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"My Heart is in the Work"

A "Dear Jane" Quilt

In 1863 Jane Stickle of Shaftsbury, Vermont finished a "sampler" quilt with 225 different blocks. In 1996 Brenda Papadakis published a book of patterns taken from Jane's quilt. I "discovered" the quilt while visiting my sister, Diane, for Christmas in 2000. She showed me the book that and said her mother-in-law was making the quilt for her by hand and Diane was going to handquilt it. I was particularly excited by the pieced border triangles, a format I hadn't really thought about before.

When I got home, I thought about getting the book, but as a freelance graphic designer, I had so much going on that I didn't have time for the projects I had committed to let alone start a new one of such complexity. I put the idea "on a shelf" for a while.

When I moved to Lowell, Mass. in May 2001, I ordered the book from Brenda. Frustrated by the lack of space in my new apartment, I found I couldn't finish any of my current projects because there was no place to set up a sewing machine. Upon unpacking some of my fabric, I decided to take the Woodrow Studio's William Morris prints I had bought "on spec for a special occasion" and make the quilt by hand since Diane's mother-in-law proved it could be done.

Then I found the Baby Jane thread on the Quilting Forum at About.com. I just couldn't stand it anymore. I had to jump right in with the others. I started the quilt at the beginning of July 2001, and have been putting scans of the blocks online as soon as I've filled up a page of 8 images. I have also tried to include the block diagrams I used when they differred from those in the book and several pages of information I found fun or useful useful when working on this quilt, including links to other Dear Jane webpages (and, with luck, the beginning of the Dear Jane webring (coming soon !)

I finished piecing the blocks in May 2002 and the triangles on New Years Day 2003. I named it at that time from a quote by Andrew Carnegie (one of the co-founders of the place where I went to college.)

All that remains is to put the sashing on the blocks and put it all together. And to quilt it, of course.

-- rim (A.G.Lindsay)

I have been quilting for over 15 years and have always had quilting cats. The present feline critics include Rumor (lying on the printer) and Edison (behind him.)

Now, if Ru and Ed have not scared you away, let's take a look at the progress on my "Baby Jane" quilt.

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