Civil War Reproduction Fabric Alert – Dear Jane II


I've been in love the the Jane Stickle Sampler quilt from the first moment I saw it. Quilters world wide owe a huge debt of gratitude to Brenda Papadakis for putting her heart and soul into bringing the pattern for this quilt to all of us with her book, Dear Jane.

The quilt is housed at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont. It's on display each year during September and October as part of their rotating display.

A few years ago Windham Fabrics produced a fabric collection - Dear Jane, c. 1863 based on the quilt. It was so wildly popular they convinced Brenda to do Dear Jane II

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As sometimes happens with fabric collections, many of the prints were sold out as soon as they came in from the mill making them difficult to find so I'm sharing a little secret with you. I know where you can find them!

That's my Fat Quarter Bundle sitting pretty on top of my Baby Jane quilt top. I've been working on my quilt for years and years but have vowed to have it completed in time for the European Dear Jane Club Exposition 2013 in Belgium.

I wish the camera could capture the beautiful colors and detail in the fabric prints. They are just wonderful and authentic to the period of Civil War fabrics.

This is just one of the fabrics I bought yards of. I love the way it works with double pink prints and stripes are so much fun to work with. They're great for sashing and borders.

Another print is a faux patchwork of blocks from the Dear Jane quilts. These cute little babies are just 3"!

There's a faux patchwork for the triangle border too. It's perfectly scaled to match those little blocks.

I've been working on a Baby, Baby Jane lap quilt. There are 11 little blocks across the width of the fabric so I'll use 14 for my length and then add the triangle border. I planned to take the completed top with me to the Dear Jane Retreat in November and get some Cuddle Cloth for backing but after putting together the Cuddle Quilt last week I may not be able to wait that long. It's a good thing Lolly's is so good at shipping things to their out of town customers.

I bought yardage of several pieces for a scrap quilt I want to make using my fat quarter bundle but when I looked at these three fat quarters I couldn't stop thinking about how pretty they were together. I've got to head over to the Dear Jane web site and order yardage of these three too. It's the only place you can be sure of getting some of every print in the collection and the price is the best I've seen anywhere. If you live in the United States the fabric is only $9.00 a yard and outside of the US it's $11.00. Don't wait too long because even Brenda will run out soon and she said they are not reprinting any of the fabrics. I don't know what pattern I want to use yet for the blue, brown and cream prints but I'm not taking any chances by waiting to place my order. They'll look beautiful on my fabric shelves until I decide.

Clutch and I are expecting family at the cottage this weekend so I'm off to bake cookies and tidy up a bit. The leaves are really beginning to change colors and the heat has been on at night, both a sure sign that Fall is almost here. Good weather for snuggling under a quilt.

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