The original Dear Jane quilt was completed in 1863 by Jane A. Blakely Stickle in Vermont. It didn’t become famous until a quilting magazine, Patchwork Quilts, picked up the story in 1983. Jane had signed the quilt simply “In War Time. 1863. Pieces. 5602. Jane A. Stickle”. From that came an interest all over the nation to master her technique and to better appreciate the role of quilts in our history. Liz Argotsinger has shared her interest in Dear Jane with us. She asks, “Anyone into Dear Jane? I went to The Vermont Quilt Festival years ago and fell in love with the quilt. I have made the quilt from the book, but have also used the blocks to make several other smaller quilts.” Thanks, Liz, for your post. So, friends from 24 Blocks, do we have anymore Dear Janers?
Liz also posted this photo of a 100 year old board with the Dear Jane squares painted on it. The colors blend so well but yet the patterns are clear. Don’t you love seeing the patterns represented in other artistic forms, too?
We can all see why this new quilt by Kathleen Castillo is a winner. Kathleen writes, “I made this quilt at a Mystery Retreat at Bass Lake California, 2012. It took first place in its division as well as viewers choice, Madera District Fair. Pattern available.” Thank you, Kathleen, for sharing it with us. We love the dark red you used to give it an antique feel while the floral border spans time.
Ta Bennett made this embroidered quilt wall hanging known as “Christmas Cube”. It has a bit of that Art Deco as well as Celtic feel. Thanks, Ta, for sharing it with us at 24 Blocks.
Quilters can move the earth! We love this photo posted by quilter Marilyn Weber. She writes, ” I hand pieced this Jinny Beyer kit years ago. Finally got it quilted by a good friend for my Daughter’s volleyball team fundraiser.” That is simply stated, but doing a work of art for a fundraiser is always to be applauded. We want to say a big “hurrah” for all of you who use your skill for good causes. The big piece of machinery on it is a symbol that we can move the earth. Thank you, Marilyn!