Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dear Patti






I finally finished my version of the "Dear Jane" quilt. I worked on it off and on for about four years.  I'd get tired of it, or find something else more urgent and this would get pushed to the back. 


My original intent was to use up a big rubber tote of scraps that I had acquired.  In the end, I didn't even put a dent in that tub.  It seemed the more I dug for fabric, the more it fluffed the fabric and that made it grow. 


The "Dear Jane" quilt was made in 1863 by Jane A. Stickle.   The quilt always fascinated me.  Her's had 225  blocks, mine has 221, and I didn't even count all the piano keys in the border.  


You can read more about the Dear Jane quilt here.


As of now, my intentions are to hand quilt this next winter.  I'm not against machine quilting, and that would be much easier.  But hand quilted, I think, would really add to the value of it.

8 comments:

Annie said...

It's beautiful!

Barb said...

This is sooooooooooooooooo awesome!!!!

twodraftmom said...

I'd love to see this in person. Have you considered joining the missourimriver quilt guild in Jeff? We meet the third thursdaynof every month with great show and tell and awesome speakers about every other month. Email me if you are interested. Claire

Zoey said...

Wow, look at all that work. It is beautiful! Congrats on finishing the top.

Anke said...

Oh my goodness, the quilt is stunning! You really outdid yourself with this one.

Teresa said...

I love your quilt!! You must be very proud to have it finished.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I am constantly amazed by those of you who make this quilt. It seems like such a long journey and I can't see the end so I never start. Not very smart but that's the way I think. I love that you put your name on it! blessings, marlene

Jane Massman said...

I'd let you make me a "Dear Jane" quilt!!!