Monday, 26 May 2008

So you think I'm crazy?

Attempting to re-create a Dear Jane quilt may seem crazy enough, but just have a look at this! Hanne has just put the finishing stitches on her aptly named 'Nearly Insane' quilt. It is the most amazing quilt I have ever seen, and just stunning in red and white. Congratulations Hanne - you are in a league of your own! My Dear Baby Jane progress:B11 Melissa's Cross - I foundation pieced the centre (using Minka's 3/8" cross hairs) & hand appliquéd the curves as for Anina's method. The curves on this are more circular than square-ish as they should be, but it is symmetrical, so I'm happy! H1 Peek-a-boo - freezer paper foundation pieced. Hmmm, very different to the original I know. The truth is, I am a bit scared of the Dear Jane blocks that have a large proportion of solid colour. Because they are so dominant in the finished quilt, I am worried I will muck up my fabric choice & it will look awful. So I tend to want to 'soften' the look of these blocks by using more than one fabric. What a coward I am! I8 Pete's Paintbox - freezer paper foundation pieced. See 'coward' comment above! BR1 Rosemary's Window - the first of the border triangles. One down, only 51 to go! There is a code amongst Dear-Janers, which for me at the moment looks like this: 24:1:0:336. This means I have completed 24 blocks, 1 triangle, O corner blocks & have used a total of 336 pieces. The numbers should eventually read 169:52:4:5602!

15 comments:

  1. Isn't Hanne's quilt amazing. I love it done in red and white.
    Your Dear Jane blocks look good. Wish I had the time and patience. One day! Good luck in reaching 169:52:4:5602. Your will have a stunning quilt in the end. Happy stitching.
    Christine

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  2. The blocks are lovely, you are making great progress.
    Jodie

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  3. I have followed the NI journey on Hanne's blog and even got the book.........you to will make i to the end of your DJ journey.........

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  4. Wow! Just gorgeous. You have been busy with some very fiddly blocks this time. They all look wonderful.xx

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  5. Your blocks are so lovely!

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  6. I really like your fabric choices for Peek-a-boo. The effect is wonderful! I don't think you are a coward -- more like a pioneer or inventor!

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  7. I love your colors. Your blocks are so pretty.

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  8. You are so clever Bloom your Blockslook fantastic I am new at quilting and it all looks hard to me.
    Hugs Mary.

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  9. The blocks are lovely!
    Kind regards,

    Sonnja & Beertje Zonn
    from the Netherlands

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  10. Ros you're right!!! That quilt of Hanne's is amazing!!!
    I love your DJ progress... I'm still waiting for my book and am starting to get a bit worried... :(

    Jodie :)

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  11. Your squares are beautiful as always! I like the patterned fabric.

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  12. Your blocks are wonderful. Makes me want to make a Dear Jane of my own...

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  13. I love the way that you used the two colours- it really looks great. You are good to be keeping up still.
    Nicky

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  14. You are not crazy, this is your DJ quilt and you do as you like. By the way your blocks are great.

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