I started my Dear Jane quilt in January 2008. I’m in a block of the month group via mail from Stitchin’ Heaven in Texas. Every month I get fabric for 10 blocks. It has been 8 regular blocks and 2 triangles. I also have been sent the fabric for the sashings.
Also included in my monthly packet are great pages of how to construct each block! That is so worth my monthly fee!! 🙂 Many tips and hints and she’ll even give alternate methods for the block construction. I can’t imagine flailing on my own!
Now at one year…
I have 5 months of blocks completed and this is how my blocks look:
Now that I look at this, I think there are a few more blocks that need scanned and input that are finished. Obviously missing 2 triangles at least.
The fabrics are civil war reproductions and the backgrounds are scrappy creams. I like that the colors they are using are similar to the original and are going to make the same Trip Around The World layout.
I have come to settle in that I’m not behind! 🙂 This isn’t a race and it should be something I enjoy. Plus my family gets REALLY cranky if they don’t have clean clothes and warm food. 🙂
I have the instructions and my journal in a 3-ring binder. The blocks and upcoming months packets are in a clear, storage box. Organized! 🙂
I have the book & software by Brenda. I really enjoy the perks of using the DJ software. I print out the journal pages and have been writing one for each block. I have the fabric swatches on each page.
My favorite method for piecing is paper piecing so love that ease of printing out the pp templates from my computer. I piece on freezer paper.
My blocks are machine pieced and hand appliqued. I will machine quilt the quilt on my Bernina 200 when I get to that point. Unless the sky has opened and I have another way to quilt it. 🙂
January 2009 Goal: I’d like to complete another month of blocks and start adding the sashings. I’d love to join with some local quilt guild ladies that work on their DJ’s the first Tuesday of the month. However, that first week usually slips by me before I remember! Oops!
If you have your Dear Jane quilt on your blog, I’d love to see it. Leave me a link! 🙂