Spring Quilt Festival 2015

Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”, quilts

I had to get some new photos of my Dear Jane Quilt which I named “Insanity Revisited” before I could do my post so I am running a little bit late here.  I am entering this quilt in the Hand Quilted category of Amy’s Creative Side Spring 2015 Quilt Festival.

I’m afraid I am at a little bit of an angle on this and I didn’t take a straight shot but it is close.


This quilt measures about 80 x 80 inches – it is hand quilted and hand pieced, it has some needle turn applique done and some reverse applique.    It is called “Insanity Revisited” as I made a different Dear Jane before this one that was called “Insanity” yes I truly thought this was insanity revisited by time I got done with it.

I started this quilt on April 12, 2008 and worked on it off and on for about two and half years finishing the top in December of 2010.  I put it aside as I must admit I was tired of looking at it for almost 3 1/2 years before I started to hand quilt it on May 26 2014.  This quilt took me 392 hours and 30 minutes to hand piece.  It has 4, 886 pieces of fabric in it.  Hand quilting took me a mire 156 hours and 20 minutes – which felt really fast after it took so long to piece.  I started to quilt it May 26, 2014 and finished the quilt January 1, 2015.  Eventually this quilt will go to my granddaughter Ciera who is only 12 right now so she has to be a lot older before I know she will truly appreciate it although she loves it already – but I will take care of it for her for awhile.

Here are some close ups of the work.  I will certainly appreciate any votes I get for best Hand quilted and/or Viewer’s Choice.  There are a lot of quilts entered and you can still enter a quilt or two until morning of the 22nd.  Voting starts at noon on the 22nd.  I believe that is the deadline for Viewers Choice also.  Go to the link at the top of the post to festival to see all that is there.  Each category you view in a separate post so you need to go to Amy’s blog to see it all.






I used a Princess Mirah red batik and a butter cream yellow Bali water color batik – 100% cotton batting for the nice antique look after it was washed and dried.  A red and cream color variegated thread was used for the hand quilting.

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28 comments… add one
  • Linda May 18, 2015

    What a beautiful job. I know all the hard work you put into this quilt. I love the color! Buttercream and burgundy. I have done both Dear Jane and Dear Hannah ( I have a daughter Hannah) and it will go to her. I have other projects…but maybe I might revisit this quilt again. How much fabric did you use for both colors? I used whatever I had back then. Good luck on your entry!

  • Kristie May 18, 2015

    I love your quilt! Red is one of my favorite colors. I started a DJ several years ago and I only have 20 or so blocks finished. Someday….I need to finish it.
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  • nanci May 19, 2015

    I remember when you started this one. Wow, really? All the time you worked on it was recorded? Amazing patience you have! I love the quilt, didn’t realize that it was so large.
    Well, I will certainly give it a vote. It is beautiful. You have such great colour sense. the different shades of red are perfect.

  • Pat in WNY May 19, 2015

    What a beautiful labor of love! This is stunning! I already know I would never have the patience to make one of these but certainly can admire others!

  • Deb May 19, 2015

    HELLO JANE so nice to see you again….I do believe you will be the Queen of the Festival with so much work, talent and love poured into you 🙂

  • Kathy May 19, 2015

    Oh I remember following along as you quilted this. I just don’t even have words to express how much I love, love, love this quilt. All your time and effort in this quilt paid off as it is just fabulous! Good luck!
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  • Jean May 19, 2015

    Just amazing. Wow! I love the red and that you used the red variegated thread for quilting.

  • Sandra B May 19, 2015

    Such an awesome quilt!! I remember how much I enjoyed seeing the progress pictures as you quilted it…. Good luck to you!
    Do you keep track of number of pieces and number of hours for all your quilts? I know you have mentioned those statistics for other quilts. I guess once you get in the habit of recording the information, after a while it just comes as second nature and you don’t even think about it.

  • Kim May 19, 2015

    Good luck! I enjoyed following you all through this quilt. What a beautiful quilt it is!
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  • Julierose May 19, 2015

    Gosh this is a stunning quilt! i love love love that red!! Beautiful handwork and quilting.
    Best ofluck in the voting….I know where my vote will go –this is amazing….hugs, Julierose
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  • Kathi May 20, 2015

    So glad you entered this at Amy’s 🙂 Such a work of art for sure! Kathi
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  • audrey May 20, 2015

    Ah.. I love this quilt so much! It’s one of my favorite Dear Janes I’ve ever seen. Your hand quilting makes it look just incredible.:)

  • Tracy May 20, 2015

    this is scrumptious! All those tiny pieces – pieced by hand?! Amazing. Fabulous job!!

  • Janet Maly May 20, 2015

    I love red and white quilts. I have made 3 of them !!! But this one is out of this world !!

  • Ana Maria Perna May 22, 2015

    This is an admirable piece of art. I admire your work and the result. althogether, red and white, and the general view of the Dear JAne.
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  • leanne May 22, 2015

    wow – that is just amazing ! the stats have my mind whirling 🙂

  • Wendy May 22, 2015

    What a lot of work you’ve put into this Karen. It’s truly beautiful. It’s great to see all that hand quilting too.

  • Jacky May 23, 2015

    This is a beautiful piece of art, what a wonderful quilt to pass on. I’ve often thought of starting a Dear Jane, you have inspired me to think again :))

  • Valerie May 26, 2015

    Fantastic! Great job seeing this through. I have one stalled for about a decade myself…
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  • Grazyna May 28, 2015

    Wow! It’s amazing!!!
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  • Sue Daurio May 28, 2015

    I love this more every time I see it. You definitely have my vote! Amazing
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  • grapes and hearts May 30, 2015

    Your granddaughter is a lucky girl. Awesome quilt and lovely quilting!

  • Mary Kolb May 31, 2015

    Congratulations – well deserved win!!

  • JanineMarie May 31, 2015

    Congratulations on your win! I’m in awe of the work you put into this quilt. And what a special gift for your granddaughter!

  • Anne Beier Jun 1, 2015

    Congratulations, Karen on a well-done job. Your quilt is beautiful, and the detail is wonderful!!

  • Anna Jun 1, 2015

    My congratulations on winning the 1st prize in the category of the competition. Your patchwork is very nice. I send greetings from Poland

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