Dear Jane Add-on for EQ
Dear Jane Add-on for EQ
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Don't have EQ8 software? Get it now!
The Dear Jane book is not required but is a great complement to the software.
$49.95 — $54.95
Dear Jane who?
In 1863 during the Civil War, a woman named Jane A. Stickle decided to make a sampler quilt. 169 blocks, 52 triangles, 4 corner kites, and 5602 pieces later… she had a quilt that, to this day, still leaves quilters in awe.
Jane’s quilt center was 13 rows by 13 columns. The Dear Jane blocks are known by letters (A-M) and numbers (1-13). Below is a close up of one of the corners. Notice Jane’s signature in the bottom-right! (Photo courtesy of the Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont.)
The classic Jane A. Stickle Quilt is available right in your EQ8 software! Plus, several more quilt variations to inspire you to make your own Dear Jane quilt!
- Use the classic Dear Jane quilt just as it is. Or, audition your own fabrics to see what your version of the quilt will look like!
- Start with a quilt variation provided with this add-on. Play around with different settings and blocks!
- Design a Dear Jane quilt from scratch using the blocks from the Dear Jane library — get creative!
Use the Blocks in the EQ Library
Don’t sit there tracing, drafting and re-drafting the blocks yourself; print them out directly from EQ8! This add-on for EQ includes all the quilt blocks (and border blocks, too!) to make the original sampler quilt, plus over 330 more! That’s a total of over 560 blocks that can be printed in any size. The Dear Jane Add-on libraries include:
- 169 center blocks
- 211 center block variations (These blocks are for alternate piecing methods; you choose whether you would rather do appliqué, rotary cutting, or foundation piecing!)
- 125 alternate blocks not included in the original quilt (log cabins, flying geese, stars, etc.)
- 4 corner kites
- 52 triangles
- blocks to create a simple scalloped border or the complex scalloped border from the classic quilt
- 169 quilting designs for center blocks
- 54 quilting designs for border triangles (52 plus one for the plain triangles and an additional option for TR2)
- 4 quilting designs for corner kites
Print What You Need to Sew!
Print your own Dear Jane block patterns in any size, as blocks, templates, foundation patterns, or rotary cutting charts. You can even print the blocks just as they appear in Brenda’s Dear Jane book! (Did we mention that you can print them in any size? Just because Jane’s blocks were all 4.50″ by 4.50″, doesn’t mean your blocks need to be that size too.)
- Templates – Specify the size of seam allowance around each patch. Move, rotate, or delete unnecessary templates before you print.
- Foundation Patterns – EQ numbers each pattern, separates units, and adds seam allowance. Move, rotate, or delete unnecessary foundation pattern sections before you print.
- Blocks – Print them as line drawings, in color, or as quilting stencils! Print off your favorite blocks as line drawings and make quick coloring book pages for children.
- Rotary Cutting Charts – Print rotary cutting charts for blocks. (Keep in mind that not all blocks at the 4.50″ size can be easily rotary cut!)
- Quilts – Print your quilts as line drawings or colored with fabrics.
- Fabric Yardage Estimates – Calculate yardage for the entire quilt!
Track Your Progress
Want to keep track of your progress as you sew? Import pictures of your sewn blocks into the pre-designed EQ layout to see how your quilt is coming together! Print certificates of completion to mark the milestones on your Jane Journey. Or surprise a Dear Jane friend with a certificate. There are nine certificates to choose from, each in three styles.
Quilt it Like Jane!
Beth Lewis, a true Janiac and a long-time friend of Brenda Papadakis, has allowed EQ to include all the quilting designs that she discovered by analyzing each block of Jane’s quilt. We are so grateful that we’re able to include these in the EQ add-on so you can fully complete your Dear Jane journey!
You can view the quilting on each of the 225 blocks, then print the design for tracing onto your quilt top, or print the design with the block (as shown below) for your own visual reference.
Learn About Jane A. Stickle and Brenda Manges Papadakis
Read about Jane’s life, see where the quilt is now. Learn how Brenda fell in love with the quilt that changed her life. (Included in PDF documentation.)
Read Brenda’s sewing instructions for each block. Take a 12-Lesson Dear Jane class from Brenda as you make her small “In the Manner of Jane” wall hanging, while learning the techniques to construct all the sampler blocks. (Included in PDF documentation.)
225 Block Tips
All 225 blocks are included in a PDF document with special tips for each. See a side-by-side of the sewn block and the EQ block. Learn the reason behind the block names. Discover what size the block was in Jane’s original sampler quilt — hint, not all were 4.50″!! (Included in PDF documentation.)
Browse the Gallery
Making a quilt like Jane Stickle’s or using many of the blocks in her quilt is possible. See the inspiring finished Dear Jane quilts on display in the Dear Jane quilt gallery.
Get the Book!
Whether you have made the quilt or are ready to start your first block, there’s something new in this book for you!
This new edition has updated designs, full-size illustrations of the blocks, and features 18 unique quilts—all influenced by Jane’s 1863 geometric wonder. The author delves into history, women’s rights, and the Civil War through her emotional letters to Jane A. Stickle. You’re sure to draw inspiration from and have admiration for the collection Brenda has put together. Sewing instructions are not included.
The Dear Jane software is copyrighted by Electric Quilt Company. You may use these designs for personal use only. You do not have permission to sell these patterns in any form.
Did you own the original version?
Did you own the original version?
Did you own the original Dear Jane software?If you've owned and loved the original version of Dear Jane software, you will love this new version too! There is no upgrade pricing since this version is in a completely new format with new features. So it's up to you to decide if you need the new version or not.
Click here to view a PDF of the differences in the old version vs. the new version.
This add-on provides you with the ability to view the quilt, color with your own fabrics, then print templates, rotary cutting charts, and foundation patterns for every block in the Dear Jane quilt—plus yardage estimates! If you’re making the original Dear Jane quilt, just print and sew! If you want to make your own “Baby Jane,” you can use all the tools and features of your EQ software to create your very own quilt using the Dear Jane blocks in any size you want. Be creative and have fun!
Watch this video to get a full visual of what's installed! View video on YouTube >
5 EQ project files that can be accessed clicking File > Open Project in EQ.
- DJ1_Dear Jane Quilt-MASTER.PJ8 - includes the classic Jane Stickle quilt
- DJ2_Progress Chart-MASTER.PJ8 - project file for keeping track of your sewn blocks
- DJ3_Quilt Variations-MASTER.PJ8 - project file that includes some fun variations of the classic quilt
- DJ4_Quilting-Center Blocks-MASTER.PJ8 - project file for viewing and printing the quilting designs
- DJ5_Quilting-Border Blocks-MASTER.PJ8 - project file for viewing and printing the quilting designs
5 EQ block libraries that can be accessed by opening the Block Library in EQ.
- Center Blocks - all 169 blocks
- Border Blocks - all 52 triangles, 4 corner kites, and scallops
- Center Block Variations - block variations that may work better for different sewing techniques
- Quilting Designs - quilting designs that mimic Jane Stickle’s actual quilting on her famous quilt
- Good for Alternate Blocks - 125 additional blocks that could pair well with the Dear Jane blocks
Many PDF files that can be accessed through the My EQ > Documentation > Dear Jane directory.
- DJ01-Using-with-EQ - This is the PDF you are currently viewing. Everything you need to know about using the Dear Jane add-on with your EQ software is here.
- DJ02-Quilt-and-Block-Resources - This document has historical information about the Jane Stickle quilt, Brenda Papadakis’ story, and tips and information for each and every block in the quilt.
- DJ03-Lessons - This document includes 12 sewing lessons from Brenda Papadakis. These are her suggestions for constructing certain blocks in the quilt.
- DJ-Certificates (3 styles) - Award yourself a Certificate of Completion to mark the milestones on your Jane Journey. Or surprise a Dear Jane friend with a certificate!
- DJ-Journal (3 styles) - Celebrate the completion of each Dear Jane block by printing and filling out a Dear Jane Journal page. Your journal, telling about your life and times, will become as treasured by future generations as your quilt.
- DJ-QuiltLabel (3 styles) - The label is your quilt’s finishing touch. How we wish all quilts from the past had labels telling us who made them and when. When it’s time to sign your work of art, you can choose a Dear Jane Quilt label or create a design of your own.
- DJ-Stationery (3 styles) - These Dear Jane stationery sheets come in the same styles as the Journal pages, but are blank inside the border. Print them to use for correspondence, or for extra pages for your Dear Jane Journal. Or fold one into quarters to make a quick gift card.
System requirements for Dear Jane
- Requires Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) software
- Windows and/or Mac version of EQ8
- Download -- internet access required for downloading
- 50 MB hard disk space
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Dear Jane is such a fun add-on to EQ8! I was able to play around with it and found a few blocks that are accuquilt friendly and I designed a modern baby quilt with one of them.
I love this entire Dear Jane collection and would love to make it for my mom, or better yet, with my mom. It’s so very well thought out and includes so many bonuses. I really liked the triangle border “blocks” and was pleased to see them featured as one of the many quilt variations. I also appreciated the Progress Chart to mark each completed block, where you can add a photo of your actual block each time to see how your quilt will actually look in the end. So glad that Brenda did all the research on Jane and her quilt, and decided to share it with the world. I’m excited that Brenda and EQ took the Dear Jane quilt to the next level and created this masterpiece, which ultimately honors the original artist and her life time achievements in this quilt. Well done! It’s an amazing addition for any quilt enthusiast.
From download to implementation, the Dear Jane add on has been a dream! As a Mac user, I appreciate the streamline compatibility.
One bonus I did not expect was the wonderful PDF booklet. The booklet was easy to follow and a great way to familiarize new users with the amazing new library!! The best part is the booklet includes little extras like printable journal pages, stationery, progress chart, and certificates to reward milestones in your progress. Talk about a fun bonus.
The new block library seems endless and offers so many fantastic opportunities to build more quilts than I could ever imagine. I look forward to playing with different fabric lines, color pallets and design layouts.
I am so excited about this new version of the Dear Jane add-on for EQ8. The ability to audition my fabric combinations before cutting is easily my favorite feature. I’ve already uploaded several different fabric lines and will be able to see projected yardage requirements before starting.
Having all the blocks already in the software means I can spend my time playing with color combos and planning my own version of this classic.
The included PDF reference manual means I can easily locate answers to questions along the way.
This is one of the software packages that I can easily get lost in & forget that I need to actually go cut & stitch the fabric.
If a Dear Jane quilt has been on your to-do list, this software will help you make that dream a reality.
What a fun add on for EQ8. If you have been wanting to create your own Dear Jane quilt, this is a wonderful resource to create the quilt. EQ8 lets you add variations, change the size of the blocks and provides helpful hints and tips to recreate the blocks. Even better, it is a wonderful Block library addition. Stretch your creativity and use the over 200 blocks as part of your own personal library, pulling the blocks that strike your imagination to create new quilt designs. The blocks come with lots of documentation including tracking the blocks you have made, quilt labels, and journal pages. It includes lessons from Brenda covering the different techniques like applique, foundation piecing, hand piecing and quilting ideas. It is packed with goodies that are well worth the investment.
For anyone seeking a user friendly add-on for EQ8, you’ll be delighted with this one. It’s easy to navigate and offers tips and tricks that will help anyone taking on this project. The design tools in EQ8 make it simple to create your own variation if you desire. The blocks can be used as is or edited to create a variation. Fabrics can be added from the vast EQ8 fabric library, EQ8 Stash add-ons, or scanned fabrics from your own collection. I love the printable journal pages, stationery, progress chart, and certificates to reward milestones in your progress. Of course, all the features of EQ8 are available as you use this add-on, which adds to the versatility for designing with the Dear Jane blocks. Owners of the original Dear Jane program will find this Dear Jane add-on easier to use, because it fits right into EQ8.
The Dear Jane Add-On to EQ8 is a fantastic addition to my EQ8. I love that I can make this famous quilt as is, or replace some of the center or border blocks with some of the ones I really like and would like to repeat.
The opportunities for new designs are endless, particularly because of the triangular shape of the border blocks. You can make your new designs traditional or modern, audition fabrics for each block, and use all the features of EQ8 to make your own masterpiece.
Another great feature: you can import photos of your blocks as you make them, and then publish its digital version as the add-on comes with a project file just for this purpose.
I am so glad I have it!
I love this new Dear Jane add-on for EQ8! This new version allows me to add in my own fabric scans and export high resolutions of images of my quilt designs. I can print colored foundation patterns and there are quilting suggestions for all 225 blocks! This is just a few of the additions to this new Dear Jane version for EQ8.
I found the software easy to use and immediately was designing and playing with the blocks. The new PDF addition has all kinds of additional information. I’m very impressed with this new version.
As a Mac user, I am loving the re-release of Dear Jane™ by The Electric Quilt Company. It was a quick, trouble-free download and I started playing with it right away. I appreciate having the option of different techniques for many of the blocks and I especially love the “Quilt and Block Resources” list that is included. In this pdf you can quickly see the technique options for any block. And there’s even some humor. On page 65, of Block K-6, Ann’s Folly, Brenda says, “Foundation piece. Do not pass go; do not collect $200.” Making a Dear Jane is more attainable than ever before. While still not a quilt for the faint of heart, it’s no longer a Mount Everest. Or maybe it is a Mount Everest but now you have a team of sherpas and guides and you have good weather! I recommend the EQ8 add-on Dear Jane™ from The Electric Quilt Company and Brenda Manges Papadakis. What a treasure!
The first thing I noticed was the PDF file that says ‘Read Me First’. This will be beneficial to people new to the program and how it works. I have loved DJ from the first stand-alone program, but this new version is very easy to use right from EQ8. You will need to add your choice of fabric palette to the project since it is designed in solid colors only, but you can pick any palette to use and not have to scroll past the default palette if you don’t want to use that. I love that I can create my own quilt layout by simply choosing a block or two to repeat into a new layout. It is also really easy to resize the block pieces if you don’t want to work with such small blocks.
Before I even knew how to quilt, I saw a Dear Jane book and instantly I fell in love. Once I learned how to quilt, I bought the Dear Jane book. However, I haven’t started making the quilt yet. I am so happy I waited until now. This software add-on to EQ8 is wonderful. There are so many amazing features…such as you can see the exact quilt Jane Stickle made, you can make a mock up in your own color scheme, you can track the blocks as you make them, and so much more! I would definitely recommend this add-on!
As a huge Dear Jane fan (having made the full quilt before the original EQ offering came out), I was super excited to see the updated release. I love its seamless integration to EQ8 along with the addition of quilting designs for all the blocks. I think the method of tracking block progress is super exciting. (Hint: you will include photos of your actual blocks). This alone would have saved me time the first time around, as I made a few duplicate blocks due to failure to track correctly. It also will be fun to be able to share progress with the actual block photos.
And for MAC users — it is completely MAC compatible.
The new software has all of the pattern revisions made since 1996, most of them in the past several years and the Dear Jane Cowboy Roundup. The original software was published in 2003. Many things in technology have changed in that time. It is very user friendly! You know if I can find my way around quickly, it has to be easy! The tips and techniques have been revised and updated for today’s quilters. I could continue singing it’s praises, but I will leave some things for you to discover. I am very honored and proud to have been a part of this EQ project!
If you have further questions, please email me personally