Reverse Applique for Susie Q


I used reverse applique for the melon on the Dear Jane LS6 Susie Q triangle. It would not be too hard to applique this melon but reverse applique on a seam gives you a very neat finish and this method is great for really small, impossible to applique melons. The idea is set the melon […]

Sashing Stash Challenge


I signed up for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Sashing Stash Challenge this past winter.  The 3/4 yard piece of black and white fabric was given to me in March.  I had until the end of May to put a quilt together.   I went with a combination of traditional blocks and some improvised […]

Dear Jane B9 Tinker Toy Tutorial


I used reverse applique for this block. A bit fussy, but I was happy with the finished block.  I have photos from two different blocks since I did not get enough photos with my first block!  The tutorial assumes you have access to Dear Jane Templates from the Electric Quilt software, or you have drawn […]

Happy Hour Fun

Just wanted to share my Happy Hour Apron and Table Runner.  They feature Northcott’s Happy Hour Stripe fabric. Peggy Anne sells the pattern I used for the apron on her website and the runner was designed by me and uses scraps of fabric that pick up the colors in the Happy Hour stripe. A perfect […]

Catching up with Jane


I am perpetually behind on my Jane blocks.  Our group at Quilters Common is assigned 5 blocks each month.  At one point rather early in this journey I became preoccupied with other matters of life to include work and various quilting endeavors.  So, I remain behind by at least 80 blocks and instead of proudly […]

The Clothesline Basket Craze


I have been busy playing in my quilting studio all week.  I am in the middle of so many projects and I keep jumping from one to another.  I did manage to get one thing done.  At the BMQG retreat last weekend I watched Courtney demonstrate how to make a rope basket.  I loved the […]

Slice and Dice Piecing

Slice block 1

I am working on a quilt with blocks that are based on a technique in Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. The book has some great ideas and illustrations, but I thought it might help to see step by step photos.  The tricky part is matching up the first set of strips after […]

Bread Pudding

What could be better than warm bread pudding with buttery rum or whiskey sauce on a cold day? Bread Pudding: Preheat oven to 350 degrees or 330 if convection 2 cups milk 2 Tbsp butter 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp clove 2 eggs beaten 6 […]

One Kite and Three Triangles


Here is the latest on my Jane Blocks. I finally decided to do one of the corner kite blocks.  My thinking is that I have enough triangles finished to justify this accomplishment.  A wonderful reward!.  This block has octagon pieces.  I glue basted the seam allowances to card stock templates, then used Best Press to […]

Piecing with Improvisation


Here are three quilt block tutorials that I put together for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild BOM. These tutorials all have improvisational techniques, but they also let you be a little precise if you want to be. This tutorial lets you practice curved piecing: Curves Ahead With this one you can try paper piecing without worrying about things […]

This is a Reproduction Quilt


A few years ago I kept seeing this bright orange and red quilt top on eBay.  I am always drawn to orange quilts!  Finally I took a closer look at it.  It looked like it might be a turn of the century quilt top, but the description just said it was an old quilt top. […]

Modern vs. Reproduction


I am in the middle of a Block of the Month at Quilters Common in Wakefield, MA.  Antoinette is offering 3 colorways: Blues, Brights, and Traditional.  I love reproduction fabrics, so I went with the traditional colorway, but I am also digging into my stash and making a set of blocks with my modern/contemporary fabrics. This […]

The November Jane Wrap-Up

November Janes

You have already seen some of my November Jane Blocks and my cool way to Reverse Appliqué Melons but here are the rest of blocks I finished for November: And, yes, I did use my Reverse Appliqué method again! Twice in one month!

Zipper Pouch Inspiration

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild will occasionally have a swap.  In November we were asked to bring a zippered pouch to the monthly meeting. I started checking out Pinterest and Google images for ideas. I found this lovely Lavender Pouch at Pretty by Hand, but alas no pattern!  But then I found this neet Tutorial at Sew Like my Mom. […]

Jane Blocks and Color Contrast

November Janes

So far this month I have one triangle and three more blocks done for my Dear Jane quilt.  See my Last Post for a look at the triangle and to see how I am managing those pesky little melons. I started cutting fabric for I-2 and realized I had grabbed the red fabric for J-7.  I have […]

Reverse Applique on Seam Lines


I have discovered that reverse appliquéing Dear Jane melons in the middle of a seam is much easier than regular reverse appliqué and certainly much easier than appliqué, especially for those annoying teeny tiny melons! It’s much easier because you don’t have to manage the raw edges at the points; you are stitching up to […]

Barbados Bag


I am so glad I found time to take a class at Quilters Common yesterday.  Thank you Pat for doing such a great job of guiding us through the process of making the Pink Sand Beach Designs Barbados Bag.  We all had great success getting our bags put together during the class.  The pattern has lots of pictures […]

One More Jane Block

I said I would get one more Jane block done this month, and I did! Actually the month is not over yet … so there may be more! But here is E-1, Wagon Wheel, which involved not one, but two layers of reverse appliqué.  Once again I followed advice from the That Quilt Blog.  

Me and Jane, Jane and I


Jane and I are getting re-acquainted.  The group I am working with at Quilters Common receives the patterns and tips for 5 blocks each month.  Between one thing and another I found myself way behind … a year and a half behind!  So, this past month I was determined to get back to work on my Jane blocks. […]

Improvising with Scraps


It certainly has been quite a while, but I finally have time to post again!  Back in March I brought my improvised scrappy blocks to the Boston Modern Quilt Guild Retreat and put a quilt top together. I finished this quilt a couple of months ago on my long arm. The back of the quilt has a […]