Monday night the Johnson County Quilting Guild meeting featured speaker Barb Clark. Barb is an avid quilter as well as an enthusiastic blogger. You can read her entertaining blog at Just Sayin Sew. I highly recommend that you check it out if you like quilts, laughs, travel, and cats (she has two of them).
She talked about the “Dear Jane” quilt phenomena based on a quilt made by Jane Stickle in 1863 and pictured below.
The 4 1/2” blocks and triangle border blocks were drafted from the original quilt for a book by Brenda Papadakis. The Dear Jane book is widely available at Amazon.com and quilt shops.
To learn more about this amazing quilt, visit the Dear Jane website here.
Barb, a DJ club leader at Quilter’s Dream quilt shop, showed guild members several examples made by club members and others, including a traditional setting with a scalloped border,
this cute non-traditional red, green and black wall hanging,
one featuring DJ blocks with beautiful non-DJ applique images (my apologies for the blurry images and head shots – I did the best I could within a meeting setting but you get the idea),
a starry version with crazy quilt border,
one made from “reject” blocks that the makers did not want to put into their own quilts that were assembled and presented to the DJ book’s author,
a festive Christmas color-theme wallhanging,
a patriotic red, white and blue one,
a red and white wallhanging featuring just 12 DJ blocks (once again, sorry for the blur),
DJ blocks in a strippy setting,
and her own DJ work in progress featuring a unique color way on black backgrounds.
Barb even showed a quilt featuring signature blocks exchanged with members of the Dear Jane internet group, some might even say DJ “cult” (LOL).
I, too, began this DJ journey five or six years ago, but after making about 30 DJ blocks, I decided I just wasn’t an adequate quilter to make these tiny blocks. I’d only been quilting for a year or less when I started them and they weren’t the best sewing I’ve ever done. Many of my blocks could be included into a “rejects” quilt. I need to go back to look at them, then salvage the best blocks to make into a “Baby Jane” sized quilt. Barb’s program inspired me and I’m sure other members of the Guild.
Peggy, Susan, Phyllis and others at Guild meeting
On a completely different note, i.e. baseball, my Texas Rangers lost the first two games of the World Series against the San Francisco team, but they have a chance to fix that since it’s a best of seven games series.
Come on dear Rangers! It’s not over ‘til it’s over!