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DJ C5

C5 has got to be the hardest block I've done so far. It wasn't the center that caused the problems, even though the center is not as nice as I'd like it. I redrew Brenda's redition to replace the background-colored curved outside pieces and piecing them into the half-circles was tough. I recommend you applique this block, especially the center circle so it stays a circle rather than the lopsided one I ended up with.

DJ J12

To follow up that circular monstrosity, I picked J12, the basket block, but I though the basket in the book looked clunky, so I went back to the photo and to a couple of other "period" quilts I had seen at the New England Quilt Museum and made this basket instead.

DJ G4

If you are piecing this quilt by machine, I really recommend that you learn to paper piece, if only for this block, G4. It's not that bad a deal, but the biases will drive you crazy if you are not very careful or are not working on a stabilizer of some kind and you want to make sure the points align so it looks like you're looking in an infinite mirror.

DJ A11

Mumsie (from the About.com Quilting board) and I had a discussion about how to piece A11. If you are machine piecing, there are several ways to simplify this one. Otherwise, I hope you've gotten good at tiny little inset seams. Handpiecing, on the other hand, makes those insets (the 4 "large" squares on the outside of the star) not so bad.

DJ C11

I like C11. By rights, I shouldn't since it's more of those curved pieces which gave me so much trouble on C5, but these are only 1/4 of a pie rather than half, so this one worked up faster than expected and the center circle kept its shape as much better

DJ G10

I returned to straight edge blocks and an odd concern about bias in G10. Even though these bars are on the straight of grain in the block, when you press the block it, they end up working as bias. I am also not sure how that one block ended up needing to be eased in, but, hopefully, it won't show after it's been quilted.

DJ  K12

Resuming the quilt after an absense (to make another quilt, a Flying Geese one, this time on the machine) I chose an easy block, but one that I felt had to be redrawn from Brenda's book, K12. The center square is drawn as two triangles whose points touch the outside pieces with a straight bar between. Since I had done so many pointy bars, I decided to piece it to be closer to the picture of Jane's actual

DJ H3

Another redrawn block, H3. I "restored" the outside lattice strips which make up two of the outside triangles and treated all those blocks as Flying Geese. The center remained the same, a modified Broken Dishes, or, as I've been corrected to say, a quarter-square triangle block. The result is 9 blocks, 5 of which are pieced, and which sew up as a 9-patch. Just watch how you press your seam allowances since the lattice strips contribute bulk to the corners of the central square.