"dear ethel" patchwork blocks by erickaeckles

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Dear ethel quilt
Status:
In Progress
Started:
2013-08-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

Some years ago I bought a book by Brenda Manges Papadakis about the Jane A. Stickle quilt known to quilters as the "Dear Jane" quilt....it was pretty much love at first sight as far as I was concerned, and for years have wanted to make one of my own.

As I started drafting up the tiny blocks Jane A. Stickle used, I began to question my reasoning behind making it.... I've never been a big fan of using someone else's designs, I'm intrigued by their use of colour but I prefer to design my own quilts....

I'd seen an amazing resource book at my local library (5500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone) and I marked some of these blocks, liking either the shapes or the names of a particular block...

I love reproduction prints especially feed sack prints from the thirties and wanted to combine these with small scraps left from favourite pieces....slowly these began to evolve into "dear ethel" ...



I love sewing quilts by hand, from piecing the patchwork pieces together to joining the layers.  I find the constant touching of the fabrics help to soften the quilt, and connects me to my work more than if I was using a sewing machine.

The blocks are all six inches square, and I've been able to use tiny scraps of fabric that have been passed down from family members and friends..... 
I fully appreciate this isn't the quickest way to piece a quilt but I don't begrudge the time spent.....it's almost a guilty pleasure when we live in an age where time is such a precious commodity, to spend this time on myself....... (this is where I flick my hair and say in my best Catherine Deneuve voice.. "but I'm worth it")

At the moment I am planning to sew 122 blocks in total, surrounded with coloured sashing, tiny 1 inch squares, and a flying geese border..... I've been sewing blocks for "dear ethel" since last Summer and am about 2/3 of the way through (some 80 odd blocks have been pieced together by hand... and I've created a pinterest board where you can see them all together)..... I don't mind this quilt will take me some time to finish.. this isn't a race, there isn't a deadline, it's sewing for pleasure....and pleasures should never be rushed but always savoured every step of the way......


Pictures

Churn dash block...my first mini block for "dear ethel"....
Pinning the pieces of the Churn Dash block together...
Fig leaf mini block....
Mrs Miller's Choice...made with happy memories of a lovely lady who wore bright red lipstick...
Mrs Bryan's Choice... I really like the red and blue togethr... it looks very vintage...
Union Star.....
Mrs Brown's Choice...
Illinois mini block... I really do like sewing those tiny one inch triangles...
Silent Star...
selection of mini blocks I've made so far for my "dear ethel"...

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