Saturday, 27 October 2007

Dear Jane Siggie Swap Quilt 2007 FINISHED

Shadow can't believe her eyes - the siggie quilt is finished......

And here it is - quilted, bound and the label put on (just needs to finish stitching the label down).

Then there are all the corners.....

And the back - which I think looks pretty good.

I have put a label on the back showing who all the siggies belong to.

Then there were some from Patti that I misplaced whilst making the top and found them a few weeks ago - so I decided to add them to the back.
I have also included my very first Siggie from Jill - she swapped with me very early on this year after I joined the Dear Jane Yahoo Group. I wanted Jill's siggie to be part of this quilt as well.

This is a little story that I have included on my label - it was important to me to ahave this on the quilt.
The beginnings of this signature (Siggie) swap quilt spans across time and continents.

It all began on the 8th April 1817 when Jane A Stickle (nee Blakely) was born.
Sometime in 1863, Jane Stickle finished a magnificently intricate quilt made up of 169 blocks, 52 pieced triangles blocks and 4 corner kite blocks, some 5602 pieces in total. This quilt is now held in the Collection of The Bennington Museum in the USA – listed as: “Sampler, by Jane A Blakely Stickle, Shaftsbury, Vermont, 1863. 80-1/4 x 80-1/4 inches, pieced and appliquéd cottons.”

During the 1980’s a woman called Brenda Papadakis saw Jane’s quilt and has subsequently, after what I imagine to be an absolutely huge amount of time and work, brought so many people together with her book simply titled “Dear Jane”. This book details the individual blocks from the quilt together with “letters” Brenda wrote to Jane as she drafted the blocks.

In January 2007 another Jane (that is me) saw the Dear Jane quilt and was immediately mesmerised. Always wanting a challenge, I decided to investigate further. The web site was an amazing introduction to a new world where women shared knowledge and techniques willingly and friendships are formed. I noted a small side bar called “Siggie Swap” and by the time I had grasped the meaning of such a thing, it was almost too late to join. But, by the skin of my teeth and in the last hour, I managed to sign on, pay my fee and join up for the 2007 siggie swap – not really knowing the implications of such behaviour. Once I found out I had to make approximately 160 four and a quarter inch blocks and sign my name on them, I didn’t know how I was going to manage it. But the block D13 Field of Dreams is a simple block and I got a production line up and running. I sent my blocks off to Brenda Papadakis in Indianapolis, USA and waited, and waited a little bit more.

Finally, the day arrived when a package came. It was amazingly filled with one hundred and forty one 4-1/4 inch blocks – each made with love and care. I looked at these blocks with a feeling of wonder, thinking about each block, the maker and where they lived, why they chose the fabric for the block they had made, all the while amazed that the work of so many women was in my hands. My husband and I poured over our World Atlas trying to find placed where they had come from. I felt I had received an amazing gift.

After a few weeks I realised I didn’t have enough blocks to make a top in the manner of the Jane Stickle quilt of 13 x 13 blocks – so I put the word out and was blessed to receive further blocks from the Dear Jane quilters. I also swapped family and pet blocks with two ladies – Patti and Rosa. Patti’s blocks were lost for a time and they now live on the back of this quilt top.

Once I had enough blocks, I pieced the blocks, sorting through each to put into a “Trip Around The World” colourway. I then decided to make the triangle border with the blue fabric called “Cowpoke”. I also pieced the four corner triangles. The Borders were attached to the quilt on the 19 October; it was machine quilted on the 21st October and the binding attached on the 24th October and the wee small hours of 25th October 2007.

The story is an important part of a quilt – that is why I have written this and included the names of all the people who are part of this quilt top. Each persons name is listed in the corresponding place where their block is on the quilt top. On the back I have included Patti’s missing, but now found, blocks and also a triangle that was designed by Denise in Tampa, USA, in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I believe it is appropriately included to remember all those that lose their lives in War Times over the centuries because Jane Stickle’s quilt was made “In War Time” and unfortunately we still live in times of war.

This quilt is pieced with love, quilted with love and appreciation of the friendship of women across continents. I am overwhelmed every time I look at the blocks in this quilt and want to thank each and every person who has given me a piece of their lives to treasure for my own.

2007 Signature “Siggie” Block Quilt Top - Finished 25 October 2007.


Jacqui's Quilts said...

Wow Jane! That quilt is soooo special! Love the story that you wrote with it. I really like the triangle border around's very fitting. Wonderful job.

Jacqui in Canada

Anonymous said...

Good morning from Reykjavík - Iceland . . . .
I was reading my DJ mail with my morning coffee and saw your beautiful and inspiring Siggie Quilt and "story" . . . . loved the way you made this into such a meaningful and heartwarming piece by designing this inspirational back label on your Siggie Quilt . . .
Best of fabrics to you . . . Anna Margrét . . . . a newbie since feb 2007 and who looks forward to years of reading and viewing DJ stuff . . hehehaha

Jeanne said...

It is fantastic! I love the way you set the block colors. The triangle border is very effective and your quilting is great. A lovely quilt.

Waterfall Manor quilts said...

Jane Monk your'e a legend mate well done and the quilting from such a newbie is fantastic, I have a really good feeling Jane that you a going places girlie..well done, from one old quilter to a new fabulously creative quilter..with a hugh future..keep up the good work...cheers Pat