My Dear Jane quilt is very much like the story of the tortoise and the hare. I am the tortoise, slowly plodding along, but I will finish … eventually.
I have sewn ninety-three tiny blocks, including a few I am not altogether happy with and plan to redo, and I have a few more cut and ready to go or partly made. I am finding zip-lock sandwich bags just the right size to store the incomplete blocks, including a few that I have pieced and now just need to appliqué the melons onto.
After experimenting with silk thread and English paper piecing of hexagons, I am unashamedly in love with silk thread. I now plan to use it for all my appliqué. I also plan to try it for sewing hand-pieced blocks as I suspect the finer thread will result in a neater finish. (I do not like the ‘toothy’ edges on some hand-pieced seams if I do not press them very carefully.)
I am now more than halfway through the 169 squares. Ninety-three blocks and thirty-four appliquéd melons. It feels like I have sewn many more melons, but perhaps this is just because I have just cut out another sixteen in preparation for other incomplete blocks.
Dear Jane, why so many appliquéd melons?