Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sincerely Jane Challenge

I've started organizing my pattern for the Sincerely Jane Challenge on Yahoo Rughookers. The original quilt made by Jane Stickle during the Civil War has over two hundred individual little patterns that are easily converted into geometric hooked rug patterns. I'm not particularly fond of geometric patterns, although I am terribly impressed by the Jane Stickle quilt, so I am planning to throw in some animal patterns just to make the rug more mine. Since the rug is being made from quilt patterns, I decided the animals should also be made from quilt patterns. I selected a book from the large quilt library at the Hamburg Senior and Community Center (a building I am particularly fond of because my mother was one of the Independent Seniors who planned and built this wonderful place - and today is the one year anniversary of my mother's departure.) The book My Grandmother's Patchwork Quilt by Janet Bolton includes a set of patchwork pattern pieces. I have copied the animals from those pieces to add to the Jane Stickle patterns.

I've copied some of the pattern squares, 4.5"x4.5", onto tracing paper and have laid them down in a possible arrangement. The arrangement in the photo is probably about half of the final pattern and doesn't include the sashing that will run between all of the squares. I'm thinking right now that the sashing will probably be a half inch wide in the interior with wider sashing around the outside. The animal patterns will be scattered wider apart than they are in this first photo. I need to copy about 30 more geometric patterns and will also probably create a few more animal patterns that aren't in the patchwork book - for sure, I will add a sheep that will look like the sheep pin for the Rughookers Merit Program.

So, I'm off to select more patterns...

6 comments:

Jeff & said...

I love the idea of putting the patterns on tracing paper and then being able to move them around to see what works best. I just copied mine on my backing without too much thought of what goes where. Next time (and as big as this rug is there will certainly be a next one), I will be a bit more organized and do some planning.

I love that you've made it yours by adding the animals. And, it's great that this rug will have a connection to your mother.
Jo-Anne

kookaburra said...

Phyllis it is going to be great! Love how it is looking so far and those animals are going to fit in very nicely! Can't wait to see your progress as you hook it.
Della

Mr. Taylor said...

I knew you would have animals in your pattern. This is going to be a beautiful rug :)

leLoops said...

Phyllis it is looking great and I agree with Mr. T. Love the addition of animals. :o)What size cut are you going to use? Lee/WV

Kelley said...

Well, aren't you the little crackie! (ie on the ball) I'm just starting to plan the placement of mine. I think I'm going to have to join 2 pieces of burlap-maybe I'll hook the sashing through the overlapped section.

A bit nervous about this challenge-by far the biggest rug I've ever hooked. But I'm trying lots of new things with it, so it'll be a learning experience, if nothing else!!

Rainbows in Wool said...

I was given a copy of the Dear Jane book, it never occurred to me to use it for a rug pattern. If I do, I'll just start with one and keep going.