Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Laura Fraga

The Phenomenon of the Dear Jane Quilt

Laura Fraga has cherished memories of growing up watching her grandmother hand quilt traditional quilts with her church group, but it wasn't until 1990, after taking her first quilting class, that Laura found her own passion for quilting. After mastering the basics, Laura realized that she had two great passions - hand appliqué and making "Dear Jane" quilts.

The original "Dear Jane" quilt was a sampler comprised of an astounding 5,602 individual pieces that was completed during the Civil War in 1863, by Jane A. Stickle. Quilt historian Brenda Papadakis discovered the quilt at the Bennington Museum in Vermont and introduced it to the world in 1996.

Laura admits to being a Janiac (rhymes with maniac) since the year 2000. She has completed several Dear Jane quilts of different sizes and helped to launch numerous other quilters on their own Dear Jane journeys. Her quilts have won blue ribbons in national shows, making Laura a much sought-after presenter. In addition, Laura has appeared as a guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims and taught her Dear Jane techniques at the Empty Spools Seminar at Asilomar.

Workshop: Journey with Dear Jane (Pieced)

On Wednesday, October 9, our workshop is with Laura Fraga, a Dear Jane "Janiac". Make several 4-1/2" Dear Jane blocks as you learn accurate machine and paper piecing. Choose traditional Civil War-era fabrics, contemporary fabrics, batiks, or whatever you like-the possibilities are unlimited! Laura will provide all necessary patterns.

Future Programs:

November 12: November Fest (Chairperson Janice Elliott)
Raffle Baskets
Quilt Auction (Auctioneer Lyn Mann)
50/50 Raffle

December 10: Member Showcase-Del Thomas

January 14-15: Sandy Corbin
Lecture: Secret Society of Quilters
Workshop: A New Twist

For the complete list of "Speakers and Workshops" click on the tab at the left.

Workshop Location

San Juan Mobile Estates 
32302 Alipaz St
San Juan Capistrano Ca, 92675

For workshop information and to sign-up, contact:

Workshop Co-Chairs:
  • Deanna Garcia
  • Gladlys Sherman
  • Katy Lillie

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