7/21/2009

Second to Last Week of Summer Break

Less than two weeks left now of summer break from the Day Job. I've been trying to a maximize my time these past weeks but the time has sped by like a bolt of lightning. Maybe I shouldn't have slept through it like Gaston here. Just kidding. I was mostly awake. After Gaston finally got up, I got these fabrics made into a top, using the Over the Top Tunic pattern from Indygo Junction:

The latest Stickle block. G2. I didn't like it as it was, so I moved some lines around in EQ6:
The versions that others made that follow the pattern, however, are very attractive. Looks sort of like a pair of arrowheads.

I have the first three rows of Dear Jane put together!


Yesterday, I attended Barbara Barnes' class on Big Stitch Quilting at Little Quilts that she has been teaching, incidentally, for six years. I have wanted to take it for ages, and I can tell you, it is one fine class. Take it if you can. Her big stitch quilting is legendary for who knows how far around for its beauty. Barbara gives you her whole method for doing the stitch in the class, plus her advice on thread, needles, batting, basting, and backing.

18 comments:

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

That Jane..what a quilt. You are making such progress.

OK so now I want to take Barbara's Class. But then maybe my regular hand quilting actually is BIG STITCH.I might already have perfected it.

Pat

Lappetausa said...

You are clever with your blocks, mine are having a break for the summer!

mwhitme said...

Wow I LOVE the colors of your Dear Jane. I found your blog from Gwendie's Quilts blog.

MJinMichigan said...

Karen your fabric choice for the latest DJ block is perfect. The finished section is really impressive.
Oh how I wish I lived close enough to take classes at Little Quilts. Every class you describe sounds better than the ones before it.

Libby said...

Oh how I would love to take that big stitch class. I just knew there were tips and tricks to it beyond 'make your stitches big' *s*

buttonsagain said...

karen...it was a pleasure having you in my class...
thanks for all the nice things you said about me and my class...i'm just trying to do my little part to help the quilting universe FINISH a thing or two...

hugs to you...bb

Fiesta said...

Karen your DJ looks spectacular.

Tazzie said...

My goodness Karen, you're racing along with your DJ blocks, I love seeing your rows together.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

YankeeQuilter said...

Beautiful...as always. Isn't it fun when there are rows!

MARCIE said...

So you are making a tunic? Cool! Your DJs are spectacular, as always. So great to see rows!
I want to take Barbara's class too!

Lea said...

Oh, your jane blocks is simply darling. You gave me a motivation! I really need to pull out my DJ and start working on it. :-)

Melisa @ Sweet Home said...

I'm so impressed with your Dear Jane! How did you like the IJ tunic pattern? It's been on my list for a while, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Glad to see you're making the most of your summer break; reality will set in soon enough!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Wow, look at all of those Dear Jane's. She would be so proud of you. Me, I'm simply amazed.

Karen said...

The first three rows look wonderful and I like your version of G-2.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I love your little version of that block.... I so may do that when I get there. YOur blocks really are inspiring. I am so excited to finally be starting this. I just cut my first block. Some of the girls bought the hints info...but who is Anina.... where is her blog???

julieQ said...

What a gorgeous dear Jane!!!!Your color selections are out of this world. Sounds so familiar to try to squeeze lots of quilting time in little minutes!

Marilyn R said...

Your Dear Jane blocks are looking fantastic! I enjoyed seeing all of them lined up in their rows.

ranette said...

Your Dear Jane blocks are looking like a quilt...yeah! They are so pretty.