So glad you are done! 70 hours later and a ton of thread later you are finished! Hooray!
Here's the quilt in Gwen's (owner of the DJ) own words:
"Hello to Judi's fans! Judi asked for my "story" about this quilt. Truth
is, I can't remember why I decided to do a Dear Jane. Crazy, right? I had
never undertaken such a large project in my quilting history prior to making
this commitment, nor had I ever enjoyed applique up to that point. However,
the single greatest factor in motivating me to work on and complete this
quilt is that Anina provided fabulous block tutorials two days per week so I just followed along. Top that with Kaffe Fassett's colorful fabrics and I had all the stimulation I needed to keep going week after week, from December 2008 to March 2010. 225 blocks and 4,948 little pieces of fabric later, we add Judi's amazing talent and magic to the fray and, well, here we are. I couldn't be happier with the overall result. If you are inclined to do a DJ, just start with one block --- an easy one, maybe the nine-patch --- then move on to the next easiest one. Just keep going. You'll be surprised at how much fun it is. Click here for more inspiration.
And the best part about doing the DJ is that I'm now a huge fan of applique.
Have you seen Kim McLean's appliqued quilt designs? I'm almost done with
Flower Pots. Next???!!!"
Isn't this quilt incredible? I love it. However - after spending 70 hours doing stitch in the ditch - I don't think I will be piecing this quilt any time soon - sorry - maybe when the kids are grown and out of the house. It will have to be on my "bucket" list for now.
At first I wasn't sure what I was going to do on this quilt, but it hit me "like a ton of bricks" when I started quilting and I decided that each block needed to be individualized because of how much work went into each block. That is why I just did a straight stitch in the sash, it sets off each block perfectly I think.
The bottoms of the large triangles were 5 inches - so 4 equal straight lines to set these off. I used a gold metallic thread for these.
Quilting around the curves were fun - just a little bit of marking with a purple marker - and some figuring around the corners and there you go - I love it!
Probably my most favorite quilting picture I have ever taken! Do you see how the curved border has curved diamonds? I absolutely love it!
I enjoyed quilting this DJ, but I am so glad to have it finished! Yay!