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, April 29, 2011

Another 2 baby Jane’s under construction

Dear Jane,

I found time to trace the templates on Freezer paper. Cut out the little pieces and iron them on the fabric. Trace again along the templates and then draw the lines for a 1/4 inch seem allowance. Finally, cut the fabric and lay-out the pieces to be sewn together. This process is soothing for the soul and allows for a meditative moment - quality time. It allows me to dream. It also forces you to focus on constructing the puzzle of this baby Jane block and it allows you to reflect on the puzzle of life in general.  Jane, your quilt takes a combination of skill, patience, and creativity to make. I admire this in you. It is a test of perseverance.  

2011_04_27_DJ 2011_04_28_DJ

I’ll show the progress of constructing these babies in another post.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another Baby Jane done - G7

Dear Jane,

I was able to find some time to work on the G7. It was quiet a ponderous challenge this block.

2011_04_16_hortensias DJ

I’m going to try to finish the G8 this week. I should be able to manage this baby Jane quiet easily. With lots of admiration I’ll continue with this quilt. I’m glad that Brenda Papadakis found your quilt and took up the challenge to draft those tiny blocks. I too am now fascinated, but happy that I don’t have to do the math to figure-out how to construct this block. I’m in awe by the originality of design and the composition of this block. I’m learning lots of new skills and I want to thank you and Brenda.

There is also a European Dear Jane Club. You can join, if you click here. This club is planning a exhibit in 2013 in Brussels. I don’t live far from Brussels! It is only a 2 1/2 hours drive. I’m sure I will make the trip down south and admire the other Dear Jane’s.

My virtual wall isn’t up yet. Hope to get some help from hubby soon so that you can see my progress.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Monthly Dear Jane club – April

Zutphen is a lovely town especially in spring. 2011_04_08_DJclub


Having fun with the Dear Jane!!


G7 & G8

Dear Jane,

I’m getting ready for the DJ-club. Preparation is the essence! The Indianapolis block (G7) look so easy to construct but I now know differently. And according to some this isn’t even one of the hardest to make. Justin’s Comet (G8) looks a lot easier. IMG_3416 How did you think of adding this teeny weenie triangle to make this block into a square?

IMG_3417I must admit that cutting out the templates is tedious work and very time consuming. But the feeling when having figured out this puzzle and starting to construct the block is hard to describe. Perseverance is a trait that I keep having to face. Why is that? And why don’t I just walk away from a challenge? Jane, lots to think about. IMG_3418I absolutely love this fabric Judie Rothermel Civil War Honeycomb Gold from Marcus. Sadly not all the fabrics I’ve bought have a name.

IMG_3420I also love these. Can’t wait to use them in one of the baby DJ-blocks. IMG_3364Here are the G7 & G8 laid out. You also see something which you most probably don’t recognize. Between the blocks is a ‘soesje’ (cream puffy pastry). A pastry filled with cream. Absolutely delicious with a cup of coffee. I wonder did you sometimes allow yourself to have some cake while making this quilt. Did you have coffee or other refreshments?


IMG_3454It took me nearly two hours to finish the first quarter of this block! But the G7 does look nice for a centre block. Do follow my progress.

yours faithfully, Helen

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

starting on G7

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Dear Jane,

This is a tricky block, especially the teeny-weeny little triangles for in the corners of this block. On the longest side I don’t think I can measure more than 9mm’s. The two shorter sides measure 5mm. But I love a challenge, so I will give this block a go. It will be my second block.

I’m wonder why it was given the name Indianapolis. As I’m really curious, I thought I would Google the word.


This is what I found: during the American Civil War, Indianapolis, the state capital of Indiana, was a major base of support for the Union. The governor of Indiana, Oliver Hazard Perry Morton, was a major supporter of President Abraham Lincoln and he quickly made Indianapolis a rallying point for Union Army forces as they prepared to enter Confederate lands. To my surprise I even have some fat-eights that make a reference to the Union.


If I’m ever in Indianapolis I must visit the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum. My search brought me here and here. It might be information for high school kids, but I find it interesting too. Amazing what you learn when making this quilt.

Monday, April 4, 2011

More civil war fabrics!!

Today I picked up a parcel from the post office. The postman tried to deliver it last Friday but I wasn’t at home. After paying the tax I owed the Dutch Government, I got this parcel. IMG_3335

Could hardly contain myself, but I didn’t open the parcel till I got home. Don’t they look delicious?? I needed some extra yellow fabrics for the Dear Jane and got a little distracted by the Moda Civil War Reunion fat-eights bundle displayed on Hancock’s of Paducah website. So I ordered it all!!!


Here is a close-up of this Civil War Reunion bundle, designed by Barbara Brackman. I really can’t wait to use them.



Star Struck - G7

I think I choose an appropriate first block to make. I’m star struck too!!


At the pace I’m going, one block in 4 weeks, this quilt will be finished in 8 years. I think I should try to increase my pace and make two blocks coming 4 weeks. Just need to set my mind to it and plan some time slots in my agenda Wink.

Here you see the block being constructed.


I’m guessing this is one of the more easy blocks. I’m starting to admire Jane Stickle already for designing and making this quilt in an era when they didn’t have the notions we have now.

I’m going to start now on the centre block – G8.