Tuesday, October 10, 2006

More On the Dear Jane/Jane Was Nuts Class

I always loved the look of Jane Stickle's Dear Jane Quilt, but was afraid to tackle it. Carol Miller at Quilt University teaches the Jane Was Nuts Class. Her idea was that the original Dear Jane blocks, finishing at 4.5", I think, meant working with lots of units that are VERY inconvenient sizes, lots of measuring and headaches. So she worked out some designs that finish at 4", and are based on simple squares and strips that are 1", 1.5", 2" and 2.5". You get the idea, anyway. These little 4" blocks are lots of fun to make...rather addictive. Once you've got a lot of fabric cut to the convenient sizes, you can play and play. Here are the 30 blocks I ended up with. You can see the detail a bit better on the photos of individual blocks, like Pinwheel Star:

Stamp: Plaid:
And here's the final layout I came up with to incorporate all my blocks. Since I made two of each of the designs, I will need to make another 14 or so Jane Was Nuts blocks to do this quilt in queen size, 78x78.Who knows how long it will take me actually to begin this quilt. All the blocks are now in Australia...maybe I'll pull them out next month and start thinking about the fabrics for the alternate HSTs, Square in Square border and other borders.

Carol was really helpful during the class and I highly recommend it, when it's next offered. She also commented on potential quilt designs as she's really good about communicating with students in the class via e-mail. A very good experience, all in all!

Well, I tried to go back and add a couple more photos of individual blocks, but Blogger won't let me...sorry.

12 comments:

McIrish Annie said...

these are great. i will look for her class on QU!! i like your design for your finished blocks it looks really hard but with half square triangles not so bad!!

bet you can't wait til you and your machine are reunited!!

Dawn said...

Oh these are wonderful, and I love your idea for a layout. I only did 9 blocks total! That was all i was up for!

Nicole said...

D-

When did you get into quilting? Your stuff is really fantastic!

Laurie Ann said...

Love the layout!! Great idea!

Sweet P said...

I dodn't know Carol taught this type of class at QU. Like, Annie, I'll have to check it out. 4" squares aren't so scary.

Sweet P said...

I dodn't know Carol taught this type of class at QU. Like, Annie, I'll have to check it out. 4" squares aren't so scary.

debraspincic said...

I have signed up for an on-line class on joggles.com and it will be my first on-line class. Isn't it amazing what we can do on-line?

Dormouse said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, I thought I'd pop over and take a look at yours. Gorgeous photots and boy you're having an exciting time lately. I bet you'll be glad to get settled.

I love the Jane was Nuts blocks. I too will be looking eagerly at Quilt University in the hope that she'll run the class again.

bettsy said...

I love the idea of featuring the blocks in a bigger quilt layout, rather than just row after row. More work I know, but definately a far better visual effect. Can't wait to see it.

Nines said...

Love the blocks and glad you are enjoying them. I like the final layout for them, but I know you will be enjoying the process. My ds Paul is now all worried about you- the kids loved your Australia pictures- but Paul says there are some very poisonous spiders in Australia. Too much Animal Planet can be a dangerous thing!

Cynthia said...

i like the layout you have decided on for your blocks.

ForestJane said...

Changing the size of these blocks to make them easier sounds exactly like my kind of quilting... lol