Jane Austen (and Quilted Diamonds)

My Jane Austen and Quilted Diamonds books and DVDs combine quilting with my longtime passion for the life and novels of Jane Austen.

The Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery book and/or the Jane Austen Patchwork shape collection (PDF) enable you to make a quilt that is as “Light & Bright & Sparkling” as the novels. Don’t settle for less than the best!

You can make a replica of the Jane Austen coverlet with just the JAPM book, but it is far easier with the Jane Austen Patchwork shape collection (PDF), so you can print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.

1. Choice of Methods

When the Austen ladies were stitching their patchwork at Chawton, there were no sewing machines. English Paper Piecing (EPP)was a favorite choice.

However, Inklingo’s precise lines for stitching and cutting—perfectly printed on the fabric by the hundreds—make it easier than they could have imagined in the early 1800s.

Jane Austen did not have a choice of methods. This Jane Austen quilt pattern includes everything you need to sew by hand or by machine or a combination of both.

If you prefer English Paper Piecing, you can print the Inklingo templates
without seam allowances and cut several layers of paper at a time with a rotary cutter. (In addition to the shapes to print on fabric, every Inklingo shape collection includes the shapes without seam allowances for templates.)

I do not recommend English Paper Piecing for this design because it is faster, easier and more precise to sew this design by machine in diagonal rows, using the illustrated instructions in Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery.

2. Fussy Cutting!

There are two methods of Fussy Cutting with Inklingo and neither uses acrylic templates.

3. Simple to Decide How Much Fabric

There are diagrams in every shape collection which show how many shapes you can cut from a yard of fabric.

4. Easy to Cut

No measuring. No templates. With this Jane Austen quilt pattern, “The only difficulty . . . was in concealing the excess of her pleasure.”  (Northanger Abbey, Ch 14). Use a rotary cutter or scissors. No expensive cutting machines required—and there are stitching lines and matching marks printed on every shape!

5. Print scraps and Jelly Rolls

Monkey shows you how to print on Jelly Rolls on the All About Inklingo blog.

6. Even more reasons!

  • Some quilters want to cut with scissors.
  • Quilters love the accuracy of perfectly printed shapes without measuring.
  • Quilters love having matching marks and stitching lines on every piece, so they can hand piece when they are on the go, and machine piece when they need speed.
  • Quilters love the way Inklingo helps them use scraps.
  • Quilters love the way Inklingo helps them estimate how much yardage to buy.

“It was a plan to promote the happiness of all.” (Emma)

Jane Austen wrote most of her novels at Chawton Cottage in the dining parlor, at a small side table. Her novels were a secret from everyone except her immediate family.

The Squeaky Hinge It has been passed down through her nieces and nephews that she particularly asked that the annoying squeak in the hinge of the door not be oiled, because it gave her the warning she needed to tuck her pages out of the view of a surprise visitor. (QD1, Diamond # 16)

The graves of Jane Austen’s sister Cassandra, and their mother “Cassandra stayed on alone at Chawton, living largely in her memories of the past, surrounded by the same old furniture, reading the same old favorite books, sewing and teaching the village girls to read, as when her mother and sister were alive.The young Austens were to remember her as a white-haired old lady dressed in black satin, whose countenance, at the mention of her sister Jane, involuntarily lit up with a look of love.”

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