Saturday, February 13, 2016

First Block!

Here she is - Block A-1!
I have the software so the way I make my paper pieced blocks is as follows:

1. I print out the diagram from the software. I don't use the foundation piecing templates because I've found that many times their numbering doesn't work for me.
It's important to make sure you have the block size set to 4.5" x 4.5" and measure it when you print it because some printers will resize things. Be sure to set your printer not to do that.

2. I mark all the sections that will be sewn in the print fabric with two little hashes.

3. Number them following the instructions.
30's Jane A-1
4. I cut out the sections and score them along the seam lines because I use the freezer paper foundation piecing method to make my blocks.

5. I cut the fabric in strips determined by the size of the sections. I feel that this wastes the least fabric. This is a little bit subjective. For A-1 I used 2 1/4" strips.
A-1 in Progress
And, for fun, a picture of my sewing space.
Where I sew
If you've made this block, please share!
You can post it to the Flickr Group, post a picture on Instagram and tag it with #thatquiltjanealong, or post a picture on the Facebook page.
I'm hoping to also create a link list soon where you can link to your blog posts. Just figuring out the technicalities...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


I am. I have my fabric for the first 10 blocks, rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, and freezer paper for printing foundation patterns.
In the BOM, we send out a fat eighth of fabric for each block and 18" of background fabric for every 10 blocks. We recommend keeping ALL leftover fabric until the end because you never know when you may need it.

Stay tuned for posts as I make the blocks.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fabric Sneak Peek

Signups for the latest BOM sessions will be closing very, very soon. As in within the next hour or so. We're getting ready to start cutting kits!
Here's a sneak peek at the first month's fabric:
30's Jane BOM
There have been questions about the "Jane-along".

It will not be very formal but here's the general plan:
  1. I'll be making the blocks in the same sequence, at the same time, and using the same fabrics as the 30's Jane kits for this session.
  2. I'll be blogging about them as I go along and include links to the original instructions on the blog. If you're a BOM subscriber, you won't need these since you already have them in a much easier to use format.
  3. You can post pictures of your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #thatquiltjanealong.
  4. Or on the Facebook page.
  5. Or in the Flickr group.
  6. My blog posts will automatically post to the Facebook page for those not subscribing in readers like Bloglovin' or Feedly.

(My blogging and "quilt along" skills are a little rusty, so any suggestions to make this better are welcome.)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Fabric for Jane-along

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'll be following along making the blocks for the 30's Jane BOM this upcoming session.

You do not have to sign up for the BOM (or even make a 30's Jane) to follow along, although it is nice to have instructions on hand and the BOM instructions are infinitely more printable.
But I digress...

If you'd like to make a 30's Jane using similar fabrics than the ones in the BOM, it might be a good idea to sign up for the 30's Fabric of the Month Club. It is a 12 month FOM and the fabrics will be exactly the same as in the first 12 months of the 30's Jane BOM. You will receive 120 different fabrics!

Here's a little eye candy from the current BOM to whet your appetite:
And just in case you're wondering - you can make two blocks using one fat eighth most of the time. There are a few blocks that use a little more fabric and, of course, it depends on how much you mess up. Speaking from experience...

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