October's been a very productive month, as far as my Dear Jane journey is concerned. I must admit i've been really spurred on by Brenda, since meeting her at her lecture at QITB, in September. That same evening, i also met (and was equally inspired by) Elizabeth, whose beautiful Dear Jane quilt was hung on display in the barn. I can honestly say it took our breath away.
Here it is, in it's elegant splendour, for all to admire... isn't it beautiful??
the photo doesn't do it justice.. it is breathtakingly beautiful, up close & in person.
and here's the lovely Elizabeth with her beautiful Dear Jane quilt :))
I've also been inspired by Sheri, who finished her beautiful Dear Jane quilt, last month. Sheri has kindly given me permission to share her Dear Jane quilt photos with you.
oh wow, isn't it wonderful... and so vibrant!!
here's a couple of stunning close-up shots...
For those who don't know, Sheri & i belong to Kathy Tracy's online, Dear Jane group. In recent months, Sheri has been sharing her DJ hand quilting progress with the group. Not only that, she also gives us regular block challenges, to inspire and help keep everyone motivated.
Sheri's goal was, to finish her Dear Jane quilt during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which to her credit, she has achieved. What makes Sheri's quilt even more memorable, is that she has family ancestors who were soldiers during the Civil War. If you look closely, you will see she has recorded their names, on several blocks in her quilt.. what a wonderful tribute.
Sheri's idea of setting a finishing goal resonated with me, and i remember thinking that's what i need to do; i need a goal to keep me focussed, and motivated
So... my goal is to get my Dear Jane quilt finished by April 8, 2017, which will be Jane Stickle's 200th birthday. That gives me two years and five months to get the blocks & triangles finished (i'm a third of the way there),.. not to mention hand quilted & bound.. yikes, a bit scary huh?? but i'm optimistic and i do love a challenge :))
Well, like i said at the start of this post.. October's been a very productive month. I knuckled down and made eight DJ blocks and three triangles.. not bad huh?? Better still, i have finished my first row.. Row A.. i can't begin to tell you what a great feeling it is to be able to say that.
so here they are...
oh btw, for those who may be interested in stats. There's a total of 310 pieces in Row A... and that doesn't include the sashing strips, which i'm about to add shortly.
Which block in row A has the most pieces?? A-9 (45 pieces) and aptly named, Cabin Fever... it almost drove me to despair LOL!!!
it looks simple enough....
but don't be fooled.
the pieces were tiny and very fiddly.. but you know me, i love a challenge and it wasn't going to get the better of me. I'm so glad i persisted and now that it's done, i must admit, i love it to bits.. but it wasn't always so :))
Now, that i know what i'm up for, i've set myself a challenge to finish a row, a month... that also includes making a triangle (or three lol) just to make it a little more intersting & challenging lol!
I'm off to a good start already, for this month. I made B-1 'Batchelor Buttons', yesterday...
and today, i prepped another five blocks. I hope to be able to keep up a steady momentum, so that if i do feel like taking a break, down the track, i can. The best part is, i'm really enjoying my Dear Jane journey, and learning so much along the way.. and that's really what it's all about :))