Reconnecting with Dear Jane

I really can’t remember how I ran across the Dear Jane website ~ but I would assume it was when I was researching my family genealogy on the Stickles side over three years ago. Dear Jane is Jane Stickle…very close in name, and she made one of the most interesting quilts I’ve ever seen. I was fascinated by the small quilt blocks so I bought Brenda Papadakis' book and joined the Dear Jane mailing list.

I bought and traded Civil War reproduction fabrics and with the book’s patterns…I jumped right in. Then after a few blocks I realized I don’t know how to appliqué! How am I going to finish some of these blocks?

Below is my first attempt at appliquéing ~ 🙂 Don’t laugh. This is block A-3 Hunter’s Moon…and yes, I know that the material is not a reproduction fabric. And yes, I will be making this block again. Hopefully with much better results! LOL! I’m not going for perfection, as I’m not that great of a quilter, but I do want to do better than below.

A-3 Hunter's Moon

I finished 10 blocks ~ woowoo! LOL! Here they are in my webshot’s Dear Jane Album.

In May of 2006 I joined a wonderful group of quilters for the Dear Jane Gold Country quilting retreat at Tahoe City up at Lake Tahoe. I learned a lot from them…had lots of fun too. I need to get back in contact with them and try to go next year! I’ll always remember Reichel's help she gave me on appliquéing and just general help with quilting….and our “short” hike to the lake.

My dear friend, April, has so graciously pushed me back into the Dear Jane mailing list. Today I signed back up and later on I’ll dig out my fabric…maybe even hit the quilt store in search of more “precious” reproduction fat quarters…pull down the book from the shelf, and start anew on my Dear Jane.

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About sleepycathollow

I'm Michelle and live in Northern Nevada ~ beautiful mix of high desert and the Sierra. While I work at the University, I'd rather take pictures, play with fountain pensioned ink, garden, cook, craft and make quilts. :)
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3 Responses to Reconnecting with Dear Jane

  1. Michelle's Mom says:

    You best come over and go thru the REAL feed sack pieces that I have from your Grandma Mac and your Greatgrandma Chambers. I will have to do a little searching but I’m sure I have several odd pieces of them.
    Mom

  2. Wrong time period for this quilt…BUT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THOSE FEEDSACKS!

    I need reproductions in the 1850-1870 time period.

  3. aprilsatelier says:

    Hee hee, I hear you on the applique. I’m pretty lefthanded on that myself. If I wind up doing Thimbleberries for 2009, that’ll sure prod me along, though.

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