I remember telling people in 2010 that I had made up my mind - I was going to try making a replica of Jane Stickle's 1863 quilt. Responses: "Oh. Um, okay." They were thinking: "Sure you are. Good luck with that idea."
It's been a strange journey. Hot and cold at times. In my own war with this quilt. I saved some of the more difficult blocks for last. If I'd tried to make them 5 or 6 years ago I know would have quit altogether. Here's what I learned: Persistence pays off. I'm a much better quilter now than I was then. I'm incredibly more patient with myself. I kept plugging away, learning as I went along. I'm congratulating myself this week because I made some good progress in January and have only FOUR more blocks left to go for the center of the quilt. Then 52 triangles and the 4 corners.
Who knew I would make it this far? I'm excited because there's a chance I will finish the top this year or next. Not pressuring myself too much because there are a lot of other things I'd like to do as well. If I do, I do.
Jane's extraordinary quilt displayed at the Bennington Museum. It's amazing that the colors are still so vibrant.
It will be such fun to pick through my old reproduction fabrics and carefully place my favorites in my quilt's border of triangles. They sure don't look easy though.
This post is for those of you who are still on your DJ journey or eager to begin one. Just take it one block at a time. And, if you get discouraged, make an easy block and see how it goes. Don't give up. There's hope. If I can do it . . . .
Can't wait until my crazy blocks look like this.