Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Game Changer

 Dear Jane has been giving me fits. I've taken the latest block apart three times.

It seems my problem is that I still sew baste the pieces. Most of the tutorials say to glue baste them. I have found out the hard way that these puffy sewn seams add just enough width to the more complicated blocks that nothing lines up when you get to the outside pieces.

To give you an idea of how impossible this has been look at the back. Look at all those tiny seams and all that fraying. It's enough to make you toss it in the trash and never look back. I've been close.

 Then.....this showed up in the mail.

 I did exactly what the tutorials said to do. Put just a bit on the very edge of the fabric.

Look at that. Look at those crisp edges. There is a bit of fraying but nothing like before.

 I am loving those nice tight seams. I had no trouble sewing them together.

Done. In no time. Wow. Jane just might stay out of the trash after all.

This is block number 19. Now I have to start thinking about how I am going to join them.

I know for sure I am not using these teeny tiny corners and lattices. Nope. No way.


  1. Love when "new techniques" actually WORK. Go you!

  2. Just WOW! I'm glad the glue basting helped; it is a really complicated block you have conquered!

  3. That's really a great result! I cannot think how frustrated you must have been - Thanks so much for sharing your experience with this product because I think I might like to try it!

  4. Oh my gosh! Look at all of those little pieces! I’m glad you found the glue pen. I really think I would have just tossed it and forgotten all about it. You go girl!
    Blessings, Betsy

  5. The right "tools" can make all the difference.

    I have a question though .... does the paper stay inside forever?

  6. Yikes! Bravo for sticking with Dear Jane. I would have thrown my hands up in frustration and tossed the block, pattern, and fabric in the circular file. The glue pen looks like an amazing tool.

  7. The right tools certainly make a difference. I have to admit that I would be been right behind Tired Teacher with tossing it all in the trash. This will be spectacular when completed.

  8. I don't know how you do what you do! I wouldn't have even started - lol.

  9. I have to make a note. What a great product.
    I still don't know how you have the patience for such detailed piecing!

  10. I would have tossed it all in the garbage. Thank God for glue!