Yet Another DJ Update

I’ve continued to make some progress on my Dear Jane blocks – up to 15 blocks and 272 pieces! I received the 3 packs from the shop as replacements for what I was short on, so I’ve been working on some of those blocks today. I’m also prepping applique blocks so I can work on them tomorrow while we watch movies. At this rate, it shouldn’t take me too long to finish the quilt! 🙂 Yeah right!

A-2: Pieced
A-2: Pieced
A-4: Pieced
A-4: Pieced
A-5: Pieced
A-5: Pieced
F-7: Pieced
F-7: Pieced

Oh Dear Jane….

I’ve been busy the last few days….I’m now up to 11 blocks completed! I have heard from the shop where I get my BOM and they are going to send me the first 3 packs again – hopefully I’ll get it soon – I can’t work on anymore of row A without it! I’m really enjoying working on these. I’ve noticed that on some of the blocks the piecing is perfect – which if you know me, you’d know I just don’t do! I’m known for making blocks fit together at the end 🙂 Off to decide the next block!

D-7: Pieced
D-7: Pieced
D-6: Pieced
D-6: Pieced
E-9: Pieced
E-9: Pieced

Another Dear Jane Update!

I’ve completed another couple of blocks – I started them yesterday though!  I’m not too thrilled with the first applique one (D-3), I did needle-turn applique and boy am I not good at it!  The next applique block  will be done differently, maybe it will turn out better.  I can always redo them if I have to!

C-1: Pieced
C-1: Pieced
C-3: Pieced
C-3: Pieced
D-3: Applique - doesn't look perfect, but it's done :)
D-3: Applique - doesn't look perfect, but it's done 🙂

Dear Jane Update

Well, I’ve completed 2 more blocks so far today, and I’m getting another ready for applique. I’m not very good at it, we’ll see how it comes out! I’m not happy that the fabric I have been getting isn’t enough for some of the blocks. I’ve written an email to the shop I’m getting the BOM from each month, we’ll see what they want to do about fixing the problem. I have 3 packets (blocks A1-B5) that I just don’t have enough fabric to do some of the blocks. There’s no way I can do the applique ones, the block is supposed to be 5″ and by the time I get done doing the applique it would be shrunk too much to fit with the other blocks! Here’s the blocks I completed so far today!

Dear Jane Quilt

I have FINALLY started my Dear Jane quilt! I’ve been getting the fabric monthly since the beginning of the year – and just haven’t felt like working on it. Partly because I’m not sure they are sending enough fabric – or I just haven’t figured out the right way to cut it out yet! So I’m going to find all the easy blocks and do those first, then I’ll start working on the harder ones. Most people seem to be hand piecing them. I don’t have the patience for that – I’ll do mine by machine – at least as many as I can. There is a link to the right to see my progress – I found this template on the Dear Jane site, it will show each of my blocks in it’s correct position as I get them done. It also shows at the top of the page how many blocks, triangles, kites (the corners) and total number of pieces. There are 169 squares, 52 triangles, 4 kites and 5,602 pieces in this quilt. We’ll see how long it takes! 🙂 Here’s the 3 I have finished so far!

An item is off the todo list!

After a long time, I’ve finally gotten something off of my todo list!  I’ve taken some time off of work and in the first week, I was able to get 2 quilts done, 1 from the todo list and 1 that I’ve been wanting to do!  I finally bit the bullet and worked on the stained glass hearts.  That bias tape is a pain to work with!  But I’m glad it’s finally finished, it will hang in our bedroom.

Stained Glass Hearts

I was also able to start and finish (in 2 days) my Xmas cross stitch wall hanging.  I even mitered the corners of the borders – which I’ve NEVER done before.  I thought it would look better because of the attic window blocks.  To my surprise I only had to unstitch 1 corner and redo because I didn’t have the angle right.  I think it looks pretty good though!

Xmas Stitches

I also managed to get a shelf stained and hung up.  I have bins for my 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ strips and 2″ squares.  It’s over my cutting station so it will be easy to throw the strips in it when I’m cutting fabric.

New Shelf!

Not much  more to update this week, we’ll see what I get accomplished in the coming week!

Summer Quilts

Well, I’ve gotten Summer Quilts back from the framer, and it looks just as good as the Spring Quilts does!  I’m already about halfway done with the Autumn Quilts….it’s a lot of work, but I’m getting through them pretty quickly!

Summer Quilts

Went shopping with mom today – only 2 quilt shops and I spent a lot of money!  Bought the fusible interfacing to make Lone Star Quilts, a pattern for some cute table topper/placemats, border on a roll for quilting that I’ve been wanting to try and a bunch of fabric!  Most of it is half yards of Moda Marbles, and the leaves might just be something for mom 🙂

7-11 Shopping   7-11 Shopping

I received the Peppermint Cottage fabric from Fat Quarter Shop, it looks awesome!  Can’t wait to start working on that wallhanging.  Hopefully I’ll actually have something quilt related that I can post in the next few days, I have so many in my head and I think I might just have some time in the next few weeks to make them!

Spring Quilts Update

Well I got Spring Quilts back from the framer.  It looks great!  I wasn’t happy with the price for framing, but it was worth it for how good it looks.  I finished Summer Quilts yesterday, mom has it to wash and then I’ll see about getting that one framed.  I was originally going to put each one on the wall in the appropriate season, but now I’m wondering if I should just hang them all together.  We’ll see when I get Summer back from the framer.  I hope to start Autumn in the next week or so. 

Spring Quilts

I just ordered some fabric for the Xmas wallhanging I’m doing.  I have 8 Xmas cross stitch pictures done – 9th will be started today.  They are all fairly small less than 5 inches square and I’m putting them together into a wallhanging.  I ordered some of the Peppermint Cottage line from Moda from Fat Quarter Shop so that I can start working on it.  I know, it’s early to start something Christmasy, but if I don’t do it now, it won’t be done for Christmas decorating!

What’s new?

I know, I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted.  I was busy from the end of March until the beginning of May working on a quilt for the boss at work.  She celebrated 25 years at the company, and in planning the party we decided that I’d make a quilt with areas for everyone to sign.  I think I planned a little too well, as the quilt was huge!!!  Took me a week to quilt it on my Janome and then took 2 days to hand stitch the binding on.  She loved it though!

Full Sized

Quilt laying on the table with signatures

Signing Diane's quilt

I’ve also been spending a lot of time working on cross stitch projects.  With working on this quilt for the last couple of months I didn’t want to work on any other quilting projects, so instead I’ve been working on cross stitch quilts 🙂  I found a series of 5 quilts – one for each season plus a holiday one – and ordered the magazines that had the patterns in them.  I have Spring finished, it’s just not framed yet but will be soon.  I’m currently working on Summer and I’m probably 50% done with that one.  It’s nice to be able to sit on the couch and watch tv or movies with the hubby but still be working on a project.  And I have so many cross stitch projects to do!

Hmmmm….I guess that’s about it….I need to get some things made today for the cookout we are having for Memorial Day…..Until next time!

What’s New?

I know, I know, it’s been a long time.  I did finish the quilt for Michael in a record 3 days.  However it’s technically not really finished since the buttons and pins aren’t attached yet.  He wants to take Peepaw “flying” with him.  So after he goes flying again I’ll be able to sew all those buttons and pins to the quilt top.  I’ll take a picture when that’s completed.

I just finished making 2 bags that the quilt club ladies taught us to make.  A few issues with the lining, but who’s going to see it? 🙂


I went to my first quilt guild meeting this week, and became a member of the Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.  I’m trying to get mom to go with me next month, but the meetings don’t start until 7 pm, so it’s a little late by the time the meeting is over and she has a 30 minute drive home from my house.  We’ll see if I can talk her into it!

The best news is I got to re-arrange my office!  Michael put cabinets up in his office and I decided I really could use some too.  So the first weekend, when he got the majority of his cabinets, mom and I re-arranged my office the way I wanted it.  Moved the sewing table, cutting table and the embroidery machine (now it can be hooked up directly to the computer!).  Mom took some of my equinox fabric and made valances for the windows.  I now have all my fabric in one cabinet and all my embroidery supplies in another – it’s so nice having it all organized and not in the messy closet!

Sewing table    

Sewing table with my Janome 6500.  Custom made table by my dad, opens up to 6′ x 6′.

Computer and embroidery machine     

Desk and Embroidery Machine (Brother Pr600)

Cutting station and storage       

Cutting Station and storage on wheels – plastic containers are in the white cubes – nice for all fabric, patterns, etc of a project.  Everything in one place!


Cabinets are above cutting station and storage



Embroidery Supplies

Embroidery supplies