Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Journey With the Jane Stickle Quilt

Many of you have asked for more information on my Jane Stickle quilt. I was intrigued by this quilt the first time I saw the book which would have been early 1997. I picked it up, looked at it, then put it back down. How could I possibly even think about doing this quilt?! I must have went back a couple of days later and took the plunge. I had no idea then that it would be a 14+ year project!!
I found a small online support group for a few other people who were going to do this quilt. I have the email from SadieRose that the list started Feb 15, 1997 with 17 members!
I made mine in the way of Jane Stickle also doing the around the world colors with the center block being the green one that reminds me of a shamrock.  On Sept 5, 1998 I had one more triangle to make. My book is all written over with wonderful notes about where I was or what was happening when I pieced that block. We did a lot of fabric swapping and I also jotted down who I got the fabric from. It was a lot of fun to revisit my notes.
As I show close ups please remember the name of my blog is Humble Quilts! Old quilts are humble and hardly ever perfect.
I love the pink squiggly fabric. How 'bout the pink cotton bolls?I still have some of that left in brown! Wow, it is really old huh?
I like the way my block was too big so I just sewed it anyway! I do love that fabric.
Even the ugly fabrics fit into the quilt so well! Again, really great applique! LOL
When I made my quilt there wasn't any special rulers, CD's, or computer programs. I made a grid on Word and stuck little swatches of block fabric on it so I could keep track.

I did find another email that said I wanted to have it quilted within a year of finishing the top.... September 1998- January 2011 is a little more than a year.....

Thanks for coming along with me to revisit my Jane Stickle quilt.

59 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Word!!! It's absolutely stunning, Lori. Humble!?! You are humble; the quilt is legendary! My top is completed, and I'm very afraid it'll take me 10 years or more to quilt it (based on my rate of hand quilting other quilts! :-D) -- but yours inspires me. Might be time to at least assemble the backing and get her basted. Just in case I can't resist! :-)
    Blessings,
    Mary Lou

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  2. Amazing... just amazing! How pround you must be of the quilt top... and oh, the memories!

    I would love to do a Jane Stickle quilt some day... but that will have to be after I retire.

    Congratulations on your incredible quilt!

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  3. ...PROUD... not pround...

    *lol*


    Haven't finished my first cuppa coffee yet and you can tell!

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  4. OMG it is beyond amazing! What a journey! What a treasure!

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  5. I am in awe of anyone who finishes a Jane S. quilt...I bought the book the same year it came out and made about half the blocks. I ended up using them in other projects or giving them to quilters who, like you, finish quilts!

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  6. Your quilt looks stunning. Please don't diminish your work by trying to point out imperfections - it is perfect - you humble gal! Congratulations, I love it.

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  7. what a beautiful Jane !!!
    You can be very proud !! :)

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  8. Your Dear Jane is wonderful! It's fun that you made notes and can look back on what was going on, etc. It's quite an accomplishment to finish a DJ.

    Congrats on the winning of the book and charms. When I first saw that book I thought of you. It was meant to be yours? :)

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  9. It is just wonderful Lori. I am just beginning my journey with Jane, and you've given me a ton of inspiration that someday I'll have this beauty finished too. Congratulations on a most beautiful quilt.

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  10. It's beautiful and as you well know, those little imperfections aren't going to be noticed by anyone but you! I give you lots of credit for sticking with it and finishing!

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  11. What an amazing quilt and journey! I think it is neat that you have a "diary" to go along with it. It is gorgeous!!!

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  12. Hi Lori
    Congratulations on finishing your Jane Stickle quilt! ("Another one bites the dust").
    I took a class from Brenda Papadakis (sp?), the author of the Dear Jane book, who said "finished is better than perfect". I live by that motto!
    Take care!
    Vicky F

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  13. What a wonderful journey it has been for you. I am sure you have also learned a lot along the way.

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  14. Your Jane Stickle quilt is gorgeous! I am so glad you posted it. I haven't even started mine yet and since I'm moving into the sunset years, I'm figuring mine won't be done until I'm truly ancient! LOL I do want to start it though, but I don't have anyone local to start with me and I would really love that. Online groups are nice, but it would be more motivational for me to have someone in my local area. There probably is, but I just don't know of any.

    Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous quilt! What a treasure!

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  15. What an accomplishment! It must really feel good to be almost finished with it. It was so neat that you were able to get fabrics from other people in your support group too. I will have to think long and hard before starting that amazing quilt.

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  16. Oh Lori it's stunning. Thank you so much for sharing your Dear Jane Journey with us.

    Seven years ago I was ready to start my DJ Journey but ............ :-)

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  17. The quilt is just too precious. I have stared at it too but know in my heart I would never get it done. I stared at a couple of other ones - Baltimore Albums for one but I guess I have too many hobbies :)

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  18. It's just beautiful, Lori! What a long labor of love. So worth it!

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  19. I can't believe you got all the blocks done in little over a year and a half. Wow. Who cares how long it takes as long as you still like it in the end.

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  20. I am filled with admiration for your tenacity. It is spectacular.

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  21. Oh, my! I am humbled by your experience. I wish I had the stick- to-it-iveness to start let alone finish a quilt like that. Beautiful!!

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  22. Congratulations for finishing this wonderful quilt, you can be very proud. XOXO

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  23. WOW! WOW! WOW! Absolutely stunning!! This is a quilt that will be treasured for generations!! Well done...bring out those blue rosette ribbons!!
    Paulette

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  24. What an accomplishment! You have made a wonderful quilt. Anyone of us who be proud to have completed such a large and complicated project. Beautiful!

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  25. I love the look of your quilts, they look so primitive.
    I want to do more big quilts, just need to finish up some of the old ones first.

    Debbie

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  26. How fantastic to have kept such a record of your Journey with Jane! It is a treasure too. I think your quilt looks absolutely beautiful. Despite knocking your own applique, I can't see anything that detracts from the quilt at all! Love all the quirky and wonderful fabrics. Glad you're getting to the end of this journey!

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  27. Your DJ is just adorable! And I enjoyed to reading of your journey with it. I started my DJ journey in April 2008... I have also written a 'diary'. Afterwards it helps you remember all things that has happen during the long journey.

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  28. What a fun post! You did a wonderful job. It's so much fun to look back at the fabrics we used, see our favorites again, and remember what we were doing while we worked on the quilt - especially with your notes! Beautiful job!!!

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  29. Lori, I love your Dear Jane. I started mine two years ago. I have a little over half the blocks finished. I knew from the start this would be a long-term project with no specific deadline. I tend to work on it for awhile then put it away. Now that I have my Civil War Tribute BOM complete, I think I'll get acquainted with Jane again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. It is so beautiful! I admire what you've done and you inspire me to get back to work on mine. I would love to be able to accomplish what you have accomplished.

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  31. If anyone comments on it not being perfect, ask if they are. WOW, this is an amazing journey in the quilt world, not for the masses. Congrats on such a beautiful project, it will bring you so many more years of enjoyment once it's finished. And great win, perfect book for you.

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  32. Thanks Lori for taking us on your DJ trip. I've seen Jill's book and it's an amazing accomplishment, no matter how long it takes!
    I love it = and I'm a little jealous :)

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  33. A Dear Jane quilt is one you can revisit any day of any year...timeless and beautiful. And such an accomplishment to have it finished.

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  34. Thanks for talking us through your DJ journey. I started mine 9 years ago and only have 33 blocks made. Too many other projects kept grabbing my attention . Hopefully one day I will get back to it.

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  35. I enjoyed your story, Lori. What lovely memories. Your quilt is beautiful.

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  36. Quite an undertaking. With my quilter's ADD, I don't think I could have finished it. Hooray for you.

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  37. The DJ quilt is THE quilt! If you've done it you can do any quilt!

    I am inspired by your 'stick to it' attitude. An amazing DJ journey.

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  38. Oh my gosh Lori, beautiful! This is truly the most amazing quilt top I have ever seen. Thank you so much for posting this lovely picture of your work. You must be very proud.

    Carolyn :)

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  39. Really enjoyed hearing about your journey with Jane - absolutely incredible and thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  40. Oh my, this is so, so cool, Lori! I love how you mention the notes in your book, and the fabrics. I noticed a few fabrics in your pictures that I still have that I consider "nearly antiques." So wonderful that you are now revisiting this quilt, and your version is just amazing.

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  41. Wonderful fabrics, and it really is stunning Lori! What a great idea to keep a journal of the journey.

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  42. Oh Lori, it's just so beautiful. Really, really lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. It is just fantastic! It is so cool that you kept all those notes, makes the project so much more special.

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  44. Oh Lori! It is absolutely wonderful! I love some of those old fabrics you have in it! Wonder if mine will ever be that far along!

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  45. i think your Jane quilt is amazing and sometimes good things take more time to come to fruition . . . this one's as much about the "journey" as the finish and good for you to have documented it as you went along~!!~

    i recognise (and even still have) some of those fabrics~!

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  46. I love this post. I just blogged about a quilt that I started in 1997 so it's nice to know there are others out there posting about the "journey". It is so wonderful to know the stories behind the quilts. I will probably never do a Jane Stickle so I rejoice with you in your accomplishment!!

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  47. You just didn't want it to end did you? It's a real treat to see your quilt and to be hand quilting it is so inspirational. I love how you point out the parts that make it hand made and more interesting to look at. Crack open the champagne when you've finished.

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  48. First of all, anyone with a completed Dear Jane quilt does not have to apologize for it! (I'd ask any Quilt Police that dare criticize "so, how many have YOU made?")

    Congratulations on sticking with it and now look what you have -- a beautiful monument (and DJ's to me are MONUMENTAL) to your skills, dedication and another wonderful quilt journey. Bravo!!!!!

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  49. Oh my word, what a delightful story. This is a real treasure you made here, Lori. I so enjoyed reading this post. Your quilt is so super special and it reminds me of all the traditions. You've quilted them into this one. You know, things like notes about where you were and what was happening when you did a certain block or who gave you the fabric. Oh friend, I love this! What a gift you've created that will stand the test of time and many, many years from now lots of quilters will be thanking you for this. (not just us, today). Great inspiration.

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  50. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful and congratulations on completing such a huge project. You have a true heirloom quilt that I hope travels through your family for many generations.

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  51. Lori,

    Your DJ quilt deserves a lifetime achievement award! It's lovely and your notes and swatches will make it a family hairloom. I hope you'll always keep them with the quilt.

    You finished DJ in record time if you compare it to me taking 23 years to finish a simple Dbl. Irish Chain with large 3" blocks, ha, ha.

    Gail :)

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  52. What a wonderful quilt! Isn't it fun to revisit the notes and memories from the 'journey' with your quilt? You inspire me, Lori!

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  53. Thank you for sharing some of your journey with Jane. It is absolutely a marvelous quilt - surely one to treasure through the generations.

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  54. Just so pretty, Lori....kind of a triumph of wills...to get this done, I mean! I love it!

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  55. I came across your Dear Jane quilt today. It is lovely! My friend and I just started ours. We are on block 2...LOL. Feel free to watch our progress and give us some tips if you have any!

    http://www.OurHoppyPlace.com

    Mary

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  56. An interesting read about your DJ journey.

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  57. I'm not much for leaving comments but I have to say something about your Jane Stickle quilt. Anyone who could make a quilt that beautiful and that impressive needs to be congratulated and bragged about. I'm 64 and I have seen a skazillion quilts in my day but your's takes the prize. Fantastic!!!!!

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