Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Jane...that quilt!

Dear Jane....I have been working on this pretty steadily for the last two days, until now. Wow! These blocks are absorbing, fascinating...and fun! I have not been so jazzed up about a project for a long time, so I will have to pace myself and have a plan on how I am going to do this. I have a lot of work to do for my work and also for our home, so I have to kind of work Jane in around things and other quilts too.
A fun block...paper pieced.
Another paper pieced block...fun! I think there are about 40 pieces in this little 5 inch block. Excuse the threads, I usually trim them all at once when I have a bout of insomnia.
And another favorite!
Let me tell you a little about Jane (the quilt, not the person). She is a messy quilt!! See above...couldn't be me, it must be the quilt.

She(the quilt) is also a temptress!! She lures me in when I should be mopping and cleaning and working on my CCRN exam prep...the hoyden!

A little about Jane, the person...what a cool lady! The Stickle Quilt (Dear Jane) was made in war time. Now remember, no electric lights, no anything like the luxuries we have now. Jane was an amazingly talented lady it seems, and I am glad to be able to know her a little bit through her quilt. Weird that I have grasped hold of this all of a sudden...many years of looking at and admiring these quilts, and now at all at once I am off on my own Dear Jane journey.

Tallies so far:

Time spent: 8 hours, 40 minutes
Pieces: 209




Wishing you all a wonderful week! This project will probably be shown only when I have a row or something, otherwise all you will be snoring in your oatmeal.


Julie

32 comments:

katrien said...

Lovely your blocks for the DJ

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool little blocks!
Doesn't paper piecing make a mess!
Very excited to enjoy tagging along as you document this journey (so that I don't have to take it myself LOL)!

Amelia said...

Do you draw off your pattern - or - print it off on the computer?

Either way - some very pretty blocks.

ria vogelzang said...

I think we snore in our oatmeal allready....... ;))) ....!
What gorgeous little blocks and I totally agree with you; this quilt really holds your attention....!
Have fun!

Pat said...

Your Jane is coming along nicely. It is a beautiful quilt. I have a friend making it. She is about half way there. Good luck. I wish my attention span was longer!

A Garden of Threads said...

Looks wonderful, except for all that paper piecing. You know me and paper piecing do not mix well. Have a wonderful day and take care.

Sharon said...

WOW! You got a lot accomplished and they are all darling little blocks. I have always loved the Dear Jane blocks, but have not taken the time to start any. Have fun!

Monica said...

It's looking really good so far. I have a friend who pieced her Dear Jane in four months...crazy woman! And she didn't paper piece a single one!

Leeanne said...

Just lovely....it's tough going to keep the balance in our lives when a quilt is calling us!

Jerry R said...

Just finished my Dear Jane -- it took 2 years. I did it in honor of my son who joined the Air Force. It definitely is addicting. Keep up the good work

Miriam said...

Wow!! You have made quite a few blocks already! Dear Jane certainly is addictive.
Beautiful work!

Sue-Anne said...

You are going great guns with your Dear Jane. It sucks you in doesn't it. I like you, find it amazing how she made that quilt way back when. Just the maths to make each little block astounds me.

MJ said...

Beautifully aligned blocks! I know, I keep thinking the same thing about her as I make mine. Then I think, maybe we wouldn’t like her if we were to meet her today. She had to be awfully driven to accomplish that quilt with the tools of the time. Yikes!

Trisha said...

You are so disciplined to do them a row at a time. My sister and I bounce around and work on whatever we feel like. It looks wonderful so far. Are you using the book and the software?

AnnieO said...

I like what you've done so far! I should probably send you the Dear Jane ruler set I bought years ago on clearance somewhere. It has the triangle ruler and a small square ruler. I feel quite sure I will never make an Insane Jane quilt!

Sharon said...

What a project! I admire the perseverance it takes to finish a quilt top like this, keep giving us updates!

Lappetausa said...

I love paper foundation on these blocks! And looking at your project, I want to go back to mine, my DJ blocks have rested too long in the closet! Very nice work!!!

Lori said...

Looks how many youve made!! How fun! And they look terrific!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Love those who have patience for this wonderful quilt!

Jeanne said...

Looks like a wonderful start to a gorgeous quilt. Enjoy making your blocks and triangles.

Stephanie said...

You are going to town! Way to go, I think you will pass me soon. Steph (PS: Wednesday weigh-in starts today!)

Karen said...

It is so pretty, just not sure if I have a DJ in my future. I'll just enjoy yours and others.

*karendianne. said...

Fantastic!

Teresa said...

I have all the squares done on mine - now to the kites in the border. Your blocks look great!

Grethe said...

Really GOOD work done there,be proud :-). It looks stunning!! One day, when I have nothing else to do, I`ll start........ or may be an inbetween thing??
Happy Quilting!

Jan said...

Good for you on starting a Dear Jane journey! My journey lasted for 16 blocks and then I gave up on her. I didn't find the blocks to be fun, so I thought it was time to quit! I have a nice wall hanging though!!!!! Have fun!

Janet said...

Wow, you have the bug allright. I have a friend hand piecing these blocks and it terrifies me. Your method is more up my alley.

Quilt Monkey said...

Your DJ blocks are wonderful! You really took off with those! I am also working on a DJ quilt VERY slowly. But that's okay - for me it is a long term project to work on in between other projects. But it sure is satisfying when each new block is made. I can't wait to see your progress!

Becky said...

Beautiful blocks! It's great to read about your enthusiasm for this project. I too have admire the Dear Jane quilts for years. Please keep posting photos of your progress. Take care!

SheilaC said...

Congrats on your new project! Your blocks are beautiful!

SheilaC

Texan said...

I have wanted to start that quilt! I know for me it will be a very long time before I finish it LOL. But at some point yep want to start that quilt!!

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