Several years ago the opportunity came my way to take a Dear Jane Workshop and Lecture.
With the lecture and introduction came instructions not to think in terms of completing or even come close to making the 225 blocks in the Dear Jane Quilt.
Rather, concentrate on the techniques that the Instructor Brenda had spent hours and hours in making patterns of the 4 inch blocks...which rolled over into several books, a CD, a line of 1860's reproduction fabrics, and more.
I bought the Books, the CD's and settled in to the workshop with my Featherweight Sewing machine and all the tools needed for workshop quilt making. I fully intended to make my Dear Jane as close to the original as possible. Didn't happen!
2. Flip flopped and angled blocks rather than row by row.
3. Reduced number of blocks from 225 to 10 of Jane's and a couple of mine.
4. Pieced mine on a 1950 Singer Featherweight rather than 1860 Singer Treadle.
5. I juxtaposed myself and Brenda with a 20th Century Photo Transfer
as my signature rather than an embroidered signature and date.
Here we are fabricated and stitched on my Baby Jane Memory Quilt!
6. And lastly, the Juxtaposed Dear Jane and Baby Jane.
I jux-ta-pose this works for Letter J?