Jane A. Stickle Quilt left side triangle 1

This is my first triangle and while it’s not great, I’m hoping it won’t show once it’s stitch to the rest of the quilt.

I have decided to make the triangles as I complete each row.  I will be making 4 triangles for each row completed.

This first triangle is quite tricky. Susan Gatewood rates it as medium-hard difficulty and I agree. There are two Y seams that makes this block particularly hard to stitch.

I shaded the coloured pieces to help me with the placement.

There are 33 pieces in this pattern, some very tiny and hard to handle. I had to unpick some pieces several times to the point I almost had to reprint the pattern.

Pay particular attention to the side pieces, I almost put them in the wrong way. There’s a diagram that comes with the pattern. Use it.

This is the Y seam. I pinned opposing corners before I started stitching.

I also removed some of the paper and opened the seam before doing the Y seam.

It took many tries to get here.

The second one was faster. And the tip was a no brainer.

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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Easter crafty projects

Easter bunny basket

Do you have a lot of fabric scraps? This is your project then. I recommend using stronger interfacing for the ears, something you’d use for a handbag, to keep them up longer.

Funny bunny softie

I made this softie a long time ago but it’s still cute. It is easy enough as your first softie.

 

Spring chicken

This is a very funny chicken softie. The pieces a very large so it’s very easy and quick to make. It makes a great gift all year round too.

Jane A. Stickle Quilt block 13: JAS-A13 – Starlight Starbright

This block has its pros and cons.

Pros:

  • small number of pieces
  • relatively large pieces
  • foundation piecing

Cons:

  • Y seams

The cons list is short but if you don’t know how to handle Y seams and I’m quite new to them.

After you cut your pieces and you stitch the middle strip and outside strips the fun begins.

I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t feel like I could teach anyone a lesson on how to do Y seams. I first stitched all the centre pieces together which had no difficulty.

Then I stitch the straight base of the tiny triangle to the centre piece. Make sure it is well aligned with the white piece. And then I stitched the first long slanted white side to the brown piece in the middle.

Now, when you do this, you will end up with 4 open white corners.

So I just stitched each of them next. I don’t know if there are any better ways to do this. I find it quite cumbersome to do this and you need to pay attention you don’t stitch through any other fabric that joins the corner.

I find that my Y seam pieces need to be pressed into submission sometimes but that’s ok. I dont’ think you can see that in the final block.

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 12: JAS-A12 – Framed Fancy

This is just an easy foundation piecing block. It has many tiny pieces but it’s quite easy to put together.

I grouped the pieces according to shape and size before cutting.

I cut in white:

  • two 3 3/8 in squares cut into 4 triangles
  • eight 1 1/2 in squares cut into 16 triangles
  • one 1 3/4 in square

Contrast fabric:

  • four 1 1/2 in squares cut into 8 triangles
  • four 1 3/4 in squares cut into 8 triangles

 

Assemble as per Susan Gatewood’s pattern (see link to the free patterns below).

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.

 

Jane A. Stickle Quilt block 11: JAS-A11 – Pebble’s Protest

I quite enjoyed making this block. It was more straightforward than JAS-10.

While it is not a hard block to make using foundation piecing, it has many tiny pieces, 37 exactly. Susan rates this block as being of medium difficulty.

My strategy was more or less the same as for previous blocks.

Cutting

Print fabric:

  • 9 pieces 1 3/4 in square in the contrasting fabric
  • 4 pieces 1 1/8 in square

Background fabric:

  • 12 pieces 1 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in
  • 8 pieces 1 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in
  • 2 pieces 3/4 in x 5 in
  • 2 pieces 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in

And I just paper pieced them together as per pattern. And added the border pieces last without the paper.

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.