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Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B10 – Jud’s Trophy

Susan Gatewood rates the difficulty of this block as medium. I think that it’s easier than that if paper piecing.

The biggest challenge is the size of the pieces. Even with paper piecing I find small pieces are tricky and often the points don’t match.

The block has 27 pieces so it’s not too time consuming to put together.

As suggested on the pattern, I did the centre cross first.

I miscalculated some of the fabric so I was a bit short on the seams. It’s not the first time this happens but it’s usually ok and in some instances even desirable to have narrower seams than the usual 1/4 inch.

This is the back of the paper. I usually remove all the paper at the end unless I need to remove bulk earlier.

The cross is looking very neat. I don’t think I would have made such a good job using traditional piecing methods.

This is 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.

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Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B09 – Tinker toy

This bock is pieced traditionally. I followed Susan Gatewood’s instructions for this block.

The block has 4 Y seams so it’s a bit tricky. Though again the hardest part was placing the appliqued square.

To make this block I cut 2 x 2 3/4 in square in white and 2 x 2 3/4 in square in the pattern fabric to make the corner triangles. Then I cut 4 pieces 2 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in for the cross and one 1 1/2 square for the centre.

To make the corner triangles I placed two squares with right sides facing together.

I drew a line in the diagonal.

Then I stitched on each side of the line leaving 1/4 in seam allowance.

Open and press.

The corners need to be trimmed to 2 inches.

Now the cross pieces need to be trimmed as well.

I used the paper pattern to trim.

I placed the pieces in the layout.

Susan suggest that the block is put together by stitching all right sides first.

This is what the block looks like.

At this stage the Y seams aren’t stitched together.

Now, place both Y seams together as per picture and stitch.

Do this with all four Y seams.

Then press the block well.

And finally, the top square is appliqued.

I appliqued the square using reverse applique with freezer paper on top.

I cut a piece of paper and then cut the 3/4 in square in the centre.

I centered the paper in the block and press. This was not easy and the square is not perfectly in the centre.

Now place a piece of white fabric under the block and pin all three layers: freezer paper, block and white fabric.

Applique the square.

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-B08 – Water Lily

Easy block if you don’t mind doing applique. I think I’ve improved a lot since my first applique block. Freezer paper, patience and practice go a long way.

The paper pieced part of this block is really simple. Just download the free pattern and get piecing. If you’ve never paper pieced before this is a very good block to give it a go. On the other hand if your applique skills aren’t great this is not the best block to start with. The melons are quite small and pointy.

Now, trace the melons on freezer paper four times, press to the fabric and cut around.

Prepare the melons by finger pressing around the edges well.

Now mark the placement of your melons on the fabric. I used a water soluble marker.

Mark all 4 corners.

Now align the shapes well to both marks, pin and stitch.

To remove the freezer paper unpick some of the seam.

Cut around.

Remove the paper.

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.