Dear Jane Organization

I started my Dear Jane Quilt in January of this year. I am making (very slow) progress on it between other projects. I am making her (scrappy!) out of civil war reproduction fabrics.

What’s great about Dear Jane is that every block inspires some quilt design in my head.

With any long term project comes the issue of keeping things organized. I checked out a few posts online but ultimately came up with my own thing.

I keep my fabrics mixed in with everything else and only pull what I want for each block. Often I will cut out several blocks worth at once.

I am using Susan Gatewoods free templates to make this quilt. I printed out rows A-G to start, and put them in order. Next I put each individual block directions into a page protector and put them in a 3″ binder.

In the front of my big binder I have a print out of the quilt for color reference.

When you flip the front page the blocks are in order.

When I cut fabrics in advance, I stick them in the page protector with the directions.

When I make the block I remove the page from the 3″ binder and put it into my finished binder. I then put the finished block in the page protector.

I keep the finished blocks in order as well, although I am piecing them out of order.

In the “finished blocks” binder I also have a layout of the quilt, and I fill in each block as I finish it.

Those of you familiar with Dear Jane can probably tell I am avoiding appliqué!

As I said before I am keeping this quilt scrappy. I have a pile of civil war reproduction fabrics in neutrals and they are all going in the quilt. I will find a cream toned fabric to use as a sashing when the time comes.

How do you keep your Dear Jane organized?

Until tomorrow,

The Quilt Police

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