Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Possible Changes to Pattern

When I posted the picture of the original block next to my sewn block, I noticed that some of Jane's corner pieces don't look pieced.

I was hoping to get a close-up view when I visited the quilt this past weekend. However, this year the quilt was displayed in a different area, with less light, and you had to stand further back. So I really couldn't tell if there were seams or not, even in person.

Jane's Block
Photo of Jane's Block

I've stared at all the photos I have, and the poster, and the quilt, and it always looks like one of the corners is pieced (the bottom left corner) to make a complete circle, the way my pattern is. But a couple of the corners definitely look like they're not pieced. So I created a second pattern without pieced corners.

Pattern Changes
TATRWJ - Row 6, Block 6 - Changes Marked in Green

If I make this block again, I'm undecided as to which pattern I'll use.


Minka's Studio said...

I see what you mean about that corner piece. Interesting. I can't tell. For years, I've meant to get up to VT to see the orignal quilt. I almost got there last year and then at the last minute, my travel companion had to change her plans. I should have gone anyway. I'm sad to hear they have moved the quilt to a darker room and that you can't get as close. Too bad they cannot offer an option to have special access if with the promise of your firstborn child if you break any of the rules.

Connie said...

I was really hoping to get more close-ups this year than last year. But I guess the important thing is to keep Jane's quilt safe from excess light so people can enjoy it for many years to come. I have a feeling that block might actually be made with some corners pieced and some not. There are lots of inconsistencies in the quilt like that. Sometimes I think it's the "imperfections" that really make it unique and wonderful to see in person. It is really stunning to see how various sized borders and unmatched seams in places don't take away from its beauty at all!

Karen said...

Your blocks are lovely Connie! I wish I could have a really good look at the original quilt.

Connie said...

Thanks for your kind words on my blocks. I really need to get back to sewing! (Life gets in the way!)

The original quilt is really something to see in person. No pictures can truly capture what it's like to see it up close, and feel the history behind it, and wonder where Jane got the different fabrics and patterns, or how long it took her to make it. It's really amazing!

Gladys said...

WOW! All your blocks look so great! Congrats! I'm doing my Dear Jean also! Have all a very good "trip"! A hug!