Dear Jane, “Insanity Revisited” 169 Blocks, 52 Triangles, 4 Cornerstones

Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”, quilts
(EDITED:  Quilting Bloggers is having a contest of Christmas quilts – I entered my Christmas Memories in it.  You can go here to vote for your favorite and go to the weekly themed contest)

Done!!  well with all those pieces that is.  The blocks are all put together in 13 rows of 13 blocks in each.  The triangles are all put together into 4 borders of 13 pieced triangles and 14 plain triangles.  The corners are made and ready to attach.

What is left to do: I need to add a 3/4 inch sashing of the butter cream fabric all around the main part of the quilt.  Then I attach the borders.  After that comes a border of butter cream to make the scallop edges out of.

Right now before all of that this is what is done – the last corner – easy one here – all reverse applique.  In the original and also on my first DJ I pieced the star out of two fabrics, in this one I decided to just reverse applique the whole thing – it made it so much easier.


Here is the quilt laid out on the floor with the borders and corners ready to be sewed in place after the thin sashing is sewed on around the rows of blocks. This is not the correct placement for the borders and corners – I didn’t get the book out to see which went where – I just laid them down to take a photo.


I will get started today with the sashing and work on it for the rest of the year.  I have way surpassed my time on this one compared to the first Dear Jane I did.  I think I will be about 80 hours faster on this one – I guess that is what happens with practice Smilepractice makes perfect LOL (that is what one might think unless they have made this quilt too and examine and find all the little mistakes – but it is such a busy quilt no one will notice with this many pieces!)

I had a good day with my mother yesterday.  The weather held out good and I got off to an early start – I was on the road by 8 I think.  We got some shopping done, lunch, afternoon coffee shop for some coffee for me and tea for her.  I stayed within my goal of getting home before dark as I hate driving at night.  It was just getting dark when I pulled off the interstate and had 10 miles to go on the highway for home.

Mom loved the little tablecloth and it was in place on the table when I left.  I brought along some fresh homemade bread that I made late in the day on Wednesday (I will need to post that recipe at a later date – it turned out really great), brought some canned applesauce from November for her and cookies – she loved it all.  So glad I was able to get up there to see her.

Now I just hope she doesn’t get sick!  On the way home I started to feel like I was coming down with a cold and this morning I do not feel that great – maybe it is just being tired and I will feel ok later – hope so!

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16 comments… add one
  • Leslie R. Dec 17, 2010

    WOW!!! Just WOW!!!!! That’s all I can say!!! 🙂 One of these days I’ll be as brave as you to try one of my own!! I’m in awe!!!

  • Mary L Dec 17, 2010

    Breathtaking! Now stay well!
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  • yvette Dec 17, 2010

    I am drooling. That is so beautiful. WOW WOW WOW!!

  • Marianne Dec 17, 2010

    Congratulations, Karen! It looks absolutely gorgeous!

  • Crispy Dec 17, 2010

    Oh Karen, it’s wonderful!! How wide do you make the outside border strip for the scallops?


  • Wanda Dec 17, 2010

    I’m glad you had a good day with your mother. Take some vitamin C twice a day for a couple days to boost your immune system.

    The quilt looks really good with the borders next to it.

    I voted for your quilt. There sure were a lot of different styles of quilts entered.
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  • Michelle Dec 17, 2010

    I hope you’re just tired Karen, and not sick. So glad you had such a lovely day with your mom.

    The Dear Jane is simply stunning! I thought that was a once in a lifetime quilt and here you’ve made two.

    Going to vote. 🙂
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  • Karen L Dec 17, 2010

    Holy Cow!!!! I cannot believe you do this all by hand even though you have it all documented on your blog and I have been reading/viewing it along the way. I don’t know what else to say …… awesome, maybe? I am …… speechless! Glad you had a good time with your Mom. Wish I could still do that. I miss her. Enjoy her as much as possible.

  • Anya Dec 17, 2010

    You go, girl! You’re inspiring me to get working on mine again.
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  • Regina Chronister Dec 17, 2010

    wow that looks so good, red is my color. I voted for you.

  • Teri Dingler Dec 17, 2010

    That makes me want to get started on a Dear Jane quilt – but first I have to quilt two other quilts! Then and maybe then I will get started!!!! Thanks for always inspiring us! It is gorgeous! Teri

  • Vivian Dec 17, 2010

    Oh goodness, I can’t believe all of the small pieces. Then I thought, “Wow, I wonder how many stitches will be in it after she gets it quilted?” Too many to count. Just beautiful.
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  • Miriam Dec 18, 2010

    Woohoo, congratulations Karen!!!!

    I hop you are feeling better now. Take care.

  • CJ Dec 18, 2010

    Oh Karen this is one of the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen! It’s absolutely breathtaking! The corners are just fabulous!!!!

    I can’t wait to see how you quilt this, do you have a design in mind for it yet?
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  • nanci Dec 18, 2010

    The block looks like a print! It’s beautiful, but for the quilt itself, I’m speechless, have not one word to say….
    I do hope you aren’t coming down with any of the bugs that are all around this winter…grandkids have been sick, daughter is fighting a terrible cold, and the weather doesn’t cooperate either what with the snow, sleet etc that comes with our winters.
    You are fortunate that your mom is able to go shopping with you. Cherish the moments. My mother loved to shop! I mean SHOP and I hated it, I was the carrier of parcels. I miss the days now, lucky you.
    Merry Christmas
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  • Gwynette in NW Arkansas Dec 18, 2010

    You are a wonder, Karen!!! That quilt is beautiful… lucky daughters to a Dear Jane quilt each. I know you are anxious to get the tiny sashing on and finish it up!!!

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