Sparkle Jane String Quilt

Sparkle Jane (Daughter) wanted to try out a new technique–foundation string piecing.

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She using the tan as a constant diagonal line in the blocks, adding random strips of controlled scrappy colors as she went along.

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Narrow sashing between the blocks finished it off.

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She enjoyed the technique, but didn’t love the colors.  But, it was worth finishing, and it is finished, and that (as we all know) is good.

A Sleuth Of Bears

What do you call a group of bears?  A SLEUTH!!  What a fantastic word.

And what a great description for this finally-finished project that started with Sparkle Jane, but eventually involved all of us.

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A high school friend of Sparkle Jane was involved in a service project making charity bears.  There were leftovers and Sparkle said she could make some bears.  There was A LOT of leftovers.  In typical Sparkle style, she cut until she couldn’t cut any more.

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And then it was time to stitch.  Each bear, of course, needed to be unique.

Then she got tired and set it aside, but this year she was determined to finish.  ALL OF THEM.

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She finished all the faces.  I helped with eyes.  Then it was time for everyone to help with stuffing and stitching.

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And they are finally finished.  YAY!  Soon to be donated to worthy causes.  Whew!

Sparkle Jane Has Been Bee-zy

Sparkle Jane (Daughter) has reached that age where friends are getting married and having babies.  Her friend of many years is due this fall and Sparkle Jane wanted to make her a wonderful and unique quilt.

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Here it is!

The bee blocks are her own design.  The sunflower is adapted from a picture. And the squares, of course, are scrappy goodness.

It will be quilted soon and ready to go when the baby arrives.  Minky is planned for the back. Any suggestions for quilting?

Forget Me Not

Well, it is a Sparkle Jane project.  She works at a local Sewing Machine and Fabric Shop.

They needed a block for Quilters Trek (fka Row by Row).  Fast.

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I might be (a LITTLE BIT) biased, but I really like the design she created.  Some pieced elements, some applique.  Can be created vertically as a wall hanging (as shown here). Or horizonally in a row.  Tablerunner?  I want to make a baby quilt with the flower blocks and a section with the applique Forget Me Not words.

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Or just make potholders.

If you are interested in a kit, you can get them here: http://www.wimmerssewing.com/shop/c/p/Forget-Me-Not-Kit-x50100847.htm

Whether you are a Quilters Trek (Row-by-Row) person or not, you might enjoy this design.  And, it is an official-first-published Sparkle Jane design…what’s not to love!

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Sparkle Jane To The (Quilt) Rescue

The original quilter tried, she really did.  The pattern is interesting, the fabric is high quality, the colors are beautiful.  But, she struggled with the piecing and assembly and eventually gave up.

Sparkle Jane saw potential. She fixed what she could of the piecing, while honoring the effort of the original maker. And assembled the top.

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There was plenty of fabric, so she added a triple border–a narrow inner border, a lovely piano key center, and a wider outer border.

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Extra fabric was used to make more “piano key” style pieces to stretch the back.

I am certain the original maker would be pleased with the results.  YAY for the quilt rescuer!

Campout: A Sparkle Jane Finish

Sparkle Jane started this quilt when she was about 15 or 16.  She got the idea from a paper pieced pattern, but asked me if there wasn’t a way to resize or rework it to straight piecing.

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I am not comfortable sharing the pattern because it is so like the original,  and I try to respect copywrite, but I must say that Sparkle Jane’s version is wonderful.

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Tara, our quilter, did a beautiful job.

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And it goes in Sparkle’s quilt hoard.

 

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Sparkle Jane Finish: Blue Bargello

Sparkle Jane has waited a long time for this finish.

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She started the quilt about six years ago (age 13).  The piecing went well, but then it was time for quilting.  She started hand quilting it, got about half way and decided that she didn’t like the way it looked.

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And TORE IT ALL OUT.  Painful!

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And then put the quilt away.

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But now it was time.  The quilting looks a lot like water over stones.  Which is perfect for the pattern.  Finish size is 82″ x 63″.

Another Small Wedding Gift

Sparkle Jane also wanted to make a gift.  After all, the bride is her best friend. The color contrast between the house and the inner border doesn’t show very well in these pictures, but it works in real life.
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A personalized pillow seemed perfect.

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She does very fine embroidery work.  Remember, the entire door is only about 2″ tall.

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I hope they will enjoy it in their new home.