It was wonderful to get back to Dear Jane. I love these little blocks! I prepared the applique for C-9, Jane's Tears, using the method described on Esther's Quilt Blog. Instead of basting down the edges, she uses freezer paper and starch. I sprayed a little starch into the cap of the spray bottle, then used a small brush to apply the starch to the edges before ironing. This method works very well; with the edges staying crisply folded under after the freezer paper is removed.
Now I just have to stitch the applique to the ground. I saved this hand-work for tomorrow's Blanketeer project day. I also hope to make some serious progress on Grand Illusion tomorrow also.
I have already completed C-10, Patriot's Lantern. This block has so much white in it that it was a mistake to use medium grey thread in the bobbin. I think it made dark shadows along the seams, which make it seem slightly dirty. That's one mistake I will not make again.
This paper piecing was so easy. The outer edges do not have a single matching seam. I just aligned the ends and sewed away. This block will not stay ironed. The sides are not actually crooked, they are just curling upwards.