My Dear Jane Journey

Many years ago I started collecting Civil War reproduction fabrics in anticipation of beginning my very own Dear Jane (DJ) quilt. I knew then that it would be a once-in-a-lifetime project and likely might take that long to finish. Nevertheless, begin I did.

I can’t remember just when I started, and quickly had 13 blocks made. Then stuff happened and this one got shoved to the very back burner. For a long time, I was afraid the journey had ended.

In 2014, members of a guild I belong to mentioned that they have a small group that gets together once a month to work on Dear Jane quilts. Now’s my chance! Since then DJ has seen steady growth.

After today’s session, I’m glad to say that I have 69 of 169 center blocks completed. This photo is from the Electric Quilt Dear Jane software. (Note: The green plain blocks in the image are my way of keeping up with the block patterns that are printed and ready to be pieced.) I use this software to print paper-piecing and applique patterns as well as keep up with my progress.

Dear Jane progress

In case you’ve never seen the original Dear Jane quilt, this is it. The original was completed in 1863 by Jane A. Blakely Stickle.

DJ the original

I will update this blog periodically with progress. Until next time, take 15 minutes a day and do something quilt-y!