I would like to start a DJ quilt. I decided on white for the background and bought a 15 yd bolt of white on white. Will this be enough? I also have 7 yds of another white on white and they seem to match. I have the book and the software. I love purple and decided all the blocks would be white and purple. The problem is I love red too. Do you think I could use red as the cornerstones in the sashing? I seem to be intimidated by the DJ quilt for some reason. I guess I read about so many DJ quilts that took years to finish.
Congrats, sewNso! Yours Dear Jane are amazing and beautiful!
I am doing mine and it is slightly suspended, because I started the year finishing old projects. But I can show you a photo of my blocks together, I have facts 64 blocks and 9 triangles.
Have a nice day!
Katybob, is "the (1/4" finished) narrow border" a border around the perimeter, in between the outer edge of the assembled blocks and the triangles? Hope this makes sense. Thank you!
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That's right, Cindy.
Sue, I think you'll have more than enough white. I think I saw a purple and white DJ somewhere on the Internet and it was gorgeous.
For those of us just beginning here is some more eye candy! Of course the best is right here on the QB!!
SewNSo your quilt[S]are awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.
And DottyD....you are so right where is everyone?? where am I ?? :( so sad! I actually did make 7 blocks this week, I've taken pics and can't find the dxxn..... thingy to put them online :( :( I will share what I did slightly differently with them though..
For H4 - I did a sort of "pseudo paper piecing" this method is one that Cynthia England uses [http://www.englanddesign.com/]  I traced the pattern onto freezer paper, cut it carefully right on the inside edge of the lines and ironed it to the right side of the fabric;  I cut the fabric adding a 1/4" seam allowance;  I matched adjoining pieces lining up the pattern pieces exactly, right sides together and with the lighter fabric on top so I could see the edge of the paper showing through I sewed my seam exactly at the edge of the paper. By sewing this method, you can pull the paper off easily. For H4 I also used reverse applique instead of the regular applique the thatquilt.com site uses because it is the way Jane made hers. [I promise to post pictures as soon as I find my thingy]
I-3 - the pattern fails to include the outer border in Jane's original. I decided I liked it better with the border so I added it and simply cut down the size of the nine blocks by 1/8." I cut three pieces of red 1 5/8" x 5 1/4" and 2 pieces white 7/8" x 5 1/4".... looking at the picture I sewed the long strips together like this: red, white, red, white, red. I cut the section into three equal widths and separated the sections by another 7/8" white strip. I took generous 1/4" seams everywhere and finished by adding a red border an inch wide all the way around and then trimming the block down to 5" with my DJ square ruler. [again... I'm sorry - a picture would add wonders!]
I made I-1 the same way thatquilt.com suggested. I-2 I saw no need for paper piecing, you simply have to measure carefully.
I'm going to pause here til I find my stuff... I will say I didnt sew G12 following the book pattern but I noticed thatquilt.cm didnt either; the center star is made in two appliqued sections and if you measure the original against the book pattern you will notice that the point to point distance between the sections is about the same in the original. If you look at the pattern and measure the distance between the points touching the slanted edges youll see this is longer than the distance between the points touching the sides of the block.
Gotta run.... will spend some more time searching too!
SewNso, Your 2nd DJ is going to be as beautiful as the first! I still don't know how you did two!! Your blocks are so bright and crisp! Your first one reminds me of mine. The colors are very similar. I'll post it if it's ok with Gus. Jan
Yes, it is quiet here. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't picked up any of my DJ since before Christmas. I've been so busy with 'life' but hope to be back soon. I miss it!
Thanks, Katybob. I may go buy my sashing within the next couple of weeks.
SueLevin, I've been using several different whites as my background. Some of them are white on white, some are just plain white. That way I don't worry about having enough of the exact same background. Also, it has been my experience that once the final product is quilted the different backgrounds aren't that noticeable. Welcome, and dive right in!
Yes, SueLevin, Cindy is totally right - don't worry about it if you end up using a few different whites in the end. In fact, in many quilts, adjusting the background here and there adds a 'sparkle.'
You do however have enough white for more than one Jane!! Just figure, without seams if you were to cut 5" squares, you can get 8x7 or 56 out of one yard. You don't only use background for the blocks, but you do have seams and the triangles will use more background [slightly] than the blocks 225/56 ~ 4yd . multiply this by 2 for a buffer and add a couple of yards for the sashings and you see you have a generous amount :)
I decided to use totally different backgrounds, long story, started out with my 'light' contrast being far too drab because a friend of mine told me that was 'civil war' ...not totally accurate. When you look at quilts made during the war they were actually extremely bright as these were the types of fabrics that were used in the early to mid-1800s and the mills pretty much screeched to a halt during the war itself. The drab colors showed up as production picked up again.
No one needs my permission to post :) the more pictures the merrier!!!! and we love new people climbing onboard! We started out with around 120 members in this Dear Jane group, and we are down quite a bit. I was just thinking about this a week or so ago. Remember when I had asked about the interest in exchanging signature blocks early on? That is why I decided to wait a bit... let the group settle. I will ask about the interest in sig block soon though, so that we can get started now that we are well over the halfway mark :)
I found three photocard-to computer reader cables in Steph's room! so will post a few I took to go with above instructions.
Here are the pics of H-4....note how you can see the paper pattern through the light fabric.... [I have to say it has taken a while to resize etc and it failed to post the first time, so I hope this works]
Attachment 387866Attachment 387868Attachment 387869Attachment 387870and here is one pic of G12 showing the freezer paper on the right side of my fabric before I hand appliqued it to the top. Will take some more pics and post later.Attachment 387871