A Slow Sunday

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

Slow Stitching did get done, more machine stitching also and more sauce!

Stain Glass Stars has progress and I am more than half way done hand quilting this little wall hanging.  I am now on the blue star area and all in the fore front is finished.

stain glass stars

A close up of the stitches – I don’t actually take really tiny stitches – really good is 10 stitches or so to the inch – I take more like 6-7 most of  the time but it is very consistent so it might look smaller because of that.  I have tried over the years to take tinier stitches but it just doesn’t happen – I find I have to really, really think about it and that takes all the fun and relaxation out of hand quilting if you are counting stitches constantly.

hand quilting

The back of the quilt.

hand quilting

The last 3 big blocks of Primary Colors are done – next step is to lay everything out on the floor and then lay out the half blocks along the sides – I need to lay everything out so I get color placement right.  I will probably try to work on that Tuesday or Wednesday.  I am linking to Love Laugh Quilt: Monday Making and MCM#84  and Em’s Scrapbag today.

primary colors

On a social media group there was a little chatter about Dear Jane quilts and I snapped off a quick photo of the red/white one that I did several years back so I thought I would share it here.  This one I called “Insanity Revisited” as I thought I was nuts to make a second Dear Jane quilt – each of them took me close to 4 – 5 years from start to finished – all hand pieced and hand quilted.

Dear Jane - Insanity Revisited

And now because I am showing the second one I feel I should find a photo of the first one  I called “Insanity” these quilts are both about 88 inches square if I remember right.  If I remember right I think I finished this one in 2009 (started in 2004) and the red and white one in 2015 (started in 2008).  This scrappy version belongs to daughter Melanie as she was really into this quilt from beginning to end.

Dear Jane - Insanity

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26 comments… add one
  • Gretchen Aug 14, 2017

    I don’t worry about the size of my quilting stitches, I just want to get the quilt quilted! Wow! You made 2 Janes, you were insane. There are people who attend the Jane Stickle retreat who have made 6, 7 and 8. Some of them have reduced the blocks to 2 1/2″. Now that is really insanity.
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    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      I can not see reducing the pattern to make a mini but I am glad to say I am not that insane. Every now and then I feel like making another but I know I won’t. I have heard of the retreat in Indiana but have never gone to it.

  • Marianne Aug 14, 2017

    I love both of your Janes! And that’s how we met, so they are super special. I have been asked to do a quilt show at a senior housing center in Nov.-Dec. and think I’ll include my Asian Jane. It doesn’t have the outer pieced triangles or scallops. Because the Asian prints don’t show up as well in those small blocks, I used plain pieces of the various prints alternating with black for the triangles. During my Jane phase, I think I enjoyed making the pieced triangles and corner kits the best.
    Your wallhanging is turning out great! To remove the ink, will you wash it by hand or in the washer?

    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      I’m not sure – I think as long as I take the hanging out of the dryer before it is completely dry and lay it flat to finish it will be ok, I want it to be square and not the least twisted.
      yes you should show your Asian Jane!

  • Teri Dingler Aug 14, 2017

    Love both Jane quilts! I have the book, cd that came with the book, patterns in the book, and haven’t started mine yet! I guess I haven’t gone “insane” enough just yet! Haha! Or I don’t sit still long enough! I do want to make one (I think) – yours are just stunning!

    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      yes you need to be insane to start it LOL – not so much anymore it seems though I have seen a lot of crazy quilts made over the years since then – like Mrs. Billings – that one is kind of crazy – I have the pattern and never started it – can’t decide on the fabric to use. Did you know that Dear Jane is now sold at Paper Pieces in a kit for EPP – well the pieces are that is I don’t think the fabric is included. I remember when I was making my second one that someone was making it EPP but had made her own papers.

  • Kim Webb Aug 14, 2017

    Wow, your Jane quilts are spectacular.

    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      Thanks Kim – I have to look at them every now and then, but the red/white one is too small for my bed and too big for the space on my wall that I have available – I had it hanging for awhile but it was just too big

  • Carole Aug 14, 2017

    Those quilts are gorgeous! Your skill in hand quilting is quite apparent. Lovely!
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    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      thanks Carole – I have been hand quilting for years and years

  • Celia Aug 14, 2017

    Your DJs are lovely, very impressive (or insane!) to make two! Mine has been a WIP for eleven years!! The top was finished and it is about half hand quilted, but I put it aside to make Love Entwined and haven’t got back to it, must do it sometime.

    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      well I was going to make Love Entwined and never finished the center – maybe my insanity years are behind me now?

  • Lorraine bujnowski Aug 14, 2017

    Wow! Both of your Dear Jane quilts are beautiful. And you hand quilted them!!!
    Wish I could get motivated to work on mine.

    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      thanks –

  • Barbara Aug 14, 2017

    Even and small stitches, just exquisite. What beautiful and so different from each other, Dear Jane quilts and such stick to-it-iveness on your part. I’m afraid mine would be in a pieces somewhere in a bin. I read an article of a podcast yesterday on A Way to Garden.com about Rhubarb and how it will not grow in warm climates.
    “It’s hardy to like Zone 3 . It literally comes from Siberia; that’s where it is a native plant. It’s extremely cold tolerant and much less so on the other end.”
    They suggest, if you live in the South -south of New Hampshire- growing it from seed every year, treating it as an annual, and using the variety “Victoria”.
    So, you don’t have to feel bad that your transplants from Wisconsin have not done well.

    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      yes we do have some people that can seem to grow rhubarb here I just don’t seem to be one of them. I have heard of people having luck with it in zone 6 – we are zone 7

  • Dottie bishaw Aug 14, 2017

    Oh your two Dear Jane quilts are just too beautiful for words!!! The quilting is just so lovely too! Your daughter is just so blessed to have the first Dear Jane. My favorite is the red one, l love it. I can’t get enough of looking at them. I didn’t know you had made one, let alone two! Thank you for showing these, because they are so inspiring to me. I hope to just make one some day. I have the book, I just need to be a bit more insane, lol!

    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      thanks Dottie. here is a link to my pinterest page that has a lot of my quilts shown – not all of them but a lot of them – you can make one if you have the book 🙂 just do one block at a time and before you know it!

    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      I forgot to give you the link! https://www.pinterest.com/karenfaeg/my-quilts/

  • Dottie bishaw Aug 14, 2017

    Thank you for the link, I’m going to check it out now.

  • Emily Aug 14, 2017

    Your quilting is beautiful as are the Dear Jane quilts
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    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      thanks Em

  • Barbara Aug 14, 2017

    About Rhubarb, they did encourage folks in the south to try to get a piece of a plant from someone in their area who has luck with growing one, as it will be more adapted to your climate. Good luck!

    • Karen Aug 14, 2017

      don’t know anyone in particular that has it here – most have never heard of it

  • LisaS Aug 20, 2017

    Both of your DJs are beautiful. I have one started that I need to get back to.

    • Karen Aug 20, 2017

      thank you – I do love them

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