A friend of a friend was able to see the original Dear Jane quilt last Fall at the Bennington Museum in Vermont. Because of its fragility they only bring it out for about a month every year. My friend shared these pictures with me.
What I found fascinating is that Jane Stickle entered this quilt in the Bennington County Agricultural Fair in 1863 and won a prize for "Best Patched Quilt" and her prize money was $2.00! Little did they know at the time that her quilt would inspire thousands of quilters throughout the world. https://benningtonmuseum.org/portfolio-items/1863-jane-stickle-quilt/