The model for Oh, my, Jane! was purchased by Jane Crutchfield in 2008. It came from a home in Newburg, Maine, having spent the latter faded, tattered part of its life under a mattress over bed springs. I love its variety of 1840s fabrics randomly placed in many of the stars. My replica attempts to resurrect the exuberant colors of the original.
The original 80 inch by 72 inch quilt is composed of 82 eight-inch square blocks with cut-out corners to accommodate a four-poster bed. The stars showcase the large variety of cotton textiles available in the 1840s. While the stars were randomly pieced from scraps from dress-making, the maker probably purchased the approximately 3½ yards of brown plaid fabric expressly to make the quilt.
The replica’s stars are composed of reproduction fabrics collected over years and the brown plaid from a Connecting Threads closeout sale saved the project when I was despairing of finding anything close to the original. The back is plain muslin and printed cotton mimicking the wear of the original and the binding is a reproduction of Lane’s Net, a best-seller among eccentrics popular from the 1820s to the 1840s.