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Jane A. Stickle Quilt block 10: JAS-A10 – Which Points West

This is a tricky block if you’re not used to seams that are not straight as well as those very pointy cones.

I used one 5 inch charm square for the contrasting fabric.

I cut one 2 1/2 in square for the centre and then four 1 1/2in x 2 1/4in rectangles for the cones.

For the lemon I did a first attempt using the same technique as for block JAS-07 and then when I failed miserably I decided it was time to switch techniques and used reverse applique. I did not use freezer paper for it, I just used the raw edge of the shape that I had cut out in the first attempt to guide me. Using freezer paper may give you more accurate results.

The centre square was a piece of cake.

 

Now attach the rectangles.

 

Press.

 

And trim.

To attach the piece to the square, I had to unstitch some of the side cones as per picture below.

To attach align well, pin and stitch from side to side.

 

Using the paper pattern cut 2 pieces like the one below.

Stitch this piece to the centre.

 

And now stitch to the side of the cone.

 

You will end up with a piece like below. The end is not stitched and the round bit also needs stitching.

Susan says on her pattern: “I paper pieced most of it, then appliquéd the tops of the cones to the border of the center square.”

 

I decided to stitch along the round side.

The ends need to be stitched too.

Do so.

 

And this is what I got.

Continue with the next cone.

Until finished.

Now stitch the applique.

If you are not good at applique, like me, use the method below to produce this.

In the first attempt I used the same technique as for block 7 but the results weren’t as good. I think it was the size of the shape and the seam was too wide.

I was no happy with the result so I redid the block using reverse applique.

Draw the shape on the back of the block.

 

Place a piece of fabric over the right side of the block.

 

Now stitch along the drawn line.

 

There you have the shape. I still felt quite hopeful at this stage!

 

Trim around the shape. I used a 1/4 seam allowance but maybe something like 1/8 or so would be better.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.