So to a post...
While at the recent Craft and Quilt show in Sydney, I loved several of the quilts called "Dear Jane Quilts". They were new to me but having done a little research now, I realise they are not new to quilters. You can see the original quilt that inspired all Dear Jane Quilts here. It was made by Jane Stickle during the American Civil War. She signed her quilt "In War Time 1863." It is an amazing quilt of 169 4 1/2 inch blocks surrounded by fifty-two 8"x5" triangles and four corner triangles.
Many quilts have been made that replicate each block and each triangle. They are truly breath-taking.
So here's the plan:
This project won't be about replicating Jane Stickle's quilt block for block. It is more about the inspiration - 169 little squares, all stitched together, with some yet to be determined triangular border. Let's think of it more as an email to Jane - not as formal as a letter but certainly more effort than a text.
I'm going to commit to one block a fortnight. So not including the borders or quilting, it's going to take me 6 1/2 years!! I'm not going to get overwhelmed by that, being the person who wants to turn around most sewing projects in an evening. This is about the journey as much as the destination. Stay tuned though. If all goes well, I may push myself to one block a week - then I'll have this quilt made in a flash. OK - let's revise that, 3 1/4 years.
I am not going to buy anything new for the top of the quilt. I have four huge bins of scraps that are too small for larger projects but I can't bare to throw out. This quilt will also be about preserving all the fabrics I have chosen for my children's cloths and the gifts I have made as well. It may also be a little bit about raiding my Mum's rather large fabric collection.
Mum is coming along for the ride. I was going to say she will match me block for block, but in reality she will be stitching me in circles. She will be my inspiration and font of all knowledge. Mum says she knows her limitations and will make her blocks 6 1/2 inches finished. I am blissfully oblivious to my limitations, so I am going to stick to the original 4 1/2 inches.
I don't have the skills to run a Sew Along but if you would like to sew along we would love you to join us. I will post a picture and name of the block we are doing each fortnight. If I can find a link to a tutorial describing how to make the block, I will also post that too. At the end of the fortnight, I will post some photos of the blocks Mum and I made. If you would like to email me photos of your blocks I will post those as well or you are very welcome to link to the post.
So for the first block - I feel like there should be a drum roll...
Block 1 Ohio Star
(It seems appropriate for July 4th)
(I don't need luck - I've got Mum!!!)