AtoZ Challenge...Juxtaposed Jane

AtoZ Letter J

 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!
List of Alterations of my
Dear Jane 1860's Quilt
1. Used 20th Century fabrics rather than 1860's reproduction prints.

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?


Leanne said...

Well there's quite a difference there - (and I'm glad you showed us what the original was so I knew what you'd changed). I think I like yours much better - and the little photo signature you added was really great.

Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
J for Just Do It!

Joanne said...

you jumped into the future and honored the past with your own Super Sue spin on the Baby Jane Quilt. Very nice work

Wendy said...

In both quilts, I like the movement and placement of color. Well done, Juxta-Sue!

Tami Von Zalez said...

How could you Sue - deviate from the chosen quilting path? *grins*
Nice use of the "J" letter prompt.
I recently made a red and white sampler and kind of took a side path in its creation. I bristle against strictly following directions and haven't taken to tiny pieced patchwork.

Sue McPeak said...

I knew from the get go I would not make a jillion 4" blocks. I like mine, too. The photo signature was not part of the class, but I think it added a nice memory touch.

Sue McPeak said...

I like that...jumped into the future and honored the past. Thanks!

Sue McPeak said...

Thanks Wendy. Juxta doin' what I do!

Sue McPeak said...

'GRINS' for sure. We 'Fly by Pantsters' keep the instruction makers in a tizzy!

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

What a difference between the two quilts. Both are beautiful - yet quite unique in their own rights. Your photo signature is a great idea - very creative!


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue - gosh such craft work ... nothing I could do = but so lovely to look at - cheers Hilary

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

You are at least 10 blocks ahead of me on a Dear Jane. When I saw that the blocks were only 4 inches, I said 'no way' and have just watched others make (or attempt to make) the quilt.

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