So many people have asked to see my Dear Jane quilt, so of course I'm happy to oblige! This picture was taken a few years ago in my dining room, it's always hanging on the wall in there. I actually have to move the furniture out to get a good shot.
I'm making another one (I know, I've lost my mind), this time in 30's prints, I won't tackle the triangles this time, I'm going to set the blocks on point with setting squares inbetween. I am also changing the way I'm making some of the blocks. When I first took this project on, I think it must have been 1998, although I had a few years of quilting under my belt, I really was not very experienced at all, and I had no idea that this was really an advanced project. Maybe if I had more experience I would never have taken it on?
I actually purchased the book while on quilt camp, and I didn't realise that it was an actual quilt, I really just thought it was a book with a series of little blocks. I made a few of them up, and became hooked on them, and ended up over a period of about 2.5 years making the quilt. If a block was the least bit tricky, I hand pieced it. I just didn't know any other way of working with y seams etc. Now, obviously I wouldn't have that fear of the more difficult blocks. My friend Linda from the US, she and I exchanged a number of blocks. That was super fun. She also sent me many of the fabrics that are featured in the quilt. I was lucky enough to see her DJ for the first time when I visited with her in April/May. Last time I was there, I'm not sure that either of us had finished our quilts.
My favourite block is M3 - Fireweed Flower. I made that one for myself and for Linda. I really loved making it, and it's so pretty. My least favourite is L10 - Nan's Naiad. It's just a really hard one to put together. I remember I was so bent over my sewing machine that I got my hair a little tangled in the thread take up lever.
I have pictures of all the individual blocks, so if anyone is interested, at a later date I can post pictures of some of the blocks by themselves. It's fun looking at all the different fabrics and stuff. I often go into the dining room just to pet the quilt. There are a lot of great memories there :-)