Monday, April 5, 2010

A Lovely Weekend.

Well, how restful has this weekend been?  The kids are on holidays, DH is on days off, and I haven't worked since Friday.  The weather has been very kind to everyone who has things going on for the Easter weekend.

I've accomplished a fair bit of sewing.
In 2001 I purchased the Dear Jane book with the intention of starting.  Well, 9 years later, the book was still on my bookshelf in a browsed but unused state.
Thankfully, Quilters Bazaar have offered a monthly class to keep me on the straight and narrow.  I may actually get moving and achieve something.
So, last Tuesday 9 of us gathered to start this monumental journey.  As of Tuesday, 2 of us are handpiecing and 7 are going to machine foundation piece.  I actually finished the  block on the left at class!!!!
Since then I've also completed the block on the right , and almost finished the block below.
Let me tell you, this is going to be a long term project!  By the time I trace the patterns out onto freezer paper, iron onto the fabric, and then trace around each pattern piece- it takes ages.  Oh well, Rome wasn't built in a day.
I needed to make myself a little block book to contain all the millions of pieces, too.
Whilst sewing these blocks, I've been watching the first 2 episodes of The Matrix.  I'm sooo far behind on my film viewing!
In between times, I'm still working on my Joseph's Coat quilt.  I'm busy basteing the fabric over the interfacing templates.  I need to piece 49 blocks, but before I begin i'm trying to baste a lot of the leaf shapes so I have a good selection to choose from.
So much to choose from to keep me busy.
Onwards, so much sewing to be done and viewing of movies to catch up on.


  1. Great to see you have joined the worldwideweb of DJ-lovers....... ;))
    I also had the book several years before I started it a few months ago. Those little blocks are such fun to make!! I enjoy every stage of them.
    Here in the Netherlands we have a DJ-blog-club who updates every 5th of the Month. It's great to follow your updates about this gorgeous quilt!
    Have fun!

  2. Have fun with your DJ. I'm almost done with the blocks, but haven't done any of the triangles yet. It has been such a learning process, and the funny thing was that I hadn't done very many before I started thinking about the fabrics I would use for the next DJ quilt!.

  3. Good for YOU to be tackling the Dear Jane. It's not my cup of tea, but please enjoy it yourself! I'm attempting Joseph's Coat along with you and have stitched only three blocks. I think the prep time is as long, if not longer, than the actual time it takes to applique the shapes. You're on the right track. Keep up the good work.

  4. Well you know you can't rush these things...looking forward to seeing the finished DJ, eventually.