I have finished 25 of the 169 center blocks of the Dear Jane quilt. That is not counting the border triangles, but I will think about them when I finish all 13 X 13 rows of the center. Each block is hand quilted and bound in the pot holder method. Then they are sewn together. I’m really addicted to making this quilt even though I once said that I would never make a Dear Jane.
I’m trying to stay as close to the original fabric as I can. It’s a good thing that I have a big scrap stash. I have chosen the fabric for two of the blocks in the fourth row. It will take 24 blocks to complete the fourth row. I think that I will complete them one at a time and add the block to the quilt as I complete them. If I do that, they will be where they belong.
I have also finished a small embroidered wall hanging. I embroidered a Donna Dewberry pattern. Her embroideries look similar to her painting. She uses many colored threads in the embroideries and sometimes repeats a color. When I sew the embroidery, I do not have a backing in the hoop. I heavily starch the fabric and add batting. I first sew a tracing line around the hoop. It outlines the pattern. Then, after the embroidery is finished, I add the backing and use the line to add the first border. It makes a straight line and automatically centers the embroidery. I usually have two borders and stitch a feather stitch on the seam lines. This attaches the top to the backing. The binding is cut smaller than the binding for a large quilt. I like to hand tack the binding down. On some small quilts, I add a flange binding. It requires no hand work as it is sewn to the back of the quilt and turned to the front. These little quilts ( 12″ X 12″) are almost instant gratification.
Have a great day and happy quilting.