Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Signups for the Next BOM Session are Now Open!

Good news! Signups for the next BOM session opened up this morning! The number of signups available are limited this time, so I recommend you act swiftly if you're interested.

In other news, I've decided to follow along with the 30's Jane BOM this time. I think this may be the only way I'll ever get her done. I will be completing the blocks in the same order the kits go out, and using the same fabric.

If you'd like a little extra nudge to make (or complete) one of these quilts (you don't have to be in the BOM), this could be your opportunity. More info to come in a future post.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


The quilt is pinned! It's still taped to the floor because I have a couple of tiny blood drops I have to try and remove. It's not really a quilt until you've bled on it, right?

I had to make THREE pin runs (actually 4 because one time I forgot my wallet at home and had to go back to fetch it) before I had enough pins for this quilt. It's the biggest quilt I've ever made!
So, how many pins do you need for a Dear Jane® quilt? Somewhere between 800 and 1,000 depending on how much pinning you do.

I pinned once in the sashing surrounding each block and once in the center of each block. I hope it's enough!
Dear Jane pinning detail
And here's how I pinned the triangles and scallops:
Dear Jane pinning details
Off to go try some stain removal techniques.

Friday, August 28, 2015

It's been a long, long time!

My original Baby Jane top (the one I used to write all the tutorials) has been languishing for years - almost FIVE years to be exact.
Many things have happened in my life since and I'm happy to announce that I think I'm ready to tackle the final stages.
One of the reasons I haven't finished the quilt is that I couldn't figure out how to baste something this large. Well, in our new house I have ample room - until the new couch arrives in less than two weeks. I better get a move on!

A photo posted by Twiddletails (@twiddletails) on

Monday, March 2, 2015

Freezer Paper

Did you know we have Freezer Paper Sheets in both the Etsy and main stores?
These are heavyweight 54lb sheets and I've been using them for all my freezer paper foundation piecing off late, including the "Little Penguin" block and the "Tree Lot" quilt, and I will definitely be using them when I get my Baby Janes going again.  Soon.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Red & White Mini Baby Jane

I've been waiting since October for a nice day to take photos of this little quilt but it just hasn't happened. Winter in Seattle...
Today I decided to just go for it. Better photos can always be taken later.
Red & White Mini Baby Jane
If you follow the blog you may remember my original layout back in September.
I changed it up a bit and decided to use prairie points in the border. I have a thing for prairie points these days.
Oh and BTW, the little quilt won 3rd place in the miniatures category in the quilt show. It's 24" x 24" in size.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Once Upon a Time...

...a long, long Time Ago, I planned to make a red & white Baby Jane.
Many, many things have happened in my life in the mean time and I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen as a full scale version.
I did make a couple of blocks way back then.
Our local guild's quilt show is coming up in November and I was wracking my brain for something to enter, when I remembered the little red blocks.
I played around with the Dear Jane software a little this morning and came up with this:
If you're in the Seattle area and would like to see her in the show, mark your calendar now: November 7 to November 9 in Issaquah, WA.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Batting Practice - Take Two

Tried a mini quilt with different batting. This time I used Hobbs Heirloom Organic Cotton. If was really soft.
The little quilt is definitely less stiff than attempt number one, but it may be because the quilting isn't as dense.
I realized that my sewing machine REALLY needed to be serviced before I start the actual quilting journey, so I didn't do straight lines on the sashing like I was planning to.
I am really enjoying coming up with quilting designs for each block.