My Dear Jane “Insanity”

by Karen on November 14, 2009

in Dear Jane -- or Insanity as I call

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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Regina Chronister November 14, 2009 at 8:30 pm

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

Miriam November 14, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Congratulations Karen!!!!!!

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

Billie K November 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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 November 14, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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

Astrid November 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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 November 14, 2009 at 9:40 pm

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

Joyce Barham November 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm

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

Kathleen November 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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

Melanie November 14, 2009 at 11:13 pm

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

Annika November 15, 2009 at 2:03 am

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 November 15, 2009 at 2:34 am

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

Oddbjørg Pedersen November 15, 2009 at 3:04 am

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

Riley November 15, 2009 at 5:35 am

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

Congratulations on a job well done!


Crispy November 15, 2009 at 6:57 am

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


Karen November 15, 2009 at 7:00 am

thanks everyone!

Jackie November 15, 2009 at 7:36 am

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

Eileen Keane November 15, 2009 at 8:03 am

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

Jeanne November 15, 2009 at 8:04 am

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

Wanda November 15, 2009 at 8:40 am

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 November 15, 2009 at 8:49 am

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 November 15, 2009 at 8:53 am

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 November 15, 2009 at 10:02 am

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

Karen L November 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

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

Goldie Morrow Goldie in NH November 15, 2009 at 10:52 am

JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Congratulations!

Snoppy dancing in NH for you

Michelle November 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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 November 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm

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

Kathy Smith November 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Wow, Karen ~
It’s really lovely!

Kathy in Maryland

Karen November 15, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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

Anne November 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm

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 November 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Absolutely gorgeous – I am totally awed. blessings, marlene

Jackie November 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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

Karen November 16, 2009 at 7:26 am

thank you everyone for your comments, I appreciate it.

Beth Strand November 16, 2009 at 9:59 pm

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 November 17, 2009 at 2:19 pm

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

Rose Marie November 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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

Aunt Spicy November 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

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

KimP November 17, 2009 at 7:10 pm

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 November 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm

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

Teresa C November 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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 November 18, 2009 at 5:47 am

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 December 2, 2009 at 5:46 pm

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 April 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I’ve always loved your DJ :0)


Moyra Myburgh March 28, 2014 at 10:05 am

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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