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stephs stitches.01/03/2015 15:07:39
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I've come across something called a "dear Jane" quilt, can anyone tell me what they are? I've not heard of them before. Are they sampler quilts?

rosemary Rosenfeld01/03/2015 15:22:54
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Hi Steph,,,,,,,,,, I think they are quilts made of small blocks.... (about 6 ins square?) and often/usually (?) each block is a different one!! it is so called because the original quilt was made by a lady called Jane Stickle. Google   "Dear Jane Quilts" and you can read all about it!!

Best Rosemary

Edited By rosemary Rosenfeld on 01/03/2015 15:26:10

stephs stitches.01/03/2015 15:41:57
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Thanks Rosemary, I've found them on google now I don't usually like sampler quilts but those are an ideal way of using scraps, so maybe one day I may have a go.😄

Margaret S02/03/2015 09:55:11
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Hi Steph

I don't know if you found this but there was a Dear Jane 150th Quilt Exhibition in Nantes France 2013.

When I first joined my afternoon group, some of them were making these blocks. Our quilt tutor made a strippy with her blocks. I must admit that the blocks in the book and many in the exhibition are too traditional and beige for me, but in a modern colour palette they can look stunning. Good luck if you give it a try.


P.s The Farmer's Wife quilt looks similar, but with bigger blocks. Not seen this one though.

I'm planning on doing the Gypsy Wife quilt which is a simpler idea with less blocks and some repeats.

Edited By Margaret S on 02/03/2015 09:55:49

Edited By Margaret S on 02/03/2015 10:01:35

Katy02/03/2015 12:38:10
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I remember a really brilliant modern Dear Jane at FOQ one year, but I've searched through my photos and I can't find it now.

I'll keep trying to track it but it was gorgeous.

I do like the small blocks, but I don't think I have the stamina to make 225 different 4.5in blocks. Or the fabric

Caz02/03/2015 13:47:49
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I remember seeing that Dear Jane quilt, Katy. Think it was 2010,,,.

Caz x

maria hewitt02/03/2015 14:08:22
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Ooh Margaret, i looked up the gypsy wife quilt, that's a lovely design, I wonder if I could " redesign " my jelly roll race to accomodate this as i had put it away, as I wasn't keen on it. This would be a good way to use it, but I'm not going to add to my projects to make list, as it is long enough already, and I'm not getting a lot of sewingdoneat the moment, as Meg our puppy jumps on the foot pedal !


pamela jeffrey02/03/2015 16:27:21
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Just looked at this book today. It looks wonderful and a good challenge


stephs stitches.02/03/2015 18:51:36
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Thankyou to all of you for your contributions and information about the DearJane quilts. I've just found a site called which has a really good picture of one of the original quilts and the story of Jane Stickle, all very interesting. The farmers wife and Gypsy quilts mentioned also look inspiring. Maybe one day 💭💭💭...........

Fiona03/03/2015 11:54:42
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Love Dear Jane but 4"blocks ars too small for me! Still doing Farmer's Wife (6" with my class. They are racing ahead of me....

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