The Next To Be Quilted

Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”, Dear Jane — Insanity, Lucy Boston–Patchwork of the Crosses, quilts

Back in 2005 I started my first Dear Jane quilt and finished it, I finished the top in 2008 and it sat aside for about a year before I quilted it – and finished it!!  but crazy me when I got done piecing it in 2008 I really missed working on those little bitty pieces and started a second one in a totally different color pattern.  I finished the the second top in less time – finished in 2010.  The first is called “Insanity” and the second was “Insanity Revisited” as I felt surely I was insane at times to begin a second one!  I am linking up with Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday today.

So this is the second Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited which will go on the frame when the POTC comes off of it.  I still need to put the scallop border on it – but I do that by attaching strips to the sides and then draw the scallops on – quilt and then cut the scallops after I take it off the frame.  The scallops will be the buttercream fabric and the binding the red.


The first Dear Jane “Insanity” on the side bar if you click on it you can find the old stories about it.

I am FINISHED with this project that took me 4 years and 9 months to make.

I was cleaning a lot yesterday morning – pulling furniture out from their spots so I could vacuum underneath and in back of, (believe me I do not do this often!) when I realized my vacuum wasn’t really working all that well – it is not old – well how many of you actually clean out the underside of your vacuum – I must admit to having forgotten to do this for awhile – look at all those threads caught up LOL – I had to sit on the floor with little scissors and start to cut it all out – no wonder it really wasn’t picking up the dirt very well.


I had a nice big nest when I got done with it!  So let this be a reminder to you – check the underside next time you get your vacuum out Smile


this is where I pick up on Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) last night – then roll it down and work all the way across and I will be half way done!


I mentioned a possible border for the Diamonds are Forever hexie quilt – I have always liked this applique border and this might be what I choose to do.


Ready for more circle prep work for the “Granny’s Got Style”  I thought I had a photo of the Prairie Points that I did yesterday – I have the whole chain attached to the 3rd row – I will show it later.


Don’t forget to enter into the giveaway for the pressing tool for the Prairie Points – drawing on April 1st – leave a comment at this link – I am 84comments – help me get to 100– this is the most I have gotten for a giveaway before Smile thanks to Susan K. Cleveland for donating the prize!

Here is a link to a new fabric – made in the US with cotton grown in Arkansas and the  fabric made in South Carolina!  Hancocks of Paducah is selling it now – has anyone used it and have an opinion – good price and lots of colors – solids only for now.

(I am compensated for any purchases made through my links.)

33 comments… add one
  • Liz Mar 25, 2014

    My vacuum look like that regularly lol. Your dear Jane is awesome. Wow. You are as prolific as me. Liz
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  • Kathy ... aka Nana Mar 25, 2014

    I don’t check the bottom of my vacuum as much as I used to, now that we no longer have a golden retriever in the family … but I’m still sewing/quilting so I know that there are plenty of threads on the floor … which eventually make their way to the beater bar. I will check my vacuum the very next time I get it out.

    I love your two Janes … I cannot wait to start following your progress on #2.
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  • hannele Mar 25, 2014

    OMG – both Dear Jane quilts are fabulous! If I were to make one I would probably go for the red one 🙂
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  • Mary Mar 25, 2014

    Your Dear Jane quilt is fabulous! I still have several triangles and all the kite blocks to go.

  • kaholly Mar 25, 2014

    You totally amaze me!! Although I love to work small, I don’t think I have what it takes to make one Dear Jane, let alone two!! Your vac is too funny!! A lesson to us all! I’m excited about the American Made fabrics! I will totally purchase them. Thanks for the heads up! Have a great day!
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  • Nedra Mar 25, 2014

    I’ve cleaned the roller bars on the vacuum many times, and yes, it’s usually full of thread. But, it’s been awhile, so thanks for the reminder 🙂
    And how I love your POTC quilt! I remember reading of your Dear Janes. Fabulous!
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  • Sue Daurio Mar 25, 2014

    I’ll have to take a look at my vacuum, I wonder if that’s part of the reason why it’s not working as well as it use to. Oh my goodness that Dear Jane is going to be amazing when you are done quilting it. Just incredible!!

  • Sally Mar 25, 2014

    That quilt is insane! It looks spectacular. Beautiful work.

  • Vicki W Mar 25, 2014

    I need to check my vacuum too. I haven’t done it in a while and the cleaning lady comes tomorrow.
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  • Connie Mar 25, 2014

    Wow! I can’t believe you made two of the Dear Jane quilts and how beautiful they both are!! Like you I have learned to be sure and check under the vacuum…….for lots of strings. I use my seam ripper to cut them. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Jeannette in CO Mar 25, 2014

    I have an American Eskimo reformed bitch…I clean my vacuum each time I use it before I start…

    Your work is so inspiring and I’m afraid I envy your outdoors – we’re so dry here.

  • Cheri Mar 25, 2014

    I know the feeling of all those threads and strips of fabric in the vacuum cleaner brush! Can I pass a tip to you?I do tend to not focus to much on making sure I hit the trash can with threads and such. I pick up the big pieces but the little ones let lay. It didn\’t occur to me at first either that it would cause the vacuum to not work right, but it only took ONE tantrum from my husband (who found it before I did!) to make me start using masking tape to clean it up first, then vacuum! I just keep a roll of wide masking tape in my drawer, and I wind it backwards on my hand into a loop and then just roll the tape over the floor and it picks up all the tiny threads and strips and..everything! Then I vacuum, No vacuum brush issues and no tantrums!

  • Cheri Mar 25, 2014

    BTW – found you on the Free Motion by the River Linky!
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  • Debra Mar 25, 2014

    LOL many a time I’ve sat on the floor and done just that with the vacuum!

    I know I don’ t have the talent for a Dear Jane so I am in awe when I see ONE. The fact that you did two is just amazing!!! 🙂

  • Alison Mar 25, 2014

    Did you throw those threads outside for the birds to use in their nest building? I read on Tim Latimer’s blog that he thows little lieces of fabric strips out too.

    That applique border would look lovely and soften the rigid centre pattern.

    Enjoy spring – here down under we are starting to feel the first chills of the colder weather on its way.

  • audrey Mar 25, 2014

    Your Dear Jane is incredible! I hope you leave notes for guardianship of these quilts in your will–would be terribly sad if they ended up in a 2nd hand shop some day.:)

  • Cindy Mar 25, 2014

    I love your quilts. Especially your Insanity Revisited. 🙂

  • Peggyinno Mar 25, 2014

    Are you kidding me! 2 DEAR JANES!! One would do me in big time!!! I’ve thought about making one, but I get rid of that thought before it becomes a reality!!!
    BTW, yours are beautiful!!

  • Hilda Mar 25, 2014

    Love that red Insanity and can’t believe you made two of them! It will be wonderful quilted – can’t wait to see the finish 🙂

  • Lorie B. Mar 25, 2014

    I think that border will look great on it! I am doing a hexagon quilt I am working on the border. I am putting appilque around the hexagons. I will try to send you a picture when I get the border done?

  • Michele Hill Mar 25, 2014

    A true quilters vacuum cleaner Karen!! Love, love your red Dear Jane…hugs from ‘down under’ xx
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  • Marianne Mar 25, 2014

    Oh, I forgot about your second Dear Jane! It’s still as beautiful as ever. Maybe you should now call it Patience, since it has been waiting for a while to get quilted. It will be gorgeous!

  • Lisa Mikel Mar 25, 2014

    I can’t wait to see your Dear Jane quilt quilted it will be so pretty! Your quilting is always amazing! I love watching all your progress on your projects.

  • Julie Mar 26, 2014

    LOVE both of your Dear Jane quilts! I don\\\’t think I will ever finish the one that I\\\’ve started, let alone two! Your hand quilting on POTC is beautiful!

  • Thimbleanna Mar 26, 2014

    You’re amazing! You make so many quilts and they’re all detailed and so beautiful — not the type that people whip out in a few days. I SO admire the way you stick with it and complete so many beautiful projects! As for the threads in the vacuum — hubby took our vacuum in for a different problem once and he said the repairman did NOT have nice things to say about all the thread that was wrapped around the roller bar LOL.

  • Doreen Mar 26, 2014

    Not long ago we replaced the brush bar assembly on our vacuum. I had known it wasn’t picking up and had cleaned the threads off already. Talk of a new(!) vacuum brought $$$$$ to my mind so I asked DH to go on Amazon and see if a part would be available. Growing up, I remembered my mom replacing the brush on her vacuum. Well, $30 later the order was placed and the item came. The vacuum is like new, again!!!!!!! Yay!!!!! Your Dear Jane…revisited is wonderful and, yes, you must be crazy!!!!!! But that’s what we love ’bout ya!!!!!! Hugs………………………………..

  • Nancy Mar 26, 2014

    Your Dear Jane is — both of your Dear Janes — are amazing. I especially love the red and white one. It is stunning.
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  • Charlotte Mar 26, 2014

    Ah-h-h !! You have your work cut out for you! But it will be beautiful!
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  • Debra Mar 27, 2014

    I often have to clean my vacuum that way.
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  • Esther Aliu Mar 28, 2014

    Both look just wonderful! I had to laugh when I saw your vacuum head, I’ve been there a few times myself!!
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  • Mary Ann Mar 30, 2014

    You do lovely work…and two Dear janes!!! I haven’t got one half made in all the years I’ve had fabric for it. I noticed that on another blog that you asked ..what I’m thinking is never going to be answered…was the DJ quilt ever presented to the Bushes!! Someone asked awhile ago on the DJ List. again..and again as I waited with baited breath there never was an answer. Would love to know what is going on as it must have been years ago that it was finished??
    I just realized that Inklingo has kites for sale. I have wanted to make the rose star block but after trying a kite template,sewing carefully my block was still off a smidge.
    Love your blog and work! Mary Ann

  • Jean Kester May 21, 2014

    I do every other week religiously between the thread and my granddaughters long long hair, it doesn’t take long!
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