Monday, April 4, 2011

Dear Jane

I started this Dear Jane project over 5 years ago with the intention of completing the entire quilt of 169 square five-inch blocks and 52 triangular border blocks. I bought the book of patterns and made over 80 of the square blocks, but at that point I was so burned out that I couldn't make even one more. So finished just today, here is my 40" x 45" mini-Dear Jane (Baby Jane?) quilt instead. The Civil War fabric blocks were assembled in different ways -- some pieced, some appliqued and some paper-pieced, and I tied this quilt in the middle of each block. I know some who have made this entire quilt, indeed more than once. I don't know how they did it! I'm just happy to have *something* to look at for my time and effort, no matter the size.

16 comments:

bubbygigi said...

Wow! Your Dear Jane quilt is fabulous. What an accomplishment to have completed eighty blocks. I bought the book and looked through it many times but that is as far as I got.
Gita

The Other Barb said...

While sitting on Barb's back porch today, I got to admire her "work of art". I know LOTS of work went into this lap size Dear Jane. Over the last 5 yrs( has it been that long) I got to enjoy each block after /or during it's creation. So glad you put these into a quilt Barb!

Stray Stitches said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I think you should be very proud of the 80 blocks you made! I can't beging to imagine the amount of work that went into making that quilt.

Pat said...

This is very nice and you did a fabulous job with it. Question: Did you post something the other day about extra DJ blocks you were parting with? That post showed up on my blog reader but when I clicked to read more about it, I got an error message.....so I don't know if you changed your mind about that or something was wrong with my blog reader that day.

Gene Black said...

I have never desired to make a Dear Jane Quilt.....but i did consider making all the pieced blocks from the Quiltmaker's 100 blocks.
Thinking was as far as I got.

Barb said...

Your quilt is sooooooooooooooo awesome!!!

Yvonne said...

I just love your DJ quilt. My friend made one that was in our local quilt show last year. They are really amazing and I love the story behind it.

Deborah said...

This is beautiful! Such an incredible amount of work. About 10 years ago I bought some Civil War reproduction fabric with the thought of doing something like this but never even got started.

ooglebloops said...

This is beautiful!! I had the same intentions years ago - even was in a Dear Jane block swap. They all still sit in the same basket - maybe I should pull them out and put together what I have finished!!! It will be way smaller than yours - a mini Jane!!!

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

wow! what a beautiful quilt! i envy you quilt-makers. so glad that you finished it and took pics for us to admire!

Margaret Hall said...

Wonderful~!! I have a DIL that is working on one of these...This just beautiful, what a work of art...

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Penny said...

Wonderful!! Those 'big' projects can take on a life of their own and its so much better to nip it down to size so that you actually enjoy the work. This is beautiful.

Katie said...

This is so lovely, and uite the project it sounds like.

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Wow, such a beautiful blanket. So pleased you kept with it. Treasure to keep.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the dreamy visions I had. really helped.
Hope you have an amazing weekend!
Lots of sunshine and fun!
Lovexx
Julie

Kim D. said...

Congratulations on such an accomplishment. Your quilt is lovely. I love all the blocks in your DJ quilt. I bet it feels so good to finish.

Hunter said...

I made about 70 of the Dear Jane quilt. What fun we both worked on it.

Hunter