Sunset - June 2, 2020

Sunset - June 2, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 the edge of the Northwoods...

It has been many months since this neglected blog has shown any activity. A bum back prior to the holidays and a bout of the flu (regular kind)  in late February occupied my hours. Now it feels like our planet, as we know it, is coming to a halt. I truly pray that this finds each of you safe at home and well. 
Though quilting supply warehouses along with our dear quilt shops are shutting down, most of us as quilters probably have enough projects in our sewing rooms to last for a long time. Perhaps you have taken this homebound time to finish UFO’s or start something new...or, like me, reevaluating what you have stored on the shelves and in bins. Having begun the “interesting” age of 76 a few weeks ago, a new reality has revealed itself. Just how many big projects am I capable of completing? Arthritis in the right hand is certainly letting me know the clock is ticking...with that in mind, I have decided to start letting go of a few things that are no longer realistic or require the ability to handle minute pieces. 

For now I am offering the Paper Pieces Dear Jane project and hoping it can find a new home. The pieces for each block are just too tiny to assemble for my hands. I hate to let this go...but to have it sit is such a waste. The following description and images have also been posted on Facebook - am hoping to reach out to a wider audience. 
There are 2 options to consider...These patterns are for English Paper Piecing only - not hand piecing.
#1 Purchase the entire collection along with the few completed blocks from Row A as well as 4 2/3 yards background fabric. I had approached this with a scrappy, reproduction look. I have all the packets that Paper Pieces sent each month as a BOM. The only opened pattern packet is Row A so you would have a little head start if reproduction is to your taste. I am asking $180 plus shipping. You can still order this collection from Paper Pieces so you can compare costs vs. what I am asking. The background fabric is 100% cotton - Primitive Gatherings from Moda - we live in a smoke-free home. 
#2 Only purchase the remaining unopened pattern packets (minus Row A) and then order Row A from Paper Pieces to start your own version with your own background, etc. I am asking $150 plus shipping. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. here at the edge of the Northwoods continues on...our snow level is going down and there are patches of bare ground visible. Geese are returning to the pond and skating across the frozen surface. The call of the redwing blackbirds tells us Spring is hovering on the horizon. 
As we are told...we are all in this together and I wish each of you and your loved ones, the blessings of good health.

Happy stitching and stay safe out there...



  1. I have been wondering where you have been. Glad you are feeling better, but sorry to hear your hand is getting in the way of working on some of the projects you've loved. Yes, looking for the positive and counting our blessings daily is definitely something we all need to do. Take care.

  2. It is good to hear from you, Pat. There was a day when I would have jumped at the chance for this. Alas, I have long since learned that EPP is not my thing. Just last night I finished up an EPP project that I started 22 years ago. I am so glad it is a finished top and I don't have to have it on my mind anymore. I have one more small EPP project that may get some attention now as my grab-and-go project, but I will not be choosing to begin any other projects in this format. I know people totally obsessed with EPP, so I hope you get a taker. This is a bargain, and what a treasure the finished quilt will be. Wish I had it in me--once it was a dream to make this quilt. Now I know I would be overwhelmed by it. I need quilting that soothes me. :)
    Hope all is well with you!

  3. I was happy to see your blog post! I am glad you are feeling better. I hope you find a takes for your Dear Jane patterns. I tried EPP a couple of the blocks, it was difficult. I invested in the Appliquick tools hoping they will help me deal with small applique pieces.

  4. Pat, so glad to see you surface. I understand how you feel about your projects. I think the majority of us have UFO's that will outlive us. I, too, started DJ some time ago. I wasn't as organized as you (doing a row at a time), but I'll bet I have a good 30-40 blocks done. I keep telling myself someday. I'd better hurry. As for this quarantine.....not liking being told I HAVE to stay home, although we all hope to have the time to do that so that we can do what we love, but it sure would be nice to get out once in awhile and visit with friends, go to guild, go shopping, etc. Sure hope it doesn't take much longer. Stay healthy.


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