The Idaho Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America was organized in 1994. Meetings are held four times each year in Boise, Idaho. For membership information, please visit For information about meetings, please contact Carole Stokes, Idaho Regional Coordinator, (208) 344-5037, or

The Jane Austen Quilt

Jane Austen Quilts Inspired by Her Novels
by Karen Gloeggler
A quilt made by Jane Austen, her sister Cassandra and their mother is displayed at Chawton Cottage in Chawton, England. JASNA-Idaho member Cheryl Neruda is making a quilt modeled on Austen's quilt, and Cheryl has graciously donated her quilt to JASNA-Idaho to be raffled at our December 6, 2014 tea.

The pattern for the quilt is from Jane Austen: Quilts Inspired by Her Novels, a book of patterns designed by quilter and JASNA member Karen Gloeggler.

The quilt measures 95"x95".  It is made from all cotton fabrics and cotton batting. The fabrics, many of which come from the Moda Fabrics Sentimental Journey line, are soft colors.  The quilting will be done by Barbara Silvester of Portland, Oregon.

Some of the fabrics, from the Moda Sentimental Journey line.
Cheryl Neruda has been quilting for 35 years. She has won awards for her creations and has taught sewing and quilting classes for many years. Cheryl serves on the board of Boise Basin Quilters Guild.

This quilt combines Cheryl's love of quilting and her love of Austen's works. We are thrilled to offer this beautiful quilt to Austen enthusiasts.  Raffle tickets are available now and will also be available at the tea.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

For more information about the raffle, please contact Carole Stokes, 208-344-5037 or
The squares are sashed with ivory fabric.

The border is made up of 1" square finished pieces.
The border squares are made up of a variety
of fabrics.
The large centerpiece is surrounded by sashing and 4" squares.


JASNA-Idaho's 21st annual tea honoring Jane Austen's birth will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 at the Grove Hotel in downtown Boise.  Our speaker will be Julienne Gehrer, Regional Coordinator of the JASNA-Kansas City Region and founder of the "Dining with Jane Austen" website.  Julienne will present "Did Jane Austen Prefer a Plain Dish to a Ragout?"

A beautiful Jane Austen quilt, made by JASNA-Idaho member Cheryl Neruda, will be raffled at this year's tea.  Other raffle items, books and gifts will be available.

The Jane Austen Book Club

January 14 - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Catalpa Room)
March 11 - What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Catalpa Room)
May 13 - Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom by Deborah Yaffe (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Catalpa Room)
July 8 - Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott
September 9 - Bitch in a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen from the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps by Robert Rodi
November 11 - Sanditon by Jane Austen (Time and location TBD)

The Jane Austen Book Club meets six times each year to discuss books by, about and because of Jane Austen. For information about book club meetings, including locations, contact Monica Van Bussum at