I have always wanted to learn how to patchwork and quilt, but never found a group to work with. Finally, I got the chance when I moved with Peter to Saudi Arabia in September 2009. As soon as I arrived, I joined the Dhahran Oasis Quilt Group. Little did I know how blessed I would be to learn how to quilt with the most talented quilters. Their kindness in sharing with me their years of patchwork and quilting was amazing. They taught me the hard way, in at the deep end with no short cuts and, boy, it was difficult but lots of fun. In January 2010, Abby (President of the quilt group) started a Dear Jane program and I (in my ignorance) joined. We decided to make a complete Dear Jane for Peter in traditional 1860s fabric – true to the original, each bock is a different fabric (actually, in the original, two blocks used the same fabric). I’ve been stitching away at it ever since and I’ve just completed all of the blocks. I am keeping all of my earlier blocks in the quilt, even if they are a little wonky or not quilt the right size – they are part of my journey.
So, now comes the task of adding the sashing and piecing it all together.
Actually, I have another Dear Jane quilt on the go – for me in 1930s fabric, so it will be a never ending Dear Jane Journey!