Once upon a time.....I dreamed of making a Dear Jane quilt. I bought the book, later ordered the software, admired the blocks being made by Anya and Susan, spent time searching Flickr for DJ quilts, and imagined one day making a Dear Jane quilt myself.
Not being able to paper piece or appliqué presented a problem, so I decided to make a liberated version using leftover fabrics from modern projects. Over
a long period of time time I finished nine DJ blocks.
Then I saw and completely fell in love with this quilt made by Gwen!!!!!!! I've been hoarding Kaffe fabrics and dreaming of making a Kaffe Dear Jane quilt ever since.
|Gruber's Kaffe section|
My sister's goal is to make a Farmer's Wife quilt, and the beginning of 2012 marks the beginning of our own little support group to encourage each other
in this insanity. We haven't come up with a definite time line or schedule yet, instead we are just excited to begin.
Yesterday, I started by assembling the previously made Dear Jane blocks into a quilt top (I'll figure out what to do with it later) and making this B-4 block. I wanted to begin with a simple block, but also one that I haven't made before. After wasting too much time trying to figure out the software (I'll save that rant for another day), I traced the pattern myself and went about paper piecing the block. Taking this class really helped me understand paper piecing even though I fell out of love with that particular quilt by the end of the first lesson....just to show there is something to be taken away from every learning experience ;-)
It's Sew & Tell Friday and finish it up Friday. Some may say this is a start not a finish....I say it is a start and a finish! I am starting my Dear Jane journey by finishing.....procrastinating, worrying, doubting, etc. and getting to work ;-)
Happy Friday and happy stitching!