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My 2008 Dear Jane Holiday Block Swap Quilt
created a quilt masterpiece in the nineteenth century. Her quilt,
now housed in the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont,
comprises 225 pieced squares, triangles, and corner "kites." Many of
the blocks contain pieces no larger than 1/4-inch square. Jane's
completed quilt measures 80 1/4" x 80 1/4" and contains 5,602
The Stickle quilt was made famous by Brenda Papadakis, who painstakingly and lovingly drafted patterns for each of the intricate blocks. Her book and template set have started many quilters on their own Dear Jane journey. CLICK HERE to learn more about Jane Stickle and Brenda Papadakis, and to order your own copy of Brenda's wonderful book so you can begin your own Dear Jane journey!
I decided I needed a new challenge -- a quilt that will eventually find a home on my own bed -- so I began my Dear Jane journey. I expect that this journey will take me years to complete! I am piecing each block by hand using standard piecing techniques, not machine paper piecing. I intend to quilt it by hand, as well. The name of my quilt will be "Dear Jane Visits Belleville." (I live in Belleville, Michigan.)
The following framework documents my progress. For the most part, I am making the blocks from the top down. Every once in a while I get inspired to do a block out of order, or sometimes the Dear Jane List's Block of the Week. Each picture is an actual scan of the block I've made. Click on each finished block to see a larger view.
Note: I'm assembling each row as I go. The borders contain plain triangles as well as pieced triangles.
Copyright 2008-2009, Ruthann Zaroff