So, part of the reason why I love the Dear Jane quilt is because Jane did some seriously dense and seriously beautiful quilting! It got me thinking about how I wanted to quilt mine, assuming I ever finish it.
I thought how amazing it would be to have a hand quilted Dear Jane but then I remembered what a chore it was to hand quilt my Bottled Rainbows (which is finally 100% finished, by the way). See evidence here:
After looking up some tutorials, I decided to give the quilt as you go method a try. I do enjoy hand quilting very small quilts and the DJ blocks have 1/2" sashing. It's like it was meant to be!
So, here we go:
I make a quilt sandwich with my block, warm and white batting and a square of the same Liberty fabric that's featured in the block. Then I make big, messy (yet oh so delicious!) stitches using DMC #8 pearl cotton (in white) that I bought from Purl Soho. I'm using Jane's quilting as inspiration but I'm not set on following it exactly.
Once the block is quilted, I trim the whole thing to 5" and then add the 1/2" sashing (like in this tutorial). The back sashing is first sewn by machine, then finished by hand (just like a quilt binding).
So far, it's a perfectly enjoyable way to finish these tiny blocks! I think I'm a fan of quilt as you go...are you?