Quilting Jane, Row J

I am moving right along on Jane and row J is now completed.

IMG_0034Left side triangle 4 and block J1. I thought about doing some echo quilting on block J1, but I don’t like to echo quilt so I didn’t. I thought a Baptiste Fan background would look good and it does.

IMG_0033Blocks J2, J3 and J4. I thought about quilting a circle in the center of J3, but just did curvy squares.

IMG_0032Blocks J5, J6 and J7. I looked in the Dear Jane book to see how Jane quilted blocks J6 and J7. She quilted them both alike but I didn’t want two blocks quilted exactly the same next to each other. She had quilted an X in the 9-patch block in J6, but I stitched the seams in the ditch. For J7, I quilted the curvy squares in the solid white squares and stitched in the ditch for the 9-patches.

IMG_0031Blocks J8 and J9. Just did stitch in the ditch and then curvy square in the center of J9. I know, my melon points aren’t the greatest. I should have just appliqued circles.

Blocks IMG_0030J10, J11 and J12. Stitched in the ditch around the melons in J10 and quilted melons in the center. When I pieced this block, I had appliqued the white melons that are supposed to be in the center. I didn’t like the way they looked so I took them off. I used the Baptiste Fan stencil for background in J11 and just had straight line background in J12.

IMG_0029Block J13 and right side triangle 9. Stitched in the ditch.

As always, click on the picture to enlarge.

272 yards of thread used to date. When I started quilting Jane, I really had no idea how many yards of thread I would use. I actually thought Jane might break the 1000 yard barrier but I don’t anticipate that happening now. The most yards of thread I have quilted in a quilt is 759. That was a king size I custom quilted many years ago.

IMG_0054The center of the Cherry Blossom quilt is sewn together. I’ve added a reddish/brown fabric for a narrow border. For the outside border, Karen H. (click on patterns by Karen H.) added a plain fabric border but I’m not going to do that. I want a pieced border. I’ve been mulling over 3 possibilities for the border, none of which I’ve ever pieced before. I’m going to put Cherry Blossoms away until I decide which border to piece.

I leave for the Jane Stickle Quilt Retreat five weeks from today, I need to get busy and prep the projects I want to work on there!

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13 thoughts on “Quilting Jane, Row J

  1. You are coming along so well with your Jane! I really like your Cherry Blossom quilt too. I’d like to see that in person.

  2. I have been following you Gretchen and you are doing wonderful work on your Dear Jane. I am FINALLY getting pictures ready and going to Blog – I have tried to do comments from my iPad but that was not working. Back in business now and hoping to start working on some more projects. You are doing a fantastic job and love the way you start a project and then finish it! I have too many going on!

  3. Hi Gretchen I never get tired of seeing your beautiful blue and white DJ it has been quiet a journey and to me i has been so so quick. Your Cherry blossom quilt is so so dreamy, love the soft colours that seem to glow. Cheers Glenda

  4. That’s a lot of quilting. It all looks great. Cherry Blossoms turned out beautifully. Sometimes quilts have to have time to tell you what they want to be when they are done. You are wise to give it time to decide.

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