Thursday, December 15, 2011

Just for Fun

What does a quilter do for fun? From 1999 to 2001 I made this quilt known as a "Dear Jane."

The square blocks are 4 1/2" in size. It's my interpretation of a quilt made by Jane A. Stickle during the Civil War. I loved making it although as you can see, it's quite challenging. While we were at Quilt Market in October I fell in love with another quilt. This one is called "Common Bride" and the original (and pattern) is by Edyta Sitar. Here's the pattern.

The little 4 patches are made up of 3/4" squares, the triangles are 2". Don't you just love it? I figure this is another quilt that will take me a few years to make. I really don't care how long it takes, it's the journey that makes it fun and worth while. I have several of the triangle/flowers finished and yesterday and today worked on the center star block. I found that the easiest way to make it was by hand. I don't do much hand piecing but this one came out the right size and almost perfectly flat. The colors are fairly true except the outside triangles are more red than purple.One down and 24 more of these blocks to go. And that's not even starting on the applique! I've got lots of fun ahead of me!


Jan P. said...

Oh Brenda - what patience you have with detail. so many projects in my que right now, that it will be forever before I do any handquilting!
Just finished my first 2 twin quilts for Heather's boys. All quilts to this point have been baby or lap size.
I just love designing my own baby quilts. Am trying to start a little business doing custom order baby quilts for Grandmas.

Christine Thresh said...

I'd say "quite challenging" is putting it mildly.
You go, girl.

Tanya said...

Oh that Dear Jane quilt is fantastic. If you can make that I guess you can make just about anything that you set your mind to!