Thursday, February 07, 2008

Just Do It


I never thought I'd be saying this in my quilting life, but here it goes: I'm going to make a Dear Jane quilt. There, I said it (and it didn't hurt too much).

However, I'm not going to "piece" the quilt. I'm going to make "stitch" it. I will trace the block design onto fabric and then stitch the design. I was inspired from a discussion in my Yahoo Redwork group and by Leanne's Butterfly Garden where there she has designed blocks that are stitched.

My Dear Jane book came in the mail today and I can't wait to climb into bed and start reading it. Yesterday I ordered hand-dyed thread from Susan at Desertsky Quilting. I ordered one skein of every variation. I think the variegated thread will look great in the Dear Jane blocks.

Actually, quite a few of us in my Yahoo group are going to stitch the Dear Jane quilt. It should be a long, long term project for me as I want to continue working on my Butterfly Garden. Anyone else want to join in just for fun? You don't have to make all the blocks. I can't even get to the point of thinking I will stitch all 225 blocks. For me, it's all about having fun.

Happy stitching!

16 comments:

Jackie said...

Wow!! What an endeavor! I have often thought about doing a Dear Jane, but at this point in my life I need instant gratification. I can't wait to see your progress. Good Luck!!

Debi said...

That is a great idea, I can't wait to see your blocks.

Tracey in CT said...

What a great idea!! I'm going to have to think about this one...I do love the Dear Jane quilt, and I took a wonderful workshp with Brenda forever ago, but only ever made about 10 or 12 of the blocks and determined that they are much too fiddly for me! But redwork, well, I could do that!

May Britt said...

Dear Jane is soooo beautiful. I started it once and made about 50-60 blocks but I gave them away. Wasn't my choice of colours. So now I want to start it over again.

BobbieBentNeedle said...

There's a lady on one of my YahooGroups who did "Dear Hannah" in redwork and it's absolutely charming! Good Luck!!!!

Quilting Pirate said...

Congrats for taking the challenge!! I set myself up for 3-5 years to finish mine and it makes the commitment so much easier.

Good luck, I recommend the EQDear Jane program for easier printing of templates and paper piecing options.

Colleen Eskridge almost formerly of South Africa said...

You are an adventurer for sure. I can't wait to see this come out. I am hoping to start DJ after I finish my Baltimore and current baby quilt. Colleen back from South Africa

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Goo dluck with your Dear Jane quilt.

Libby said...

What a great idea . . . it will be a delight to see your progress.

Susan said...

Enjoy yourself with this one. I'll probably not ever make any form of it. =) I think the threads will be great as you embroider some of the blocks.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

I have been following the discussion on the redwork yahoo group about doing the Dear Jane, I posted about having a very similiar book that I thought I would use...with school I am doubtful I will start that project any time soon LOL, but I think its a great idea! I will watch you do it!

Mavie_q said...

hey paula that sounds like fun!! Mavie

cher said...

I think your idea will be very fun-though not my cup of tea. love the idea of hand dyed threads..I will go check that out over at Susans.

Jeanne said...

Good for you! I hope you enjoy your journey with Jane. I think this will look wonderful in stitchery.

Kim said...

I can't wait to see your blocks. Maybe then I'll decide if I want to take on another huge project. Maybe I can do quilted diamonds that way as I get bored with all the little pieces of the diamonds....

Solstitches said...

I think Dear Jane will look wonderful done as stitchery blocks.
Just a word of caution with the overdyed threads - they are not usually colourfast so just wondering what you are planning to use to trace the designs?