Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Starting Lady Jane

I loved the Lady Jane pattern the first time I saw it. Blues are my favorite color and blue and white quilts are my favorite quilts. Nanette must have thought of me when she saw the pattern because she kindly gifted it to me. Thanks Nanette!

I pulled fabrics immediately after receiving the pattern. The blues are more brighter blues but I had plenty of blues in my stash to choose from. This pattern also has grays, I pulled what I had then purchased a few more pieces when I visited a fabric store.

I wanted to start Lady Jane immediately but that didn't happen, too many other projects already in progress, too many other projects that were a higher priority.

However I'm glad to say Lady Jane's time has come. The first block has been pieced.

You know me, I have to make at least one change. The quilt pattern finishes 76" by 90", I want my quilt larger. Adding another row of blocks all the way around the quilt won't work, then it will be too big. I enlarged the size of the pieces in the churn dash block. My blocks end up 8" pieced, 7.5" finished.

This is my prototype block. I made just one to make sure my measurements were correct and they were. Now I need to cut all the other pieces and make 29 more blocks. This is a busy time of year for me. Once I have the prepping completed, I'll be able to sit and sew when I have available time. Sitting and sewing all day isn't going to be happening for awhile, summer is busy here on the farm.

I've cut the background fabric for the center applique but it's not prepped yet. That will happen soon, I hope. I'm using the applique as an incentive to finish the hand quilting on my blue Stars Around the Garden quilt. I'm going to take a break from hand quilting for the rest of summer and applique instead.

What are your quilting plans for the summer?

Linking to To Do TuesdayMidweek Makers, Wednesday Wait Loss, Stitch, Sew & Show, Put Your Foot Down


  1. The blues are gorgeous. I hope you find pieces of time to do some stitching. ~Jeanne

    1. Since all the pieces are cut and ready to sew, I'll I have to do is sit and sew. I can easily find a half hour here, an hour here. Besides, my husband loves to watch baseball in the evenings. I think baseball is the most absolute boring sport there is so I'll go sew.

  2. Oohhh, Lady Jane is a gorgeous pattern. Don't think I've seen it before. We'll be anxiously awaiting your progress.

  3. that is a wonderful pattern - look forward to following along

  4. Pretty block. I'm really loving the darker blues lately so maybe I'll finally get around to a blue/white quilt! But, the summer is already booked with other quilts so maybe winter?

  5. Lady Jane is such a lovely quilt and these fabrics look wonderful! I think switching from hand quilting to the applique for the summer sounds like a lovely idea and you'll make great progress on that center. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  6. Beautiful pattern and your first block is pretty good, so pretty.

  7. A beautiful start! I'm working on some string quilt ideas this summer.

  8. What a beautiful pattern, Gretchen! Enjoy your bits of time to sew this summer!

  9. Can't wait to see your progress. A blue and white quilt is at the top of my to-do list when I find the perfect blue and white. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.