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.

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Jane A. Stickle Quilt block 9: JAS-A09 – Cabin Fever

I’m very pleased with block JAS-09.

I think I’m getting better at foundation piecing. I can judge fabric needs better and I can piece more accurately. I still don’t get all points to match all the time but I’ll get there.

When I had a look at the pattern the first thing I thought was that this block was going to take a long time to do. All these tiny pieces, 45 to be precise, very narrow, almost impossible to stitch including 1/4 seam allowances.

I started in the middle and didn’t follow the numbering exactly after row 2. I did all the strips first and then the corner triangles.

Also, for the large corners that complete the centre square, pieces E22 and E25 for instance, I only cut one large triangle for both. I didn’t see the point in doing two pieces.

Now, the trick for working with such narrow strips of fabric and tiny triangles is not using 1/4 inch seam allowances but using a narrower seam allowance, something like 1/8 inch.

I found the piece below the hardest to cut. It was probably a very long day by that stage you may find this piece no different from any other but I made several mistakes cutting it so I’m just writing up some advice about this one.

I cut the two pieces before I started to stitch the strip. Just cut them as above, following the side of the triangle as a guide.

I’m very happy with progress so far.

Not long to go now to finish row A. I intend to add sashing and stitch row by row as I go.

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.

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Jane A. Stickle Quilt block 8: JAS-A08 – Florence Nightingale

At first sight one can see this is an easy block. It has only 11 pieces and the layout is very straight forward.

If you’ve never done paper piecing this is a really good and easy block to start with.

I really like how this block turned out. I don’t know why but it’s pretty. Maybe it’s the fabric combination what makes it pleasing to the eye.

I used just one 5 inch charm square for this block.

Cut the charm square in four 2 1/2 in squares and then cut each into a triangle.

Print the pattern and piece away.

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

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Jane A. Stickle Quilt block 7: JAS-A07 – Dad’s Plaids

The second appliqué block in Dear Jane and I’m happier with it than with block A03 though I still need to polish up my appliqué skills.

I must admit that working with a larger size of melon, as these petal or wedge-like shapes are called, was far easier than working with the tiny melons in block A03.

The appliqué method I used is explained below. I came across the technique in some website I forgot the name after struggling with needleturn appliqué in block 3.

I cut the background squares 1/8 in larger than specified in Susan Gatewood’s pattern.

Technique

Cut out the melon without the seam allowance.

Trace the pattern on the back of the fabric.

Now place a piece of fabric over the right side of the background fabric. The applique piece has to be as large as the melon including the seam allowance.

Pin the piece to the background.

Now baste along the traced line on the wrong side of the background fabric.

When you turn the piece over this is what you have.

Trim around the basting leaving 1/4 in seam allowance. Trim the corners too to decrease the bulk when doing the applique.

Now start removing the basting and turn on the basting line and start to applique as per needleturn technique.

On some fabrics and with good daylight you will be able to see the holes from the basting thread.

To get a good pointy melon fold as per picture when you reach the point and then continue as per needleturn applique. Now and then, as required remove the basting thread a couple of stitches.

 

One melon is done.

 

Now the next melon.


And so on until all of them are done.

 

To stitch together ensure all applique endings meet. Use a needle to match corners if necessary.

 

I cut out the excess fabric from the background fabric.

 

I found the melons to be a bit large for the background square size provided by Susan. I was a bit concerned I wouldn’t be able to get a 1/4 seam allowance and that the melon would be caught in the seam when assembling the block. At the end everything worked out.


Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt block 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.

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With this tutorial you can start learning or polish up three different skills: patchwork, embroidery and applique.

 

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