Chickens
Dear Jane Quilt - Block K2 - Grandpa's Chickens
Dear Jane block K2, Grandpa's Chickens. Someone, somewhere is probably making a king size bed out of squares this big.  I would certainly get a lot of pleasure making the most of scraps that small, but maybe not a King size quilt.
En Provence Mystery Quilt - Part 1
I have also finished stitching, pressing and twisting those seams for my En Provence Mystery quilt.  I have done a random number of 126 4-patches, which is more than half, in fact 57% of the total required for this stage.
 

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 40  pieces

Monday, 28 November 2016

Part 1 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt 2016

Suzi the Cat enjoying the 2015 Allietare Mystery Quilt
Suzi the Cat enjoying the 2015 Allietare Mystery Quilt 
So we are off!  The 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt, En Provence, has started.  Suzi the cat loves this time of year.  As you can see, this morning she is making the most of last years 'Allietare' Mystery quilt which is currently on my bed.

I was away over the weekend at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate which meant that I didn't access the full details until Sunday.  Since then I have cut all my pieces and have sewn about 50% of the four-patches.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I am not going scrappy, which was a bit of problem with Part 1 of the En Provence Mystery quilt.  However, Bonnie must have been sending me vibes as I had decided to pick up an alternative French General neutral whilst I was at the show, so this has worked out perfectly for her 'two neutral' option.
Part 1 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt
Part 1 - En Provence, Bonnie Hunter 2016 Mystery Quilt
I will admit that all the preparation required to get going on Part 1 reminded me why I do lots of English paper Piecing by hand.  Before I could get going I had to clear some space for cutting.  The area around my sewing machine had become a dumping ground, so that had to be cleared as well.  I had bought some extra bobbins for my machine at the show, so I wound several of them ready for the next few weeks.  I cleaned my machine.  I put on my single needle plate.  I put in a new needle. After having my machine nearly 8 years I decided to use the table which came with it for the first time which required setting up.  Then I decided that I needed to get my 'Leader and Ender' project set up from the start to make the most of my machine sewing.
Part 1 - En Provence, chain piecing
Part 1 - En Provence, chain piecing
In the 2015 Black Friday sales I picked up an Accuquilt fabric cutter and knew this would be the perfect project to make the most of it.  It made quick work of cutting the strips and in my enthusiasm I decided to cut the strips into squares. This was perhaps a step too far as it meant that the time I had saved with my cutting, I lost stitching squares instead of strips.  But my squares were very accurately cut .... So far the chain stitching has been very efficient and as a result I haven't made much of a dent into my 'leader and ender' project.
Finally, I want to put out a BIG THANK YOU to Bonnie Hunter for her generosity and for taking the time to put this together.  When I started to read her instructions for Part 1, I remembered why I enjoy her Mystery Quilt so much.  Her instructions are excellent and so thorough that it makes it easy for a quilter at any stage to get a quilt together.  Writing a blog every day takes time, so I really appreciate the work she puts into this.

I know a lot of my Followers are Mystery Quilt fans, so I look forward to seeing your progress too.  Linking up to the Monday Link UP!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block E9 Quilt Jail

Dear Jane Quilt - Block E9 Quilt Jail
Dear Jane Quilt - Block E9 Quilt Jail
For some reason this one really did feel like what it might be like to be in Quilt Jail.  Lots of fiddly pieces that had to be squeezed into four sides. This really puts English Paper Piecing to the test.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 35 pieces

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 52 - B4, E9, K2, K3

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 51 - E13, I7, I8, L3
Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 51 - E13, I7, I8, L3
I will try to fit in a few more Dear Jane blocks before the Bonnie Hunter 'En Provence' 2016  Mystery quilt takes over.  Here is an overview of the recent purple selection and ready to move on to the next Draw.  BTW there are only six more draws to go.

Draw 52
B4 - Chris's Soccer Field
E9 - Quilt Jail
K2 - Grandpa's Chickens
K3 - Seven Sisters

This Draw will be in Red

Sunday, 20 November 2016

En Provence - Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt - Introduction

Suzi the cat enjoying Allietare, 2015 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Suzi the cat enjoying Allietare, 2015 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
It was four years ago when I started this blog, mainly to share my progress on Bonnie Hunter's 2012 Mystery Quilt, Easy Street. I completed Celtic Solstice in 2013 (but it still needs quilting), opted out of Grand Illusion in 2014 and picked up again with Allietare in 2015, which is currently on our bed, which Suzi is modelling above.

I have been dithering whether I was going to do Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt 'En Provence' this year.  It is an 'extra' for my To-do list which I could probably do without.  But there is that period between Christmas and New Year where doing the Mystery Quilt has now become a tradition.
Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt colours ' En Provence'
Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt colours 'En Provence'
Here is a pull from my stash of the colours which Bonnie intends to use.  Lovely colours.  I love the beautiful colours she has chosen, but I know I just wouldn't use the quilt at the end. Usually at this stage of the year I have a colour scheme in mind, perhaps one I have been meaning to use for a while, but this year there wasn't any scheme which I was itching to try.   
Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt - Fabadashery 'En Provence'
So instead I have gone for this colour scheme.  It is a cross between the lavender of Provence and the heathers of Scotland. This range is made up of Moda French General fabrics and I will be keeping to one fabric and not going scrappy.  I WILL NOT BE GOING SCRAPPY!   Also, I am not going for full size.  I AM NOT GOING FOR FULL SIZE!  I feel a bit of a lightweight admitting all this, but again, I do not have a shortage of very large quilts and a smaller, lighter quilt would be more versatile.  I do intend to follow the Mystery Quilt each week, so no peeping to see the outcome before I make it.  I have yet to decide which colour substitutes which or how big it will be.

Let me know if you are joining in this year. I can't wait for Friday for the first stage and I can't wait for New Years Day for the BIG REVEAL!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block L3 Reflections Abound


Dear Jane Quilt - Block L3 Reflections Abound
Dear Jane Quilt - Block L3 Reflections Abound
There has been a bit of a delay with this block as I had lost it.  I didn't label the blocks as I guessed I would know by their colour, but I did get myself in a muddle trying to identify this one, L3 Reflections Abound.

Other sewing news - I think I have committed myself to doing Bonnie Hunter's 'En Provence' 2016 Mystery Quilt and once I have a minute I will bring you up-to-date with my plans which, as usual, are slightly off piste.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 25  pieces

Monday, 14 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block E13 Moth in a Web

Dear Jane Quilt - Block E13 Moth in a Web
Dear Jane Quilt - Block E13 Moth in a Web
I do love the variety of sampler quilts.  Each one is like a little mini quilt of its own. For Dear Jane block E13 Moth in a Web, I think there was a choice of applique or piecing for the little triangles - I chose piecing as little triangles can be a bit trying.  I haven't cut any Dear Jane for ages now, but after this post I am off to cut more sashing pieces.
'Nearly Insane Quilt' by Frances Meredith
Also in the news today, my Nearly Insane quilt has had further success at the 2016 West Country Quilt and Textile Show, full details are over at my other Fabadashery blog .
Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 26  pieces

Friday, 11 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block I7 Mac and Muff

Dear Jane Quilt - Block I7 Mac and Muff
Dear Jane Quilt - Block I7 Mac and Muff
Here is another pretty purple Dear Jane block, I7 Mac and Muff.  Again I couldn't face appliqueing those tiny triangles onto Dear Jane block I7 Mac and Muff, so I sliced up the borders and pieced it instead.

A quick look around to find a reference to Mac and Muff and I see that it was series of 'Early Reader' books.  Did anyone learn to read with these?  In my day it was 'Dick and Dora'.
'Nearly Insane Quilt' by Frances Meredith featured in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, November 2016
'Nearly Insane Quilt' by Frances Meredith
featured in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, November 2016

Other news - my Nearly Insane Quilt is currently being featured in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, November 2016.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 27 pieces

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block I8 Pete's Paintbox

Dear Jane Quilt - Block I8 Pete's Paintbox
Dear Jane Quilt - Block I8 Pete's Paintbox
I think its time I moved on with these purple blocks. This Dear Jane block, I8 Pete's Paintbox, which seems to be a square in a square in a square.
I have spent most of my TV time this week basting sashing for Dear Jane as I have run out and that is stopping me get the whole thing together.  A small pile has grown, and the next few rows are ready to be put together.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 25  pieces

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 51 - E13, I7, I8, L3


Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 50 - B3, C4, J3, L13
Dear Jane Quilt - Draw 50 - B3, C4, J3, L13
November is always a busy time of year for me and it feels like other things are taking over my stitching time at the moment.  I have found a little slot to keep you posted on my Dear Jane blocks and below are the details of the next blocks.
Suzi the Cat, November 2016
Suzi the Cat, November 2016
Suzi has found a spot to catch a bit of November sunshine today, whilst I am making the most of a Sunday to slowly stitch the Dear Jane rows together.
Don't forget to Join Kathy over at Slow Stitching Sunday  and Feline Friday

Draw 51
E13 - Moth in a Web
I7 - Mac and Muff
I8 - Pete's Paintbox
L3 - Reflections Abound

This Draw will be in Purple

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block L13 Harvest Moon

Dear Jane Quilt - Block L13 Harvest Moon
Dear Jane Quilt - Block L13 Harvest Moon
Another round Dear Jane block, L13 Harvest Moon.

Yesterday, I mentioned the 365 circle project.  Little did I know that it was a year ago since that Quilty Folk started it and today they are sharing their progress.  Great stuff.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 8 pieces

Monday, 31 October 2016

Dear Jane Quilt - Block C4 Tic Tac Toe

Dear Jane Quilt - Block C4 Tic Tac Toe
Dear Jane Quilt - Block C4 Tic Tac Toe
This Dear Jane block, C4 Tic Tac Toe, had a difficult birth.  Those little pieces in the middle are not ideal for English Paper Piecing, but I got there in the end.  I have just stitched this block into the actual quilt and there were a few extra stitches needed to fix the points.

Techniques: English Paper Piecing and Applique
Pieces: 37 pieces

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Dear Jane update - October 2016

Suzi the cat helps with the Dear Jane Quilt
Suzi the cat helps with the Dear Jane Quilt
I have been promising an update on the overall progress of my Dear Jane.  I indulged myself in an afternoon of stitching Dear Jane blocks together yesterday.  So far I have 2.5 lines together and Suzi the cat is monitoring progress closely. 
Completed Dear Jane blocks
Completed Dear Jane blocks
All the blocks are completed and all but one border block is complete.  Also there are several plain triangles and loads and loads of sashing pieces to be done.  And did I mention the scalloped border?
Electric Quilt - Dear Jane progress, October 2016
Here is a glimpse of how that all looks in the Electric Quilt software.  I am still using Electric Quilt 5.