My Dear Jane “Insanity”

Dear Jane — Insanity

The journey is over!  I am FINISHED with this project that took me 4 years and 9 months to make.  Of course I didn’t actually work on it the whole time, I took months off while working on other projects at times.  I actually finished piecing it March 15 of 2008 and it sat waiting patiently for me to finish quilting another quilt that was on the frame for almost a year!  I put it on my quilting frame and started quilting it on February 23 of this year.  The “Insanity” began on February 23 of 2005, I finished it on November 13, 2009. Today I got up the nerve to wash it and throw it in the dryer.  I have used 100% cotton batting (quilters dream) .  I like the crinkly antique look and the batting did justice to the quilt in my opinion.  I did the quilt totally by hand including the binding.  The completed work took me 645 hours and 30 minutes from start to finish.   Out of that time it took 141 hours and 25 minutes to hand quilt it.  So you can see it really takes more time to hand piece this quilt than it does to quilt it!.  I believe if I figured right it took me 505 hours and 5 minutes to piece this baby 🙂 .   I tried to keep an accurate total of my time but I’m sure I forgot now and then to write down the time.  The quilt has 4,928 pieces in it.  I used King Tut variegated cotton thread to quilt.

my Dear Jane "Insanity" click on the photo and it will bring you to a larger size.

my Dear Jane "Insanity" click on the photo and it will bring you to a larger size. If you click on the photo again it should bring you in for a close up.

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43 comments… add one
  • Regina Chronister Nov 14, 2009

    OMG that is perfect, I believe that is the prettiest dear jane I have ever seen.

  • Miriam Nov 14, 2009

    Congratulations Karen!!!!!!

    What a magnificent quilt!! You should be very proud!
    .-= Miriam´s last blog ..I am very lucky and spoiled!! =-.

  • Billie K Nov 14, 2009

    I think this must be the best looking Dear Jane I’ve seen.

    Congratulations on being finished and it’s a job well done.


  • Linda Oberholzer Nov 14, 2009

    WOW! That is a magnificient quilt. You should be very proud. I hope you put a detailed label on it.

  • Astrid Nov 14, 2009

    CONGRATS Karen!!! Well done! It’s beautiful! What impresses me the most is that it is all done by hand! I’m not sure I have patience for such work, but perhaps one day…. 🙂
    .-= Astrid´s last blog ..Storage bags & Potholders =-.

  • Vicki W Nov 14, 2009

    Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!
    .-= Vicki W´s last blog ..Color Palette – Fruit Tarts =-.

  • Joyce Barham Nov 14, 2009

    Congratulations, Karen! on a job well-done, many hours and much patience and all by hand! She is beautiful and colorful.

  • Kathleen Nov 14, 2009

    Just incredible. Beautiful job.
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Thank You =-.

  • Melanie Nov 14, 2009

    BEAUTIFUL HEIRLOOM FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..A Late Night Breakfast–Huevos Tirados =-.

  • Annika Nov 15, 2009

    Hard to find words. But your work is so beautiful and I´m so impressed! Great job!
    Regards from Annika in Sweden
    .-= Annika´s last blog ..BOM november =-.

  • Fernande Authuys Nov 15, 2009

    Congratulations Karen, I find it very pretty, have a good day, Fernande

  • Oddbjørg Pedersen Nov 15, 2009

    Congratulation! The quilt is wonderful! You really have to be proud.
    Have a nice Sunday!
    .-= Oddbjørg Pedersen´s last blog ..Lørdag / Saturday =-.

  • Riley Nov 15, 2009

    It really is a testament to “the journey of a million miles begins with the first step”.

    Congratulations on a job well done!


  • Crispy Nov 15, 2009

    Oh Karen it’s Magnificent!!!! Congradulations!!


  • Karen Nov 15, 2009

    thanks everyone!

  • Jackie Nov 15, 2009

    Karen, Congratulations, It was well worth the effort! Just absolutely stunning!!
    .-= Jackie´s last blog ..It’s Official!! =-.

  • Eileen Keane Nov 15, 2009

    Your quilt is beyond beautiful!! Congratulations on becoming a goddess.

  • Jeanne Nov 15, 2009

    It is awesome! Congratulations, Karen. You did a wonderful job!
    .-= Jeanne´s last blog ..Retreating Again =-.

  • Wanda Nov 15, 2009

    congratulations on a maginificent finished quilt. It is the pretties Dear Jane that I have seen. I like the light and airy feeling it has compared to some others I have seen.
    .-= Wanda´s last blog ..A terrific birthday thanks to my readers =-.

  • Sheryl McLeroy Nov 15, 2009

    This is truly a masterpiece. Beautiful and very intimidating. I can’t decide if I want to try this or not. A real challenge that you won. Congratulations.

  • Anya Nov 15, 2009

    Congratulations, Karen! It is exquisite! Thanks for sharing your journey with the rest of us crazy quilters…
    .-= Anya´s last blog ..In A Blue Mood =-.

  • Lena Karen Nov 15, 2009

    Hi Karen, Congratulations with an finis “Insanity quilt”, this is truly a masterpiece!
    .-= Lena Karen´s last blog ..LeKaQuilt’s Giveaway II =-.

  • Karen L Nov 15, 2009

    All I can think to say is “I wish I was Melanie, your daughter”!!!! Boy, is she ever lucky.

  • Goldie Morrow Goldie in NH Nov 15, 2009

    JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Congratulations!

    Snoppy dancing in NH for you

  • Michelle Nov 15, 2009

    That looks great! And makes me feel better about the quilt i started making completely by hand a few years ago. Mine’s not as detailed as yours but now i think i might try a dear jane.

  • Richard Nov 15, 2009

    Congratulations, Karen. This is impressive. 645 hours? I get lost sewing a button back on my shirt.

    • Karen Nov 15, 2009

      well I’m impressed Ric that you can sew the button on your shirt LOL -thanks

  • Kathy Smith Nov 15, 2009

    Wow, Karen ~
    It’s really lovely!

    Kathy in Maryland

  • Anne Nov 15, 2009

    Congratulations Karen, it looks absolutely beautiful, the colours really seem to sparkle, and it’s worth every minute and hour that you spent on it. Anne
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Crazy Pieced Fabric Postcards =-.

  • Marlene Nov 15, 2009

    Absolutely gorgeous – I am totally awed. blessings, marlene

  • Jackie Nov 15, 2009

    It’s stunningly beautiful! Congratulations!
    .-= Jackie´s last blog ..Last Few Days of Vacation =-.

  • Karen Nov 16, 2009

    thank you everyone for your comments, I appreciate it.

  • Beth Strand Nov 16, 2009

    That is one of the most beautiful DJ’s I’ve seen! I’m so inspired I’m going to get upstairs and get started on my next block!
    Best wishes,
    .-= Beth Strand´s last blog ..A Blog Near You =-.

  • Patty Hayes Nov 17, 2009

    Good for you! I have 26 blocks done and my time frame is the rest of my life. Congrats!

  • Rose Marie Nov 17, 2009

    Gorgeous ….. simply gorgeous!
    .-= Rose Marie´s last blog ..Joseph’s Coat =-.

  • Aunt Spicy Nov 17, 2009

    Oh wow! Wow! It is just stunning!
    .-= Aunt Spicy´s last blog ..Treasured Square: China Addictions =-.

  • KimP Nov 17, 2009

    Wow. Well done! This is a testament to what you can accomplish a little bit a time. You are incredible.
    .-= KimP´s last blog ..It’s My Blog-Aversary! =-.

  • Sandra Nov 17, 2009

    Amazing; what a tremendous piece of work! Congratulations on your determination and success.
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..Politics: Bend Over, Please =-.

  • Teresa C Nov 17, 2009

    Really, there are no words that would cover it. You truly had the spirit of Jane with you on this. Congratulations.
    .-= Teresa C´s last blog ..Ten On Tuesday =-.

  • Ranette Nov 18, 2009

    Karen….I can’t believe I somehow missed your last few posts (I think my updater isn’t working properly) and I almost missed your very lovely and finished Dear Jane quilt. It’s absolutely beautiful and you should be very, very proud!!!
    .-= Ranette´s last blog ..Don’t you just love a good Schnibbles??? =-.

  • Lynn Tyler Dec 2, 2009

    Great work Karen I am just starting tring to understand instructions
    about sashings are there1/4 inch around each block and then 1/2 between rows. I can’t seem to tell with these pieces in book being white. can you help me. Thank-you Lynn

  • Crispy Apr 15, 2013

    I’ve always loved your DJ :0)


  • Moyra Myburgh Mar 28, 2014

    Karen just found your site of the Dear Jane, I have started mine first 6 blocks are done.
    and still investigating all the tricks to do the blocks as I have never done small blocks.

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