Monday, April 15, 2013

Drifting Jane - My "Dear Jane" Quilt

This quilt taught me so much!  

In 1863 - right at the end of the civil war, Jane Stickle made an amazing quilt out of dress remnants.  There is a whole world out there of women who have used her quilt as an inspiration for their own versions.  Here is mine.  Each block is finished at 4-1/2" (that's the size of a coaster!) and has countless pieces - can you spell tiny!

Each block was a mini composition.  After I finished the piece blocks I put them in a value-drifting pattern. I couldn't stop there, so I learned how to hand applique.  I was not a slave to her patterns. Once I became confident I designed a few of my own.  

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