Tuesday, March 29, 2016


I finished Row J of my Dear Jane quilt plus 2 triangles.  So, I am on track for finishing the inner blocks by the end of June.  Woo Hoo!!

Most of these blocks were pretty easy and then came J-10 with 16 appliqué leaf shapes.  Last week I watched a free program from "The Quilt Show" and in it Kim Diehl was demonstrating her method of machine appliqué.  I kept looking at the 16 leaf shapes to appliqué and I decided to machine sew them with invisible thread (like Kim does).  I figured that if she can do it, so can I.  I hope I won't be arrested by the quilt police, but all that hand needlework is hard on my hand.  

Here's J-10 in all it's machine appliqué glory!  Actually, this is the second time I did machine appliqué on a block, but the other one was only 4 tiny triangles.  Actually, paper piecing wasn't done in 1863 either, so I guess I guess it doesn't hurt to use modern techniques on appliqué.  As someone told me before, if Jane could have, she probably would have done it too!

J-10 Machine Applique
 I think J-13 is my favorite block from this row.  I really like how it looks and I love the black fabric.  My photos aren't the best because my sewing room isn't really very light even during the day.

Onward to Row K for April.  Actually, I already have the fabrics picked out and most of the blocks are paper piecing.  I'm actually getting to like PPing!!


  1. WOW Looking good--don't think the quilt police will arrest you for this. You are so brave to take on Dear Jane

  2. Wow, I love the fabrics in that J-13 block! And I truly admire your perseverence with this quilt. It will be a masterpiece! I'm machine appliqueing some blocks now and have found the machine applique is harder on my eyes than hand work, though much easier on the hands.

  3. I'm so impressed by your blocks! Those are some really difficult ones and yours are looking good!

  4. All your blocks are beautiful, and your machine applique looks perfect to me. I'd never even attempt that quilt, but yours is going to be one very special treasure! (As all of yours are!) ---"Love"

  5. You are doing an amazing job! I am so impressed.
    Why not do what works for you?
    BTW, I had always been told that paper piecing was done in the mid 1800s. Now I want to research and find out if I had been told wrong. : )

  6. So fun to see the blocks!! I have my Jane Stickle quilt on my bed and some of the blocks and fabric are crazy and so fun! Makes me smile!!

  7. Your DJ blocks are lovely Ruth. I especially like your fabric choices. I'm so looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

  8. All of your little blocks are darling, love the fabrics, colors and the wonderful designs! You will have a very beautiful quilt!

  9. I love your new blocks... and I really like how you mixed the fabrics in each of them... I began Dear Jane project last month and I already made 8 by now (I still have lot of work ahead)
    I follow you from now so I can see all the rest of your work.
    If you want to visit me, I would be very pleased...
    Kisses from Spain.