Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 1

I began the hand quilting on the Yes We Can, Jane quilt on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the center of the quilt in the bottom left corner of the inner border area.  I hope that makes sense.  I chose the Mountain Mist Quilt-Light polyester batting for the quilt for two reasons: 

1) I used to use this regularly on my quilts, and was able to achieve a very good stitch to inch ratio.  Lately I have been using an 80/20 cotton/poly blend, as I like the warmth it provides, but using this blend means a smaller stitch ratio.

2) This quilt will mostly be a display quilt rather than a “sleep and cuddle under” quilt, thus it will get less use and the choice of batting is appropriate.

While I like how the quilting is going so far, there is one thing that I am struggling with.  The cream colored solid fabric that is in the sashing and forms the base for all of the blocks has a very high thread count.  It is a cotton fabric, but not at all easy to needle.  Because of the high thread count, even with following a straight line, the stitches appear in many areas to be wobbling, which I assure you they are not. 


Quilting lines are 1/4 and 1/2 inch apart in the solid cream colored areas.  Each block will (obviously) be quilted as appropriate to the block.  I am using a water soluble marker that I have used for over 30 years with total success.  The blue lines will easily come out with a soak in cold water.

The brown block on the left is M-9 (from the Jane Stickle quilt), made by Holly Sweet of North Carolina.  Next to that is Buckeye Beauty made by Ruth Garrett of Ohio. 

Stay tuned for another update this weekend!

8 thoughts on “Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 1

  1. it is looking great. I remember there was a Dear Jane quilt made for Pres. George Bush – do you know if they ever gave it to him? I have never heard anything about it after there was a photo shown on the Dear Jane site. I know they said they needed to wait for him to be out of office before it was presented to him, but I never saw a photo or an article about it. It would be a pity if all those people made their blocks only to find out someone never got around to delivery it to him.


  2. I am so glad to hear a discussion about fabric relating to stitch count. I am hand quilting my Scrappy Double Irish Chain and am running into a lot of different fabrics that quilt differently. I much prefer doing the alternate blocks since they are made out of Moda muslin 60 ct. It will definitely be a factor in choosing fabrics for my next quilt.


  3. I don't mind quilting on the BIAS on the cream fabric in this quilt. But quilting on the straight grain is a royal pain! I love quilting on Moda solids… this fabric, as gorgeous as it is (and it is beautiful fabric) just does not needle well. The quilt is extremely well made; that's not the issue. I do believe it's the thread count, and at times, it feels like polyester fabric!


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