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Jane is very excited about her Primrose Variations quilt.  It started as a simple & dramatic way to use Floral Fantasy fabric, but where will it end?

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Jane introduces the Forgotten Garden, an intriguing new quilt which is the first in a series of four.



what's new

Tackling the
Satin Stitch

Jane discusses a stitch important to her technique but often frustrating to master. A few pointers to help out...

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The Idea Book...

The idea book is the place to come for ideas on how to use Jane's fabrics, patterns and more...this month we feature a Hawaiian style shirt just in time for summer.

Go to The Idea Book



Inspiration Center:
Oscar Wilde on Art

An aesthetic visionary' s thoughts on beauty, art and home decor.

Go to The Inspiration Center



Exotic Fantasy
Quilt Gallery...

View two new Floral Fantasy quilts and two new quilts made with Jane's Exotic Garden fabric...

Go to the Exotic Fantasy
Quilt Gallery


quick jumps

Sassaman Quilts

Interested in purchasing a Sassaman original?  This page lists all of Jane's available quilts as well as a link to request a commission.

Go to Sassaman Originals


Jane's visual resource bibliography...

A resource for Jane's students and anyone interested in a bibliography of inspirational picture books.

Go to Bibliography


Archived home pages...

We've created a home for our past stories and Jane's writing.

Go to Archive


on the web

Quiltropolis Interview

Our friends at Quiltropolis.com have put together a profile of Jane including a new online interview.

Go to the Quiltropolis Interview


A Century of
Quilts Profile

Jane is featured in the PBS web site devoted to America Quilts.

Click here to view PBS's page



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I have just spent a wonderful week at the Empty Spools Seminar held at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Monterey, California.  When I left home Chicago was grey and dreary, the spring sprouts were just a few inches tall. But while I was enjoying the beach and good company, Mother Nature was going bonkers at home—daffodils blooming and tulips yearning to open.  Three weeks later and the transition is complete.  Stormy Spring winds have blown the blossoms off the flowering bushes and trees and everything is green, green, green.

But that was not the only progress being made while I was gone.  The Four  Seasons patterns were being spun out of the printer and were on my desk to greet me when I arrived home.  They are BEAUTIFUL!  I am so pleased with them and I hope you will be, too!  They are designed to be part of your family's seasonal celebrations.  The directions are lovingly written and easy to follow.  They are an intimate size, 18” square, and easy to handle — perfect for most homes.

Also, during my week at Asilomar I was thrilled to see my fabric being used in so many creative ways.  It is gratifying to see that quilters are accepting the challenge to use large prints.  The fabric was used in formal pieced quilts, in free form collages and in clothing.

These days I am especially excited about the couture possibilities of the fabric.  I would love to see Floral Fantasy used to make fitted Victorian jackets, '50's sun dresses, full skirts as well as smocking.  The possibilities keep overwhelming me. . . .if only I had more hands and heads!

This season we have added some favorite quotes from Oscar Wilde in our Inspiration Center.  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, was a British poet, novelist, and playwrite.  His work and his life espoused the “aesthetic” ideal (art for art's sake).  A major tenant of the Aesthetic Movement was the belief that beautiful objects have the power to evoke moods and feelings; consequently, individuals should be allowed to express their individuality through their surroundings.  Their interest in perfectionism, Japanese design, and the decorative arts broadened the scope of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  The flamboyant Mr. Wilde lectured (some would say propagandized) throughout the United States in the years1881-2 accompanying  Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘aesthetic opera’ "Patience".  He not only preached the aesthetic ideal but also encouraged America to find the inspiration for her art in her own land and not attempt to copy past civilizations.  Oscar’s critical eye and wit are still potent today.

May/June 2004


We are always on the lookout for interns to help us with our mission!  If you are interested in honing you skills in project design, public relations, proofreading or have skills in Adobe Illustrator and web development software, drop us a line at information@janesassaman.com  Many talented people have helped us produce our high-profile goods and services while building their professional skills and portfolios.  Come join us!

As usual, please let us know of your Sassaman fabric projects.  This month we have several new additions to the Exotic Fantasy department (see below).  Email pictures of your projects as well as descriptions and a short bio to information@janesassaman.com.


Fiberarts Design Book 7...

Hot off the press is Fiberarts magazine's 7th retrospective. This 217-page hardbound art book features the work of hundreds of contemporary fiber artists, including Jane's Ground Cover I quilt.

A beautiful book with countless full-color reproductions, the introduction notes the joy the curators had in observing
"the recurring themes that appeal to artists.  There are pieces here that chronicle the cycles of life and death and works that are deeply concerned with nature and environmental issues. . .These various themes are here expressed in the vibrant work of a new generation of artists and in the mature work of artists who, through a clarity of vision and years of commitment have developed signature styles." Yes!

Fiberarts Design Book 7 is published by Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishing Co. (ISBN # 1-57990-521-8). Visit Fiberarts on the web at www.fiberartsmagazine.com


Jane to Debut Series of 3 Quilts ...

The Gallery at Studio B of Grandview in Columbus, Ohio will be the host of the annual exhibit of "Small Works," where Jane will debut three new small-scale quilts. The quilts are a continuation of her Forgotten Garden series, the first of which debuts in this month's issue (read more).  We will debut the entire series later in the summer.

"Small Works" runs from May 25 to July 3, 2004. For more information, call Patti Bell at 614-481-9802.


Spring 2004 Surface Design Journal...

In the latest issue of Surface Design Journal, Jane's Pushing Up Daisies is mentioned in a review of the Associations's conference in Kansas City last June. Thirty area galleries launched exhibitions focusing on the "Hands On" theme of the conference.

Reviewer Maria Elena Buszek comments that at first glance Jane's quilt , "a seemingly abstract 'quilted garden'...is, in fact, comprised of a brightly-colored skull-and-moth pattern framed in a 'patch' of jagged grass; it suggest the burial theme to which the title alludes. Part comic illustration, part 'Day of the Dead' offering, this piece turns the functional quilt into a kind of talismanic shroud in which living viewers are asked to imagine themselves staring down their mortality with humor and defiance."

The Surface Design journal is available at better bookstores. You can visit them on the web at www.surfacedesign.org


Jane's Floral Fantasy on Simply Quilts...

We are still anxiously awaiting Donna Wilder's appearance on Alex Anderson's HGTV favorite Simply Quilts.  Donna is the CEO of FreeSpirit Fabric, the manufacturer of Jane's fabric line and she taped the show last Fall with bolts of Jane's Floral Fantasy and Jane's quilts in tow in order to discuss the episode's topic, Working with Large Prints.

The show's number is 1029, and in lieu of better information form HGTV, we think it will probably air sometime August 2004.  Keep your VCR's poised when it finally airs!


More Floral Fantasy Quilt Contributions...

Four new quilts debut in our Exotic Fantasy Quilt Gallery.  This is the place where we showcase your projects made with Sassaman fabrics.  We're always thrilled to see what your imagination conjures up with Jane's designs!


Our First Print Ad...

Keep and eye out for our first print ad in Fons & Porters' Love of Quilting.  It is a colorful 1/4 page ad featuring the Wee Willow quilt pattern and it debuts in the June/July issue.


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Sassaman Quilt Patterns
are now available!

Each easy-fused applique pattern comes with in depth directions on how to create a beautiful 18" x 18" finished heirloom quilt . . . shop.

The 5-Patch Quilt Now Comes in 3 Flavors!

Jane's Floral Fantasy 5-Patch quilt, which debuted in Fabric Trends magazine, now has two colorful cousins . . . shop.

The Butterfly Quilt

Inspired by her own Floral Fantasy fabric collection . . .

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Kaleidoscope II

Jane updates her Kaleidoscope quilt with Floral Fantasy fabrics and creates a new tradition.

Read more (quilt kit available)...

Jane's Floral Fantasy

11 brand-new patterns, 3 color ways. 100% quilt weight fabric for quilts, wearables & interiors . . . shop.

The Quilted Garden picture
The Quilted Garden,
signed editions

Signed editions of Jane's first book are available for sale. . . shop

Fabric Trends Winter 2004 edition

Jane's 5 Patch quilt is on this issue's cover as well as two full color pictures and pattern. It also has a one page bio of Jane and a lovely photograph of Jane’s Kaleidoscope II quilt . . . shop



Jane stars in American Patchwork & Quilting

AP&C has a terrific profile of Jane in their October 2003 issue now on your local newstand. Great pictures, a very nice article and a pattern for Jane's Kaleidoscope quilt are all featured. . . shop

Tri-Flower Handbags

These fun, fashionable bags are made by our friends at Ali Blake. Find out more in the store . . . shop.

Needlepoint Canvasses

There are now 10 stunning needlepoint panels produced by our friends MaggieCo in San Francisco & they are all available in the store . . . shop.



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