This one was a bit tricky. I still have terrible trouble doing foundation piecing and end up with everything back to front!!! I gave in and just pieced the double diamonds and then appliqued the larger diamonds on. My applique technique is improving I think........!!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
I am not a big fan of Foundation Piecing at the best of times and this block was no exception! I am in the process of selling our house and my sewing things are at my friend's house where I retreat to for some sewing fun. Today however, the language was a little colourful as I worked on this ................... Jane, you are driving me insane..............
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
We decided to have an excursion today in place of our usual Friday sewing group, and went to the 'Craft and Sewing Show' on in Melbourne at the moment. It is always a great place to stock up on fabrics for your stash, and purchase pins, blades, rulers, etc and discounted prices...........
Here are some of the fabrics I purchased in preparation for the Aqua and Red Block Bee that starts in November.
On the way home I happened to pass 'Patchwork on Central' and popped in to see if they had any 'Liberty' fabrics I could add to my Dear Jane stash........and guess what - they did!!!
Here they are.........
Next Friday we will be back to normal sewing group and I can start to play with some of these colours!!
Monday, October 24, 2011
As I am now 30 blocks into my Dear Jane quilt I thought I should rename my blog to reflect this. As my Nearly Insane is still a big part of my recent quilting history I have combined the two in my title...............
I have been following Minka's blog (http://minkasstudio.blogspot.com) and read her interesting post about this block of Janes. This is the only block in the quilt that does not use the ivory contrast fabric - hence my use of two of my Liberty fabrics for this one. The aqua looks quite green in this photo, but it does blend in well with the other blues.
I had fun doing this one. I am not a great fan of applique so thought I would give piecing a go. Quite happy with the result - first a first attempt at tiny curves, although a few stitches are peeking through. As my mum says "A blind man would be happy to see them!!"
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I have not posted anything for a while as I have been on holidays in the USA. We had 2 wonderful weeks in Santa Monica, Boston, Cape Cod, Quogue and New York (yes, in the hurricane!!) We had beautiful weather and even got a tan!! I also found time to visit a couple of quilt stores (much to my husbands horror) so I had to be quick....... I bought some great fabric at 'Tumbleweed' in West Barnstable, Cape Cod.
I also had time to visit 'The City Quilter' in New York for some fun New York and Halloween themed fabric. Not sure what to make with this new stash.......but sure it will be put to good use!!
Now I am home I have finished off a couple of blocks I started before I left ....... just had to complete the applique.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Well again it is a while since I put anything on my blog!!!I finally managed to get all Prue's things ready for her term away and we waved good-bye to her 2 weeks ago. The day she left I went out and purchased a new toy..........
I have been having a great time playing with it - my old machine (C1977) was rarely used, only for attaching binding and joining quilt backs. I decided it was time t
o get with the program.
Here is my first attempt...
I then made it into a mug rug and sent it to Prue for her 'Milo'.....
Next project was a set of 6 placemats for my sister. Her 1950's
house has just undergone a fabulous reno and thought this fabric would suit.
Friday, June 24, 2011
I have been very slow on my Dear Jane lately. Not only have I been having some fun with the placemat swap, but also I have made a special quilt for my daughter, Prue, who is going off to her school's remote campus for 8 weeks next term. As it will be the depth of winter I have made it with cute flannel fabrics so it will be nice and cuddly..........!!
Here is the rugby jumper they wear that I used as inspiration for the colours and logo.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I have just joined into a Placemat Swap and this has taken up a bit of time...........need a break in between Dear Jane blocks. Here are the two I have made to swap with my partner......
I had fun with the hand quilting.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
This one is a bit pale - the fabric is really pretty, but as the pieces are so small I feel it is a bit lost. I am thinking that the Liberty fabric is maybe not bright enough to make the blocks really pop!!
Will plod on and see how it goes....