Amy’s Quilt Festival

Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”, Dear Jane — Insanity, quilts

Amy’s Creative Side is having another Quilt Festival she is asking people to enter a quilt and she has all kinds of sponsors giving away prizes.

The quilt that really took a lot of work in it for me and that I am proud of accomplishing is my first Dear Jane quilt.  Some of you know all about my Dear Jane that I named “Insanity” as I felt I must have been insane to start that quilt.  Throughout my blog I have talked about it numerous times. (click on photos to enlarge)

My completed Dear Jane "Insanity"

I started this quilt on my daughter Melanie’s birthday February 23, 2005 so it is only fitting that this quilt is going to her.  I hand pieced the whole quilt and hand quilted it.  I finished quilting it November 13, 2009   It took me 4 years and 9 months to complete it.  Of course I took quite a few breaks and made other quilts during this time.  I had to take breaks or I would have truly gone insane! LOL  Anyone who is making this quilt knows what I mean.

This quilt has 4,928 pieces in it.  It is a charm quilt in that each block uses a different fabric.  It took me 645 hours and 30 minutes to make it.  Yes I kept a journal as many of us Janiacs do.

My daughter and I with THE QUILT

It resided on my bed for about 5 months and now at the end of this month after finally putting a label and a hanging sleeve on it I will be giving it to my daughter at the end of the month when I see her.  She will be hanging it on a wall so her dog will not do any damage to it.

One of the main things I learned about quilting and through this quilt is that Kona Cotton does not work really well with hand piecing small pieces.  I never plan to use it again for a quilt like this although I dearly love that fabric — just not with a quilt like this – it has a little stretch to it and also had a problem with raveling edges.

When I finished this quilt I had no intention on ever making another like it but after only 3 weeks I went into withdrawal from my addiction to Dear Jane and started a second one!  I am calling this one “Insanity Revisited” as I really and truly must be insane to start a second one.  This one is in red and butter cream batiks.  It will go to my other daughter one day.  I have been hand piecing it also and I am almost done with all the squares and will soon be moving on to the triangle border.

The second quilt looks like this so far:

Sometime down the road if Amy has another festival and I am finished with the top I will feature this one. 11 of the 13 needed rows of blocks is done.

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31 comments… add one
  • Jean Etheridge May 22, 2010

    I am truly impressed. I have never thought about making a Dear Jane, let alone two… and the idea that you are giving the first one away is amazing. I get so attached to what I quilt. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Jean Etheridge´s last blog .. =-.

  • Amazing! I love DJ Quilts and this is no exception.
    .-= Rita – Red Pepper Quilts´s last blog ..Sunday Stash #52 =-.

  • Molly May 22, 2010

    Wow! I’m so impressed! Your daughters are very lucky to have such an amazing quilter as a mother. These will be treasured heirlooms for sure!
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..Blogger’s Quilt Festival =-.

  • Vivian May 22, 2010

    I can’t decide which one I like the best. I do know I love the scalloped edges on the completed one. I’m going to have to find out how you did that.
    .-= Vivian´s last blog ..Quilt Festival On-line =-.

  • Roz May 22, 2010

    fabulous, fabulous a lifetime achievement

  • Karen May 23, 2010

    I love Dear Jane Quilts and yours is a fabulous example – congratulations on finishing it. The second one will be stunning also – will look forward to seeing it complete.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Blogger’s Quilt Festival =-.

  • Lynne May 23, 2010

    I LOVE dear Jane quilts and the colours you used in yours really make it look fresh and funky – your lucky lucky daughter!
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..Advice needed =-.

  • Miri May 23, 2010

    Gorgeous! The colors are so wonderful…so sweet and light! Truly a wonderful, wonderful quilt!
    .-= Miri´s last blog .. =-.

  • CJ May 23, 2010

    That’s quite a treasure you’ve passed onto your daughter, she is very lucky! While I “can” imagine the work that went into that, I “can’t” imagine ever tackling one, I’m just going to admire yours! It’s absolutely stunning!
    .-= CJ´s last blog ..Playing with EQ7 =-.

  • Shawn May 23, 2010

    Wow you are amazing!! Your quilts are absolutely gorgeous and I can appreciate all the loving stitches that went into them. I like Kona too but have noticed a little raveling on the edges, have you tried the Bella solids,I have not ,just wondering how they may compare?? Thanks for visiting me and leaving a sweet comment!
    Have a happy weekend,

  • Anya May 23, 2010

    I think you’ll have your second DJ finished before I finally get my first one done! Lovely work — those are amazing!
    .-= Anya´s last blog ..Do The Wave =-.

  • Astrid May 23, 2010

    Gorgeous, Karen! I’m very impressed by all the hand sewing you do, I’m not sure I have enough patience for it, but – I should give it a try before I say so – lol.
    .-= Astrid´s last blog ..Blogger’s Quilt Festival 2010 =-.

  • Heather May 23, 2010

    great to see those two again. I started following you when you were getting near the end of the hand quilting.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2010 =-.

  • Mary L May 23, 2010

    Karen, you know how much I admire both quilts, but it bears saying again. Superb job!!!!
    .-= Mary L´s last blog ..Donna Skvarla–100 Years of American Quilts =-.

  • AnnieO May 23, 2010

    Wow, and double Insane wow! This is a dedication of craftswomahship, time, fabric and love that will extend for many generations! Just amazing. Thank you for sharing your quilt’s story 🙂
    .-= AnnieO´s last blog ..Blogger’s Quilt Festival =-.

  • Catherine May 23, 2010

    I am truly impressed with your level of committement on your ‘Dear Jane’ quilts. The end result is stunning. Sounds like you have aa bit of a ‘Dear Jane’ addiction happening though:)
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Caitlin’s baby quilt! =-.

  • Erin May 23, 2010

    This is amazing. On so many levels. It makes me want to start my own, so I guess insanity is catching!
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Blogger’s Quilt Festival, Spring 2010 Edition! =-.

  • marie saborio May 23, 2010

    Let me congratulate you, beautiful Quilt. I hope someday I can finish mine
    .-= marie saborio´s last blog ..Blogger’s Quilt Festival Lorenzo’s Quilt =-.

  • Zonnah May 24, 2010

    I completely understand the break part. I am on one at the moment, although this festival is making me want to complete my dear jane quilt!

  • Beth May 24, 2010

    Nice Jane quilt. Love the colors.
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..Blogger’s Quilt Festival =-.

  • anina May 24, 2010

    I’m SO impressed by your Jane tenacity. Love both of them. Hopefully I’ll have one to post next year…
    .-= anina´s last blog ..Pinwheel Party Week 13! =-.

  • Aunt Spicy May 24, 2010

    Oh gosh, that quilt is just stunning! Just stunning!
    .-= Aunt Spicy´s last blog ..Beehive Bazaar =-.

  • Jill May 24, 2010

    What an amazing quilt, thank you so much for sharing. I can see the insanity side of it, but the finished product is so worth it!
    .-= Jill´s last blog ..Mermaid Sets =-.

  • Jill May 25, 2010

    Amazing! Excellent work.

  • Marjorie May 26, 2010

    Blogs like this just push me ever closer to considering making a Dear Jane. I can’t wait to see your new one!
    .-= Marjorie´s last blog ..Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Coral Reef Quilt =-.

  • SewCalGal May 26, 2010

    Lovely. Absolutely lovely. You did a fantastic job.

    .-= SewCalGal´s last blog ..Last Call for Winner to Claim a Prize =-.

  • Kathy May 27, 2010

    Karen, Your Dear Jane quilts are fabulous! These quilts will be cherished for generations. You do exceptionally beautiful work.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..May Garden =-.

  • Eldrid May 28, 2010

    Wow, – I admire everyone who actually finishes one of these quilts, – and you have soon made two. Truly impressive!
    .-= Eldrid´s last blog ..Nature’s Pearls =-.

  • Laurel H. Jun 2, 2010

    O my; you ARE insane–and you’re making a second one just like it! Just kidding; that quilt is stunning.
    .-= Laurel H.´s last blog ..Spring to Finish 2010: In brief =-.

  • Anne Jun 17, 2010

    What a stunning quilt. Your daughter will have a real treasure. I love seeing how different it looks with your choice of fabrics for the second Dear Jane.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Map Quilt Blocks and Mail =-.

  • Amy Apr 30, 2014

    Stumbled across your blog because I am about to start my own DJ! So excited. I had intended to hand piece my quilt with Kona Solids, I’m second guessing myself after reading your blog. What solid would you recommend, instead? Thank you so much!

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