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Twice the Craziness

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If making one Dear Jane quilt makes you crazy, what would you be if you made two?

I finally got the software for my Dear Jane quilt about a week or so ago. The software is actually pretty nice. It took a little reading to be able to use it properly, but the instruction book that comes with it is pretty thorough. The good thing about the software is I can use it for some basic non-Jane Sickle related quilts as well, which was a nice bonus.

I showed you previously what someone had created for me as a design idea for my blue and orange Dear Jane quilt. I took her ideas and ran with them once I had the software for myself. I really liked her idea of the rings of color rather than the more traditional ‘Around the World’ look. I also liked the idea of using some white blocks with the orange ones. Here is what my final design looks like:

I think it has a lot of visual impact. Now I just have to work on getting a lot of different oranges as I would like each orange block to be a different fabric.

While I was working on my blue and orange Dear Jane, I thought about actually making this quilt. It will be a real learning experience for me, because precision piecing is not my strong point at all. Now I am not going to get hung up on some lost points or not so straight lines in this quilt, but I would like to do my best on it and hopefully learn a lot more about quilting in the process. Since I knew I would probably screw up every block the first time I made it, I thought it would be good to have a practice quilt too. One where I could make the block for the first time, screw it up royally and hopefully learn how to do it right for the real quilt. Here is the second design I came up with:

So am I completely nuts to be making two of these quilts? Probably. But the rainbow one will be made with muslin and colored scraps. I am hoping that I won’t have to buy anything above that for this one, though I may as I don’t have an unlimited supply of scraps!!

I have already made 2 blocks on my Rainbow Jane and will hopefully be working on my first block for the Blue and Orange Jane tonight. I will show you all the blocks in another post. I have a feeling I *may* have these finished on the eve of my son’s wedding day (and he’s only 7!), won’t one of them make a great wedding gift? LOL Okay, let’s hope it doesn’t take that long, but I know it will certainly be a long term project.

Happy Quilting!
Rachel

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The girl that copied the blocks and made patterns from the original Civil War quilt made a book about it, she titled the book ‘Dear Jane’ because she wrote letters to Jane Sickle as she was making the patterns. She calls a copy of the quilt a ‘Baby Jane’, which I guess would be more appropriate, but everyone just calls them ‘Dear Jane” or ‘DJ’ for short. I need to come up with original names for mine, but I haven’t thought of ones yet. 🙂

Rachel

Hey, it’s another Baby Jane newbie!! I’ve recently started doing a hot pink/baby pink version of this so I love finding blogs of people also making Baby Jane’s!

I love your rings idea – that blue/white/yellow/orange quilt is going to be stunning! Good luck with all the blocks.

A pink version would be so fun!! I will have to check out your blog to see if you post pictures. 🙂

Cheers!
Rachel

Thank you so much, it was so fun designing both of these, hopefully it will make the process a bit easier for me. I will check out your blog, from what I have seen on Flickr your quilt is shaping up to be amazing! And yes I did notice G10 after I had posted that picture, so I have changed it now in my design in the program. Good catch though!!! I probably should go ahead and update the picture, but I probably won’t LOL

Cheers!
Rachel

How cool! I love the blue/orange vision– that is going to be so amazing and unique. And what’s not to love about a rainbow Jane? I’m so impressed with your planning. I went into mine all willy-nilly and often wish I had taken time to really plan it out. I guess I can always start another one! 😛

Thanks for the compliments! I had a lot of fun planning my quilts, I was kind of sad that I would only be doing two versions of it, I had so many other ideas too!! But I think doing two is already crazy enough!! I will check out your blog to see what yours looks like, I am sure it’s wonderful!!

Cheers!
Rachel

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