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Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B02 – Sweet Tater Pie

This block is easy.

Susan Gatewood’s site has the patterns to piece this block but she also suggests an alternative way of putting this block together using two pinwheels blocks. This is similar to the method demonstrated in thatquilt. In thatquilt the appliqué method is needleturn with freezer paper on top. I used regular needleturn with freezer paper below.

Cut four 3 1/2 in squares in the white fabric and four 3 1/2 in squares in white.

Place one white square right side up and a colour square wrong side up on top of the white square and pin well.

Trace a diagonal as per picture below.

Now stitch with 1/4 seam allowance on each side of the diagonal.

Cut through the diagonal line.

Open and press with the seams open to reduce bulk.

Do this with all squares to obtain 2 pinwheels.

Sitch together each pinwheel.

Print Susan Gatewood pattern and measure the finished circle radius using a compass.

Using the radius trace a circle on freezer paper.

Now measure again, this time including the bottom seam allowance.

Get one of the pinwheels and trace a circle.

Cut the circle and press the freezer paper on the back of the circle.

Now baste around the seam allowance.

Pull the thread.

Pin a needle through the middle .

Now push the needle through the centre of the pinwheel underneath to align the circle to the pinwheel.

Align all lines and pin well.

Appliqué the circle to the pinwheel block.

Almost there.

Cut out a circle on the back.

Remove the freezer paper.

Trim off excess fabric to obtain a 5 inch 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

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

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B01 – Bachelor Buttons

While I was doing row A I had a quick look at row B and it looked like the row from hell.

As it turned out block B01 is an easy one. My applique circles aren’t perfectly round but I was expecting that.

I used reverse appliqué with freezer paper on top and a charm square for the background.

I cut out one of Susan Gatewood’s circles from her free pattern to use as a template to draw the circles.

I cut a 4 1/2 in square of freezer paper. To work out the placement of the circles I drew a grid like below. I drew a line at 1 1/4 intervals on each direction.

Then I put a needle through the centre of the circle and through one of the axis in the freezer paper.

I drew all the circles this way.

Then I cut them out using a very small pair of scissors. This is important if you’re a bit scissor challenged like me.

So here is my charm square.

And the fabric for the circle.

I pressed the frezzer paper on top of the charm square.

I cut the fabric around leaving a 1/4 seam allowance. A bit smaller would have been easier to turn over.

And also I made some small cuts all the way to the freezer paper.

Then I placed the white fabric underneath.

I basted the three layers so they wouldn’t move.

And started the appliqué.

All done.

Remove the basting and freezer paper.

This is the back.

Trim off excess fabric and that’s it.

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.

Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) Jane A. Stickle quilt

This quilt is a first for me in two ways: it is my first foundation piecing quilt and it is my first QAYG quilt too.

Both techniques were a bit intimidating to me but both have turned out to be quite straight forward.

The diagram above is what I want the back of the quilt to look like. It looks a bit like a pixelated flower though my idea was to have like an explosion of colour starting with a very bright centre.

Quilt-as-you-go method

Materials

  • 5 inch square in the backing fabric (you can use a charm square if your block fabrics are not washed)
  • 5 inch square of batting
  • one DJ block
  • 1 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in strip
  • 1 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in strip

Step 1 – Quilt the blocks individually

Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric wrong side up, the batting on top and finally the block on top.

Pin or baste.

Quilt as desired. You don’t even have to quilt the block! Many batting types will take stitching 5 inches apart.

Block 1 is ready.

Do the same with block 2.

Step 2 – Cut and stitch the front and back sashing

Now cut your strips.

Fold the 1 3/4 in strip in half and press as per picture.

Place the 1 1/8 inch strip on the block as per picture.

Now turn over and place the 1 3/4 in strip on the back with the raw edge aligned to the quilt sandwich raw edge.

Pin.

Stitch all layers together with a 1/4 in allowance.

Now press open just the top strip (see picture).

Step 3 – Stitch next block

Attach the next block to the top strip by placing it aligned with the strip.

Turn over and pin. Notice we’re not doing anything with the folded strip.

Stitch block and strip together.

Both blocks are now stitched together via the top strip.

Time to stitch the back strip.

Step 4 – Hand stitch back sashing

Pin making sure the strip goes about 1/4 in over the next block and pin.

Slip stitch all along the edge.

Done.

Trim excess fabric from the strips’ sides.

The first two blocks are stitched together.

Eleven more to go!

Row A is finished….

Twelve more rows to go… and quite a few triangles.

If you want to see my DJ blocks, check out my Dear Jane progress page.