Friday, March 29, 2019

Dear Jane Quilts at the Stickle Retreat

First of all, I want to apologize for the post that went out yesterday if you subscribe by email or just happened to look at my blog.   I had the post written, and it was in my drafts folder.  Then I added and changed a few things and hit the publish button.   When I went to look at it on line, I noticed that it already had 11 comments.  I had posted that same  post about a year ago, but somehow it was back in my drafts folder.  I'm not sure how that happened.

I take photos with either my iPhone or iPad and then email them to my blog where they save as a draft post.   I intend to get back in here and write something to go along with the photos and then post.  That doesn't always happen, and that's how I ended up with 57 posts in my Drafts folder.   I've cleaned that out only kept a few things that I really want to post.

NOW...….Dear Jane 

Last November we celebrated our 20th year getting together for the Jane Stickle Quilt Retreat up in Shipshewana.   I have only been going 18 of those years, but I've made friendships that will last a lifetime.   We had a very large crowd last November (I think around 130), so we had a separate night for just Dear Jane show and tell.

Here are the quilts that I showed:

My Dear Jane quilt.  There are 169 blocks that finish at 4 1/2, 52 triangles and 4 corners.  I worked on this quilt off and on for about 10 years.  I had it long arm quilted.

There was an internet Dear Jane list, and we had a signature block swap.  Some of the blocks have hand sewn beads and buttons and embroidery.

The blocks in this quilt are from a Spring Fling swap.  I bought the center applique block at Rebeccar Harrer Arts and Antiques in Shipshewana.

When I first became part of the Dear Jane list and retreat, whenever someone said the word swap, I asked where I should sign up.  This quilt is made up of swap blocks from some of the girls that come to the retreat.  I'm not sure what I was thinking with that bright yellow sashing, but it definitely brightened up all of the dark blocks.

These blocks are from a Christmas Jane swap.  All of the blocks in these quilts are taken from the Dear Jane book.  The feathered star in the center of this quilt was a block that I made for a round robin I was in.   I think I changed my mind on the fabrics for the round robin and used the feathered star for the center of this quilt.


At some point, a second Dear Jane list formed.  I'm not sure now what the reason was for that.  But, I signed up for this list, too.  They had a Christmas signature swap, and this is the quilt I made.  I love arranging the signature blocks in a colorwash pattern.  All of the blocks have Christmas fabric on the corners.

This is a photo of all of us that were at the November retreat that have completed the Dear Jane quilt. I'm the only one in the photo wearing red  (I didn't get the memo!)

I've made enough swap blocks that I could have made a second Dear Jane quilt.  There are some in our group that have made 5 or 6 Dear Janes.   I've thought about making a second smaller quilt.   I think there is kind of a withdrawal when you finish a huge project like this.  After this I moved on to the Nearly Insane quilt and finished it.  You can see that quilt by looking under my header at the My Quilts tab.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Hope you are finding some time to stitch today!


  1. I have only recently discovered how to save a draft blog post and schedule it for publishing later. I have quite a few drafts. I completed my first Dear Jane quilt after 5 years and a masters degree and started a second one but will complete it with only half the blocks and no triangles. I am heading to Shipshewana on Apr 8 for my fifth retreat with Gay. I agree that there is a withdrawal time after Dear Jane but I have been hand and machine appliqueing reproduction quilts ever since.

  2. there is a withdrawal from it when you finish one - I finished one and within months started a second although when I finished that one I tired of it and haven't made a third!! I have never been to the retreat

  3. You have made some amazing quilts in relation to this group. I really love the one with the yellow sashing!

  4. Love your quilts! Glad to see them again. So you going to make one of those mini Janes with 2" finished blocks? That's really insane! Happy Stitching!

  5. Beautiful quilts LuAnn! I am working hard to catch up with you and Gretchen! You both provide incentive and challenges to me! Have fun at the Retreat!

  6. Your Dear Jane is beautiful! I have yet to make a single block although I've had the book since the beginning of time--lol!

  7. My Two Sides Of Jane is long finished (it's on the EQDJ) and sometimes I think of that magic time and want to start another but lightening doesn't strike twice, and it would never be the same journey.

    I look through my box of swap and signature blocks sometimes, never have put any of them together :) thanks for sharing, Sharyn in Kalama

  8. Your DJ is beautiful. It has been on my to do list since the book first came out. At that time, I made one corner block. Other quilt projects always seem to take precedence of DJ. The lasting friendships I think is one of the draws of this quilt. Sort of a soriety or a right of passage.

  9. Thank you for sharing your labors of love. The Dear Jane quilt is stunning and having all those friendship memories stitched into it adds even more beauty. (I took heart in hearing that you worked on it for 10 years...I am planning on at least 20...:-)

  10. Just love your Dear Jane quilt - maybe it will inspire me to finish mine which is halfway there. Definitely a work in progress but still a possibility. Yours is beautiful!!! A labor of love and so well done!

  11. Amazing and inspirational DJ quilts! I love the yellow sashing! Like many others I have started and stalled on my own DJ but will get back to it this year.


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