Hello Girlfriends! I was so excited and thrilled to watch 3 Things @ 3 yesterday and to learn all about Delectable Mountains and the history of the Delectable Mountain Blocks. If you did not see [email protected] you definitely need to watch it (link coming soon!) It will blow your mind! So, I got excited and thought about all of my extra fabric in my fabric stash. I could not wait to start this new quilt.
HOLD ON…..STOP! What am I doing? This is why I will have to run the Self Transcendence 3100 mile race. If you have not heard of this race….check it out. Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race – Wikipedia. And guess what the prize is? You guessed it…a T-shirt. Umm…Back on track. (Get it??)
15 years ago I started my own little historical quilt journey. I started The Dear Jane Quilt. Have you seen it? WOW! Typical of all my journeys, I start out with a bang and end with a whimper. I have 90 blocks done. It is on my UFO list. “Jane Stickle before Pilgrim’s Progress” is what I had to imprint in my head. I had to erase, “too many quilt patterns, not enough time.” Let me tell you abut this fabulous quilt!
Jane Stickle was born in Shaftsbury, Vermont in 1817 and later married Walter Stickle sometime before 1850. Stickle did not have any children of her own, but she looked after 3 children in her neighborhood. Well, I immediately felt a connection to Jane Stickle. I am married and do not have any children of my own, but I raised 3 children that came with my husband. I get you Jane! Quilting is not an obsession but therapy! In the 1860’s Jane was living on a farm alone and began creating the Dear Jane Quilt. It was a “reminder of the turbulent times the country was going through at the time.” Hmmm….sound familiar. I swear Jane is my muse. The original Dear Jane Quilt is on display at the Bennington Museum in Vermont. Isn’t she stunning?? She consists of 169, 4.5 inch blocks, 4 pieced corner triangles and 52 border triangles. Overall this quilt contains a total of 5.602 pieces.
Jane must have been one smart lady to create this masterpiece. Look at the geometry and math involved in this creation. Well, my” Dear Allison Quilt” has been lying in a box, each block labeled and individually secured in it’s own zip lock bag (some of those little creatures are hand stitched!) COLLECTING DUST! That is not Pixie Dust either.
This quilt has inspired many humorous descriptions like, “Dear Jane’s a Pain”, “No Pain-No Jane.” After mumbling a bit, calling on some inspiration (about 3 hours of dreaming on the internet), I have recommitted.
I put my shoes back on. I gave up 26 individual projects and I am going to confront my demon. I will finish “Dear Allison” and I will finish it this year.
That being said, I want to hear from you. Which quilt represents your demon? Is your quilt finished? Can I see a picture? What is the history behind it?
The end of Jane’s story is not very happy and I think I need to learn a few lessons from it. Jane and Walter were forced into bankruptcy (maybe she spent too much money quilting?) Let that be my Lesson #1.
Jane and Walter separated (maybe she spent too much time quilting?) Let that be my Lesson #2.
Her quilts were appraised at $5 (we do it for ourselves!) Let that be my Lesson #3.
I cannot wait to finish and show you my Ultimate UFO. Maybe I will put on “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” for more inspiration.