Sunday, July 7, 2019

Miss Jane's Best Finish!

I'm enjoying working on small projects this summer. It's so rewarding, especially compared to piecing a queen or king sized quilt!

Miss Jane is finished. She didn't take long to quilt at all.




I quilted the center as Lori suggested, 1/4" from the seam lines in the embroidered squares and also the QST squares.

She had suggested drawing a free hand curved line in the outside border. I'm not good with free hand drawing so I used this little design. It's perfect for small borders. I also used it on one of the borders of Weeds N Tweeds.

I didn't wash Jane, just liberally sprayed her with water to remove the blue markings. She shrunk up a little though. She measures 14" by 17". 


And the backside. I used squares folded in half diagonally to make holders for the dowel rod. I was lazy and didn't make a separate label, just wrote the information on the back. I always add my maiden name to labels.

If you can't see it good enough, it says: Miss Jane's Best by Lori Smith. Embroidered, pieced & quilted by Gretchen Garber Weaver July 2019. 

There was a slight bit of bleeding onto the backing. There are 4 pieces of this fabric used in this project. I'm surprised there is only 1 bleed. I'll just leave it the way it is, not a big deal to me.

This wall quilt was a kit designed by Lori Smith titled Miss Jane's Best. I purchased the kit several years ago at Lori's booth at the AQS show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I did make one change from the pattern. Lori says to use doublefold binding. I thought that was too bulky for this little quilt and used singlefold binding. I'm glad I did.


I also finished the 6 larger hexden flowers for the guild quilt.
I measured one flower separately to show you the flowers finish at 4 1/2" wide. These flowers were made with 1" hexdens and are much larger than the ones I showed you last week made with the 1/2" papers.

These flowers didn't need to be finished until the end of August but I made them now so I wouldn't have to think about them for the rest of summer.

If you enjoy hand embroidery, Jenny of Elefantz is having a free embroidery along this summer. Check it out!

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, HQAL, Oh Scrap, Bambi's Show & Tell MondayMonday Making, Design Wall MondayBOM's AwayMoving It Forward, Esther's Wednesday WOW!


I took more pictures of flowers this week. 

The butterfly weed is blooming now. I haven't seen any monarch butterflies yet but that doesn't mean they haven't stopped in.

The clematis is still full of blooms too.


I haven't seen the hummingbird back either but again, that doesn't mean it's not around.


These impatience are looking perky but for some reason the hostas along this wall aren't growing like they should. The hostas in the other beds are huge, it certainly can't be for a lack of water!


Two little roses are blooming. These are a hybrid type, lovely to look at but be careful, they have a lot of thorns.

Have a great week!

21 comments:

Jill said...

Miss Jane is a sweet project. I have been tempted by her at Lori's booth also as all of Lori's patterns are wonderful. The hexden flowers are a nice interesting hexie shape.

Design Originals by KC said...

I just love your your Miss Jane's finished up and glad that piece only bled into the back and not the front pieces that I can see in your photo anyway :) LOVELY!!! I am glad you are enjoying the summer busyness with shorter projects ... I am looking forward to a big quilt being back in your frame though! lol
Your Hexden flowers are lovely... and your flower show is like fireworks for me :D Have a wonderful week ahead my friend!
Kathi

CathieJ said...

I wonder if those small hostas are getting too much sun. They really prefer shade. I love Miss Jane. Although I was following as you worked on her, I was still amazed when you stated the small size. Beautiful.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

It is wonderful to work on small projects sometimes! I have a difficult time getting our hummingbird's pictures too.

Sarah said...

What a lovely finish! Those hexies with the rounded edges are nice, pretty fabric too!

Quilter Kathy said...

Miss Jane is adorable! So much lovely hand stitching!
Congratulations on finishing this treasure!

Karrin Hurd said...

Miss Jane is beautiful! Love those hexies!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Miss Jane and your garden photos are GORGEOUS!!!

Deb A said...

Miss Jane is just lovely! Never thought of the triangles in the corners to hang with a dowel.... smart! Lovely garden as well.

K Reeves said...

Miss Jane is lovely! You are enjoying these smaller pojects,:). love your flowers, especially the lilies!

Jenny said...

Your little quilt is gorgeous, well done!!

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on a nice finish. Sorry about that bleeding. But it won't be seen for the most part. Your gardens look beautiful. I actually saw a small monarch on our butterfly bush. (I like your term weed better!) Happy quilting this week.

For the love of geese said...

Miss Jane is so pretty. Your flowers are beautiful.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So sweet and pretty flowers as well.

Susan said...

Miss Jane is lovely, and so is your real garden. Love the rose colors at the bottom.

em's scrapbag said...

Miss Jane is a sweet little quilt. Thanks for sharing with Moving it Forward

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Better late than never Gretchen! I like Miss Jane, also, you are right - small quilts give us a lot of satisfaction! Something finished in a short amount of time! Love those blue flowers

dq said...

I love 30s fabrics. The hand quilting is a must for this one! I love your flowers both real and hexagonal.

Susie H said...

Love the 30s prints in your quilt. Just got in on the kitchen embroidery QAL. Thanks for the mention. Your flowers are beautiful. Could the hostas be under an eave so they don't get the rain like the others? I've got a couple of plants that suffer from lack of rain even when we're inundated. Just a thought.

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Kim said...

Your Miss Jane quilt is a vision splendid, Gretchen! Love your pretty hexden flowers, too....so pretty in blue. As for your garden, well, it has put a smile in my cold day.