Dear New Members of the Greatest Group in the
World, Welcome!! We are 1400 strong and growing every day.
The DJ list is the best quilting bee in the world. It was
started to bring Jane Stickle advocates together and help them
make their own quilt. It has evolved into the most sharing and
caring group of people in the world, all brought together by a
farmer named Jane Stickle from Vermont.
The original DJ list was a support group formed by Karan
We merged in February, 1997 with about 15 members and by April
had 47 members.
At that time there were Row Moms who were responsible for
helping with tips
for each row. There should be enough tips here to get you
started and to apply to the other blocks. As people make the
blocks, they offer specific tips.
I must tell you right away that I am not the one who keeps
this list moving and together. It is the people on it! I was the
most clueless person in the world, and they very patiently
pulled/pushed me through the "Doorway of Technology." In truth,
I haven't taken many steps beyond. I depend a great deal upon
everyone on the list to carry me, which really isn't fair to
them, but they do it out of kindness and Baby Jane® love.
There is a spirit on this Dear Jane List which is full of
warmth and love. I have been told it is very different from
most lists. What I do know is that everyone here shares a common
bond in making Janes quilt and is very generous of their time
We try to keep Jane and her quilt as the focus of attention
on the list. This does not mean that every letter is about a
block. On the contrary, we share all of our lives, friends,
family, joys, sorrows. We have rejoiced with the birth of babies
and cried with the loss of loved ones. This is the very
heartbeat of the DJ list. However, if you wish to correspond
with someone personally, please make it a private matter, out of
respect for them and for the rest of us. We ask you practice
good netiquette, it's really just common sense.
What is a Baby Jane? When this project started in 1991, Baby
Janes are what the blocks were named. It is derived from the
fact that Jane's quilt is the Mother of all Quilts, and all of
the quilts which we make are her "babies.". Neither my students
or myself never thought of calling them anything else. When the
book came out in April 1996, some were calling the blocks DJ
blocks and I believe that is the name most familiar to the
people on the list. I also call the quilts which we make "Baby
Jane" quilts, because they are made from Baby Jane blocks.
Patterns for The Quilt: the blocks themselves are the patterns.
We are all using many techniques for making the blocks, but the
one tried and true is to trace the block on freezer paper, cut
apart the pieces and add 1/4 inch seam allowance to each piece,
just as you would do with any quilt block.
We have a 2 inch button pin! It has a photo of The Quilt and
"Dear Jane" on it. We use this pin so we can recognize each
other at quilt shows. The pin is available in the
Dear Jane store and
is free with the purchase of a book
How much background do I need?
In the book , I suggest 5 yards for the entire quilt. This is
an error on my part. If you are hand-piecing, you will need
about 8 yards. If you are machine piecing, I recommend about 15
yards. However, if you are foundation piecing, you will need
about twenty. This information had been graciously provided by
those who have made the top. (Myself? I have made many Jane
quilts, blocks and triangles. I am currently making Eeva Liisa
in honor of a lady in Finland by the same name.
As for Newbies, there is a strict rule: you must introduce
yourself! We can't welcome you if you're lurkin' in space :-) I am having a wonderful time meeting all of you! Hope you
will be able to attend one of the classes/lectures.
Many DJ'ers take their books to Kinko's and for $2-3.00 have
it spiral bound.
See the Dear Jane website for photos of the quilt, Jane's
home, and the Jane store
(books, pins and tote bags) All items are sent Priority Mail,
except the pin.
The website is designed and maintained by my son Michael. He
is the "Dear Jane Support Group." I'm am learning ... If you
have a question, write
firstname.lastname@example.org. If I can't answer your question, I
will pass it on to Michael, our guru. Needless to say, I believe
it is the best site on the Internet!
Karan Flanscha has been gracious enough to
compile some information for those beginning their Jane Journey.
Thank you Karan for providing this to us!
Welcome to the Dear Jane list. Here is
some info I have collected, to help you get acquainted with the
group. If you will take the time to read through this (I know
there is a lot ;) many of your initial questions will be
The DJ list started in Feb.
1997, and some of our members have been with the list from day
one!! So, if you are new to the group, there is alot of
"history" for you to catch up on!! Feel free to ask questions,
this is a very welcoming group that is happy to help out our new
"converts" :) Karan-Jane
Probably the #1 most asked question on the
list: "what do the numbers after your names mean?" (For
example: 138, 1, 1, 2450)
The numbers are number of blocks Jane blocks completed, number
of triangles completed, number of pieces used and some put in a
3rd number, number of corners complete. So it looks like (138
blocks, 1 triangle, 2450 pieces or 138 blocks, 1 triangle, 1
corner, and ???? pieces if you lose count)
DJ CD- Dear Jane on a CD-Rom!! No, you
don't have to have the CD to do Dear Jane (but it will make it a
lot easier!) and you don't have to have EQ5 to use this CD, it
is a stand-alone product. You only need Windows 98 or better.
You can order from Brenda
Hyphen my name and call me Jane!
From: email@example.com (Rebecca
Maclean Rieger)After several months on the DJ list, I have
finally cracked into making a block for myself - A6. Yay! Just
wanted to celebrate!
Becky-Jane 1-0-0-9 (did I get it right?)
Yes, Becky got it right :) When you
complete your first DJ block, youofficially become a DJer (or
Stickler, or Janiac), and you can "hyphen your name" and put the
numbers after it in your signature!!
The term "BOLLs" was what we came up with
as the opposite of "Newbies" (because it sounds so much better
than "oldies"!!) It stands for Been On List Long, and with the
year you started (BOLL 97, for example). When you have been on
the DJ list for 1 year, you qualify as a BOLL.
Probably the #2 most often asked question
is "what does TATW mean, and what colors are the rows?"
Trip Around the World....if you study the
photo of the original Jane Stickle quilt, on the page opposite
the Table of Contents in the Dear Jane book, or the photo at the
web site, you will notice the blocks are arranged in colored
rows, like a Trip Around the World quilt, giving some order to
the variety of colors in the blocks. The center is a Green
block, the next row is 4 yellow blocks, then purple, red, pink.
The next row is probably purple, although some of the colors
may have faded over the years, then another row of red with a
few pumpkin oranges. This is the last definite row, then the
partial rows are mostly browns, with a few blue blocks. The
four corners are green blocks.
#3 "Do I have to make my quilt with Civil
War era reproduction fabrics?" You can make your quilt with
whatever fabrics you want to!! We have seen Dear Jane quilts in
every combination imaginable, here is a list of some of the
color schemes DJers have used: Civil War, like the original,
with one background fabric OR with all different shirting print
backgrounds; Amish (black background with solids); autumn colors
with black sashing; batiks, some with Eggplant background; black
& white; blues & white; blues & yellows; redwork-style
embroidered Janes (in various color schemes); greens & white; "neutral" blocks (tan &
whites); New York brights (PhabPhan Diane's amazing technicolor quilt!); pink,
red & burgundies; purples & white; red & green (Christmas); red,
white & blue (Brenda's "Spirit of Jane" quilt); all reds with
shirting prints; all plaids; "scrappy"; "stained Jane" with
black background & bright prints; 30's repros; teal & white;
"tropical parrot brights"- blues/greens/yellows, black & white
(some with an accent color).
#5 What is a siggie?? We use block
D-13, signed with our names, locations, e-mail address & often
some drawings or other embellishments, to trade with other DJers.
The "siggies" trade is done once a year. Information for the
2006 Siggie Swap is found
There are a few other swaps during the year like Spring Fling,
Fall Frolic, Christmas swap. These swaps will be announced
throughout the year.
#6 What blocks to start with?? New DJers
often ask this...some members start with A-1 and work their way
systematically to M-13. However, the general consensus from the
list members is to start with some of the "easier" blocks and as
you gain skills and confidence, proceed to some of the more
challenging blocks. Suggested pieced blocks to start with:
M-10, A-6, A-8, B-13, D-13 Applique blocks to start with: D-3,
C-9, B-1, E-10 (the background is pieced, but this is a good
place to start practicing your "melons"). Be sure to check out
the tips at the Dear Jane web site.
There are plenty of European Janes on the
list, but quite a few are of the quiet variety. If what you are
looking for are to get closer to other European Janes, I know of
the following possibilities :-)If you read German, there is a
German Jane list with Yahoo !There is also a Scandinavian
Jane-list (if you read any of the Scandinavian languages,write
me privately if you want to know about that one :-). I frankly
don'tknow if there is a French list, but I think (and might well
be wrong) thatthere is a Dutch list :-) So, depending on your
language (Flemish oFrench), you might get lucky and find a
European language group focused on Jane :-)
Tilde in Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe
:-)From: firstname.lastname@example.org (T & T Binger-Hougaard)
DJ: Virtual Design Wall
Sharon Mastbrook created a Virtual Design Wall to track your DJ
progress: http://www.smastbrook.net, then click on Dear Jane,
then Want to see How Your Baby Jane is Doing?
BOW: Susanne Kleen will be
posting the Block Of the Week block challenges for 2006.
When you have completed the block for the week, write Susanne
See the complete list:
TOW: Teri Reymann issues the
Triangle of the Week.
When you complete your triangle, write to Teri
See the complete list:
COW: Dear Hannah Challenge
Linda Jones issues the Hannah Challenge of the week.
When you finish your Hannah block, write to Linda
Triangle Achievement List is kept
by Mary in AZ:
0 triangles you are a Plain Jane
10 triangles a Baby Jane
20 triangles a Teen Jane
30 triangles a Lady Jane
40 triangles a Fancy Jane
52 a Queen Jane
DJ List - Connie Lucas keeps track
of blocks completed by members and posts a list every week:
Wonder Workers --all 169 blocks completed
Miracle Workers --all block and all triangles completed
Goddess-- Dear Jane quilt finished.
THE QUILT (Jane Stickle's original) will
be on display annually the last three weeks of September and the
first three weeks in October at the Bennington Museum in lovely
south western Vermont. The museum info can be found at
The Bennington Museum is open daily from
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM according to their web site.
POSTER: The Bennington Museum now has a
poster of Jane Stickle's quilt. To order call 1-802-447-1571
$19.95plus $2.00 S&H
Shipshewana, IN DJ Gatherings
Information can be found www.janiac.com
May 2006 April 26 - April 30
November 2006 November 15 - November 19, 2006
Susanne Kleen maintains a website with
links to many DJ web pages:
If anyone else wants to be included on the links page please
If you are listed and want your link removed please let her
know. Also, if anyone would like to submit photos for the Dear
Jane Friends web site, e-mail or snail mail them to: Susanne
Here is the DJ Friends web site address:
TLC-Top Left Corner