Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dear Jane Quilt

Hello! I haven't posted in so long. I thought I'd dust the old blog off today. I know a lot of people are on Instagram and other social media outlets and that's where a lot of the sharing happens but I really wanted to document my Dear Jane quilt here on my blog. 

I have wanted to make a Dear Jane quilt for so many years. Finally in June (2018) I started my Dear Jane quilt. I made a few blocks before I posted anything to Instagram because I really wasn't sure how it would go. But after making a few blocks I was hooked!!! 

I'm hand piecing, appliqueing and freezer paper piecing my blocks. I love changing up the techniques and working with some different colors and fabrics that I don't tend to use. 

I'm also mixing in some fabrics from my stash that I really love! It's a nice mix for me. I'm making my blocks in order, row by row. I know that if I were to skip around it would throw me off and I wouldn't feel as organized. I definitely need to be organized to complete this beautiful quilt! 

I use this resource from Susan Gatewood for the paper pieced blocks. It's been such a wonderful resource and I find I use it more than the actual book as far as templates go. I print, pick fabrics and prep a whole row at a time. Then I always have a block to work on very easily. 

I'm keeping my blocks in sandwich baggies labeled by row. I also have a chart that I've glued a scrap fabric used for each block. It's handy for picking fabrics.

I have three rows finished and row 4 prepped! I love having these little blocks (4.5" finished) to look forward to sewing. 

I took some time today to scan my blocks onto a grid on the computer. I did this for my Farmer's Wife quilt way back when. It's fun for me to see the blocks all together and I get a different perspective than when they are laid out on my floor. I absolutely LOVE this quilt so far! I'm filing them all under the hashtag #whynotsewdearjane On IG. 

Here is a list of resources I've used to help me on my Dear Jane journey.

Susan Gatewood - PDF's by row for all blocks

That Quilt - Anina makes all the blocks and gives tips along the way (also where I purchased my Dear Jane book, not sponsored..just price :)

Dear Jane - Official Site

Have you made a Dear Jane / Jane Stickle quilt? If not, is it on your list? 

Hope you all are well! 

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 


Jacque. said...

Hey good to see you! And, your Dear Jane quilt! It is going to be a beauty, that's for sure!!! I am so looking forward to watching your progress on this as I begin a similar journey...Bakers Dozen/Jen Kingwell design. Scary but exciting, yes? Your work is so precise and I love that you are so organized! Best wishes on this project. xo

Deb said...

I have the Dear Jane book...but too many other projects have my time instead of working on that. Yours looks wonderful and I'm sure it's very encouraging!
Good to see you on the blog! I just returned to my blog too. I think Instagram has become simpler for most people to keep up with. But I still enjoy blogging and keeping a record of things. Glad to see this beautiful quilt beginnings here.

Greta Flos said...

Your blocks are very beautiful and accurate!)))
I'm going to start my Dear Jane next month. Now I make some preparations, test blocks and choose fabrics)) Several blocks seem to be very hard to do, but I'm full of hope and resolve to make my best!))

amira said...

Hi Erin, I am so inspired by your progress. I have started way back in 2015 with only 2-3 blocks, and never really progressed. I love the idea of putting it in grid like that. So lovely to see your progress. Looking forward to see it progress further. Hopefully you'll keep blogging about it.

Maybe I'll try and restart mine sometime this year too...
kind regards,

Jackie said...

Thank you for sharing the link to Susan Gatewood! Your blocks look great!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Wow, Erin, I've read a lot of posts about Dear Jane and this is one of the best. Thank you for sharing how you are going to achieve and handle this huge project. Lots of great ideas! Your blocks to date are gorgeous!Happy Stitching!

Gretchen Weaver said...

When I made by Dear Jane, I made mine row by row too. After I sewed the blocks, I added the sashing and the row was complete! I sewed the rows together as I completed them. It really gave me ambition to keep going since I could see the quilt grow.

Your fabrics looks so nice. You're doing a great job. It takes many different techniques to piece this quilt. Happy stitching!



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