Dear Jane a1 – Pinwheel Gone Awry

The Deets!
  • Originally created: April 17, 2022
  • Technique: Pieced
  • Number of Pieces: 28
  • Bocks Completed: 1

(get your Dear Jane book coil bound, cost +/- $5 at Staples…trust me, it makes things easier)

Planned this block, my first block, to start down this road. Didn’t she turn out SO pretty. The fabric lines I’m using are from the one and only Tim Holtz ABANDONED and FOUNDATIONS and WALL FLOWER and MEMORANDA and DAPPER all under the Eclectic Elements line. I first started working with his designs in my scrapbooking world – and when I was thinking about the Dear Jane Quilt – I saw these fabrics and was like, BINGO! I’m in.

That little scrap of paper is my planning…figuring out each block, half square triangles (hst), the background (bg on my paper) is a standard muslin, this one has a slight fleck in it, and it comes extra wide – I love it and bought it at Addy’s in Cochrane (which I happened to stop at only recently on my way to a retreat at River Rock Studios). The main (m) fabric is full of writing and notes = receipts.

When you commit to this quilt you want to love your fabrics, like I mean love everything about them, each block (out of the 169 center blocks), every time you work with the fabrics you’re happy with your choices, get cozy with these you’re in a marriage now 🙂

a1 – Pinwheel Gone Awry
a1-Pinwheel Gone Awry
a1 Pinwheel Gone Awry

this ^^ round table is actually an antique piano stool, circa 1890s (wish I played) I use it as my stool to sew on, it swivels, has claw feet with glass balls, and just the most perfect backdrop for these little blocks. The scissors are 4″ Gingher Scissors in the Cheetah theme – they used to come out with a theme each year – check out this awesome photo to give you an idea.

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(am I missing any? leave me a note in the comments)

My Dear Jane Inspo…

(these are my go-tos when I’m researching blocks, techniques, and just to get inspo)

Dear Jane…it’s starting

Dear Jane…It’s starting!

I’ve been quilting for almost 20 years now…I started when I was 24 years old, I had just married and needed a hobby. I received my auntie Lana’s old singer sewing machine (you know the one from the 70s with metal body and only a few stitch options but could sew with no issues – this one even the tension was great. It was a heavy sucker too.

This sewing machine gave me an idea…I needed to take lessons, I signed up and never looked back. Back to back lessons, a pair of shorts, a skirt with darts and a concealed zipper and voila I was in love with sewing. So much so that when we were renovating our home, I craved sewing – and had my hubby setup my sewing machine in my kitchen so I could work on a project or two over around renovating the house..

All those years ago I spied the Dear Jane quilt – which was very unreachable – or so the quilters I shared my enthusiasm with – is how they responded to me. I was too new at quilting to take on this type of project. Or things like ‘the Dear Jane quilt is SO hard…’

I believed them. All these years later I wish I hadn’t as I think I know I would be a better quilter today and better sooner, no earlier in my quilting hobby career had I tackled this Dear Jane project all those years ago.

My friend Alison – she’s my quilting buddy – also had the idea of tackling a Dear Jane quilt…unbeknownst to me – she purchased the book first and brought it to a retreat – where I reviewed, read and learned about how lacking in information this book is…

There is no patterns

There is no fabric suggestions

There is no templates

There is no guidelines


The drawings of each block, finished size

So if you want to make this DJ like I do, then get out your ruler and pencil, your card stock and paper piecing Carol Doak Paper, your math, your cheat sheets and BEGIN!

Welcome to my Dear Jane Journey, I hope you play along, comment and join in the fun, I’ll give you all of my cheat sheets – answer any questions you may have and be your Janiac pen-pal your confident, your ‘measure twice-cut once’ side kick!

I’m Valerie…and I’m tackling this Dear Jane Quilt…and telling a story along the way.

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New – Project DF Podcast – e118

As a podcaster I am always searching for a great story, I was galavanting through an antique store and found this book by Margaret Echard, based on a true story about her family, set in the 40s – the book, smelled good, it felt like it was SOMETHING more than paper and ink and it’s green hard cover texture. A collection of juicy secrets and skin tingling worthy words, a collection of mystery, deceit and intrigue. A good story has to have LOVE and DEATH (did you know this) I bought this book and within the cover there was an insignia ______

I tell stories for Audible as a side hustle, I know how to produce my voice for satiable listening ears..or so I’ve been told. I’m a project manager by day. I like the challenge of putting things together in a consolidated view, playing with files, organizing, planning, keeping people motivated. It’s the process I love.

My CAST knows the vibe I give, “please don’t give up on me now…”

I read the book, cover to cover, did some investigating on the people, places and history of the author and the book itself. I could only find one, 1 person who left a review about this book and he, it turns out is Canadian, and an actor…my idea was forming.

What if I made this book into an audio drama? What if I got a bunch of people who use their voice(s) to tell stories like podcasters and voice over artists, and actors…what if I did this?

Lots of ideas begin to ruminate, I carried the book with me, wrote copious amounts of notes, picked apart all of my favourite podcasts for their best tricks and tips and included those and some of my own from my over 100 episodes.

Lots of sleepless nights, late nights & early mornings.

I put out my feelers…leaned on my community of voice artists and the excitement was contagious which was sort of inline with the covid pandemic feel, a sense of connection to the world going through the pandemic together, ALONE, isolated.

We recorded this all REMOTE in our own homes, ALONE, I collected these clips and files, processed, processed some more, spliced, added music, mixed and mastered for hours, and days and minutes…

I asked for more from my CAST of 25, can you add this line, can someone play this on the piano, I had people drop out, other CASTs friends wanted to join, and their moms and their kid’s are involved, roommates, wife and husbands, friends of friends, even my husband got in on it when I needed titles read, miscellaneous lines added here and there.

It has to stay a secret, only this ^^ one guy knows the truth, the book name

Welcome to ProjectDF, it’s a mystery, it’s a side project that I am so proud of, it’s a collection of amazing talent from across this country of Canada, across the United States of America as well as into Australia..the talent runs far and wide.

If you’re still reading by this point, thank you for your support, thank you for listening and sharing and leaving comments. Thank you to Kylee and Rafe and London as my main characters who didn’t give up well over a year into this – it all paused, but they stuck with it and came through for me, for this…Project DF Podcast.