So you know how when you are doing a bathroom remodel, and your husband puts up a tiny new section of drywall to cover the plumbing pipes for the sink, and marks where the pipes are – and then puts a drywall screw smack dab in the middle of the copper pipe… do you see where I’m going here? Yup. Two days ago, my dear sweet husband was doing some repair work to prepare to paint the bathroom. He started to paint, but realized the color was not what we were looking for. Yesterday morning, I went downstairs to look at the paint samples in the daylight, and I noticed a small patch of water on the floor. Not really much of anything, but still, where did it come from?
He woke up a little later, after I had taken Riley to school. I had him go down to get his opinion on the paint swatches in the daylight. After we had agreed on a paint color, he started looking around closer for the source of the water. The drywall piece he had put up the day before was quickly ripped out. He started taking out drywall screws one at a time to see behind the drywall panel. When he took out the screw that was perfectly situated in the middle of the supply line – hello geyser! I was back upstairs cleaning up some things, getting ready to go get paint, etc. All of a sudden he started screaming. I ran downstairs to find water spraying everywhere – mainly hitting the bathroom door and shooting out onto the hallway carpet. I stayed in the bathroom acting as a human shield until he could get the water turned off. Luckily we had the wet/dry shop vac still in the bathroom from cleaning it up the day before. I was able to get the lid off while still being a shield, and get most of the water into the shop vac. My problem was “where do I dump all this water when it fills up?”. Luckily, he got the water shut off before my bucket was full. And it was FULL! Something about a 16-gallon tank… Doesn’t that sound like a fun Friday morning?
So… I called a plumber, and within 15 minutes, they were at my house. Yes – 15 minutes from the time I started the web inquiry, to the headquarters phone call, to a cell phone call with them saying they are 10 minutes out, to being in my house to look at the problem – 15 minutes. Amazing. And we were so thrilled that they responded right away when we told them what had happened. They were kind and understanding, and quickly fixed the problem. If you have a Beacon Plumbing in your area and have a plumbing emergency, call them – they were wonderful to work with!
After the pipe was fixed, we went to get the paint - Spring Leaf (a Glidden color) – was the selected color, and the first coat is on the wall. Still need to finish the drywall patchwork, and hope the carpet dries soon, but we are back in business, hoping to finish the downstairs bathroom soon!
Needless to say, this interrupted progress on my Dear Jane quilt project. And about a billion other things, but I had hoped to start Sweet Dear Jane this week. I have the Dear Jane software, and I have made PDFs from all the Rotary Cutting blocks. Yes, all of them – Letters A-1 through M-13 plus all the Corner Motifs and Triangles. So many pieces. I am currently in the middle of making the PDF Templates of all the blocks, and then will move onto create the Foundation Paper Piecing PDFs once I am done, and see how many blocks can be paper pieced. Hopefully a lot – this is a very detailed, very small block quilt, with the main blocks at 4.50″.
I am doing the Dear Jane project through a Block of the Month program – and there is another group beginning in June 2014 if you want to jump on board, and start your own adventure! I do have a few recommended tools for you if you do decide to begin, and I will give updates as I continue through the program, and let you know how well they are working for me.
First, the Dear Jane book is a requirement, you cannot complete the quilt without it. Each month, instructions and an idea for how to complete the block will be given, but you really need to have the book for the layout and to see what the finished block is supposed to look like. You may also find it on Amazon from private sellers.
Second, I would highly recommend the software for Dear Jane. This will give you the Rotary Cutting instructions, the Templates for each block, and the Foundation Paper Piecing templates if available. You can also design your own Dear Jane and play with different layouts, fabrics, etc. It is possible to create the Dear Jane quilt without the software, but I am so looking forward to being able to paper piece many of the blocks!
The other 3 items I recommend at this time are the Dear Jane Templates, the Add-a-Quarter Ruler (available in 6″, 12″, 18″), and Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper. Three items I won’t be able to complete this quilt without – the Foundation Paper can be used for all of your Foundation Paper Piecing projects, and I’m sure the templates are diverse too, to be used in other future projects. The Add-a-Quarter Ruler is perfect for trimming fabric sewn to the Foundation paper to ensure proper size for the next piece to be added, and minimal bulk for these many-pieced tiny blocks.
My final recommendation is Carol Doak’s class Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing through Craftsy. I had a basic knowledge of foundation paper piecing, and was able to get through a few simple blocks, but Dear Jane is a lot more complicated than the basic foundation paper pieced block. I took Carol Doak’s class, and learned many new tips and tricks – including the fancy little trick using the Add-a-Quarter Ruler combined with using a postcard, and the foundation template. Carol is a great teacher – she really knows what she’s talking about, and gives you detailed information from how to do basic foundation paper piecing, tips and tricks on how to make it even easier, and on up to how to calculate yardage for a specific block if you want to do a whole quilt. I highly recommend this class – you can watch the videos over and over again, download course supplies (foundation paper piecing samples), take notes on the videos to refer to later, and watch it as many times as you want! You will definitely want to check out this class if you are planning to do a Dear Jane, or a lot of foundation paper piecing projects!