Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My "Snew" Day!

   Mt. Pleasant got hit with a snow storm (5 1/2") on Tuesday and the school called a snow day. That wasn't good enough for this quilter! I called a "snew" day instead. I coined a new word for it when you have a day off work and you can sew all day. It's the best kind of day when the weather is hostile, don't you think? Today we have a 90 minute delay, just enough time so I can write a post!

   A couple weeks ago I doodled a quilt block on my mouse pad at work. I bought a dozen of these mouse pads on clearance for a quarter each, years before I had a computer. They are tablets of graph paper with 1/4" grid in the shape of a mouse pad, but very convenient to write on or doodle and rip off the page when full. Anyway, while waiting for the screen to come up, I doodled a block. Then last Monday after school, I cut fabrics to make the block. I loved it and my brain started churning...a new pattern was born.As with all my patterns, it had to have a Civil War story to go with it. I spent a couple days researching for the right one. The new pattern is called, "March on Cold Harbor." It's funny, because  recently I was asked if I had any new designs coming and I said inspiration hadn't hit me to. The ideas come when I least expect them and then it's like a runaway train till I get them into a finished quilt. Dear Jane is on "pause" for the time being. I can't show the quilt it till the pattern is printed,but I can give glimpses of the quilt in progress.

                                                                               Pieces...

                                                                 Paper-pieced units...



Trimming...


                                                A stack of trimmed paper-pieced units...

                                                                 Rectangle units...

                                                      Finished pieces awaiting assembly...

   That's all I can share for now, but there is more to it than that. I spent my "snew" day working on the new quilt and made great progress. I hope to release the pattern this spring.


   One more picture to share. My friend, Kayla, shared this Civil War beauty for show n tell at February's Breakfast Club. I don't remember what she said the pattern was. I love that gold large scale print broder fabric.


   I'm off to work. Have a great day and keep stitching!

Becky

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Baby Jane is Born!

    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)...

  I see now that I should have cropped and zoomed in so you could see the fabrics better. My bad!
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.

A-1,2, &3...




A4,5, &6...
A7,8,11, &13...
Some of these are ones I did in 2007 but, A-11 and A-13 I did last week.

   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!

Keep stitching!
Becky