Wednesday, 4 June 2008

A little finish.




Here are the abandoned Dear Jane blocks from my last post. They really were a bit pale and uninteresting so I used my brightest prints to jazz them up a bit. Now they look much better. I replaced one of the blocks as I found another one in a basket that was a bit nicer.


I machine quilted some spirals in the sashing and hand-quilted the actual blocks. I was feeling very daring too and attempted something a bit different in the border. Normally I only do straight lines or meandering with my machine but this time I had a go at a leafy vine. I used a white cotton so it wouldn't stand out too much if it was totally rubbish - lol. Once I got going though it was fine. It came out not bad at all if I do say so myself :-) So next time I do something like this I may use a thread that you can actually see lol !




It measures about 20 inches square. I may put a hanging sleeve on this and pop it up on the wall by my sewing corner. It's very summery.


Since I started blogging the list of blogs I read has gone through the roof. It's fantastic to meet so many great ladies ( and a couple of chaps ) on the same wavelength - too much inspiration at times - I want to do it all. Anyway in order to cut down on the time I spend trawling round I've set up bloglines which is taking a bit of time. Once I've listed all my favourites it should leave me a bit more time. If I've not commented on your blog for a while it's not because I'm not reading it it's because I'm still getting organised. Blogging is such amazing fun - I never knew 'til I started my own.

So this is post 98 - I'm sure you know what I'm getting at - lol !! I'm busy arranging a little something but can't show pictures yet of course.


I also ordered the Civil War Diary Quilt book to see what all the fuss was about. It should have been sent out within 1-2 days. After 8 days of postman stalking I emailed them and only THEN have they sent it. It should be here tomorrow - I'm not very impressed :-( It's only travelling 40 miles - I could have walked and got the bl***y thing quicker - lol !


Keep stitching.....

34 comments:

quiltingcraft said...

definitely should have walked and shouted ^_^

pamina said...

Very nice little quilt !

Kathie said...

great little quilt! Love the way you quilted it.
your going to love the civil war diary blocks, they are so fun to make.
can't wait to see them on your blog soon ;)
Kathie

Jorja's Nanna said...

You have done a good job with the Jane blocks. They do look nice and summery and yes you did do extremely well with the quilting. (I wouldn't be so brave) It's going to look great in your sewing corner.

Chookyblue...... said...

like what you did with your DJ blocks.......

Joyce said...

Love the little quilt. I too use bloglines but it is also getting out of hand. There are just too many quilting bloggers out there now.

Doodlebug Gail said...

What a beautiful little quilt - well done on using those little blocks.

corry said...

What a sweet little quilt! Great way to use your leftover DJ blocks!

mamaspark said...

The quilt turned out really sweet! You are sooo close to 100, keep on posting!!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Look how great this came out. You amaze me and your quilting came out so great. I'm happy with you.

I don't have my stuff sent up on Bloglines. Does this mean there are limited ways I can bother and abuse you? Not that I'd do that mind you...I think... ;)

Belvie said...

It's a great little quilt!

Julia said...

Your little quilt is adorable!!
I might have to get the Civil War Diary book too. It does seem to be creating quite a stir in the blogging/quilting world. :)

pincushionpoints said...

What a cute quilt. I love the softness of the blocks and how summery it fees. Great job!

Floss said...

Very cute, much better than letting the blocks sit around.

anne bebbington said...

I really like this baby jane - just about the level of committment I could probably cope with - some day I'll do a full one but probably once I've retired in about the year 2500!!!

Karol-Ann said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

FabricMom said...

Oh what a cute little finish. Very summery and lovely. Great job.

meggie said...

Like all of your work, that little quilt is inspired!
Know what you mean about the book!

jovaliquilts said...

Lovely little quilt!

Bloglines helps, but one could spend all day reading blogs and never quilting. I've started to comment less often, but I still do a quick read on bloglines.

Jeanne said...

Oh, Andrea! The little quilt is so pretty. I'm so happy you didn't leave the little blocks hiding somewhere, but made a beautiful little quilt instead. I use Bloglines and it has cut the time I spend at the computer by quite a bit.

Pam said...

That little wall hanging is so pretty!! I love the bright colours you used to brighten up the blocks. Great way to use up the blocks.

I am always trying to catch up with the blogs - it is amazing how quickly I fall behind and how many new people are always popping up in blogland. I have been using bloglines and Google Reader. I think I like Google Reader a bit better.

Anne Ida said...

A wonderful little DJ finish! I'm sure it will look great on the wall in your sewing space!

I hate it when I order something and they need a reminder before they ship!!! At least you can look forward to your book now.

Kieny said...

That little quilt came out beautiful, it looks great.

I wish you good luck with Bloglines. I started using it a while ago. I thought it would make my blogging life a bit easier and more organized but something was missing. Now I'm using also RSS and Google reader. So now I have three readers and more blogs to read than ever before.

Did you also order the DVD with the Civil War Books? I read somewhere that they added a DVD with all the patterns.

Helen in the UK said...

What a gorgeous little quilt!!
I use bloglines and find it invaluable :)

country mouse said...

Oh my goodness, those DJ blocks look wonderful in that little quilt!! The border and sashings make the blocks sing, they don't look washed out to me at all.

I agree about how fun blogging is. I never thought I would blog myself, but now that I have one, I can't believe I didn't start sooner.

I'll be checking in often to see when you hit that big 100!!

Tonje said...

The quilt turned out great! I'm glad you decided to use the abandoned blocks... Very bright and summery... I like that!!

CONNIE W said...

It's a beauty!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

ADORABLE and nice quilting by the way. That is so cute. And tiny!!

Guðrún said...

The quilt is like a flower pot, just amazing.

Teresa said...

Andrea - that quilt is gorgeous!
The colours are so pretty.
I have just dug out my Dear Jane blocks in the hope that I will finally do something with them.

AmyB said...

What a sweet little quilt those blocks became!

Chocolate Cat said...

So have you got the book yet?? and is it worth all the fuss?? I'm so tempted to get it but wonder if that's only because everyone else has it!!

Jan said...

Love what you did with your Dear Jane blocks--they are beautiful! I tagged you for an interesting little tag--please see my blog--Quilter Jan! Thanks!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Your mini dear jane is awesome! I made a 9 block small dear jane once also. But yours is wonderful!