What a beautifully written piece Carmen.
Why am I fascinated by Dear Jane? Well, certainly because of the challenge it represents and the challenging times it brings to mind when you see the original. It is unique, something so unusual in this era of mass production. When I first saw it, I thought to myself, "if that woman, alone on a farm during the Civil War, with limited resources of money, fabrics, electricity, and no modern cutting instruments, can make something this beautiful, then I'd better try!"
I very much appreciate your contribution, Anne. Thank you.
Your thoughts comparing Jane's conditions and our own have embarrased me quite a bit LOL. So ... maybe 3 years later, I should get back to it. It is just a quilt I dont want to rush through or make without sense.
Thanks for the encouragement your words have brought to me.
I love what you have written, Carmen. I think Jane must have had an active, inquisitive mind, going on to each next block, wondering how she could make it different and special. I also think she must have needed each one to be different in order to sustain her interest in the project. I am making this quilt because I love how each little block looks - and want to then do the next one to see how that will look. I wonder if there are any other quilts attributed to Jane? I have not received the book yet, so perhaps some of the questions I have will be answered, once I read more about her. Perhaps, as you have suggested, she did one block each day to help the days/nights pass while she waited for a loved one to return?
I think you're right, she must have been a very creative person. There are many traditional blocks she didn't include in her quilt. To me it looks as though she was investigating and experimenting new desings and techniques. As if she was following Beethoven's advice: "Don't only practice your art, but force yourself into its secrets".