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Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B11 – Melissa’s Cross

This block looks easier than it is. The most problematic aspect I found was positioning the half melons so that they would all join at the edges.

I paper pieced this block and appliqued the curved part of the half melons.

If you look at Susan Gatewood’s pattern, the photo of the real quilt and the photo of Susan’s block are a bit different to the pattern given.

Freezer paper is the best aid I’ve found so far to do needleturn applique. Freezer paper and patience.

I’m going to show you how I made this block which is not what Susan suggests but this is what I thought would be easier.

Cut your half melon, trace it on to freezer paper, press to the wrong side of the fabric and cut around leaving 1/4 seam allowance.

Start with a white square of fabric as big as the whole paper piece.

Trim off leaving 1/4 in seam allowance.

The next layer will be the half melon.

Pin on each side as per picture below. The two pins indicate the pointy ends of the half melon.

 

Place the half melon making sure it is placed right side up and making sure each freezer paper pointy end is placed where each pin is.

Then place a stripe of fabric wrong side up.

 

Stitch all along the line on the other side of the paper.

You will now need to unpick each side so you can do the applique on the sides.

 

Unpick just enough to be able to turn the fabric in at the edges.

 

I appliqued the piece then.

And then I stitched what I had unpicked.

This is the first piece.

Trim off excess fabric.

Put it all together.

And this is it! Not too bad. A bit off on the left side and bottom right pieces but I’m happy with 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

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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.

Virtual quilt

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

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.

Virtual quilt

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