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Sincerely Jane

Beyond Our Borders: A rug hooker's tale of a quilting pattern--and a challenge!

By: Jo-Anne Harris

Sometimes the most amazing things come from the simplest mistakes. That's how the idea for Sincerely Jane came about.  

It all began on our online rug hooking group when someone mistakenly posted a link to the Dear Jane quilt on the rug hooking group's discussion board. That one little post reminded me of a long-since-forgotten wish to recreate that antique quilt as a hooked rug.

I knew the task ahead of me would be daunting. The original Civil War-era quilt by Jane A. Stickle measures 80 ¼" x 80 ¼" and includes 225 unique patterns, and I knew from experience that many quilt patterns, just by their nature, might not translate easily to rug hooking. If done properly and worked on diligently, a comparable rug, I figured, should take me about 12 to 18 months to complete.

This article is from the June/July/August 2011 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.

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