Dear Jane has outgrown her bin. I’ve gathered all her papers, books, patterns, and other needed supplies into a small suitcase. Now that she is contained, I can work on her in spare moments. Patterns for forty more blocks have been printed. I’ve been searching my stash to find fabric that is similar in style to the Fabric that Jane Stickle used.
Last weekend, I finished most of row D. I had intended to make the blocks from the center out, but changed my mind and worked on a row. Row D will go across the top of the center blocks. All the finished blocks have been hand quilted and bound. The quilting is minimal. Just enough to hold the block together. After all, it is only 4 1/2″ square. It doesn’t need much quilting. There is only 20″ of binding to tack down.
I’m so glad that I bought the Dear Jane EQ CD. The CD has tips on how to piece the blocks. Most of the time, I follow the instructions, but there are times when it’s easier to paper piece the block or make half square triangles with a Tucker Trimer. The appliques are small with gentle curves. It’s good practice for when I get back to the flower garden wall hanging. The CD is easy to use. It has similar files to other EQ programs. The instruction book is very helpful.
I still remember saying that I would never make a Dear Jane quilt. There were too many small blocks. It was a copy of another person’s quilt. How very boring. Now I find that it is a lot of fun making each block and seeing the pile of little blocks add up. I’m glad that I went to the Dear Jane club just to see what was going on.
There are 169 center blocks ( 13 X 13) and 112 border triangles in the Dear Jane quilt. Jane Stickle had embroidered “5602 pieces” on a corner of the quilt. I have finished 30 blocks. There is a long way to go.
Have a great day and happy quilting.