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:
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.