Over the past few years I have toyed with the idea of making a Dear Jane quilt, visiting blog sites to read about other quilters progress, taking in a few quilt shows with Dear Jane as the featured quilt or theme and I have collected some photos of some favorite colorways I even mentioned it on this blog and then recently I bought the book by Brenda Papadakis, while recovering the latest upset with my old ticker. (a link to my first post about Dear Jane is at the end of this post).
Now some of you may be asking what is a Dear Jane Quilt? While others are shaking their heads thinking oh no, what is she thinking.
Quite simply a Dear Jane quilt is a quiltmakers journey (nightmare) with 169 blocks, 52 pieced triangles, 4 corner kites and a total of 5602 pieces. Yes you read that right there are 5602 pieces in this quilt and no two blocks are the same.
I decided I need a new challenge and I want to make a quilt that will eventually find a place in my home, so this year I am going to begin a Dear Jane journey. I expect this journey will take me years to complete! I will be piecing each block by hand using standard piecing techniques, and I will quilt it by hand as well.
I am not going to run out and buy new fabric for a specific colorway which by the way can look fabulous, like the purple Jane in the photo above but after a recent sorting through my fabric stash bins I'm going to use the fabrics I have on hand.
|fabric bin 1 of 2|
To see some beautiful color combinations of the Dear Jane Quilt check out this site: http://floatingonaquiltedcloud.blogspot.com/2013/07/vermont-quilt-festival-dear-jane-exhibit.html
So what do your think, am I crazy?
Will this quilt is finally become a reality? I guess you will have to check back every now and then to check my progress.
Check out this site for everything Dear Jane: http://www.dearjane.com/
Here is my first post about Dear Jane