Dear Jane, I have been distracted.
April 3, 2015 § 14 Comments
I wish I was a 1 or 2 project-at-a-time kind of gal. But I’m not. There is always another project that draws me away from my current one. Lately, someone has been pinning lots of Dear Jane quilts on Pinterest which prompted me to take at look at what I’ve got. Only 61 out of 225. Sigh.
I started out pretty strong in the beginning, back in 2010. It was my original goal to have it done by now. Five years later! I think the last block I finished was in 2014. But that was the only block made in 2014. And I was using the book as a sort of diary, keeping track of when each block was finished and noting something that was going on in my life at the time.
When I posted the photo above on Instagram this week, we started talking about alternative layouts. So I played around in EQ this morning and drew up a few ideas.
This one uses a contemporary improv style layout and all 61 blocks that I have done. It is tempting to stop with what I have and finish them up! But it doesn’t stay within my original plan of only a red & white themed quilt.
This one uses 77 blocks and wouldn’t be that big of a stretch to finish. It’s definitely an option. And I have always loved the various versions of a plus or cross quilt. Very tempting…
This one uses 116 blocks which makes me approximately 53% finished. This one is tempting because it would give me an opportunity to make a few more of the blocks that make the Dear Jane quilt so unique & interesting. But it also means that I am a LONG ways away from finishing.
I originally started making the Dear Jane quilt with the goal of hand piecing all the blocks to overcome my intimidation of hand work and to improve what little skill I had. I feel like that original goal has been accomplished. But I also started with the most simplest of blocks. So some of the blocks that make Dear Jane so cool and intriguing have not yet been made. Which calls to me to make a few more blocks! Oh the dilemma!
Whatever I decide to do (and I could be persuaded in any direction)… At least they look pretty on my wall at the moment.