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Thread: [DEAR] JANE STICKLE CYBER BLOCK PARTY - Jan 2010 thru May/Jun 2011

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    Oh I knew the wk. 6 thread was up...what I meant to say was a pic of all of the enitre 6 wks. worth of blocks all together. I know you have all had them laid out together and playing with them...I just wanna see...should we post those on the wk. 6 thread??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Oh I knew the wk. 6 thread was up...what I meant to say was a pic of all of the enitre 6 wks. worth of blocks all together. I know you have all had them laid out together and playing with them...I just wanna see...should we post those on the wk. 6 thread??
    Oh, that's a great idea! Let's post it next week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esqmommy
    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Oh I knew the wk. 6 thread was up...what I meant to say was a pic of all of the enitre 6 wks. worth of blocks all together. I know you have all had them laid out together and playing with them...I just wanna see...should we post those on the wk. 6 thread??
    Oh, that's a great idea! Let's post it next week!
    That will be fun to see. Only mine will only be 3 weeks worth if I don't stop working on other projects.

    :oops:

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    are we posting them here, or on another post? I have mine all stored away, but can get them out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahelloyd
    are we posting them here, or on another post? I have mine all stored away, but can get them out!
    We'll set up another thread soon (possibly this weekend...)

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    Oh goodie! I wanna see them all! I have gotten mine out and played with them several times :oops: :lol:

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    it's fun to play wiht them and to show them off. every now and again DH will ask "now is that for your jane quilt". he is so cute sometimes :lol:

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    Yeah...my DH is the exact same...he'll keep saying..."now...you ARE keeping these,....right???!!!"

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    I am so stinking frustrated! Actually this is an understatement. I'm working behind schedule but spent most of yesterday on my blocks. Of the 4, 1 is beautiful! One- I will lose the points when it is joined but the right size. 1- wrong size, too big, but I will take it apart because I see where my error is and the last is just too big.

    I had printed out the email from klue because they were from before I got my software. Question- should I reprint them from my software? Also- I have never pp'd in my life and I was doing them by measuring the drawing and cutting the pieces and sewing. Could this be my problem?

    Top it off- I left my laptop at the office because I did not want to be tempted to work on the project I had been working on. Really don't want to drive to get it, but if it is the solution, I will.

    I just put everything in the drawer and pulled out some scraps for a braid of borders on another quilt in progress to calm myself down. Do I give up on this project- is it "beyond my level of expertise"? Can I get over this hurdle or am I hopeless? ARGGHHHH! Help me please!

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    Don't give up Barb! We all have days like that. I did'nt know how to PP when we started this either and now it is easier every time I do it. Refer to all the tutes you can find. Amma has a good one on here on PP and look at 'That quilt' for help. Also ask the gals on here, they are very helpful. Show a picture of your problem and someone will answer it. Hang in!!!

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    I'm with Janstar. Amma's tute is great and since she took such great pix with explanations, I didn't even have to DO the block. I jumped right in with the first PP DJ block on Klue's schedule. I think the cutting and transferring is a problem...I am leaving them bigger than the square or triangle I need on the block, piecing, and pressing. Then, I go back and reduce the seams so they don't get in the way for the next piece. I'm not sure if this is clear...feel free to PM for more assistance. HANG IN THERE! We've all had days like this.

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    Oh, and since PP is still "backwards" in my head----along with several other things LOL----I am glad I cut larger. Some of those triangle pieces in the blocks would not turn out due to the angle if I cut more exact. It will be fine, BarbM.

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    Don't give up! For what it is worth, I am sooo late to the party, finally I have the software and my fabric but haven't done a block yet!!! I have so much going on, its crazy :) But I am going to start and will catch up because I am determined to have a Dear Jane. I have wanted to start one for at least 3-4 years. I am going to make two sets of blocks, the first will be from my stash, scrappy blocks, really for practice, then I will make the second set with my new beautiful fabric, after I am happy with the construction. Paper piecing is different, it takes some practice to get the hang of it, but it is so precise. Use a little bigger needle and smaller stitches so the paper will come off easier, then remember it is backwards, plus due to the construction you will use more fabric. There is plenty of time, hang in there girl :)

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    Which blocks Barb? I find some of them easier to just piece without the paper, some to me just don't make sense to pp as there is so many that you can only do two or three pieces and then you need to put them together from there,

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    Barb...I feel your pain! Don't give up though, you'd make it too easy for me to follow you and I don't want to do that. So...I think that its that you aren't working from actual print outs from your softward. You need to print (making sure your scaling is set to 0)..then sew EXACTLY on the lines for PP'ing. Believe me...even when I do that, sometimes its not perfect...but it is acceptable. I'm struggling with the applique blocks....can anyone tell me how to get pointy points?

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    Has anyone looked ahead (or completed!!) the Autumn Aster E-9 I think? I printed it off and am thinking I'd rather applique than piece the center but the 4 center corners are SO thin it looks like I'd need to piece first then applique the leaves....any suggestions? It's not completed on that quilt, either.
    Thank you!

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    Sandpat, the pointy points are done by manipulating the absolute point with the tip of your needle---whether needle turn or freezer paper method.

    You'll pinch with your thumb nail to hold the excess fabric back, place the tip of your needle right at the end (after tucking excess fab underneath) and go straight down through the fabric. I leave my thumbnail there and go immediately to the next stitch and then make sure everything is tucked in. I hope that's clear.

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    F-9 is Autumn's Aster. I would make the base and applique the four leaves on. Do you know how to sew curves? Pinning is quite helpful. You need to put the piece that looks pregnant on the bottom..that's how I remember (pregnant ladies like to lie down to rest!!)

    It seems like it will be easier to sew those down, then do the applique on top.

    Any other thoughts out there?

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    F-9, yes that's it EsqMommy. I thought I might have to applique last but am not looking forward to it. This is my first time with curves because I thought they looked too hard. I've heard pinning a lot helps (maybe that's why I've not tried it yet LOL). Should be a challenge when I get to it.

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    I will make a tute. Don't panic...it's actually easier than you think. When I post the tute, you might want to practice with larger pieces first! Just to get it down. It also helps to have a long thin tool...like the pointy end of a wooden skewer. I just break them in half and use them. you can use it to hold the fabric while you manipulate it.

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    I tried it last night using reverse applique.....it did not work for me...so I'm going to try to learn to sew curves. I think I might use my glue baste pen instead of pins though...I'm thinking it might hold it better...would that be better or worse?

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    Don't be scared of curves, they are not all that hard, really really, would I lie to you?

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    Unless I printed the wrong template sizes, my center was MUCH smaller than the outer pieces. I'll double check the software and get back to you.

    I'm cutting pieces and bagging them *especially the applique* so I have take alongs to fit into my hectic life. This is one I'll have to put on hold for a day of concentration, I think. =)

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    I've got it! The corners are not supposed to match up...that's why they looked too big. After checking the software, I see that the center does not extend all the way to each corner so pinning has to be adjusted. It will be fine...I'm done freaking out. THANKS.

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    Don't freak out, you will do just fine!

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