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Jane is an established quilter with quite the résumé. She has collaborated with seven other Australian quilt designers for a book to be released this year, and she sells thread, notions and her patterns in her online shop. Additionally, Jane provides a machine quilting service, private sewing lessons and group lessons at quilt shops and retreats. To me, Jane shows a great range between traditional and modern designs, and she never fails to inspire. You can participate in Jane’s Nested Churn Dash Quilt Along, which just started! Finally, you can find her on Instagram and Twitter as @quiltjane.
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
I have made many quilts over the years but Refractatorium seems to tug at my heart strings when I see it hanging or folded over the lounge. Refractatorium was created as part of the Australian Mod Bee. I had the Febraury 2013 block and 13 others were given the task to make 2 blocks each for me. I designed the block, hunted through my stash and armed with only what I had, I sent out the material and paper pieced (foundation pieced) pattern to all the members. I used a combination of sketch, dots, text prints and a palette of hot pinks, lime greens and turquoise blue. The wonderful thing about a paper piecing pattern for a group quilt is that all the blocks will be the same size. I quilted it with Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in a hot pink.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
I entered it in one of the Blogger’s Quilt Festivals last year but never entered or displayed it any other professional or community event. One day I may enter it in a show as a group quilt.
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
The blocks were made by the very special quilters in my Bee group. It was so wonderful to have all the blocks made for me so I could sew into a quilt. I enjoyed reciprocating the experience by making blocks for them knowing that a little part of thirteen quilts will be from me.
What do you like best about the quilt?
I think it is a combination of the color and the design in the quilt that make it interesting to me. No matter how many times I look at the quilt, I always see something different. Really, the best thing I like about this quilt or any of my quilts is when my children use them to make forts or snuggle under them on the lounge.
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
Designing and making a block for your own personal use is easy because you know your limitations. Designing the same block for a group of people with different levels of skills is more of a challenge. You want to make the block fun.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I would like to try this quilt in all solids or make it with the new metallic fabrics. I would also like to try the blocks on point to make a totally new design.
Where is the quilt now?
I alternate the quilts that hang in the family room. This month, Refractatorium will be hanging there instead of the lounge.
Would you like to add anything?
The Refractatorium Block is available for free as a download here!
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.
- You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
- Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
- You can answer all or some of the questions below.
- Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.
- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
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