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  

Saturday, January 14, 2012

E8 & F5 completed

Dear Jane,

I wonder what kept you busy besides completing this awesome quilt of yours. Did you get hot and flustered about grocery shopping? Or were you self producing? Did you have your own chickens rooming around? Did you have your own vegetable patch? I read some where that you were a boarder, but if I remember correctly that was at the end of your life, and not while you were making this quilt. While you were working on the Dear Jane, did you find time for cleaning and cooking? So many questions and so few answers. It is really sad that you didn’t keep a diary. I’m sure that a lot of other Janiacs are also curious about your life.

I’m writing this letter (post) in stages as I do have to do some grocery shopping. I like to get there early, when it is still quiet and only a few people are walking around with their carts. It is the best time. As it is winter, it is dark when I drive to the super market and when I’m done it is light. I’m back from the super market and sitting behind my PC to finish this letter.

Last week not much has been happening except that I found some time to make some more babies. Yes, that is what we call those little blocks of yours. Look how many I have finished so far.

Dear Jane blocks 4 virtual wall

These are the three I completed last week.

E6 – Michelle’s Medley

IMG_7819_E6_Michelle's Medley

E8 – Mama’s Maze

IMG_7842_E8-Mama's Maze

E5 - Parcheesi

IMG_7863_F5-Parcheesi I’m doing a pink journey at the moment. That is another thing I ponder on. Did you work from the centre outwards to complete the Dear Jane or did you do all the blocks in random order and pieced them together after piecing all 225 blocks?

Writing to you is a nice distraction but I have to do another chore. I have to finish writing a research paper that I’ve been working on for some time. The manuscript has been reviewed by two peer reviewers and we received there comments and we are asked to make some revisions. I’m working towards a deadline as we are resubmitting the manuscript end of this month. Lucky for me, writing to you helps me get into my English state.

If all goes well, I hope to be piecing the sashings this afternoon. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Warm regards,

Helen, the quiltmaker

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

E6 – Michelle’s Medley is done

Dear Jane,

Another baby is made. Or should I say completed?


I made some alterations to the design that is posted in the book (as well in the Dear Jane Quilt design software). It is a replica of the one you designed. At least I hope it is, as it is a copy of the block posted in the book on your quilt.


What do you think? Does it look like the one you made? I guess not completely as you used striped fabric Embarrassed. Still, I think it turned out looking pretty similar. I did a good job of the tiny centre square and the appliqué of the tiny outer squares.

As I’m homebound, due to this nasty middle ear infection, I’ve decided to cut my next baby – E8 - Mama’s Maze – between sleeps. The piecing is very relaxing.

Warm regards, Helen, the quiltmaker

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

D7 – Meeting place

Dear Jane,

Well this will surprise you I’m sure. I’ve finished another baby Jane! This one only took me 2,5 hours to complete. Impressive isn’t it. I’m so glad you finally designed an easy block.


As you can see in the collage above I naturally made a little mistake, which was quickly altered.  

IMG_7775 It is definitely a beauty. Juud provided the fabric. It is lovely, isn’t it? As I was on a roll I decided to cut the templates for the next block.

2012_01_031This block will be a little more challenging. Decided to do E6 – Michelle’s Medley next. It is also a teaser. The block in the book doesn’t look like the template, although the template is exactly the same as the template from the Dear Jane Quilt Design Software. I guess I will stick to the template. Have you noticed this discrepancy?  How did you do it? Must check out your original quilt. Looking at this picture of your quilt I see the block is similar to the one in the book.


Grrrr, what am I going to do? Well I’ll sleep on it. Jane, thanks for another enjoyable evening.

Helen, the quiltmaker.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

E7 – Bread Basket

Dear Jane,

I wonder what you did on new years eve and on new years day. Did you finish a baby Jane like I did? Or did you do other things like visit your family? But maybe I’m presumptuous to think that during the American Civil War (1861–1865) they saw this as a special moment. A little web search shows that ‘The young soldier’s reverie was interrupted at midnight by distant cheers and a burst of music from the regimental band’.

Here is a picture of my baby Jane.


I found this one to be quite tedious. If I counted correctly this block consists of 39 pieces, making this another 4.5 by 4.5 inch block. I’m pondering on what made you choose to make this quilt with such small blocks. I also wonder how many pieces will I have sewn together once this quilt is completed. Maybe I should think less, keep calm and carry on.

Yesterday I finally made time to cut some sashings.




I’ve cut 100 sashings 1" X 5 " for the right side of each block and than cut 100 sashings 1" X 5 1/2" for the bottom of a block. On another day I will cut the remaining 69 of each sashings. I think it will take some time before I’ve sewn all 200 sashings on the baby Jane’s. Jane, how did you do this? Did you first sew all the blocks and then sew on the sashings or did you sew de sashings after finishing another route? It really is a shame that you didn’t document your progress.

I’ve finally finished my second route. A nice way to end 2011, giving me the chance to start on the third route in this new year, 2012. I won’t be setting any goals for 2012 regarding the Dear Jane. I’ll just enjoy the pace I’m able to achieve in my little busy life.

“Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.” ~Donald Miller

For those other Janiacs out there. May 2012 be the best one yet. Remember - if you do not dream, you cannot have passion. Make your dreams come true. Do not let anything get in the way. Not even your apprehensions. Happy 2012.

Helen, the quiltmaker