Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dear Jane .... I'm through with you

Yesterday I finished my Dear Jane quilt....the quilt that i have been working on for the past 2 1/2 years....the quilt that i started to hand quilt....the quilt that sat in a chair for about 6 months because i got tired of hand quilting it. LOL

So, i finally decided if it was EVER going to get done.....i needed to put it on the longarm and finish quilting it. SID around all the pieces in all blocks....all 225 blocks (counting border).... middle mostly machine quilted....edges (border and first row or 2) mainly hand quilted. 

Loading it was not a problem, really. but i had to pull out all the basting stitches before i could quilt it. i pulled out 2 rows at a time. it doesn't get as taut on the machine once you hand quilt around the edges and just have the middle basted. but i made it work.

I even labeled it with my name and city and the start and finish date. started may 14, 2012; finished january 22, 2014.

Last night i cut around all the scallops. i used scrap strips for binding so it has several colors in the binding. i put it on my machine and thought i would have to hand sew it down....but was able to machine sew the binding on, also. otherwise, it might be sitting in a chair for months again. hahahaha

This morning i threw it in the washer and dryer and it is now all crinkly and homey. it is about 90" square.

I really liked making all the little blocks....that was the fun part of this quilt. some are pieced...a lot are paper pieced....some are applique. i used muslin for the back and background and quilted with white thread.

There were 2 or 3 blocks that were impossible to piece so i kind of fudged those blocks...but i couldn't tell you now which they were. 

All in all, it's one of my favorite quilts. i tried to make each block with different fabric and i think i succeeded in that pretty well. there might be one or two that are duplicate fabrics. but when i started this i had an extensive stash to choose fabrics from.

Would i make another one? .... probably not.
Did i enjoy making this one? .... definitely

Now....on to something a bit less challenging.

1 comment:

Jim Bruner said...

I really like this quilt; It's a keeper, can we put it on our bed ??

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