Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: "Dear Jane" question - where do you begin?

  1. #1
    Senior Member Millstream Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    New Brunswick Canada
    Posts
    545
    I was intrigued when I saw a "Dear Jane" quilt at a quilt show last year, and have admired the photos of finished quilts I have seen on this site. I purchased a quilting magazine last month that had a very interesting article, which lead me to buying the book of patterns. I'm not giving myself a deadline for this one! I just plan to quilt a block or two as I find time, or need a break from other projects.

    Did you find the easiest way to keep track was to do them in order, as presented, or begin with the simpler blocks and progress from there?

    I had never been a huge fan of the muted 'Civil War' era fabrics - but it seems that this would be the most fitting for this project! And suddenly I find myself looking at those fabrics in a whole new light. :)

  2. #2
    MTS
    MTS is offline
    Banned
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    4,303
    Oh, you need to see some of the other DJ's made in fabric other than Civil War!
    You should do it in whatever fabrics/style you like. I've seen them in brights, monochromatic, Aunt Grace, batiks, scrappy, etc.

    And the reason you should enjoy the color selection is because it's going to be with you for a very, very long time. :mrgreen:

    That article you read was about the two teachers at the City QUilter, right? I started my DJ with them a decade ago (it's still not done). Fabulous teachers.

    Scroll through some of these DJ versions (I wish I could filter out the real one). Also take notice of some of the different layouts:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=dear+...ls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=TkptTqupKYKDgAemsLDkBQ&ved=0CE8QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=670

    There's a 400 page DJ thread on the board -
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-28063-1.htm

    And the DJ mothership:
    http://dearjane.com/
    Which also has a gallery and is a great resource for tips on piecing certain "troublesome" blocks. ;-)

    Enjoy your journey.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Long Island, New York
    Posts
    994
    When I did DJ, I did them in the order in the book - unless I didn't like that block on that day, and then I did which ever I felt like.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Millstream Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    New Brunswick Canada
    Posts
    545
    Gorgeous! Now we're talking!!

  5. #5
    Super Member Fabaddict's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    1,503
    When I did my Dear Jane, I did block of the week
    finished the quilt, and made more blocks the same way -used them for table runner and placemats.

  6. #6
    Senior Member LisaGibbs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Western Kentucky
    Posts
    792
    I am making my DJ in a classic older fabrics because I want to preserve the spirit of the quilt itself. I am going to go in order of the book using whatever colors I feel at the time fit the block. I was going to do it in blues and whites, then I liked it in the reds and played with the ideas of more traditional coloring and keep coming back to the original colors. That is just me, but I haven't run across a DJ quilt I didn't like or greatly admire.

  7. #7
    Super Member quiltwoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    1,920
    I made a grid and would stab my pencil at the grid--that's the block I'd make. I still have about 15 to go :thumbup:

  8. #8
    Dix
    Dix is offline
    Senior Member Dix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Posts
    599
    Blog Entries
    1
    I just started a Farmers Wife (similar to DJ). I am doing in order, so the hard ones are in with the others. Otherwise I might never have done #7. It was hard!!!

  9. #9
    Senior Member doll-lady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    562
    i just started a dear jane recently and i am doing the blocks that catch my eye and that i think i will enjoy making that particular day. i think it helps to get a few blocks under your belt and see how pretty they shape up for you. i thought i would use alot of browns and reds and i thought i might use some christmas material in it. now that i have it underway, i find that i just play it block by block and decide what color to use. on some i use the same colors that is on the original and then others i pick another color just because a particular fabric seems to stand out for that block. it is like the quilt is speaking to me as to how it wants to be made. lol

  10. #10
    Super Member LucyInTheSky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    1,786
    How I would do a DJ - buy this fabric http://www.windhamfabrics.net/cgi-bi...98&Page=1&v=1. Stitch around the shapes to make it look like I didn't cheat. :D :D

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.