Sunday, December 4, 2011

Two quick things...

1) why on earth can you not use apostrophes on this dadburn blogsite? wtf. this is seriously impeding my ability to enjoy this.

2) as if i wasn't going overboard with the databasing already, i am giving honorary 'jane's addicted' block names to all the blocks. this is fun.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

T04.The Jane Oak Project - aka Jane's Oak

The Jane Oak Project... ? I had to use my glamorous headlamp to light this up. I was hoping to do this one in the traditional color, but opted instead to use a new favorite from Lecien with an oak leaf motif. Man, the inside curves are treeeeeky.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I seem to have fallen off my stride. And it was a very leisurely pace, too. So... since there's nothing to report on the quilt, all i have to share is what i did today that was quilt-related.

Had an entirely delightful outing with G. to Suzette's for lunch (omg that mushroom crepe?! What insane perfection) and then to the Merchant for some shopping. There should be a term or sniglet for girl-time that incorporates lunch, shopping and catching up... Like gab, gossip, gulp and grab. Grossilp? Shlurgripping? Grulpipgabrapping?

Anyhoo, it was fun. Here's what I was unable to resist this time. A primitive gatherings shirting with a great mottled background, and a handful of beauties from Mrs. March in Antique - Lecien. I wish there were more shirtings made that were cream/stained backgrounds with muted prints rather than full on red, blue or black... That's my ridiculous complaint for the week.

That's my jane's addicted binder in the background. Just begging to be split already. Not sure if ill do it by layout or alpha. (nerd alert!) Hopefully, I'll get a block or two done this week. Then it's probably full tilt Christmas. Have some quilted book mark and ornie idears...

Can you find happiness in a savory crepe? Fabric shopping with a great friend and creative buddy? Escaping the house for a few hours? Can you find a bit o joy in five fat quarters by Lecien? Exchanging parenting tips and Down syndrome stories? Grapgabshoplurping?

Yes. Yes you can.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Misc hoo-haaaaa

I was really motivated to get a lot of quilting done today - was being the operative word. But life is funny that way. Instead, I tried my hand at English paper piecing. (fun, but I'm in need of more instruction) and since the results were so diminutive, I was forced to cut a few more blank tris using some of my favorite focal fabrics.

Another beautiful fall day.Watching Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges on hbogo. sooo good. T Bone Burnett!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

010.Cathedral Window

Block name: Cathedral Window
Jane's Addicted block name: Mildred Pierce
Original position: D-5
Jane's Addiction position: tbd
Fabric/foreground: Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Collection 3 by Judie Rothermel
Fabric/background: Jo Morton # 5331
Color Group: medium blue
Wave: diamonds
Date started: 10/28/11
Date finished: 10/29/11
Time: 4
Pieces: 21
Method: paper piecing
Notes: loving this background fabric. Ripped out about 10 seams. Had some trouble removing sewn-in paper from some little corners. Still not clear when to rip paper out and when to leave it. Also fretting a bit about leaving traces of paper in the stitching and glue (lots of glue) in the seam allowances. hmmm.

4.5" blocks: 8
Triangles: 3
Kites: 0
Total blocks: 11
Total number of pieces: 256

Today I also cut paper pieces for a few more blue diamond blocks and pulled paper from the checkerboard triangle block. I have figured out that good things to have prepped to do as busy work are:
- cutting up preprinted paper piecing sheets ---> ziplocs for later piecing
- tracing shapes to be appliqued onto freezer paper ---> then cutting out shapes/ironing on selected fabric, etc.

Other misc. work would be:
- selecting fabric for various blocks and colorways I haven't decided on yet
- removing paper, pressing and trimming down completed blocks
- pre-printing block patterns and instructions
- updating binder
- updating virtual design wall
- updating blog

Watching Mildred Pierce.
Love how she color-coordinates
with my block.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Collection III
Judie Rothermel
Jo Morton

Thursday, October 27, 2011



Block name: Checkerboard
Jane's Addicted block name: Muddy Bubbles
Original position: TR3
Jane's Addiction position: tbd
Fabric/foreground: Judie Rothermel
Fabric/background: Jo Morton
Color Group: brown
Wave: triangles

Date started: 10/27/11
Date finished: 10/28/11
Time: 5?
Pieces: 31
Method: paper piecing
Notes: did 1/4" s/a on the main seams, 1/8" on little, interior seams. Redrew the section where the checkerboard doesn't line up. Ripped out at least 10 seams...

4.5" blocks: 7
Triangles: 3
Kites: 0
Total blocks: 10
Total number of pieces: 235

wow, this thing has a lot of rows
just keeps going...
and going...
beautiful couple of days

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lined Utensil Holderer-Thingy

Found this oogly light-weight container to use on my portable sewing lap thingy. But it was just too dang oogly. So I says to myself, "self? Why not wrap that puppy up in some nice fabric?!" So here's what I did...

the original box...

the fabric... Margo Krager - love this one.

laying out the divider panels

making the slip cover for the panels
(like a pillow case)

first panel in
second panel in
lining the interior
exterior covering
unfinished exterior seams...
hopefully it won't ravel too much...
c'est fini! yes, i am loving it.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Misc. Prep...

Just did a bunch of prep today, cutting up paper piecing pieces and tracing appliqué patterns onto freezer paper... Also did a bit more of Bennington Cross...

Friday, October 21, 2011

T02.Bennington Cross

...still needs to be trimmed down.

Block name: Bennington Cross
Jane's Addicted block name: Stands with a Fist!
Original position:
Jane's Addiction position: tbd
Fabric/foreground: Jo Morton
Fabric/background: Jo Morton
Color Group: brown
Wave: triangles

Date finished: 10/22/11
Time: 3-4?
Pieces: 36
Method: paper piecing
Notes: did 1/4" s/a on the main seams, 1/8" on little, interior seams. Had to redo the top 1/2 of the cross a few times to get it lined up vertically with the lower half.

4.5" blocks: 7
Triangles: 2
Kites: 0
Total blocks: 9
Total number of pieces: 204

Watching "Cyrus" and now Dances with Wolves...

it's the cute booty shot.
perfect movie to watch
while making this great teepee shaped block.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

009.Petes Paintbox

Block name: Pete's Paintbox
Jane's Addicted block name: Prussian Blue
Original position: I-8
Jane's Addiction position: tbd
Fabric/foreground: Jo Morton #3444
Fabric/background: Primitive Muslin by Primitive Gatherings / Moda #1040 (darker)
Color Group: medium blue
Wave: diamonds
Date started: 10/18/11
Date finished: 10/18/11
Time: 2-3?
Pieces: 25
Method: paper piecing
Notes: loving this background fabric. Fabric choice with a biggish motif like this might be better suited for a plain tri or a block with fewer pieces.

4.5" blocks: 7
Triangles: 1
Kites: 0
Total blocks: 8
Total number of pieces: 168

Took on another blue diamond today. First did the four (more boring) outside corners, then saved the center and finishing for this late-night session. Meanwhile back at the ranch, more drama. Lots more, including a revised plan for our "boarder" and a trip to urgent care related to a possible pistachio allergy?! And then there's the always-dreaded, never satisfying IEP tomorrow morning for which I'm now definitely not prepared... Something's cookin. Anyhoo, a bit of quilting tonight was definitely required.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Catch up time

some "blank TRIs" - these will go in between the pieced triangles. these are some of my favorite fabrics. I guess blank tris would be the best way to showcase favorite fabrics - as opposed to cutting them up for pieced blocks... hmmm.
Rainy, quiet day... Cut a handful of "blank tris" today and a few 1.5" swatches. Had the thought to make something scrappy out of the scraps but hoho I'm getting ahead of myself. Getting all cocky now that I have 6 whole blocks completed. No, but I know up front is the time to figure this stuff out cause it would not be fun retracing my steps through 6 bins and hundreds of fabrics to cut swatches on the back end.

Also sorted through the blues and picked out about 36 I can use for the remaining 22 diamonds. These will be the light to mid teal blues. I still have a ton of mid regular blues and a ton of navy. Then there's the blue & tans, the light blues, the stripes and the high contrasts which will prob not make it in unless as tris.

Someone else is using "Jane's Addiction!" should I change it to "Jane's Addicted?" or leave it...
Judie Rothermel
Judie Rothermel - Merrimack

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

008.Doris's Dilemma

Doris's Dilemma - Twelve Oaks by Judie Rothermel
Block name: Doris's Dilemma
Jane's Addicted block name: Daahh-risss! (love and miss you, auntie)
Original position: K-12
Jane's Addiction position: tbd
Fabric/foreground: Judie Rothermel's Twelve Oaks
Fabric/background: Primitive jmuslin by primitive gatherings / Moda #1040 (darker)
Color Group: medium blue
Wave: diamonds
Date started: 10/12/11
Date finished: 10/12/11
Time: 1
Pieces: 11
Method: paper piecing

4.5" blocks: 6
Triangles: 1
Kites: 0
Total blocks: 7
Total number of pieces: 143

Cranked this one out tonight watching Project Runway. Love it - my only reservation is if the blue will seem too teal next to some of the other blues - and then it's making me question my decision to do the color waves. Will the blocks within a wave clash with each other? Since the diamonds wave is so big though, I can move it around so it will work I'm sure. Still, I'm realizing it's time to go through the blues and actually pull the actual fabrics I want to use.

the original block

Twelve Oaks by Judie Rothermel
primitive gatherings muslins

Saturday, October 8, 2011

007.Church Window

Church Window in various Judie Rothermel repros.

Block name: Church Window
Original position: F-8
Jane's Addiction position: tbd
Fabric/foreground: Judie Rothermel's Twelve Oaks (blue)
Fabric/background: Judie Rothermel's "The Civil War Tribute Collection - 150 Year Anniversary" by Marcus Brothers, R33-2204-0122
Color Group: medium blue
Wave: diamonds
Date started: 10/8/11
Date finished: 10/10/11
Time: 4 meandering?
Pieces: 37
Method: paper piecing
Notes: changed design on border pieces to triangles. Watching end of pillow talk and little fockers.

4.5" blocks: 3
Triangles: 1
Kites: 0
Total blocks: 4
Total number of pieces: 103
Twelve Oaks by Judie Rothermel
150th Anniversary by Judie Rothermel
almost done...