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.

Brenda Papadakis began drafting the blocks from the photograph in Plain and Fancy back in 1992.

She was emotionally involved with the blocks, saying cute things about them and calling them 'Jane's little babies'.  In her mind, Jane's quilt became the 'Mother' -  as it is her quilt. All other quilts inspired by The Quilt are 'Babies".  Each is unique and belongs to its maker, but they are all derived from the 'Mother'.

"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.



The blocks are handsewn.
I use 19th C. repros and some CW´s aswell.
The background is an off-white solid.

         With THANKS to Marci Ellwood for her Birthday gift in 2004, which made this quilt possible and for the great friendship we have shared! I will never forget what she has done and ment to me!

Another THANKS to Nan Bawn, who is a lovely lady and a sweet friend. I am honored to have her blocks (K6 & K9 ) in my quilt (they have such TINY stitches!) and will cherish our great friendship.

Both ladies traveled with me during my Journey with Jane and became very dear to me.

And another THANKS to all the wonderfull ladies of the Dear Jane list of Brenda Papadakis, who have helped me many times with tips and tricks, fabrics and notions and lots of inspiration.

I wouldn't have come this far without them all!


June 16, 2014
(blocks - triangles - corners - total number of pieces)

Amount of blocks made:

  SILVER JANE (25 blocks), since August 1, 2005

GOLDEN JANE (50 blocks), since August 3, 2006

DIAMOND JANE (75 blocks), since October 23, 2006

JUBILEER JANE (100 blocks), since December 30, 2006

PLATINUM JANE (130 blocks), since December 31, 2007

WONDER WORKER (all 169 blocks), since November 22, 2011

MIRACLE WORKER (all blocks & tri's), since ?


Amount of tri's made:

BABY JANE, 10 triangles, since February 7th., 2012

TEEN JANE, 20 triangles, since November 21th., 2012

LADY JANE, 30 triangles, since April 21st., 2014


If you want to see a bigger version of the blocks and have a better view of the fabrics I used, click on the block you want to see and a bigger picture will load (this can take a little extra time, be patient).



TLC Sadie Rose TR1 Spanish Moss TR2 Australian Pines TR3 Checkerboard TR4 Bennington Cross TR5 Michigan Dunes TR6 Carla's Candle Flame TR7 Norway's Fjord TR8 Brigadoon TR9 Needle Point TR10 Precious Gems TR11 Phoenix TR12 Jane's Oak TR13 Eiffel Tower TRC Longwood
LS1 Nancee's Fantasy A1 Pinwheel Gone Awry A2 One-Two Buckle My Shoe A3 Hunter's Moon A4 Courtney's Stethoscope A5 Cathie's Campfire A6 Uncle Homer A7 Dad's Plaids A8 Florence Nightingale A9 Cabin Fever A10 Which Points West? A11 Pebble's Protest A12 Framed Fancy A13 Starlight Starbright RS1 Tennesee Valley
LS2 - Barb's Diamond B1 Batchelor Buttons B2 Sweet Tater Pie B3 Mirror Image B4 Cris's Soccer Field B5 Hot Cross Buns B6 Wild Goose Chase B7 World Series B8 Water Lily B9 Tinker Toy B10 Jud's Trophy B11 Melissa's Cross B12 Starflower B13 Four Corner Press RS2 Cherokee Lee
LS3 Connie's Brownies C1 Trooper Green's Badge C2 Streak of Lightning C3 Rayelle's Fence C4 Tic Tac Toe C5 Eye of they Cyclone C6 Ashley's Aura C7 Megan's Mountain Laurel C8 Hani's Crown C9 Jane's Tears C10 Patriot's Lantern C11 Soldiers and Sailors Monument C12 Family Reunion C13 Lakota Sioux RS3 Epicenter
LS4 Virginia's Kite D1 Alison's Guiding Light D2 Mouse in a Mirror D3 Jason's Jacks D4 Crystal Star D5 Cathedral Window D6 Challenge D7 Meeting Place D8 Dee Dee's Delight D9 Uncle Richard D10 Battlefield D11 Snow Crystal D12 Crossed Swords D13 Field of Dreams RS4 Dutch Apron
LS5 Olympic Torch E1 Aunt Exie's Phlox E2 Merry May E3 Paddle Wheels E4 Buffalo Tree Hopper E5 Rising Sun E6 Michelle's Medley E7 Bread Basket E8 Mama's Maze E9 Quilt Jail E10 Five & Dime E11 Wagon Wheel E12 Mary Ruth's Corset E13 Moth in a Web RS5 Geisha Girl
LS6 Susie Q F1 Big Top F2 Kaleidoscope F3 Snowball F4 Old Windmill F5 Parcheesi F6 Deanie's Daisies F7 Star Struck F8 Church Window F9 Autumn Aster F10 Potholder F11 On Target F12 Starburst F13 Tour de France RS6 Tumbling Blocks
LS7 Sally's Steeple G1 Hattie's Hen House G2 Mohawk Trail G3 Four Leaf Clover G4 Shutter Bug G5 Poof G6 Papa's Star G7 Indianapolis G8 Justin's Comet G9 Mary's Journey G10 Woven Meadow G11 Decisions, Decisions G12 Gloriae G13 Molly's Muffins RS7 Fedelia's Hearts
LS8 Northern Lights H1 Peek-a-boo H2 Jacob Anthony H3 Berry Baskets H4 Abbey's Eyes H5 Michael's Motorcylce H6 Pie Sale H7 Bennington Star H8 Eaton's Crossroads H9 Snowflake Melt H10 Ben's Bowtie H11 Piercing Rays H12 Hannah Lou's Hearts H13 Farm Fields RS8 Love Forever
LS9 Kiwi I1 Ralph & Nelda's Wedding I2 Kaye's Courtyard I3 Family Album I4 Stability I5 Maria's Majesty I6 Viewer's Choice I7 Mac and Muff I8 Pete's Paintbox I9 Chase a Myth I10 Iris' Medallion I11 Coyote Chase I12 Fred's Square Fair I13 Sweet Harmony RS9 Danish Delight
LS10 Megan's Cathedral J1 Josepha's Jonquil J2 Picture Perfect J3 Rick's Volleyball Net J4 Adelaine's Apron Strings J5 John Jacob's Windmill J6 Granny Weaver J7 Chicken Tracks J8 Anna's Anchor J9 Maury High School J10 Chieko's Calla Lily J11 Twin Sister J12 Rebecca's Basket J13 Pam's Bells RS10 Grandma Nan's Bodice
LS11 Kathy's Cake K1 Crooked Creek K2 Grandpa's Chickens K3 Seven Sisters K4 Thea's Turn K5 Passing Through K6 Ann's Folly K7 Rose of Sharing K8 Springbrook Park K9 Scout's Honor K10 Quandry K11 Columbine K12 Doris's Dilemma K13 Brandon's Star RS11 Hills of Jerusalem
LS12 Button Hook L1 Widow's Pane L2 Stephanie's Snowflake L3 Reflections Abound L4 St. George's Cross L5 Chattanooga Charlie L6 Maze of Madness L7 Town Square L8 Box Kite L9 Walter's Place L10 Nan's Naiad L11 Caitlin's Rose L12 Sally's Pride L13 Harvest Moon RS12 Linda's Church in the Valley
LS13 Watermelon M1 Dogwood Days M2 Duff's Bluff M3 Fireweed Flower M4 Stepping Stones M5 Mother's Point M6 Simplicity M7 Junko's Rose Garden M8 Enchanted Square M9 Fan Dance M10 Simple Simon M11 Rickshaw M12 Hopscotch M13 Lynette's Diamond RS13 Marlene's Piroutte
BLC Goshen BR1 Rosemary's Rainbow BR2 Leigh's Woods BR3 Attic Window BR4 Candy Dish BR5 Gay's Glory BR6 Frank's Rickrack BR7 Cheryls'Clown BR8 Thunderhead BR9 Sue's Garden BR10 Nicholas' Diamond BR11 Tartan BR12 Jessie's Stained Glass BR13 Argyl BRC Longwood

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