|October 21, 2011
I did it. I finally finished my first Rainbow Jane block - "A-1". I had read the book., well sort of; maybe I, in reality, scanned the book. I had opened and played with the software, learning how to find and download the foundation pieces for the individual blocks. Now I have to read and learn how to update the progress photo to the right.
A-1 "Pinwheel Gone Awry":: 28 little pieces
But the more that I looked at it, comparing it to the Dear Jane book, the more I thought "There is something not right here. I reviewed the foundation piecing that I did. Correct. I reviewed the way that I sewed the pieces together. Correct. I looked at the book again. It is reversed. No matter how I look at it or turn it, it is still reversed. I wonder if "Jane" will notice? No matter, because it is what it is and it will remain so. Some culture, I don't remember which, stated that only God could be perfect, so an imperfection was always put into the handiwork. Good! I am sure that this won't be the only one.
|This is how it
starts off. B7W outlines of the blocks and triangles ...
This has the first block in it.
February 22, 2014
Well, I never said that I was going to be fast! Far from it in fact, but I will get it done one of these years.
Today I finished my second block - "A-2". No matter how I tried, I could not get all the points to come together correctly. Oh the differences are minute, but oh so visible to me.
A-2 "One-Two Buckle My Shoe":
40 little pieces
The sad part is, I have a new computer that won't allow the software to be used, and I am going to have to relearn everything that I had learned earlier.
I am compiling all the lessons that I have received here and another good resource can be found on Anina's site here. Look for the tutorials on the right side, scrolling down.
completed and placed:
Total little pieces to date:
March 2, 2014
One of the things that I have discovered about the instructions received from the Rainbow Jane BsOM is that they instructions are not quite as good as I had hoped. The book has no how-to instructions and the software even less. So I am thinking that I will be using Anina's tutorials and perhaps writing about my own trials. The foundation pieces are pretty straight forward, which the two that I have done have been. This group of blocks, however have other techniques in it as well. And further, the question is, do I spend the $$ just to try and put Parallels and XP onto an external drive on my Air or do I continue to try and get the old computer to work for me?After many frustrating hours and try, try again, I decided to not put the old software onto the external drive (It didn't work - maybe not compatable with the advanced software that this Air has). I might splurge for new software at a later date but for now, I will continue to use the old computer to print off the templates and foundation paper.
In the meanwhile, tonight I whipped up C-1. This was a paper pieced log cabin with the middle on point. I sure like how the points all come together with the paper piecing.
C-1 "Trooper Green's Badge"
13 little pieces
Wow, this is twice over what I accomplished the first 2 years of my quit-making an in less than 1 month, too.
March 19, 2014
And so another block is completed. This time B-1 an orange block. This one was an appliqué block and circular to boot. Definitely not one of my favourites. As I browsed through the various blocks offered this first section, there are many to challenge my "dislikes". LOL I know how I want to quilt this and will have to draw it out to remember.
B-1 "Batchelor Buttons"
only 5 pieces n this one
I have also started on the first triangle. It also is a fiddly small paper piecing. When I get the machine out again I will finish it up post haste and get it uploaded. The more done, the more impressed I am with myself.
wow, a little more colorful to say the least.
Total little pieces to date:.