We are finally having some summer-like weather...we had our first meal outside yesterday! Can you believe it...the middle of May?? The nice sunshine is going to be short-lived though...it is going to get cool and possibly wet for the long weekend (we have our long weekend a week prior to the American holiday). We don't have any plans, but camping is a big deal around here...and I wouldn't want to be in the mountains when it is cold and rainy...been there, done that!!
It has been a busy May thus far...lots of cooking, baking and sewing.
On the sewing front, I decided that my fall project is going to be the "Dear Jane" quilt. I have been wanting to do this quilt for a long time...and after seeing all of the wonderful quilts at Quilt Canada last month, the bug to get back to quilting a little more has hit me. I have several miniature project books...but nothing like this! There are 225 blocks...yes, over 5000 pieces in this quilt. I decided I would get an overall background color for all of the blocks. This will be a scrappy quilt, but the background color will be consistent in every block.
I am going to hand-piece and hand quilt this project.
There are many Dear Jane quilts around the world finished or in the process...some can take years to finish their quilt. I hope this doesn't take more than a year...and it will truly be a labor of love. I plan on posting as I go along...and will give a little more history once I begin.
The mottled brownish fabric in the center is the background material (in place of muslin) for the Dear Jane blocks. I wanted the blocks to look a little more antique-like. Each block (169) will be 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches and then the triangle pieces will follow. Man, I'm tired just typing this!!
This is the book that started the craze! It is a beautiful book and will be my guide as I travel back in time to re-create this amazing quilt.
This last piece of fabric was one that I purchased when I bought the Dear Jane fabric...I thought this would make really neat background fabric for mixed media Halloween or fall projects.
I am very excited about the re-opening of my blog shoppe...a very talented surprise guest is going to join in the fun! Keep watching the "Latest News" on the top left corner of this blog for further updates!
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Have a wonderful week!