It has been a while since I worked on some blocks for my Dear Jane quilt. This quilt will be an ongoing project for quite a while because I just have so many other quilts I want to do too. I am okay with that though.
Here are the two blocks I finished recently:
These two were fairly easy to make. I just used the rotary cutting instructions from the Dear Jane software. B-13 was a snap to put together, but while piecing C-12 I discovered something about my sewing machine. My machine was not sewing a true 1/4 inch seam! I am not sure why it was off, but it was easy to tell from the test block I made for Rainbow Jane (in green in the picture), that when my pieces were ironed open, they were too big. I tried squaring up, but once that block is put in the quilt, my pieces will be way off. So before going on to the piece for my blue and orange Jane, I used a ruler to mark the proper 1/4 inch from my needle and put down blue painter’s tape as a guide. The second block went off without a hitch and turned out nearly perfect in my humble opinion!
I knew I would learn a lot from Jane, but finally marking my true 1/4 inch line will make all my quilts better! I guess when you are sewing pieces that will end up just a half inch wide in the end, precision is key. This block taught me A LOT about precision, something I never could really do before.