The 225 patterns from the Jane A. Stickle quilt.
This quilt is made during the Civil War in the USA and finished in 1863, as Jane has signed her quilt on a corner block with "In War Time 1863, Pieces 5602, Jane A. Stickle". In those days they didn't have fancy quilting tools or computers, so she must have drafted all the tiny patterns herself on a piece of paper. During Wartime there wasn't easy access to lots of fabrics, so probably she has been collecting and swapping fabrics with neighbours and friends for a long time, to get so many different fabrics in her quilt, using a plain muslin as background. A long time project, also in those days! But it probably helped her in this difficult time to sew and quilt as she might have mourned about many men and boys that had lost their lifes in this War. Also then quilting was used as therapy! I decided to stay as close as possible to the original quilt, using 19th. C. and CW repros, and choosed some different patterns for the blocks that are closer to the original blocks. Those are drafted by Karen Flanscha, one of the first Janiacs.
began drafting the blocks from the photograph in Plain and Fancy back in
"Love, Sweat & Tears"
Marianna's Baby JaneŽ
The HISTORY of my Journey with Jane Stickle
It was in december 2003 when I fell in LOVE with the Quilt of all quilts. First I thought: "Oh, that's nothing for me, too many tiny pieces and I am NOT patient enough to do the whole lot!", but when I received the book of Brenda Papadakis and saw all those lovely classical blocks I felt this was the reason why I love patchwork in the first place! I do like modern quilts sometimes, but I simply LOVE classical quilts. It's a bit like standing in a historical row of women, who love sewing. I talked to my dear friend Marci about the Quilt and we decided to make a sort of twin quilt by sewing together on our own blocks. In January 2004, short before my birthday, I received a parcel from her as my present and was allowed to open it already! She had sent me a huge pile of small pieces of CW and 19th C. repros and she couldn't imagine at that time how much fun I would have with those pieces of fabric. Now I could start my Baby Jane! So on the 14th of January 2004 we started on cutting fabrics and sewing our first blocks! Two new Baby Jane's were born!
Marci finished her top in the summer of 2004 and made a wall-hanging of 45 blocks. She has won a prize with this Quilt of all quilts! I called my Baby Jane: "Love, Sweat & Tears", because of the Love from the friendship we two share together and the Sweat it gives me to work on such tiny pieced blocks & Tears from frustration when it won't get together the way I want it to be! But in a nutshell: it is still FUN!!! So I decided I will go for the whole QUILT! I have learned piecing, making these quilt blocks, and I did quite a good job for a long time, but when our 8 weeks young Labrador puppy (Floppy/Flopke) arrived, end of april 2009, it was more difficult to keep going on making those blocks. This quilt has really been a Journey and I love that about it. Maybe I love the Journey more than the destination of finishing this Quilt of all quilts. So since summer of 2009 I haven't done much, but I promissed myself I would change that and since early 2011 I have worked hard to complete all blocks and I had the centre piece assembled on November 27 2011! 2012 was a year of ups and downs on this journey and for some time I couldn't find the motivation to work on the triangles, but I did make almost 2 borders by the end of December 2012. I didn't do much in 2013, maybe 2 tri's, but in 2014 I worked harder and hopefully piecing the top will be finished by the end of the year, so I can start handquilting it on my quiltframe, now I learned how to quilt the Amish way in June 2014.
So YES, this IS ADDICTION !!!