Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”

Pillow and Dear Jane

by Karen on October 30, 2014

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The voting is now going on for the Viewers Choice awards at  Amy’s quilt festival – follow the directions at the link if you want to vote for that category – the rest of the voting will start November 1st.  My entry is my Patchwork of the Crosses in the Hand Quilting category.

I was busy yesterday working on that darn pillow!!  I had not used my Janome since I bought my Juki in April of 2013!!  I really was surprised that I have not used it since then but I hadn’t really liked the machine the last couple years I was using it.  It is the only one I have though that has anything other than straight stitch.  I actually had to get the manual out to remember how to set the stitches, and how to thread the darn thing LOL.  I finally had to replace the needle too as it was really giving me problems.  It is now happily back in it’s bag for who knows how long.

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All stitched in place – not the neatest in some places but really good enough for my granddaughter who will not be looking over the quality of the stitches.  I ended up using the zigzag at the smallest setting I could get it at.  I was going to try the buttonhole stitch but settled on this instead.

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Now to get the face embroidered on.

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Working with some thing like the pillow kid is when I really appreciate the colors of the rainbow in my thread collection.  I decided against the nylon thread as it was too hard to deal with – instead I used a light bobbin color and changed out thread for each piece of the kid.

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Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited from the last several bouts of quilting.

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Sounds like a lot of you like the green paint and I do too – I just have to wait until Mike is done with his stuff so I can get going on mine.  I still hope all this is done by Thanksgiving because I have no idea how I will roast my turkey and bake my pies without my oven hooked back up!!

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Fall Decorating

by Karen on October 27, 2014

in Dear Jane - "Insanity Revisited"

Do you decorate for fall?  I do just a little bit – I have a fall wreath for the fireplace and a Christmas wreath – same for the front door.

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I’m going to pick up a couple pumpkins today and get the drill out and try decorating the pumpkins that I showed awhile back –  I will add that to the front door area and maybe get a couple big mums to go with it.

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Yesterday was spent on the kitchen floor so I really didn’t get much done in the line of quilting but I did get Dear Jane rolled down and if you look carefully at the very top of the frame – that is the final row of triangles up there!!  5 rows of squares left to do.

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And I really must get around to making this pillow for Ciera – she picked out most of the fabric and everything when we visited in September and of course there is the star quilt too that I must get made for her – I need to get busy!!

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Even though I started to hand piece the tumblers this summer I think I will need to finish the majority of that quilt by machine – just too many projects going on.   By the way for those that have asked – the 2nd hand brace that I got is working our pretty well – between that and being more careful with the way I quilt ect I think it will work out great – and this 2nd brace doesn’t hurt my hand like the first one did.

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And What are You Working On?  I keep up with a lot of you through your blogs and know y’all are working on too many things like me!  So let’s start off- linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching today

I actually got my Floral Fantasy back out – Yes really – I know it has been awhile, if I just concentrated on one thing I would be done with this beauty.  If you look at the border on the left I have one leaf left to finish and then only 3 borders left to work on!!  I am stitching a couple minutes here and a couple minutes there.

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One side of Diamonds are Forever is pretty much done – now I will start on the opposite side and wait to turn the curve after both sides are done.  I had to get more hexies ready – the white ones that is and spent the last couple days getting a few more ready.  (and yes for those that wonder I will be cutting the last row all around the quilt straight)

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The last 3 or 4? days of Dear Jane Blocks – Insanity Revisited – Row #8 is now finished.

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The rollers are now ready to be rolled on down a little more – the final border might be in sight soon.

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The refrigerator and stove are now moved into the new dining room so we can work on this floor – all the adhesive from the old tiles is now off the far end of the floor (about half way done) and we plan on working on it again today.  I think I will be cooking in the crockpot, electric skillet and the Dutch oven outside even if needed!  The only outlet for the stove is behind where it goes so I can not use it for the time being.  This is going to take a little while.  Mike is doing most of the work and I am “helping” when I’m not in the way!  I will be glad for the mess to be done.

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Hope y’all have a beautiful Sunday – will be  unseasonable warm today – possibly in the mid-80’s!! But that is ok – we will be back to fall weather by Wednesday I think and maybe even a frost later in the week.

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Today was one of those days – a little of this and that and still I’m tired! And I didn’t even exercise – I need to get back to the fitness center soon

I got both of the plants potted and I’m pretty sure from what I found on line and what the majority said is that the plant I brought home is a scheffleraTim is an expert and I will take his word for it although like he says he doesn’t see them stems ect.  The other plant I brought home with me was a rather limp Christmas Cactus.  I repotted it and found very little in the line of roots – I think this plant has been neglected Smile I will baby it, I put it in a fresh pot with fresh soil now too see what it will do.  The leaves which you might not be able to see in the photo are really thin and not plump at all.

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The last of the zinnia’s and a couple roses

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Little more work on the hexies for Diamonds are Forever and I worked more on them last night while watching tv.  I have used up almost all of my white hexies so I need to get some more ready.

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Love Entwined back on the design wall while I give it some thought.  I’m not sure what flowers I want to put in those vases or how many.  All of  the little hearts are appliqued in place.  I am linking up to Sarah’s Confessions of a Fabric Addict today

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The patchwork in the photo above possibly is ready to quilt –  it is baby size right now once I quilt it and wash it it will be a little smaller – right now it is 48 x 48 –I don’t think I will make it bigger.  I also have the quilt on the end of the frame to machine quilt as well.  The patchwork will be machine quilted straight lines as well – I think my hand quilting for now will stick with one quilt on the big frame and everything else will be done with straight lines – I just do not care for free motion.

It is kind of hard to see this paint chip in the actual color but it is what I am thinking for the walls in the kitchen – it is called Apple Peel – I’m just not sure yet if I want to go that dark – the lighter one actually has a tint of the red in it – not really pink but so light of a tint that it looks white I guess it is called Ballet Slippers – it would be for the ceiling.  I’ve always had light color walls in this house for the rooms that are painted and I wonder if I will like it a year from now – I do not like to paint so I want to make sure it is what I want before I get it.  I have it taped to the wall right now so I can keep walking by looking at it – I think I need to go back to the store and get 5 more of the same and tape them all together so I can see it bigger LOL.

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First of all can anyone name this plant?  I got it from the plants & flowers that people gave at the funeral and I haven’t the slightest idea of the name or how to care for it – take a look and if you know let me know please.

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Somewhere along the way I have forgotten to post some of the blocks I worked on for Dear Jane “Insanity Revisited” probably I had done some when I came home a couple times to try to chill out in the last 10 days and forgot about them – I also worked on it last night for longer than I probably should but it felt good to do it – so I did.

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I completely lost track of the email that I got from Craftsy promoting a sale for Halloween so here it is – still good through midnight Friday –

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A little here and a little there and these quilts will be done one day.  I need to take a break from these one day and get something machine pieced – I certainly haven’t done that for awhile – I will get my granddaughter’s quilt on the machine next I think and possibly the mini tumblers will be finished by machine – enough going on with the hand work – don’t need too many right now.   Might not get to any machine work today though – heavy thunder storms for most of the day the weatherman says – I will be glad to get some sun for the rest of the week.  I am linking to Stitch by Stitch: Anything Goes Monday.

I got this block in the 8th row done on Saturday night on Insanity Revisited.

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These hearts are for Love Entwined all pressed down on the wash away applique sheets.  After I had drawn the little cut outs on them I decided I wasn’t going to cut that area out – I’m just leaving them as is.  These go next to the vases in the corners.

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Saturday night was prep work for them and then I continued to finished the rest of them up on Sunday.

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Glue basted in place – two shades of green next to the two vases that look like this

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and the two shades of blue are by these vases.  Now to get them stitched.

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Slowly getting this center of Love Entwined filled in.  I am thinking about the flower sprays for the vases – not as many as what is in the pattern.  I have to look it over to see what I am leaving out.  In the pattern each vase has a different spray of flowers – I’m not sure if mine will all be the same or if they will be different.

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