Dear Jane #2 Finished

Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”

Pleased to say that Dear Jane #2 Insanity Revisited is finished!!!  I will take more photos once I get a hanging sleeve on her and hang her up.  I am pretty sure I will be able to fit this quilt on the living room wall for now and later on the quilt will go to my granddaughter when she grows up as she is only 12 right now.  I am linking to A Quilting Reader’s Garden and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I found a new to me blog called My Quilt Infatuation and she is having a weekly link up as well.  I found another link up to add – this should keep you all busy looking at these pages if you want — Quilt Shop Gal’s Creative Goodness Weekly Link.

Of course I had to take a few photos once I got the quilt out of the washer and dryer.  I had prewashed the red batik that is in this quilt, but I just knew it would take more washing and color catchers and  probably will for the rest of it’s life – I washed it 3 times and the color catchers are still coming out pink.  I will make sure to include washing instructions but I’m sure by time the quilt is passed on it will be washed a few more times.

I started piecing  the quilt on April 8, 2008 and finished piecing it on December 20, 2010 about 2 1/2 years to piece.  It has 4,886 pieces in it.  It took me 392 hours and 30 minutes to hand piece it and 156 hours and 20 minutes to hand quilt it and binding is included in that time.  I started to quilt on May 26, 2014 and finished quilting it on January 1, 2015 and the binding took four more days of work.  I did take 2 1/2 months off of working on the quilt while we traveled so it took basically 5 months to quilt it.  Anyone who doesn’t make a Dear Jane might not realize that a lot of us keep track of our time, pieces etc when making this quilt – it is just a little Dear Jane quirk that we seem to have LOL.  Completed in just under 550 hours total.


When I finished piecing this quilt it sat for 4 years in the to be quilted stack before I finally got around to quilting it and it really went quickly once it got on the frame.






Yes I think it will fit although some will hang behind the couch – but there you go – no where else to put it.  After washing and drying it finishes off at about 80 inches square.  I still need to make a label – and the hanging sleeve but other than that it is done!


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  • Carla Jan 9, 2015

    Oh Karen, you must be so pleased! So beautiful! So much work! It is going to look lovely hanging behind your sofa!
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  • Teri Dingler Jan 9, 2015

    The Dear Jane is absolutely beautiful!!! I have been searching my brain to see whether I want to do a scrappy one or one in one color like yours above- I just can’t decide yet but know I want to get started later this year on mine! Can’t wait to see it up on your wall- stay warm.

  • Julierose Jan 9, 2015

    What an accomplishment–this is just beautiful…hugs, Julierose
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  • Kathy Jan 9, 2015

    We both had finishes yesterday! Of course, your fabulous DJ far outshines my simple log cabin. I just LOVE your DJ … seeing yours makes me contemplate doing a DJ myself. Well done!
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  • Jean Etheridge Jan 9, 2015

    Wow! I am impressed! It is amazing!

  • Tazzie Jan 9, 2015

    Wow Karen, it looks fabulous, congratulations!

  • Jill Jan 9, 2015

    Congrats on your finish. I am partial to red and white quilts and have always admired Dear Janes. It’s lovely.

  • Liz Jan 9, 2015

    Congratulations. I think there might be a a DearJane in my future in blue and white.

  • Suzanne Jan 9, 2015

    This deserves fanfare. Dot dot tah dah! Wonderful. What an heirloom this will be. Lucky granddaughter.
    Beautiful work.

  • Deb Jan 9, 2015

    It is an amazing and beautiful accomplishment ; congrats on your wonderful finish! 🙂

  • Vicki W Jan 9, 2015

    It’s beautiful! You must be thrilled with it.
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  • Sharon S Jan 9, 2015

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Such an accomplishment; it is truly beautiful!!!

  • Mary Jan 9, 2015

    Congratulations! It is absolutely beautiful, and what a wonderful accomplishment. Thank you for sharing your progress with us.
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  • Nancy Jan 9, 2015

    Wow, Karen what a great accomplishment . It’s just beautiful made all in red.
    The one hanging is so pretty. What’s it called?

  • Hannele Jan 9, 2015

    What a splendid start for this year to get such a great job finally done! It is gourgeous – you definitely have to get it hanging on your wall asap 🙂
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  • Wanda Jan 9, 2015

    it will look great hanging on the wall. Your granddaughter is a lucky girl to know this will be hers some day.
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  • Lin Marsh Jan 9, 2015

    Woo Hoo for you! So exciting to get a Finish! And it is gorgeous in all its crinkly goodness. I love what washing/drying does to a quilt.

  • Flo Jan 9, 2015

    Wow, what a lot of work!! Amazing! You must be very proud of this accomplishment!
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  • Mary LeClerc Jan 9, 2015

    Fabulous. Another masterpiece. Your granddaughter is a lucky gal.
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  • Ruth Jan 9, 2015

    Stunning! So are you going to start on the next one?
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  • Maryann Jan 9, 2015

    Congratulations! What a beautiful quilt. Every time I see another Dear Jane it makes me want to start one. So far, I’ve resisted, but yours makes this even harder. This two color version is just stunning.

  • Angie in SoCal Jan 9, 2015

    A FABULOUS finish, Karen. What an accomplishment. The Dear Jane is a monumental work especially done all by hand. And it is just gorgeous in red and white. Congratulations! And thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone.
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  • Sandra B Jan 9, 2015

    Congratulations, Karen! I have been so excited to see the progress updates on this quilt once I found your blog a while back….The finished quilt is fabulous!! Can’t wait to see a picture of it up on the wall! Thanks for continuing to inspire us!!

  • Elzaan Jan 9, 2015

    Well done and congratulations on this big finish!!! You can feel very relieved and proud of yourself for finishing (another) Dear Jane.
    I think it will look stunning on the wall.

  • Heather Jan 9, 2015

    Wow Karen, this quilt is very striking in red and white. I started one in oranges and white but it has languished for far too long. Seeing yours complete is inspiring. Thanks.
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  • Celine Jan 9, 2015

    I’m sure you’re now a proud girl. Congratulations!

  • Emily Breclaw Jan 9, 2015

    Congratulations Karen!!! What an awesome accomplishment!

  • Victoria Jan 9, 2015

    Hi Karen! Congratulations in finishing DJ Insanity Revisited, it’s an incredible quilt, a work of art. Love!!
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  • Kathi Jan 9, 2015

    What a fabulous finish! Do you keep a calendar just for what you work on quilty each day or is the date keeping just something you did with this quilt? I knew you clocked your time. But not the start and stop date… would love to know more about that.. You did such a wonderful job on this quilt and I hope your granddaughter will adore it when she is deemed old enough to have it 🙂 Kathi
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  • Claudette Booker Jan 9, 2015

    It is an amazing quilt. I really wish I had kept better track of my DJ journey. I did start writing the finish date and location for my blocks in my book this summer. Wish I had done it all along. Congratulations on a beautiful finish!

  • BillieBee Jan 9, 2015

    Your Dear Jane is just Stunning!!! Congratulations on your finish.
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  • Helen Anne Jan 9, 2015

    congratulations! It looks very beautiful
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  • Pam Jan 9, 2015

    Absolutely magnificent! Cheers to a job very well done!

  • Hilda Jan 9, 2015

    It’s been a wonderful journey – congratulations! The quilting looks soft and vintage 🙂

  • audrey Jan 9, 2015

    Ooh, love the close-ups after it’s completed finished and washed. What a incredible quilt! I think I like this one even better than your other one if that’s possible! Great, fabulous work!!

  • Marianne Jan 9, 2015

    OMG! Did you think it would ever get done? Well, all that time was definitely worth it. It’s beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Evie H Jan 9, 2015

    Oh my, it is absolutely beautiful! And to top it off, red is my favorite color. And, I love the quilt that is already hanging on the wall. What beautiful work you do. Thanks for the show.

  • Belarmina Antuña Jan 9, 2015

    Madre mía!!!
    ¡¡es una preciosidad!!
    una joya para admirar….

  • Astrid Jan 9, 2015

    WOW Karen! Congrats on the finish, it’s a beauty! Love the scallops, so beautiful!
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  • Martha Briese Jan 9, 2015

    Amazing!!! I love your Dear Jane, so beautiful in red!!! Mine is 1930’s fabrics but it will be a long time before being finished!! You are an inspiration!

  • Kristie Jan 9, 2015

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it! I also love the other quilt that you have hanging on the wall…very pretty.
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  • Mary Ann Jan 9, 2015

    Beautiful! What an accomplishment. Do you think you would ever enter the quilt in any prominent quilt shows? (Paducah).

  • Frances Jan 10, 2015

    Amazing achievement. I have just been gathering the fabrics to start mine. Did you keep a record of how much fabric you used of each of your colours?

  • Chantal Jan 10, 2015

    Congratulations! It’s GOOOOOORRRRRGEOUS!!! Just FABulous! You started 2015 with a bang. Not sure I will ever tackle such a project but I sure did enjoy seeing your progress and the finale result. Amazing!

  • Archiethewonderdog Jan 10, 2015

    Congratulations, it’s gorgeous!
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  • Sarah C. Jan 10, 2015

    It’s glorious, Karen! Whoop whoop for a fabulous finish!!
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  • Susan Jan 10, 2015

    I know a lot of people don’t finish the first one and here you have two! The red and white is gorgeous.
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  • Quilter Kathy Jan 11, 2015

    Congratulations Karen! That is an amazing accomplishment!

  • Snowcatcher Jan 11, 2015

    What a tremendous accomplishment! This turned out so beautifully!

  • Thimbleanna Jan 12, 2015

    Wow Karen! What a beautiful quilt and such an accomplishment. Congratulations!!!!

  • Di J Jan 13, 2015

    This quilt is absolutely amazing. I can’t believe you’re not entering it in any quilt shows before you assign it to beautifying your wall. It would surely win prizes! Well done, and I know your little granddaughter will treasure this future family heirloom. What a fantastic note on which to start your creative year, Karen!

  • Wendy Jan 15, 2015

    Wow Karen. What a beautiful quilt, and what an amazing amount of work you’ve put into it. It’s just beautiful and such a work of art. I really admire anyone who make a Dear Jane quilt, and I especially admire those who actually finish them. I’m sure your granddaughter will love it and cherish it one day. I’m going to refer my friend Carla to your site because she has finally finished her DJ top, and just basted it for hand quilting. Congratulations on finishing your quilt.

  • Karen M. Jan 15, 2015

    Absolutely amazing! Congratulations on such a beautiful completion!

  • Maryse Jan 15, 2015

    Congratulations on such a fantastic finish! I like how you kept track of hours and all the details involved in the making of a quilt like this one. It’s a fabulous quilt and I am glad you shared this one with us, the craftsmanship is just incredible! You must be really proud of this one.

  • Carla Jan 16, 2015

    I just finished my Dear Jane top and Wendy of Wendy’s Quilts and more suggested I check out yours. It is red! My favourite colour!
    Well done! The quilting looks lovely too. I like how you have chose a darker thread. I plan to go with boring old cream to hide my mistakes.
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