A couple of years I bought the Dear Jane book. But as these blocks are 4″ finished size (I think), I decided to do the farmer’s wife first (6″ finished size). But deferring the start didn’t mean I stopped thinking about Jane.
Originally I thought I’d do jewels on black, a little like this, but with only 4 or 5 jewel colours. And no yellow/orange.
Then in Oct, I was at Ally Pally and discovered a hand-dyed fabric company. Looking at their colours on the wall, I started to think of doing a Stormy Jane. I came home and ordered fat eighths of many colours to audition for this quilt. I even started thinking that I’d start it in Feb. Well, I only just got those fat eighths on Saturday, so no Feb start for me. And I now have the urge to start under control, and will finish my farmers wife blocks first (keeping with the goal of one sampler at a time).
I went throught the fabrics and pulled out the group that looked the best. Here they are. The idea is the ring of colour will be the block colours and the centre colour will be the background.
Nicki was here helping me look at them. We’re thinking moonlighting (at about 7-8 o’clock) draws the eye too much and should be excluded. Also that the background might want to be a little lighter than charcoal slate (in the middle). But that these two would be great together in a two-colour quilt.
I have time to decide, then there will of course be the time delay while waiting for the fabric to be dyed. Plus I need to find a background fabric as the other options from this mob were too light. So I guess I’d better pick up farmer’s wife again as I still have 70 or so blocks to do.