Daily Inspirations and Adventures

Bev: I’m Thankful For – Day 1

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Sweetie, I’m thankful to have you as my daughter . . . I’ll save that as my thankful thing for another day.  (I love the idea of doing this!)

I received a copy of the Feather Princess newsletter today.  In an article about one of our members, she mentioned that she is going to start on the Dear Jane quilt.  That brief mention has me thinking about why I am on the journey of making a Dear Jane quilt.  Going into the construction, one has to know that it is a monumental challenge 169 pieced or appliqued four-inch blocks, surrounded by 52 pieced triangle blocks, finished off with a scalloped edge.    One has to have a certain skill level to get past the first few blocks of the quilt, and at that point you realize that the quilt is a work that will consume you for years.  There is a sisterhood that has developed around Jane Stickle’s fabric creation. Perhaps it’s a mutual admiration society for people who have skill and perseverance.   Unfortunately not much is known about the woman who made the quilt.  I wish Jane had kept a journal while making the quilt.  I am not much of a history buff, but as I’ve sewn more of the blocks, I want to know what life could have been like during the time Jane sewed her blocks.

Jane sewed her blocks by hand during the time of the Civil war.  So today, I’m thankful for my sewing machine, rotary cutter, and glue stick, the ability to go to a store and purchase fabric, and the book with the Dear Jane patterns.

My favorite recently finished blocks, don’t faint, this one is BLUE!

Green palm trees!

And my progress so far:

Written by bevanddara

November 4, 2011 at 11:29 pm

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