(photo courtesy Linda at Quilts in the Barn blog – used with permission)
Have you ever had a dream – perhaps nightmare – where your shortcomings were right out in the open for all to see? That’s what I felt like when I saw the photo above on the Quilts in the Barn blog. Row after row after row of completed Dear Jane quilts.
I started my quilt just before the year 2000. I kept thinking the turn of the millennium was just a year or two ago until someone referred to it as “last decade.” Wow, it’s been about 14 years since I started my quilt. I’ve made 29 blocks which, by my count, is an average of about 2 per year. So, time to get cracking and work on my two for this year!
I’ve been saving this fabric for this block pretty much since I started the quilt. When I first saw the picture in the book I thought it was just about the ugliest fabric I’d ever seen. It’s grown on me and I have nearly a yard saved up just in case I want to make a few dozen more these blocks.
So, block A-13 is complete – hand pieced. I’ve completed 30 Dear Jane blocks now. There are a few hundred quilters in Europe and Australia who crossed that mark a l-o-n-g time ago.