Oh Dear Jane, Wherefore Art Thou?

Did you know that "wherefore" means why, not where? So when Romeo was pining away he was being very philosophical - "Why do you exist" not "Where are you." I feel the same way about my Dear Jane.
My Dear Jane book and 3-ring binders.
There are three volumes -  two for the 4 1/2" blocks
and one for the border blocks.
I started this baby Jan. 14, 2003. Yes, that's 12 years ago!  I loved everything about Dear Jane - I loved the online community, I loved the book that didn't have instructions and I loved making the little blocks! I sewed and sewed and sewed!

Here's my first block. Yes, I journaled...
And isn't it cute that I kept swatches?
What on earth am I going to do with those???

Here's my last block. Evidently it took 1 year and 7 months to make all 169 blocks.
(Good thing I journaled or else I would never have remembered this fact!)
Here's one of the border blocks. I only did about 10 of those,
then I decided to just do plain triangles. The borders are really hard!
I do have the four corners done, however.
I even played with making a 3" Jane. Yikes!
Five blocks and I was done with that idea! I do like the colors though!
Then the blocks were done. And so was I. I just put the volumes on a shelf and was done. Now, I'm thinking I need to dust it off and get her pieced together. No one wants to inherit a bunch of falling-apart 3-ring binders - they want a quilt!

I have tons of regrets in my Dear Jane journey. None more than that I waited this long to think about finishing it! I don't like some of my color choices, and I'm sad that I decided to use colors randomly instead of in a gradation, like the original. I also regret the decision to stop making the border blocks, but at this point I'm not interested in finishing them. I have to Plan B the border. I'll come up with something that will be great!

I do have a great tip I learned from making a Baby Jane that I continue to use to this day:

Did you know you can cut off the binding of a paperback book and have it spiral bound?
This allows it to lay flat while you're making the quilt. (Take it to a copy shop to have this done.
It should only cost a few bucks.)

Comments

  1. I found my notebook the other day, so it is funny about you writing about yours. I have only a few blocks completed, but they were fun. I need to put it back on my to do list.

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    1. Good luck on finishing. It certainly is a distance run, not a sprint!

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  2. I love how you redit the book and had the plastic sleeves so you could keep the blocks in them. I have always loved that quilt, but it looks so intimidating. Your blocks look great, you should definitely put them together now that the hardest part is done.

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  3. I was just talking about my Dear Jane journey to a gf today. I haven't touched it for 3 years. It's ready to bind. I went gun-ho making the blocks in fits and starts. Foundation pieced on foundations that shrunk. And in the end, just to finish the outer triangles I even machine appliqued pieces on. 4 different background fabrics, and blocks ended up different sizes.

    It truly is a quilter's journey, and I wonder how Jane Stickle really managed it. It must have been love.

    Nice post. Thank you.

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  4. I was just talking about my Dear Jane journey to a gf today. I haven't touched it for 3 years. It's ready to bind. I went gun-ho making the blocks in fits and starts. Foundation pieced on foundations that shrunk. And in the end, just to finish the outer triangles I even machine appliqued pieces on. 4 different background fabrics, and blocks ended up different sizes.

    It truly is a quilter's journey, and I wonder how Jane Stickle really managed it. It must have been love.

    Nice post. Thank you.

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