Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Five More Dear Janes

I've got five more completed DJ blocks to show. There are two more applique blocks in the set, but they're not exactly finished. Forcing challenging myself to learn how to applique was one of the reasons I decided to start this project, but I'm afraid the learning curve is going to be rather steep.

Since we missed last month's meeting, this month we have 14 (!) blocks to work on. Several more have applique so I'm going to be pushing myself to get them done. It's a good thing it's summer when I have the time to spend on this. Wish me luck!

Next week should be really fun because the Southern Indiana Shop Hop is beginning. My participation will be limited to helping out at the LQS for a day or two. Our LQS is a single woman operation, so several of us pitch in and help her out for events like the hop. It is always fun to meet other quilters from all over the area and hear about what they are working on. Not to mention all the fabric fondling that goes on in between customers!

17 comments:

Belém said...

They just look beautiful. I love the block with tiny nine patches.

Wendy said...

The DJ blocks are wonderful, good luck with the applique. I use the freezer paper method and love it.
Have fun with the hop and folding fabric.

The Calico Cat said...

Just remember that there is more than one way to Applique - When I was a beginer, I found the freezer paper on the back with the seam allowance fabric glued to the freezer paper was easiest...

The Calico Cat said...

I forgot - I am guessing that is the freezer paper method that Wendy likes, but there are at least 3 applique methods that use freezer paper.

Cathi said...

They look gorgeous! I had never done applique before starting my Dear Jane, it definitely does improve as you go along! I bet you are just being hard on yourself, us quilters always are!!

meggie said...

Those little blocks look lovely. I know I would get too impatient for those!
Mmmm fabric fondling...one of my favourites!

Guðrún said...

Your DJ blocks are lovely, I ordered the DJ book few weeks ago and am awaiting for it, always checking the postbox. Can´t wait to get started

Morah said...

You dear janers are nuts! LOLOL! They look great. I appreciate them so much because it is something I could never, ever do. No patience! Can't wait to see the assembled quilt!

Pam said...

Four more blocks - thats great! How can you do four blocks in the time it takes me to do one? I must know your secret :)))

Way to go!

Anne said...

your blocks are so lovely!!! ...hmmm, will I really have to start a DJ...? ...tempting :o) Hang in there with the appliqué!

Libby said...

Don't stress too much over the applique. You'll find the way that works best for you. Remember - we are our own worst critics *s*

ruth said...

Your DJ blocks look beautiful.

Pieces From Me said...

I seriously thought of doing a DJ quilt. That is as far as it went. Your blocks are lovely. Applique is so fun. You will be hooked in no time. Try different methods and find what works for you. All stitched up (Linda) gave me a sight that has an easy method for perfect applique. Check it out at www.appleblossomquilts.com click on the tips/backbasting link. They have a pictorial that is very easy to follow. Good luck!! You can do it.

Anne Heidi said...

Your blocks are really wonderful, I'm sure you'll do great on the appliqued blocks as well. Have fun at the shop hop :)

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Shelina said...

These are beautiful blocks - I am sure it is going to be a beautiful quilt. Wow 14 blocks. I know you can do it.

atet said...

What fun blocks -- and I know what you mean about applique. Just think, by the time you are done with this quilt you will have a whole new skill set!