On this blog you can find my ramblings about the baby Dear Jane's® (all 225 patterns).

I will regularly post a picture about the ‘babies’ that have been constructed. Each block is unique and belong to its maker, Jane A. Stickle, they are all derived from the original ‘mother’ quilt:

‘In War Times 1863 Pieces 5602 Jane A. Stickle’.

Dear Jane® Progress

Dear Jane Status

  A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 A-5 A-6 A-7 A-8 A-9 A-10 A-11 A-12 A-13  
  B-1 B-2 B-3 B-4 B-5 B-6 B-7 B-8 B-9 B-10 B-11 B-12 B-13  
  C-1 C-2 C-3 C-4 C-5 C-6 C-7 C-8 C-9 C-10 C-11 C-12 C-13  
  D-1 C-2 D-3 D-4 D-5 D-6 D-8 D-9 D-10 D-11 D-12 D-13  
  E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5 E-9 E-10 E-11 E-12 E-13  
  F-1 F-2 F-3 F-4 F-10 F-11 F-12 F-13  
  G-1 G-2 G-3 G-4 G-11 G-12 G-13  
  H-1 H-2 H-3 H-4 H-5 H-9 H-10 H-11 H-12 H-13  
  I-1 I-2 I-3 I-4 I-5 I-6 I-8 I-9 I-10 I-11 I-12 I-13  
  J-1 J-2 J-3 J-4 J-5 J-6 J-7 J-8 J-9 J-10 J-11 J-12 J-13  
  K-1 K-2 K-3 K-4 K-5 K-6 K-7 K-8 K-9 K-10 K-11 K-12 K-13  
  L-1 L-2 L-3 L-4 L-5 L-6 L-7 L-8 L-9 L-10 L-11 L-12 L-13  
  M-1 M-2 M-3 M-4 M-5 M-6 M-7 M-8 M-9 M-10 M-11 M-12 M-13  

Friday, March 18, 2011

More civil war fabrics

Look what I got!! There are definitely some nice quilters out there. Cathi gave me these. No not the book, but the civil war repros! Cathi, thanks so much. I do hope my DJ will turn out just as nice as the one you made. If you are curious, go to her blog to admire the Dear Jane she made. Cathi even won some prizes/awards for this quilt.


I’ve started with this book. Need to feed my curiosity about the civil war era. If you have any (reading) suggestions. Love to hear about them.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dear Jane club

The day has finally come so that I could meet the other Dear Jane club members. I’ve also started on my first block - F7. Only 224 to go!!!

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Things I learned today: 1. come prepared; 2. there are routes you can undertake when making the Dear Jane (will have to check this out); 3. there are rules, and 4. a quicker walk from where I parked the car to Petra Prins Quilt shop.

Each block contains its own pattern pieces. I had to trace the blocks on freezer paper. Then cut the paper pattern pieces apart and iron the freezer paper patterns onto the wrong side of the fabric. I did all that at DJ-Club. Then I had to trace the pattern onto the fabric with a pencil and draw a 1/4 inch seam allowance lines. Finally I was able to cut the fabric pieces along the seam lines. Well this is how far I got today! Not very far you would say. I think the journey will be a long one!!  It seems that other club members have been at it for a long time too.

Naturally, I always forget something. This time I forgot to trace the centre block. Will have to do this sometime this weekend. When this is done I can finally start hand piecing the pieces together. With the Dear Jane quilt design software you can print out the instruction sheet so that you don’t have to think yourself which way to divide the pattern into sections for easy construction. Why make your live difficult, if it can be easy.

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Like most new DJ-ers I too wonder which blocks to start with?   New DJ-ers often ask this question according to Brenda ...some members start with A-1 and work their way systematically to M-13.  However, the general consensus from the list members is to start with some of the "easier" blocks and as you gain skills and confidence, proceed to some of the more challenging blocks.  Suggested pieced blocks to start with:  M-10, A-6, A-8, B-13, D-13   Appliqué blocks to start with: D-3, C-9, B-1, E-10 (the background is pieced, but this is a good place to start practicing your "melons")

I would love to read more about the ‘routes’ you can take to piece the blocks together. So please let me know where I can find more information online. Just leave a note.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New header

Thank you, Heleni, Annelies B, Debby, Conny, Carol G, Klaske & Bietje. As you can see a new header has been put up. I think I agree with you guys, a little colour makes all the difference. Tomorrow morning I need to pack my bag with all my DJ stuff. Hopefully I won’t forget anything. Can’t wait to meet the other quilters at the Dear Jane club.

Hopefully I can finally show something !!!

Question – which header do you prefer?

I can’t decide!! I’m not completely content with the header of this blog.

What do you think of this one?

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Or should I just add this one?

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Would love to hear your opinion’s. You know where to leave your comments. I would also love to hear your creative suggestions to jazz it up a little more.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dear Jane & international Women’s Day

I didn’t expect to get so many reactions on my new blog. I get real joy when I receive an email from you, you know who you are. A personal reply is on its was.

Thanks for your encouragement. Looking forward to this journey. So far, I’m only becoming more enthusiast. Not only learning how to sew these blocks but also learning more about this period in our history.

There really are a lots of Dear Jane fans out there. It amazes me how many have made this quilt and are making it at the moment. It is fantastic to know that some of you live nearby, in the Netherlands. I’m contemplating whether I will also join a virtual DJ circle. It is hard to curb my enthusiasm.

If you are busy with the Dear Jane and would like some help, go to these tutorials. Thanks Conny for directing me to this site. With the manual (which you can buy here) & these tutorials I should be able to manage.

Last night I was reading the book ‘the Civil War Sewing Circle’ by Kathleen Tracy. imageI learned a little more about the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Many women were drawn to this  movement because at that time women weren’t allowed to own property, were denied child custody, and had no legal recourse for abusive drunk husbands. This moment set the stage for many to become involved in women’s rights, giving a kick-off to the feminism movement. Starting in the 19th century, feminism tended to arise in what we now refer to as waves, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom. First-wave feminism sought equality in property rights, changes in the marriage relationship, and, eventually, in women's suffrage, or women's right to vote. Second-wave feminism, also sometimes called women's liberation, began in the 1960s and focused on discrimination and on cultural, social, and political issues. Third-wave feminism began in the 1980s or early 1990s and addresses feminism across class and race lines.

To learn that quilt circles formed the basis of feminism is something, I gather, few know.

Tomorrow it is international Women’s Day. So make a difference, make everyday International Women's Day. Will you play your part to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding? I think it is great to learn that this al started through ‘quiltings’. Through these circles women became involved & participate in their local communities.

On a side note: here is the definition of temperance: moderation in action, thought, or feeling. I love the character Dr. Temperance ''Bones'' Brennan. I know wonder if there is a particular reason for having given this character this name. Might it be, that you can only take her in moderation Smug? I love surfing the internet, you learn so many new things. Will continue seeking more knowledge about the ‘Dear Jane’ quilt and this era. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fabric washed and ironed

This weekend I washed and ironed my stash for the Dear Jane quilt.

2011_03_05_DJ fabricsThe software was uploaded onto my computer. Luckily, I have time this week to check this out.IMG_2542I think I should make an effort to have one block ready to be sewn during the Dear Jane club. I will be cutting into this fabric. I love this background fabric.

IMG_2601 I don’t yet know which block I will start on. Maybe I should go for the easiest one!! But which one is thatThinking???

I’m not the only one who seems to love Civil War reproductions!IMG_2706While waiting for the iron to warm up, I left the fat quarters on the bed. It always surprises me, that Teddy knows where he should be.

From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surmise her thoughts. ~ Honore de Balzac


The place where Jane A. Stickle was born, lived her married life and died. It is here she designed, sewed and quilted her quilt during the four years of the American Civil War ((1861–1865).

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If you want to know a little more about this town, visit this site here. I think Shaftsbury is a wondrous place to visit. I hope to go one day. Who knows maybe rent a cabin in  Shaftsbury State Park and work on my Dear Jane quilt.