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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.

Jane A. Stickle Quilt right side triangle 1

This was an easy triangle.

Susan Gatewood’s pattern has 3 pieces that are stitched together.

This is piece one.

The only advice for the other two pieces is make sure the rectangles are long enough.

Stitch and trim.

Attach the sides at the end.

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.