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Hunter's Star Almost Done!

I spent the entire day piecing and I'm almost finished with my Hunter's Star quilt top. Woot! I decided to make a lap quilt instead of a bed quilt, so I think I'm going to add another row to square it up. The completed quilt will have 400 HSTs! I'm unsure about adding borders though.

Garden Fairy Sampler Quilt

Got an early birthday gift from my husband. He asked me what I wanted and of course it was fabric. I saw the most adorable quilt at The Fat Quarter Shop. The pattern is in the Pretty Playtime Quilts book by Elea Lutz. I purchased the kit which includes everything you need to make the entire quilt top. The fabric is simply darling!

Designing & Writing Patterns

I am contemplating becoming a quilt pattern designer. I'm not sure if I will write digital pdf patterns to sell online or paper patterns to sell in quilt shops. Maybe I will do both. I already have the Electric Quilt software, EQ7, which will definitely make the process easier.  While researching resources to teach me how to write patterns, I found this very informative website: Meadow Mist Pattern Writing Blog Series 

Another Dear Jane Post

I probably should have named my blog "Mimi Makes a Dear Jane". Yes, it's another Dear Jane post. Yesterday I tackled block A9. It has 45 pieces and is 4 1/2 inches square. It took me 2 hours! I'm really happy with the result. Woot!

Discover Dear Jane

Most, if not all, quilters have heard of the legendary Dear Jane Quilt. Jane A. Stickle, who was born on April 8, 1817 in Vermont, is the creator. Jane made the quilt during the Civil War, completing it in 1863. It is a sampler quilt, comprised of 169 square 5” blocks, each one different. There are also 4 pieced corner triangles, 52 pieced border triangles, and a unique scalloped border. Altogether, there are an astounding total of 5,602 pieces in this quilt! The Jane Stickle Quilt is a well known and much loved masterpiece. 

In 1996, Brenda Papadakis published a book called Dear Jane: The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt. Thanks to Brenda and her informative book, quilters around the world have been able to recreate their own unique versions of the beloved Jane Stickle quilt.

The original Jane Stickle Quilt can be found in the Bennington Museum in Vermont, and people from all around the world travel to visit it. It is on display for a limited amount of time every year in order to preserve the quality of the quilt and protect it from sun damage.