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Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B07 – World Series

Before I started this block I thought: Oh no! A03 all over again! I was mistaken.

This is not an easy block though I found it a lot easier than A03 having learnt from the mistakes then. The melons are a bit larger so that helps too.

Still the most challenging part is placing the melons so you get a perfect circle at the end. If you look closely, my placement of the melons leans towards the right ever so slightly.

I decided to do regular needle turn appliqué because to get the points matching I find needle turn is the easiest method.

I got a couple more tips from Granny Maud’s Girl blog post on appliqué. The most important one is patience, take as much times as required to appliqué. And to avoid lines that aren’t smooth, particularly on curves, just spend some time with your needle massaging the fabric to remove any bumpy bits. It is possible to get smooth curves.

I traced the template on to freezer paper, ironed to the fabric and cut around leaving 1/4 in allowance.

 

I cut the square 1/4 inch larger all around, so 5 1/2 in square.

Then folded the square twice on the diagonal to find the middle.

 

I finger pressed around the freezer paper. This is something Granny Maud’s Girl does but she removes the paper afterwards. I left it in.

 

I also traced the circle using a compass.

To work out the circle size check out one of my A03 post.

So placement is the trickiest. I basted the shapes to start with but I had to unpick them because they weren’t matching after sewing.

 

So I went for pins only so I could reposition the melons easily until they were right.


 

I stitched around the outside first to make almost a perfect circle.

 

And then I continued with the inside curves.

 

I was quite happy by this stage.

 

The diamonds turned out to be easy too in spite of their small size.

 

Time to remove the freezer paper.

 

And trim off excess fabric.

 

And then I squared the block.

So here it is!

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 row B: JAS-B06 – Wild Goose Chase

This block qualifies as time consuming and even as easy if using paper piecing.

I used 2 charm squares for this one.

I paper pieced the centre piece. And added the border at the end.

There are 43 pieces in this block. It took me probably 3 hours to make. I’m not a fast quilter.

I pressed all the individual pieces as I stitched them together. I’m doing this for every block now because I get the points to align better and the block looks flatter at the end.

Some of the pieces in the centre are narrower than 1/4 in so I had to cut my seam allowances about 1/8 in.

I’m very pleased with this 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.

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Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B05 – Hot Cross Buns

This was an easy block again.

I have seen it done with appliqued diamonds. I don’t think I would have been able to achieve such a neat look if I had appliqued the diamonds. They’re too small and I’m not good with points.

I printed the pattern and then cut the fabric.

White:

  • four 1 1/2 in square pieces for the diamonds
  • two 2 in x 1 1/4in pieces for the outer border
  • two 5 in x 1in pieces for the outer border
  • three 4 in x1 pieces for the sashing

Colour:

  • eight 1 1/4 in x 2 in pieces
  • eight 1 x 1 1/2 in pieces

This is an easier pattern to put together.

A couple of tips. I pressed every piece after stitching. I discovered that the block looks a lot neater if I do so.

The second tip is to trim  the seam a bit less than 1/4 in because the pieces are quite small and therefore avoid bulky seams.

I stitched the four diamond pieces, trimmed them and pressed well.

Pay attention when you place the diamonds so that they’re all pointing to the centre. Stitch in twos.

Then add the rest of the strips.

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.