I wish this were mine

My friend Nancy (she does most of the piecing for Bunny Hill) brought over her Dear Jane quilt this week to share with us.  She’s an excellent quilter so we knew we were in for a treat.

It took her a little over 4 years to complete all the blocks and assemble the quilt.  She sent the quilt to Ohio to be hand quilted by an Amish quilter, and she just got it back last weekend.  The quilt has over 200 blocks and each block is quilted with a different pattern.  I could look at this quilt for days and never see enough.  These photos can’t begin to capture its beauty!


Dear jane

Dear Jane 2

Dear Jane 3

Border Close-up

We laid it out on the floor so I could try and get a full photo…

Dear Jane 5

…and two of our Bunny Hill workers got right  onto the center of the quilt.  You’d think they’d know better.  I just couldn’t believe it!

Chelsea and Bitsy 1

Each one blamed the other when I told them to get OFF the quilt.  I think one of them looked a bit more guilty than the other.

Chelsea and Bitsy

Nancy didn’t mind and I was so relieved.  Geeez…I’m going to have to put these workers through some training.  They need to wear white gloves when touching a quilt like this.

It’s an amazing quilt and it’s going to Vermont this summer for a show.  I’ll let you know when I get more information on the show, just in case you’re in the area.


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  • DeAnna Dodson - Oh. My. Goodness.

    That is GLORIOUS!

    Is anyone telling how much it cost to have that hand quilted?

    It’s wonderful!

    Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Christine M - Nancy’s quilt is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole C. - Oh! That is a gorgeous quilt. She did such a fabulous job! The piecing is perfect!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - I love seeing DJs! I love Nancy’s choice of colors and fussy cuts! I’ve heard Brenda Papadakis speak a couple of times here in Indiana. The quilting is exquisite, too! A DJ is one of my bucket list items! I wish I could see the entire quilt! Awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - I had the joy of meeting Nancy at Asilomar a couple of years ago, and she was amazing. She was working on the Bali Wedding Star and we all drooled looking at it throughout the week!!!

    Tell her I said hello and that her Dear Jane is fantabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - That is fabulous! What great fabrics she chose for her quilt and the hand quilting is incredible. Thanks for Sharing Anne.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - What a gorgeous Jane! I’m maybe 3/4 through making the blocks, and I’m seriously impressed at their hand quilting on this! Some of the seam build-up on those tiny blocks is remarkable, so hand quilting these is *not* easy.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry - Only one word- AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Zooperson - Awesome work by both Nancy and her Amish quilter. Your workers were just giving it their paws of approval.ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - Oh I wish it were mine too! It’s just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • pam - Nancy is an amazing and prolific quilter. I look forward to our visits at market, hope to see both of you in Portland!ReplyCancel

  • Silvia - Wow!! This is absolutely fabulous!!!! The colours are wonderful, and the quilting is perfect!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Stunning. I have only just begun my DJ Journey and only dream of having it completed, let along hand quilted. Stunning :o)ReplyCancel

  • Malène - my Godness! 4 years…. what a great patience for a wonderful work, thank you very much for sharingReplyCancel

  • Christie - Absolutely Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • wendy - wow, this is incredibly beautiful, so much work and skill!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - Oh, what a beautiful work of art! In awe at that hand quilting! What an inspiration… thanks Anne for sharing. Love your curious little workers checking out the quilt. I have a similar story: My sister was getting ready for an art show last year. She was so excited to show my son and me her most recent works (lying on the floor drying in the center of her studio). We walked into the studio and my son walked right onto one of the pieces! Rather than pass out from shock, my sister actually liked the interesting textures his footprints added to the piece and sold it that way! Thank goodness for small graces!ReplyCancel

  • rosa - It`s absolutely fabulous!!
    Two year playing with those little blocks.I`m doing mine in blue fabrics.ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - What a spectacular piece of work! Anne, thanks so much for sharing this, it’s the first one I’ve seen in such detail, and the quilting is truly inspiring. And it has dogs! Did you notice that your pooches coordinate perfectly with the colors? :)ReplyCancel

  • Barb - What an incredibly beautiful quilt! It is breath-taking in your photos – I can only imagine what it must be to see it in person. Thank you to Nancy for sharing it with us.

    Chelsea and Bitsy definitely know a thing of beauty when they see it.ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - Beautiful!!!!!!! If it were mine I am not sure I could part with it for a show!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Sharp - Stunning quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Tatkis - Gorgeous quilt, and stitching is just fantastic!

    Best wishes,

  • Libby - I wish this were mine also ~ What a lovely quilt, the piecing and of course the hand quilting ~ What an art!

    I’m glad I’m not the only one with worker’s like yours ~ but “ya gotta lov’em!ReplyCancel

  • Pat - The quilt is really beautiful. I love that they did different quilting in each square which makes the quilt more interesting. What a wonderful treasure. My mother was a hand quilter including putting the pieces together. My daughters and I have many quilts that my mother made.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - Such a beautiful quilt and a true heirloom. I always say quilters are some of the best modern artists in the country. By the way, Bitsy and Chelsea can sit on my quilts any time!!!ReplyCancel

  • Paulette Doyle - ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!!

  • Joani - The DJ quilt is stunning! The quilting is extraordinary as well… But the ‘puppies’ just had to get a closer look, eh? :) Thanks yu for sharing!! The Amish quilter is so talented as well! Nancy did a great job … such patience!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - This is absolutely beautfiul – and inspiring!! I know one other person that completed that quilt and it was so fun to see it in person. I love the handquilting. Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Fernande Authuys - Hi ! It is a wonderfull quilting ! congratulations ! FernandeReplyCancel

  • Beth - That’s beautiful. I am working on my journey, but so far there are only 8 blocks in it.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - Nancy’s quilt is stunning. Lucky you to get to see it up close and personal! Oh, BTW, your Bunny Hill workers can walk on my quilts any day!! :)ReplyCancel

  • sunny - Oh. My. Gosh. that is truly amazing. Thanks so much for sharing with us!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne H. - This quilt is truly amazing, and fabulous, and beautiful, and gorgeous, etc., etc., etc.. I live in Ohio Amish country. I would love to find out who did the beautiful hand quilting. Would that be possible? Thank you for sharing this quilt. What an inspiration it is.ReplyCancel

  • Sharlett - Love the quilt and the two cute Bunny Hill Employees, they make me laugh. I also have a helper who feel the need to test out each new quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Cori - Wow!!! It is just wonderful. I love looking at it. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Judith - Beautiful! I was wondering what the batting is? Could it be a double layer? It looks so thick with the hand quilting. ThanksReplyCancel

  • ina - Dear Nancy, your Dear Jane Stickley quilt is to DIE for! ;p

    anne, i’m sure their little paws were clean. ;pReplyCancel

  • Anne Beale - Oh My God, I apologise to the extremely talented Amish quilters, I mean no disrespect to God but
    my God those beautiful,even tiny stitches one would never be able to replicate that stitching ever!
    Not to mention how exquiste those blocks are.
    I feel like Wayne and Garth in front of Alice Cooper, we’re not worthy.
    Bitsy and Chelsea just wanted to have a closer look at those truely stunning blocks.

    Cheers to you Anne and Nancy for a sharing such a wonderful quilt.

    Anne BealeReplyCancel

  • Janie - I believe this is the nicest reproduction of the Jane Stickle quilt I have ever seen. The quilting is just beautiful. It’s just an exceptional job all around! Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Freda - Breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanie - Completely amazing!!! Thanks for sharing:)ReplyCancel

  • Lou - Looks like a totally awesome book! Would love to make the ABC wallhanging or book for my grand daughter:)

  • saskia - And a beauty it is!ReplyCancel

  • Louise - Hi, Nancy’s Dear Jane is stunning and the hand quilting is amazing.
    I have a finished DJ top that took way too long to make. I had no idea howitzer wanted to quilt in until now. I live in Australia. Is there any possible way of telling me how to contact the Amish master quilter and perhaps a ballpark figure of how much this would cost???
    Thanks for sharing with us, Lou
    Ps love the puppies tooReplyCancel

  • AnnieO - Nancy is to be congratulated–and envied–for her beautifully finished DJ! Your workers were only celebrating with her, I think :)ReplyCancel

  • Gerry - Chelsey and Bitsey look so fab and fit! Love seeing them on the quilt-ReplyCancel

  • Terry - Awesome quilt — The dogs have great taste in quilts — They had to check out the work up close and personal. — Mine always does that to my best quilts.ReplyCancel

  • Tara Lynn Darr - That is gorgeous! Would you mind sharing the contact information of the amish quilter? I’m in the process of making a Dear Jane quilt and I just said last month at our Dear Jane meeting that I was thinking about having my own quilt when finished, hand quilted by an Amish quilter! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • tinyinc - what an amazing piece!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anita K - Just curious, where do you buy the pattern for this amazing Dear Jane Quilt, would love to one day attempt to start, just gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

    • Terry - Anita – There is a book & CD with printable patterns for this quilt. It has been out for a few years. If your quilt store does not have it – Amazon or a book store might.ReplyCancel

  • Debra Newhall - Thank you for sharing this beautiful quilt. What a treasure!ReplyCancel

  • Gina snyder - Would love to win this! My new baby granddaughter would love a blanky with her name stitched on!


  • Marcia - I’m so pleased to see a picture of Bitsy. I was afraid you had lost her. She’s a classic!ReplyCancel

  • Karencg - Do you know the rate this wonderful hand quilter charges per inch?
    I hand quilt some of my quilts, but not even that close of stitching or that small of stitches.
    When I make a quilt that requires hand quilting I would like a contact, and have the money saved for the quilting.ReplyCancel