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Jane A. Stickle Quilt block 9: JAS-A09 – Cabin Fever

I’m very pleased with block JAS-09.

I think I’m getting better at foundation piecing. I can judge fabric needs better and I can piece more accurately. I still don’t get all points to match all the time but I’ll get there.

When I had a look at the pattern the first thing I thought was that this block was going to take a long time to do. All these tiny pieces, 45 to be precise, very narrow, almost impossible to stitch including 1/4 seam allowances.

I started in the middle and didn’t follow the numbering exactly after row 2. I did all the strips first and then the corner triangles.

Also, for the large corners that complete the centre square, pieces E22 and E25 for instance, I only cut one large triangle for both. I didn’t see the point in doing two pieces.

Now, the trick for working with such narrow strips of fabric and tiny triangles is not using 1/4 inch seam allowances but using a narrower seam allowance, something like 1/8 inch.

I found the piece below the hardest to cut. It was probably a very long day by that stage you may find this piece no different from any other but I made several mistakes cutting it so I’m just writing up some advice about this one.

I cut the two pieces before I started to stitch the strip. Just cut them as above, following the side of the triangle as a guide.

I’m very happy with progress so far.

Not long to go now to finish row A. I intend to add sashing and stitch row by row as I go.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt  patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont.  And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.


  1. It is amazing, Teresa! I don’t think your points could have been any better. Cabin Fever about says it for us in New England– we are getting record snowfall here– there’s about three or four feet on the ground and more tonight. All we can do is sew.


  2. You are using different patterns from the ones I used! Interesting! I don’t have EQ, and I liked the book format of Dear Jane, but there were a few errors and gremlins in the drawings that meant I had to redraw some.


  3. I’m using some free paper piecing patterns. Susan Gatewood was very kind to post all of hers. So far so good. I wouldn’t have been able to make this quilt using just the book.


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