(Apologies to my subscribers who received a draft of this post on Monday by accident!)
Last Friday, my friend JS and I headed back for our third Dear Jane class. (For those unfamiliar with the Dear Jane phenomenon, Brenda Papadakis was a math teacher/quilter who became fascinated with the 1863 quilt made by Jane A. Stickle. She began teaching the blocks, which were not “traditional quilt blocks.” Eventually, she wrote a book with her letters to Jane – hence the name, Dear Jane – with her version of templates for each of the 225 unique 4-1/2″ blocks. Now there are tons of Dear Jane blogs and even devotees who call themselves Janiacs. And people say Star Wars fans are weird…)
Friday’s lesson was on foundation piecing. This is a technique I was always interested in, but for some reason never got around to learning.
I must admit, I came to class a little grumpy. I had made no blocks since the last class and was not too hopeful that I would leave with even one block completed. The block we were working on in class was C-1, Trooper Green’s Badge.
I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. (My Dear Jane blocks for this class are being made using batiks.) I accidentally cut one of the outer strips too short, so I had to do a repair job.
I almost had time to make another block, but my machine at the store went bonkers (perhaps trying to get me out before closing time). I’m looking forward to getting at least one other Dear Jane block done using foundation piecing.
According to our teacher, Carol Doak is really the person to read if you are interested in learning to foundation piece. Bonnie Hunter, whose Quiltville website was a weekly stop on my to do list when I was quilting regularly, has a Foundation Piecing tips page for Dear Jane blocks, if you are interested in giving it a try yourself.
Now on to my crocheting. It has been over a month since I last posted about the hexagon baby blanket I’m making for a friend’s first child. I just picked it up again yesterday and have made a little bit of progress. Even though it is a join-as-you-go project, I decided to work the hexagons in batches up until the last row because it is too darn hot in NYC right now to be carrying around even a partial baby blanket on my commute.
I’m a bit disappointed to say that I’ve only finished 9 blocks so far, but I don’t expect that anyone is missing out on a blanket in D.C. this summer.
Not too shabby for a week’s work!