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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Done! A Dear Jane Journey visited...

My Dear Jane top is done!  Unbelievably, I did it!










My Dear Jane Journey began with my first post May 30, 2010.  That was 7 1/2 years ago.  Back then I decided to keep track of the time and the number of pieces.  Later on I quit.  I made the blocks mostly in order and sewed the rows together as I went along.  I would recommend that.  It was so nice to just add the next row when it was completed.

Here is a photo from my first week.  At that point I had logged 4 hours and 40 minutes with 194 pieces.



By June 20th, nearly a month later, I had two rows and two blocks done with a total of 22 1/2 hours and 586 pieces.



April 5, 2011 ( almost a year later), I had 4 rows and 3 blocks done:  47 hours 52 minutes 1,202 pieces



January 15th 2014 (3 years later and nearly 1 1/2 rows added):  65 hours 33 min and 1,629 pieces.



I must have really worked hard on it in 2014 because it had about doubled in size 6 months later.  June 20, 2014:  no time was logged but I was up to 2,431 pieces.



The end of 2014 I was nearly done with row 10 out of 13 rows.  The photo below is a beginning and end of year comparison photo.



In 2015 I only made 6 blocks all year!



Only 10 blocks were completed in 2016.


So, for 2017 I had only two rows left.  I participated in Patchwork Times group where you make a list of 12 projects to finish and number them 1-12.  She draws out a new number each month and that is the one you work on.  I wisely put Dear Jane into two months with the goal to complete one row a month.  It worked and now I am finally done!

I chose not to piece the triangles as is traditional.  I don't like how busy they make the quilt.  I think it is busy enough as it is; that is why I chose to do colors on the diagonal.  It gives your eyes a place to settle and travel.  

I also chose to point the colored triangles toward the quilt instead of away from it.  I feel like they point the eye back to the middle rather than moving the eye off the quilt.

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16 comments:

Chris said...

Well you did it. Congratulations ! !
It is incredibly beautiful even
without all the pieced triangles.

Caro said...

What a journey? You did a great job - it's just lovely!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations!. This is on my bucket list and I like the way you did the plain triangles - making a note of that as I agree they are too busy.

Lynn said...

Wow, that is an amazing quilt. Thanks for sharing the progress over the years, what patience and determination you have. Are they traditionally the four and half inch size squares? And how did you figure out your beautiful colour arrangement as you went along? The blocks where you use a couple of colours to move from one colour to another are just wonderful. Great job.

Nann said...

CONGRATULATIONS! What an achievement! The colorway is beautiful. (And I'm amazed that you could keep the colors in order for seven years.)

Gretchen Weaver said...

Your Jane is beautiful! I like that you can actually see the pieces in the individual blocks. You can be very proud of your accomplishment. Have you decided how you are going to quilt her yet? Happy stitching this week.

Lynette said...

Woohoo~!!!!!! Yay for a finished Jane top!! I really like your diagonal rainbow coloration, and the triangles look great that way. I woke up this morning from dreaming about how to quilt my top. I hope to start working on that by April or so. I want to get more comfortable with my new machine first.

pandchintz said...

Fantastic! What an achievement. Love the border finish.

Needled Mom said...

Wow... it is gorgeous and a work to be proud of finishing.

Jenny said...

Many congratulations on your great finish - you have every right to be so proud of your achievement!! And yes, I rather like the plain triangle blocks too.

Anonymous said...

So beautiful!!!! Congratulations for finishing such a great quilt!!!!

Barbara said...

WOW - what a wonderful job!
Best regards
Barbara

Home Sewn By Us said...

Good Morning!
WOWEE! What a great accomplishment. Aren't you just so proud of yourself?!! You should be! When I first looked at your photo I thought I love, LOVE, l.o.v.e. how she did the border with the triangles pointing to the center. The colors of those triangles are coordinated with the blocks - it just looks perfect. Really, really nice job. ~smile~ Roseanne

viridian said...

Wow, great work, and I love the colors. I am in the midst of making several (!) Dear Jane quilts. Still piecing, and doing the triangles. Congratulations, I know the work involved with this.

evaj said...

Thank you very much for the inspiration you give us on Show and Tell Monday !! BAMBI hug

Jennifer said...

WOW!!! you've done a wonderful quilt- I love the DJs, but would never tackle one myself... great job on persevering and finishing this quilt. and I like the rainbows on the diagonal, and I think you're totally right on pointing the fabrics back to the middle- we should keep our eye on that fantastic quilt!