Yesterday, I finished the last stitch on the last triangular block of my Dear Jane quilt. Hurrah! All the blocks are made! I managed to sew 225 fiddly little blocks, and if I skipped a block it was because I did not like it and not because I could not make it.
Now, all I have to do is assemble the blocks into a quilt top, which will only take a little while, and then baste and quilt it … Oh dear. That second part is the stinger. If I quilt it by hand, as I plan to do, I still see a year or two’s work ahead of me!
As this batch was my last ten blocks, I chose any fabric that caught my eye from my French General collection, so there is a disproportionate amount of red.
Clockwise, starting from the top, I have:
- my version of bottom row 2
- left side 9, which I modified very little from the book, just adjusting the bottom piece and moving the others closer together
- a block inspired by right side 2
- my version of top row 10
- a block that started life inspired by top row 7
- my version of bottom row 3 (I planned to add a moon to the square, but then fussy cut a flower instead)
- my version of bottom row 9
- a simplified version of right side 5
- a block that is loosely based on a block I saw in Linda Franz’s Quilted Diamonds
- my invention, a block that uses English paper piecing.
I have not yet decided how I will lay out the blocks. I am hosting one of my sewing groups in two weeks, so I think I will enlist everyone’s help and we can all shuffle the blocks about until we have the light and dark blocks about evenly balanced. I will encourage their cooperation by offering sherry and mince pies. We are getting frighteningly close to Christmas, after all!
I was a little worried that I would not have enough background fabric left to make the sashing, but I have figured out that I will have enough. Just. I think I will only have about 3 inches of fabric left over. Let’s hope I do not slip with that rotary cutter!
I will post a proper photo of the finished top when it is all assembled and before it gets basted and the quilting begins.