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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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.