Wednesday, April 15, 2009


We're only six blocks away from completing the top three-row section of the quilt (and the halfway point!), so I figured we should go for it! (And there will be a giveaway when we get there, so start catching up OK?)

This, according to the people who know over at, is one of the hard blocks. But, of course, they piece. I applique. Easy peasy!

Print or trace the block diagram onto the dull side of freezer paper and cut out the little "bone shaped" sections.

Out of background fabric cut four squares 3" x 3".
Out of main block fabric cut four squares 3" x 3"
Out of main block fabric, cut:
One rectangle 7/8" x 4 1/4"
Two rectangles 7/8" x 4 5/8"
One rectangle 7/8" x 5"

Iron the cut out shapes onto the right side of the background fabric squares, centering them as much as you can.

Cut out along the curved edges leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance. Clip the curved fabric edges almost, but not quite to the freezer paper edge, every 1/4".

Place a main fabric square right side up on the table.
Place a background fabric section right side up on top of it, lining up the straight edges of the fabric. Baste through all layers. Stay far enough away from the freezer paper for the seam allowance to be turned under. Repeat for all four squares.

Applique along the curved edges, turning the seam allowance under as you go.
Press, then trim the squares to 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" each, using the freezer paper straight edges as your guide. If you cut 1/4" away from the straight edges you will end up with a 2 3/8" square.

You can remove the freezer paper at this point, but I left it on to help stabilize th squares while I sewed them together.
Following the block diagram, sew the four squares together using 1/4" seams, carefully lining up the seams and applique edges.
Remove the freezer paper if you haven't already done so.

Following the block diagram sew the four main fabric rectangles to the block log cabin style, starting with the shortest one.

(In both the book and the software there are seams in the center of these borders but from what I can see, Jane's block doesn't have these. If you have a better view and Jane did put seams there, let me know and I'll amend the instructions.)


  1. Such a beautiful block! Easy peasy indeed!! You’re too funny!

  2. Catch up! Hmmm... maybe if I don't sleep.

  3. I'm just about caught up with all my paying commitments so I hope to spend the next week or so getting completely caught up!! Half-way point! Woo-hoo!

  4. I got out my magnifying glass and looked at the actual square in the book and Jane's DOES have seams in the middle, so you did good!!

  5. I love your approach to this one... worked like a charm for me! Thank you so much!!! :)

  6. I retract what I said about the seams. I thought you meant the middle. I didn't see the word "border". SO Sorry!

  7. Love your blocks and fabrics, what a work of art!!

  8. Thanks for your comment on my blog. You have very interesting quilting lessons.

  9. Thanks for your comment about my 1st quilt. Looks like I'll find some good tips on your blog as I learn.

  10. Thanks for your comments on my quilt too! I started the DJ blocks 6 months ago (did about 7), seeing your blocks makes me get motivated to start up again!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I've really enjoyed how you are doing the DJ blocks. I am so disappointed that the Rainbow Jane is sold out, if I'd only known about it. Boo-hoo.