About half way through the process, I remember thinking that I did not like the sashing, and it really did not look that neat. I finished the top and packed it away, never finishing the quilt...mainly because I was simply unhappy with my sashing choice and the way I had sewn the blocks to each other.
There was also one block (Row M3) which is the last row in the quilt that I could not get to come out right, so I made my own design. Sounded good at the time, but really bugged me that I let that block defeat me.
Soooooo, when I decided to finish the quilt a couple of weeks ago and began working on the triangle border blocks, I got the quilt top out of my hope chest, and still did not like the way it looked. I decided to rip the quilt blocks apart and add new sashing. For one week I ripped out the old sashing.
I also cut 5" squares of featherweight fusible pellon to put on the back of the blocks to stabilize them and also allow me to cut them to the correct size. Many were fraying badly and some of the hand stitching had made them fragile.
And I also made block M3 over to match the pattern. I will keep my original block for the back of the quilt.
I will hand quilt with the Baptist Fan pattern, but since I will stab stitch, the pellon will not be difficult to stitch through.
And here it is, all put back together again.
I am so pleased with the sashing I have chosen. Its still a light beige, but not enough beige to take attention away from the blocks. I also has a tiny flower design of white on beige that I think soften's the look. I did not know that the original Dear Jane was in a Trip Around the World color layout until I had most of my blocks done and was so sad that I did not make mine that way. But you know, no way was I going to go back and re-do my blocks.
I also changed the method I used for putting the sashing on. Picture on the left is the old sashing and on the right is the new sashing. In many cases with the old sashing the sashing was uneven and the blocks were not in alignment.
I have completed the top border of triangle blocks. I debated on using the sashing fabric for the alternating solid triangles, but decided to use fabrics from my stash instead, just like the original Dear Jane. An earlier post had the first 8 blocks I had made for this border, and I am showing the closeup of the remaining 5 in this post. These triangle blocks are a real challenge for me. I am paper piecing those that can be machine paper pieced and appliqueing all the others.