Monday, March 17, 2014

Dear Jane J-1..... Josepha's Jonquil

How would you like to be a part of this move with all your earthly possessions you could carry?  This photo is identified as a refugee family fleeing a battlefield area with no place location or date.

This weeks challenge is J-1.  Tips for J-1

A fairly simple applique block....oh, no that "A" word.

Now if you have a very discerning will notice my block is "different."  Oh well, I had the darn thing all stitched up and then looked at the picture and discovered I had stitched the diamonds in the wrong direction.  So you can see I left it and moved on.  In the scheme of things it didn't bother me that much and unless someone has the book in front of them, no one is going to know about it, but YOU and ME!

Well since my block is special....looking at the picture in the book for the quilting lines was not much help for this rogue I just made it up as I went and I love the star shape in the center that showed up!

On this day in 1863 was the battle of Kelly's Ford in Culpepper Co., Virginia.  There is a video link on the site.....listen to it while you stitch on your Jane, it will give your quilt even more meaning and insight to you!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dear Jane K-1.....Crooked Creek

Well, I am having horrible internet issues this morning.....not sure if our router is not working or Wild Blue or what.  Most I will be lucky to get this posted!!!

Dear Janers, 

My challenge to you this week, is block K-1.

  I also would suggest to you, if you haven't already done so, take some time and do a seam allowance check, especially if you are not doing these blocks by foundation piecing.  I recently did this again while working on another project.  I just wasn't that happy with how some units were fitting together.  So took the time to make some adjustments on my needle position and stitched out some samples.  I have a Viking Designer 1 and I set my needle for straight stitch with the needle in the far right position, then moved it 2 clicks to the left to be set at 5.0.  On my machine I found this to be much closer to a scant 1/4" seam, than the built in 1/4" seam setting or the 1/4" foot.  So if you are just not quite happy with how your patchwork is fitting together.....take the time to do this.  I promise it will make your work cleaner and a lot less effort to fit together.  Especially on these tiny if you blocks are shrinking....I would highly encourage you to spend the will be glad you did!

Crooked Creek K-1 unquilted
Crooked Creek K-1 quilted

I am always so amazed at how the hand quilting transforms a block from good to excellent.  I love the texture and depth it adds.  I am trying to do a block/triangle a day.....I don't quite make every day, but am making progress.  Hopefully by giving you these challenges, it will help spur you on in your Dear Jane journey!

Here is a little back ground history 150 years ago this week.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Dear Jane L-1

Anyone on the Small Quilt Dear Jane list up for a challenge this week?  If you have not already done that block.  I will be quilting mine.  Tips for L-1

I am posting pictures on my blog because I can't access that in any of my Yahoo Groups. So irritating......

Another one bites the dust!  Yea!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wilkinson Family Bible

I got permission from Bonnie Hunter to post these pictures of a Bible she found in New Braunfels, TX.  Check this out, if you would like to read about her finding this treasure.  What a special find for a family member to connect with this piece of history.

George Henry Wilkinson and Emily Whiteley Married April 18th 1872.

Arnold Wilkinson b.1873
Percival Wilkinson b. 1876
Herbert Horace Wilkinson b. 1877
Edith Annie Wilkinson b. 1880
George Ernest Wilkinson b. 1882

Please let me know if this get connected to the right Wilkinson Family!!!