Jane Quilt Blocks
Redrafts of Jane's Blocks - Rows I & J
draft of I5 is not terribly different from
Brenda's, but it is drafted to be pieced.
can easily do it as applique or reverse applique
as shown in the book, but I think it was pieced.
is, essentially, a square on point, but with
curved pieces instead of straight. Construct
the 4 outer corner pieces, pressing them to
the corners, and then sew them to the center
I6 is another very subtle redraft. I pieced
most of it, and enlarged the melons to cover
the diagonal seam leading into the central
hard to come up with a piecing scheme for
this block. You could put together a 4-patch
of the same color, then cut out that strange
shape, apply the outside pieces and then applique
it after the fact, I'd probably put the center
4 patch underneath and reverse applique the
strange center shape, and then put the melons
for completeness' sake, however, this is a
draft of the way I actually did it.
up with Jane? I9 is probably the weirdest
block and I can only guess at what she wanted
I redrafted the block, I made the center diagonal
a row of Flying Geese interrupted by a square-on-point.
pieced I11, but the drawing in Brenda's book
is set up to be appliqued.
not tricky, you just have to pay attention
to what goes where. The diamonds are pieced
into the half-square triangles on the long
side. It's less bulky if you press the seam
allowance to the background fabric.
piece a half-square triangle to one corner
of pieced square.
together like a 4-patch, being careful to
match the points in the center.
is very similiar to I-11, and you piece them
similarly, except the diamonds point towards
the corners and the center square (on point)
is appliqued after the 4-patch is assembled.
looks like Jane tried to piece the center
square. Maybe she inserted it after putting
two of the diamond-squares together.
pieced and appliqued J11. The background is
pieced with 4 trapezoids and a center 1-1/2"
square. This helps alot with the placement
of the appliqued melons, which cover the diagonal
lines from the corner.
used a traditional basket block for J-12.
saw Alex Anderson do one called a "postage
stamp basket" on Simply Quilts, which
I reduced and adapted for this quilt. It looks
more like Jane's than I thought the one in
the book did (even though Brenda's is probably
much easier to piece!)
bottom of the basket are 1-1/4" half-square
triangles. The background fabric between the
basket and it's base triangles is a quarter-square
triangle with one point truncated.
piece, sew together the base and the background,
and sew to the basket. Press.
the handle onto the top half of the block,
and then piece together the upper and lower
made only minor changes in J13, putting diagonal
seam lines through the teardrops, since it
looks like Jane pieced hers.