Monday, October 22, 2012

Dear Jane Quilt, Week 1

I have officially lost my mind and started a Dear Jane Quilt. I have been lusting after this quilt for years, and even started one once, but kind of lost my mojo. I totally got the bug again, and have set a semi-reasonable goal of 5 blocks a week. Which is totally doable, until I get to the appliqué blocks which will probably take at least a month each. I may be re-conceiving the goal at that point.

But for now, the results of Week 1!!!!  I have to say, I'm in love with my first 5 Dear Jane blocks. They're certainly not perfect, but I'm having fun and learning a lot as I go. Plus, they're just kind of delicious, so that's a bonus.



block A1

block A9

block A11

block B4

block B10


 Charting the progress . .  .  (man, this is a little daunting!)



Any words of encouragement, Interwebs?



Happy stitching!

Kelly

12 comments:

Phoebe said...

Go Kelly Go! This might inspire me to start my Farmer's Wife again. . .

Kelly said...

You totally should! Mutual encouragement! :-)

brownj6610 said...

Beautiful fabric selection for your blocks. And I love your blocks so far. Those appliqué blocks won't be so daunting when you get to them. Believe me.

Kelly said...

Thank you! I am a sucker for aqua and red together, and I love a sensible polka dot! ;-)

Holly said...

I too, have been wanting to make a Dear Jane quilt forever. I have had the book for a few years and I finally made my first block a few weeks ago....then I lost my mojo. So kudos for making 5!! That's great. You've just inspired me to go home and make block #2.

Tamie said...

I was about to say- get with Phoebe, after this weekend of course, and get her going again too.

Carla said...

I also started a Dear Jane quilt this year. I refer to it as my 'Dear Jane, what were you thinking?' quilt. The applique blocks are not as bad as you think. Hang in there! I am sure it will be worth it in the end. (But I have to say that or I would not be able to justify my own decision to start one, right?) I have made about 35 blocks so far. I am enjoying it and would have made more, but I switched to making handmade gifts in the lead-up to Christmas. Too many things I want to make, not enough time ...

Kelly said...

Thanks for the encouragement, ladies! Sounds like a lot of us are working up the gusto to try one of these sampler quilts, so let's start working on 'em together! Should we start a Flickr group for this little challenge?

K said...

I just joined a Dear Jane BOM...curious how much fabric you purchased to make yours? Mine is only reds and whites but I love the look of your modern DJ. Might have to try it sometime. Do you use the software too ?

Kelly Biscopink said...

@K - Those are all good questions and I have not so great answers. The book is really vague about fabric amounts, mostly because it's so scrappy. When I decided to do a mostly two-color DJ, it made my life a little easier. Basically I bought about 10 yards of the white/dot background fabric, and about the same of the blue. (Hint: I bought it in Paducah when the fabric was about $4 a yard!) The reds are just little scraps from my stash. I think I'll have enough, but it's really hard to tell at this point when I'm only about a quarter of the way there. I'm just trying to be careful... fingers crossed! I don't use the software because I'm a Mac girl, so I use the book to copy the patterns - I mostly paper piece. I'd love to hear more about your BOM!

Carol Sanin said...

GO FOR IT. I just got my CD in mail last week so I'm trying to get my MOJO to start.

Kelly Biscopink said...

Woohoo!!!! I love meeting fellow Janiacs! What fabrics are you using, Carol?