My passion for Dear Jane runs hot and cold, I'm ashamed to admit. I found I'd made a duplicate block, Row B-4. I liked it so much, I decided to make 8 more for a little doll quilt. I made those eight blocks, laid them out with the other one in 3 rows of 3. Hmmm, the blocks were too big (4 1/2" square) to look right for a 12" finished doll quilt. Ok, I told myself, sew only seven more for a 4 by 4 row doll quilt. I had fun choosing each Civil War fabric for those new 7 blocks, each one must be special, because it would only be a 16 block quilt. Each block was a treasure, in my eyes, at least. I laid those out in the 4 by 4 set. Hmmm, Now it looked too big for a doll quilt, but not big enough for anything else either. You guessed it. I decided to add another 9 blocks for a 5 by 5 set. More fun fabric selecting and sewing ensued. I loved those little blocks! I sewed the blocks together into rows and then the rows into the 5 by 5 set, stood back and admired the top. Hmmm. I loved it, but wouldn't it look yummidy with a special border, I told myself. I designed several borders in my head and slept on them overnight. The next morning I knew just what I wanted to do. It's now a happy little quilt in my hoop being lovingly hand-quilted and will serve no other purpose than to please me and hang in my quilt studio when said studio actually gets built! Here is a picture of "Baby Jane B4" (top only)...
Now that I got B-4 out of my system, I'll get back to sewing new DJ blocks. Jane, my friend Jane, not THE Jane of Dear Jane, has been very busy sewing her DJ blocks while I was doing 25, B-4 blocks. She has sewn ALL of row 1 and row 2 as well! And here I thought I had a comfortable lead on her!!! Doesn't it remind you of the story of the tortoise and the hare? I dawdled and she nearly caught up with me.
No sewing tonight though. It's our high school boy's last basketball game of the season before the district tournament. They are rated #1 in the state in Class 3A. We won at state last year.
I'll share the rest of the blocks from Row 1 for now. I showed 3 of them in my last post.
I better go and support our team. It's senior night and I really enjoy seeing the parents recognised and the boys having to tolerate hugs and kisses from Mom's in front of the crowd. I know they secretly like it, but teenage boys have their reputations as tough guys to protect, you know!
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