I’ve shared with you previously about my Dear Jane group (on May 25 and June 28 specifically if you want to look back at those), but mostly I have just shared the quilt blocks and not the ladies. Today I thought it was high time you saw the smiling faces of my Dear Jane group. You should have seen them straighten up and fluff out their hair when they heard it was going to be faces in the pictures this month! They were excited to become famous on my blog. Famous being a very relative term, of course.
Libby is not actually a part of the DJ group, but she works at the shop with me on Mondays and she showed up in the classroom first thing to show off her T-shirt to the gals. For those of you non-quilters out there, I’ll save you from scratching your heads and doing word searches on the internet. Betweens are tiny little hand quilting needles! Very tiny. They are not even an inch long. I know that because I got one out to measure so I could report that very important information to you. Not very threatening unless you were going to stick someone in the eye with them. Thus beware is about as relative a term as famous is in this blog.
Sheri showed us her blocks one at a time – as a fashion accessory. She had completed quite a few since the last time we got together and she showed us every one while we all oooed and aaahhed. Here’s another one:
Sheri’s blocks are all black and white and red with a little orange thrown in here and there. My friend, Linda, just cringed at just the word orange. JoAnne apparently cringes at orange too because Sheri was taunting her with the orange blocks. I think they are spectacular! I can’t wait to see this quilt when it’s finished. Then I’m going to sneak it home with me in my bag. I’ll wait until it’s all completed before I steal it from her.
Aren’t these just great? These are just the blocks she finished in the last 2 months. I need to take lessons in “How to Get Things Done” from Sheri. Or maybe I need to quit doing so many other things and just work on my Dear Jane quilt for awhile. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. Don’t hold your breath. (All the DJ gals and the rest of my friends are laughing right now.)
Charlotte had great news about a great gift from her sister. Or maybe it was a not-so-great gift. Great. Not-so-great. She was a bit conflicted. We all thought it was great! Her sister purchased DJ blocks from a block-of-the-month program and decided not to make the quilt so she gave all the blocks to Charlotte! Who was feeling a bit overwhelmed at the project. Praise the Lord she has a support group. DJ requires a support group, you know. Hang in there, Charlotte! We’ll all help. Help is a good thing.
JoAnne wore all of her latest red, white and blue blocks on her shirt as her fashion accessory for the day. Aren’t they the best? JoAnne has completed 5,623 DJ quilts. She’s so addicted she just can’t stop making these little blocks!
Charlene had sewn four rows all together since the last time we saw her. We all admired the fabulous choice she made for the tiny little cornerstone blocks in the sashing. There are 13 rows total in this quilt so she’s well on her way to getting the quilt completed. We all just want to go to the Quilt Corral at Mistletoe Ranch in South Dakota. We’re sure it’s much cooler there than the 107 degrees that it was here in Texas yesterday. And a quilt corral at a ranch sounds good to me anyway. Let’s go!
Jane had pictures to show everyone this month….. of her new grandbaby! Her DJ quilt is in her lap. She’s working on the tiny inner border (it finishes at 1/4 inch.) That means she has all the blocks sewn together. Go Jane! Denise is looking at the baby book that Jane brought to share. What a cutie! His name is Knox. I should have taken a picture of his picture so I could show you. Maybe next time.
Denise is working on triangles for the border of her DJ quilt. She has all the blocks done and is closing in on finishing all the triangles too. She got advice from everyone on appliquéing tiny little triangles on the block she’s working on. We can’t wait to see this completed triangle next month!
Deb has been working on some hand embroidered blocks this month (not DJ.) As you discovered in previous posts about Dear Jane, you apparently do not have to be working on Dear Jane to be a part of this group. And this embroidery was fabulous! We can’t wait to see this completed quilt soon too. Deb keeps us all laughing in the group. She really tells it like it is!
Jackie had two quilts to show us that she just got back from Libby, who did the quilting for her. I didn’t get a pic of the second one because I got distracted. But it’s the red & white one in the bag on the table. They were great!
Linda shows off her cute little pin cushion (I think it’s a lamb?) scissor fob, as she works on her latest DJ block. Everyone admired the cute little pin cushion. I love her shirt – “When life gives you scraps…… make quilts!”
Sandi didn’t work on her DJ blocks at all. I think she’s afraid to finish her quilt (she’s really close) for fear we’ll kick her out of the group or something. Of course, you could say I have that same fear if you look at how much I get done on my quilt each month. Maybe we should go to therapy together, Sandi, to overcome our fears? Wait. This group is our therapy! I blame our friend, Suz. She gave Sandi an assignment for their Bee this month. And she was dutifully cutting out pretty blue squares to complete that assignment. It’s all your fault, Suz! If Sandi doesn’t complete her DJ quilt we’re blaming you! It’s always nice to have someone else to blame, right Sandi?
Now if I can just figure out some way to blame Suz for the lack of progress on my DJ quilt.