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Resident Hobbies at Jacaranda Trace

Posted by Frank Herold on August 9, 2016

quilting.jpegWhen Mary Anne Rhodes, a Jacaranda Trace resident, started her Jane Stickle quilt, she never thought it would take 13 years to complete.

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For more than 150 years, quilters have been duplicating the “Dear Jane” pattern created in 1865 at the end of the Civil War by Jane A. (Blakely) Stickle, which currently hangs in the Bennington Museum, in Vermont.

“I started the quilt in 2000 when I was 75 years old, Rhodes said. “I worked on it through 2013 when, suddenly, I lost my eyesight. A dear friend, Cathy Warhburn, completed piecing together the quilt for me in 2014, and another friend, Pat Alderman, completed the quilting in 2015 when I was 88 years old.”

Rhodes first got interested in the quilt after meeting Brenda Patakatackas, author and designer, at a quilter’s guild meeting. Patakatackas spent five years researching Stickle, creator of the original quilt, and her travels throughout the world lecturing on quilting and life in the 19th century. The name “Dear Jane” comes from Patakatckas’s book that contains 229 patterns from the 1863 Jane Stickle quilt.

Rhodes’ quilt has 169 center blocks plus 69 plain triangles; 52 pieced triangles; and four pieced corners. All in all, there are 4,897 pieces in this quilt, pieces that had been taken from 282 reproduction Civil War fabrics. “I collected all the fabrics over 13 years,” Rhodes said.

She began her search in 1998 for Civil War reproduction fabrics. At that time the only place in Florida that had any was in Kissimmee. So she expanded her search and came up with about 600 Civil War fabrics, 282 of which went into the Dear Jane quilt.
Through Patakatackas’ blog on her website, DearJane.com, Rhodes had swapped fabrics with quilters from all over the world to complete her quilt. She calls her quilting effort “My Journey with Jane.”

“My Journey with Jane’ has given me two ribbons in quilt competitions and a blue ribbon in the achievers category, plus best handapplique in the Venice Guild Quilters show,” she said.

Rhodes never did regain her eyesight, so she sold or gave away patterns and materials to help others continue what she considers the joy of quilting.

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