"What a stupid rule!".
That was a few months ago and now I'm happily juggling between 8 projects. Oops, I forgot one, 9 projects, oh, forgot another one, 10 projects! Have I totally lost my mind? My husband, who worked in Psychiatry, said he is qualified to declare that I'm crazy..... but, I'm happy and excited too.
These are a few of my Dear Jane blocks that I worked on this past weekend. Civil War fabrics are not my "thing" and piecing is definitely not my "thing", but I do love a beautiful quilt and apparently I also love a challenge. I have 3 rows, or 39 blocks finished so there are "only" 186 blocks left to do. I don't have a single piece of Civil War fabric but my friends, Teri and Norma are donating. This is a lot of fabric so I will have to do something nice for them.
This is the original quilt make by Jane Stickle in 1863. The Dear Jane patterns are just drawings with no instructions. As I try to figure out each block I combine some of Jane's pieces to make it easier and applique some of the tiny ones. I have some blocks that are entirely pieced by hand and some by machine. As I struggle with trying to make the blocks square and the right size I think about Jane with no sewing machine, rotary cutter, steam iron, copier and a huge selection of fabric. Do you think she had an un-picker? I'm getting a lot of use out of mine.
I made 12 blocks and then put them away to relax my brain with some embroidery on my latest applique project. I'm off to design some blocks and then to stitch - all with a (crazy) smile on my face.