Last year the idea was born. It was about March. I posted a call for participants to set-up / join a Dear Jane Circle. No one was interested, so I joined the Dear Jane club in Zutphen. Lucky for me there were still some vacancies. So Mirjam (no blog) and I signed-up. Around May last year I received an e-mail from Juud, who was in the States at the time, asking me how much fabric she would need for the Dear Jane. Yes, she had changed her mind and wanted to make the Dear Jane quilt. A little later I even got an second e-mail asking if I would ask Gerda if she and her sister could join the Dear Jane club too. It still took another couple of months, but in September we had the first Dear Jane Circle. In February 2012, the group of Janiac’s has now grown to 8 members. Actually, it is only 7, as we have one SBS-er in our midst. Yes, that is Berna.
Saturday, we came together again in Ulft. Loved my drive to the country, to the outback of Netherlands. For people living in the Netherlands, it was a long drive, 1 hour and 15 minutes. If I continued driving a little longer I would in Germany!
LZ (Juud her sister) has a great home. Absolutely love this! Love the little Amish figurines and wooden thread spools.
A bunch of hyacinths. Did you know that this Dutch Hyacinth was so popular in the 18th century that over 2,000 cultivars were cultivated in the Netherlands. We are actually the chief commercial producer of this flower! This hyacinth has a single dense spike of fragrant flowers in shades of red, blue, white, orange, pink, violet, or yellow. I like the violet ones on the table!
My work basking in the sun.
What is wrong in this picture? Yes, I’ve done it again. I’ve sewn the block on wrong. The sashing should be on the right side of the block. You would nearly start to think I do it on purpose. The other Janiac’s had a good laugh, at my expense .
I love the feeling of laying out a finished block and the sense of accomplishment that comes with it. I don’t mind unpicking my work, if the end result isn’t quiet what I tried to achieve. I aspire to make it just perfect for me and so I ignore the kind words of fellow quilters who think it is perfect enough.
Look, I’ve sewn nine baby Jane’s together. It is starting to look like a quilt!
Next to fabric, the needle and thread, the seam ripper from Clover is fast becoming one of my favourite tools. Yes, ladies, I even have two! You didn’t know that, did you?
The next weeks, I’ll continue working on putting on the sashings on all the baby Jane’s I’ve done. Once I’ve done that I will start on my next block. This will most likely be F9.
Helen, the quiltmaker.