I'm one of several thousand people working on a wonderful, yet challenging quilt. Jane Blakeley Stickle finished in 1863 a large quilt that today is known as Dear Jane. It consists of 225 different blocks, none of them are equal to another and their complexity is a challenge for even the most skilled quilter. For instance the block you see at the left in the picture (the 8-point star within the 5-point star). The 8-point star is 1 squareinch! It took me years to get the courage to start on that. I didn't handpiece when I started to work on it four and a half years ago, but I do now. My appliqueing skills have also improved by doing these blocks. Today I have 71 blocks and 1 triangle and the total amount of pieces I've used so far is 1234.
A lot of the "Janiacs" make the quilt with reproduction fabrics similar to the original. I'm no repro-girl, so I chose to make an "Arctic Jane". I took some photos on our skiing trip yesterday so you can see where I got the inspiration from. The blues we see around us now are incredible, especially right before the sun rises or right after it sets.