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  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

G5 - Poof

Dear Jane,

I’m a little late with this letter. Last week Monday I sorted out which fabric I wanted to use for the next 4 blocks and I completed G5 – Poof.

I find appliqué hard. I’m not completely satisfied with the end result so I’ve decided to do a class on appliqué techniques in Houston in November. I thought I enrolled in two but it is this one: ‘the A word – Appliqué for beginners’. Hopefully my skill-level will improve while going along. This is the reason I like your quilt, you challenge me. Although, I’m going at a snail pace, I’m enjoying the journey. You are teaching me so much. You have combined so many techniques and while making the baby Jane’s you are confronted with so many different skill levels. You really should not be a novice quilter when starting on this quilt. Some hand piecing experience does come in handy. I appreciate my teacher, Aagje, more and more every time I complete a block.

Here is a wall picture of ‘G5 – Poof’.


Here is a close-up

IMG_6148   Warm regards, Helen

PS. I’ve finally decided upon the sashings!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Deanie’s Daisies – F6 – done!

Dear Jane,

As mentioned in my previous post, I intended to piece F6 this afternoon. And look, I did.


I found the appliqué of the daisies a little difficult. Not completely satisfied with the result, but it will have to do. Here is a close-up.


I now can start selecting the fabrics for the next four blocks. I’m going to do E7 – Bread Basket, G9 – Mary’s Journey, I7 – Mac and Muff and G5 – Poof. I was under the presumption that you had thought of the names for these baby Jane’s, but now I know that pupils of Brenda Papadakis gave your baby Jane blocks a name.

Hoping that these blocks will be a little less challenging. But before I can start piecing I first have to cut out the templates on Freezer paper and iron them on the fabric. Yes, I'm using the paper-piecing method. 

I’m still wondering when you found the time to piece them. I also wonder whether you did all this during the day or pieced in the evenings under candle light. I know Michael Faraday discovered the fundamental principles of electricity generation during the 1820s and early 1830s. This was before the Civil War. However electricity wasn’t generated by central stations before 1881. This means you used something else for light, unless you pieced during the day, which I find hard to believe. So how were you able to be so precise in your designs and stitchery? What kind of light source did you use?

I bought myself a table magnifying lamp from Daylight TM . Yes, I’m preparing myself for the dark autumn evenings, but the magnifying lens has proven its worth while appliquéing the daisies.

I’m a little late in showing what I’ve done this month. Normally I would post around the 5th of each month. But here are the other baby Jane’s.




Hoping to keep up this pace during August.

Warm regards,

Helen, the Quiltmaker

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Read an interview with the first Janiac.

You can read a interview with Brenda Papadakis here. Enjoy! As you all know she is the author of the Dear Jane book. The first Janiac. This book inspired me to start on this journey. I agree with Brenda, “There is so much to be learned in making this quilt, and all the techniques can be applied to other quilts as well”. It is a real challenge, but one I’m sure to conquer.

If you have some more time on your hands, check out this slideshow.

I too finished another baby Jane this week.


Warm regards, Helen