Jane Quilt Blocks
Redrafts of Jane's Blocks - Row A
have included several pages of my redrafts and
why I drew them the way I did.
was the first block I made, and I immediately
decided I needed to redraft it. It didn't
look like a pinwheel to me, it looked like
a bunch of half-square triangles. I sewed
them into 4 rows of 4 blocks.
closer, now that I've completed the blocks,
I believe I was in error. I used to think
that the central square was, basically, a
4-patch of quarter-square triangles set on
point, but now I think the central pinwheel
is SUPPOSED to be accentuated by the slight
octagon formed by the off-center quarter-square
triangles and the points that don't seem to
meet (not drawn).
uses this octagonal element in F1 and she
uses the pieced triangles to put the block
on point in many, many blocks, the easiest
of which is D13.
did not do the blocks in the order they appear
in the book, and I do not plan on putting
them together in the same order Jane did in
her quilt. Call me a rebel. Whatever.
looked wrong to me in the book. I agreed with
the central "hourglass" of quarter-square
triangles, but I felt the blocks ajacent were
actually flying geese, and even the plain
blocks looked pieced to me.
outside pieces Brenda drafted seemed "fussier"
than needed, so I merged the quarter-square
triangle into a longer quadrilateral, sewing
opposite sides on and then finishing the block.
was contemplating piecing this block as a
square on point, with the corners sort of
"log cabin"ed around a smaller triangle,
but I felt the way I did it gave me more control
and I didn't have to work with quite so much
everyone I talk to about A3 appliques it,
using either traditional or reverse applique.
I pieced it and I think Jane pieced it as
you look closely at the photo in the book,
there appears to be seams coming down from
the corners, but there are no seams in the
central 4-pointed figure.
suppose you could piece a square into 4 parallograms
and use the sides of the squares to position
the "football" shapes, but why bother
when only a little more work can allow you
to piece the entire block.
seams are not so bad if you remember to pin
the heck out of them and clip them before
you press the block.
I understand many of the changes Brenda made
to the block designs in the book, eliminating
extraneous-looking seams and adding others
to simplify construction, I think that A13
is simply drafted wrong.
"secondary" points of the star are
missing. Instead they are included at the
ends of "cross" strips which makes
it impossible to piece and look like the block
in the picture.
is the way I "corrected" it.