Dear Jane who?
In 1863 during the Civil war,
a Lady named Jane A. Stickle decided to make a sampler quilt.
One hundred sixty-nine blocks, 52 triangles, 4 corner kites and 5602 pieces
later... she had a quilt that, to this day, still leaves quilters in awe.
Inspired by Brenda Papadakis's book Dear Jane: The Two Hundred
Twenty Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt in this software will
help you see how other quilters have made their own beautiful Dear Jane quilts
and even design your own on your computer screen. From there you can print
patterns for your quilts or the blocks, read sewing instructions, print quilt
labels, surf Dear Jane web sites and so much more. Design and learn with Dear Jane.
1. Use the Patterns
Don't sit there tracing, drafting and re-drafting the blocks yourself; print them out from Dear Jane!
This program includes all the block patterns to make the original sampler quilt, plus over 300
more! That's a total of over 550 patterns that can be printed in any size.
These blocks include:
169 centre blocks
- 194 centre block variations
(These blocks are for alternate piecing methods; you
choose whether you would rather do appliqué, rotary
cutting, or paper piecing!)
125 blocks not included in the original quilt
(log cabins, flying geese, stars, etc.)
4 corner kites
52 triangle blocks to create a simple scalloped border or the
complex scalloped border from the classic quilt and more
Colour and print the blocks at any size.
2. Design Quilts
All of the powerful design
features of Electric Quilt are here!
Design your own quilt -
traditional or contemporary
Start with the classic 1863 Dear Jane quilt
Design one from scratch and choose your
blocks and fabrics
Use the Dear Jane Project Wizard
to guide you through designing a new quilt
Choose a quilt layout from the "Layout Library," where quilts are pre sized to be king,
queen, all the way down to place mat sizes - Unlimited borders in 23 different styles
including special kites and scallops not even found in EQ
New Recolour Tool works like magic.
3. Colour with Fabric
There are over 2,500 scanned fabrics in Dear Jane, and if those aren't enough, you can even scan
in and save your own fabrics! Check out the Fabric and Palette "Libraries" in Dear Jane to see the
Browse fabrics by colour and find the shade you are looking for
Use any of the Dear Jane
look-alikes to make an
authentic Dear Jane with
look alikes fabrics you may
find in stores
Or, instead of getting
fabrics one by one from the library, load an entire palette of co-ordinating
scanned fabrics with just a few clicks. There are 23 palettes in the Palette library ranging from:
Stained Glass Civil War fabrics
and more... Plaids
4. Print Patterns, Quilts, and Yardage Estimates
Print your own Dear Jane block patterns in any size, as blocks, templates, foundation patterns, or
rotary cutting charts. You can even print the blocks just as they appear in Brenda's Dear
Jane book! (Did we mention that you can print them in any size? Just because Jane's blocks
were all 4.50" by 4.50", doesn't mean your blocks need to be that size too.)
Specify the size of seam allowance around each
patch. Move or delete unnecessary templates
before you print.
Dear Jane numbers each pattern, separating
units and adding seam allowance. Move or
delete unnecessary foundation pattern sections
before you print.
Print them as line drawings, in grey scale, in
colour, as Brenda's patterns, or as quilting
stencils! Print off your favourite blocks as line
drawings and make quick colouring book pages
Rotary Cutting Charts
Print rotary cutting charts for blocks in Dear
Print your quilts as line drawings or coloured with fabrics.
Fabric Yardage Estimates
Calculate yardage in inches or centimetres and print yardage charts.
6. Watch video interviews with Brenda Papadakis
Hear how Brenda fell in love with the quilt that changed her life.
7. Find block tips and project ideas
Read Brenda's sewing instructions for each block. Take a 12 -
Lesson Dear Jane class from Brenda as you make her small "In
the Manner of Jane" wall hanging, while learning the techniques to
construct all the sampler blocks. Make a Dear Jane "Table
Topper," start a row quilt with friends, and much, much more.
8. Chart your progress with "My Block Chart" and Certificates
To chart the progress of your quilt, you can fill "My Block Chart" with scans of your Dear Jane
blocks! Or if you don't have access to a scanner, print off a copy of the chart and put and "X"
through each block as you complete it. Print certificates of completion to mark the milestones on
your Jane Journey. Or surprise a Dear Jane friend with a certificate. There are nine certificates to
choose from, each in three styles.
9. Browse the stunning gallery of finished Dear Jane quilts
Making a quilt like Jane Stickler's or using many of the
blocks in her quilt is possible. See the inspiring finished Dear Jane quilts on
display in the EQ quilt gallery and in
ideas. There are over 60 quilts, many of which have
close-ups of blocks, stitching, or quilt labels as well notes from the quilters themselves.
Dear Jane software includes an installation CD and 264 page user manual
with full colour gallery
quilts, 7 lessons, as well as 'how to' instructions for program features.
Works with EQ4 upwards - but is Stand Alone Software
Price - £49.95 - Inc. UK Postage and VAT
Secure ordering now available
I also have copies of the book by Brenda Papadakis for sale
£21.95 Inc. UK Postage
Windows 98, ME, 2000 XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 8.1 or Windows 10
(Note - this software is not compatible with Windows 95 or NT)
64 MB Ram plus 575 MB Available hard disk space
Colour Monitor - capable of 800 x 600 resolution
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