In case you want some mood music happening!
My sewing area has looked like this for months now. I have been somewhat quiet on my blog for a couple reasons. My migraines continue to be a constant source of interruption to my life. Do you know that commercial....Do you have a migraine life? YES.....ick! And the other reason is I have had my head down and nose to the sewing machine working on my Dear Jane quilt. So when I feel good, I haven't wanted to spend extra time on the computer, even though I do enjoy blogging. It is like a vacuum cleaning on your time.
You can see them at the top left in a pile. In front of them you can see a pile of small pieces and strips. These are the scraps as I trim off the excess while foundation piecing. I go to that fabric first when I need to cover a small patch and if I don't have something big enough, then I measure my patch as they are printed on vellum....shown in the center. Whatever that measurement is....... is the strip I pull from my strip pile. Then I personally use the Carol Doak method of foundation piecing using a postcard and an add 1/4" ruler or on this project I used an add a 1/8" ruler a lot. Doing it this way, eliminates waste of fabric.....the pieces I threw away were literally crumbs and on a project this big.....it makes a difference on yardage.
I started this baby in 1998. Now don't think I have worked on this continuously....there have been many times it has been in it's drawer waiting for my return!
I need to embroider my signature and I am going to include some names of our relatives that have fought in the Civil War as well. It will also have a scalloped edge all the way around. I added the strips around the outside for that today. I won't work on that part until I have the center quilted.
My plan is to complete it during the years of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War that is happening right now.
So I do have until 2015......hopefully it will be done before then!
Dear Jane Love!