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

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    WOW you are all charging ahead. Still on my projects, wish I hadnīt got so involved now but well such is life. should finish the cushions for the charity quilt today. Just got the eyes to sew on a teddy bear and then the others are not urgent as such just as and when so then I will get back to Jane. I am itching to do it.

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    I had heard about the Dear Jane Quilt, Thank you for the Site that explained it to me

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    I'm hoping that when I get all the blocks quilted it will be a breeze to put the thing together Kathy, but we'll see! I got busy last night and did 4 blocks. I'll try to do better from here on out so that I don't take forever to finish her. Kathy, I sure know what you mean...my house hasn't been cleaned since Jan. when I started this! :lol:

    Wil!! Go girl GO!! Its exciting to make such progress huh? I still lack 3 of the corners..they look hard too, except for that one with the applique that I plan to put the block count info and such on.

    Elle..you'll be caught back up in no time. There isn't any penalty for being behind..you do have a few other things to do.

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    Patti, I actually found that the corners were easier than I thought. I guess because, for the most part, the pieces are bigger. That bugger which has 75 pieces starts out small, but grows quickly.

    I feel like I am fighting with the center to let me get the border tris on. If seems to be pulling against me as I pin/sew. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to machine sew this part. Hopefully, the plain muslin borders will be a snap to add.

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    Patti, it is nice to feel I may actually finish all the blocks this year!!! :lol:

    So Kathy, please explain the center/border tri challenge? I plan to sew my Jane on my machine, you are scaring me half silly. :shock: Are you sewing on scallops after you attach the tris?

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    Somehow, I have unknowingly changed my settings and can't print "Foundation Pattern" from Print as it is grayed out. I can still print the Block and Templates. Has anyone had this problem? If so, do you know how correct it? If I start a new project, then it is available...

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilhelmina
    Patti, it is nice to feel I may actually finish all the blocks this year!!! :lol:

    So Kathy, please explain the center/border tri challenge? I plan to sew my Jane on my machine, you are scaring me half silly. :shock: Are you sewing on scallops after you attach the tris?
    I'm doing this whole thing by hand, so I an winging it with the scallops. The Dear Jane book doesn't have a single mention about attaching the triangles or fabric for the scallops. I laid it all out on a large piece of paper and drew the curves. I decided to do one large curve at the corners instead of the 3 like Jane did. Again, there was no help in the book.

    Now, I am having a bit of a struggle handpiecing the triangle strips to the center unit. Don't know why, except that I am letting the majority of the center rest on my ottoman and am leaning over to sew. It's just too hot to get all snuggly under the top - for now. Perhaps it's just the logistics of my arrangement that is causing me to fight. Also I find that the seam allowance from that tiny 1/4" outside sashing (or border) all the way around is fiddly and gets in the way. I am sewing from the triangle side. I think maybe I should have pressed it towards the blocks instead of away from them. I think I am going to need to re-press all the sashing seams away from the blocks so I can quilt down the middle of the sashings. There are way too many seam allowances on that back side, but what are you going to do?

    I hope to get the third strip sewn down tonight and the 4th one pinned. Then, while we are in Albuquerque, I might get that 4th strip sewn.

    Don't let my troubles get you hesitant. I have been considering making another Jane only this time I'll use the software. Then I won't have to worry about all these seam allowances that need to be kept free - not sewn down. I can sew down all I want.

    I have 4" wide strips of muslin marked and ready to sew onto the triangles. The scallops are marked, but it is wider than I need so that there is something to let the hoop grab onto while quilting the edges. I use an oval hoop for the outside edges of a quilt, but you still need a little bit more than a seamallowance it you don't want to be repositioning your hoop every 10 stitches. :)

    Good luck and enjoy the journey! I am.

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    I have seen a pattern for the scallops in the software. Go into Motifs, the scallops are in their ladies. a pattern for them in . Maybe you have just not spotted them.

    Donīt know why you are having the gray come up now, perhaps. Check the manual may come up with something. Or you can get help on line.

    Everyone is doing so well, keep up the good work Meredith and Kathy

    Elle

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    I didn't get any done last night. I had to get all the pieces ready to applique to this IRR that I really need to get out this week. I recieved it very late...and I hate to take too long getting it done. I may have to take a short break from Jane to finish it.

    Wil..I looked in the book about your printing issue...I didn't see anything about that. I will say though that in the quite a few of the last blocks...you can't print a foundation pattern...its not available. I printed those as blocks and then cut it into my own patterns. Sometimes I would have to print the blocks several times to get all the units that I needed. I was so used to the seam allowance being on the foundation patterns and I like it that way...so I would print more than one copy of the blocks. If its not that...you can email EQ..they are quick to help.

    I don't have a clue how mine will go together after the quilting..I will be sewing it on the machine. I decided to do it this way because I've already tried quilting a little table runner made with the Jane blocks. It wasn't very large- yet it was really difficult for me to quilt it. So..I decided to give Lesley's method a try. I still may do the final QID by machine when I make the sandwich.

    Keep plugging Kathy and Meredith!

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    Meredith, I looked further for a solution to your issue in the software. When you go to File, then down to preferences...that would be where you might have inadvertently changed something, but I don't see how. I couldn't find any setting for what you are describing. I'm thinking that you are on a group of blocks where the FP just isn't available..there are quite a few of those just about where you are in the week count. Can you see if you can click on FP on a different block?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    I didn't get any done last night. I had to get all the pieces ready to applique to this IRR that I really need to get out this week. I recieved it very late...and I hate to take too long getting it done. I may have to take a short break from Jane to finish it.

    Wil..I looked in the book about your printing issue...I didn't see anything about that. I will say though that in the quite a few of the last blocks...you can't print a foundation pattern...its not available. I printed those as blocks and then cut it into my own patterns. Sometimes I would have to print the blocks several times to get all the units that I needed. I was so used to the seam allowance being on the foundation patterns and I like it that way...so I would print more than one copy of the blocks. If its not that...you can email EQ..they are quick to help.

    I don't have a clue how mine will go together after the quilting..I will be sewing it on the machine. I decided to do it this way because I've already tried quilting a little table runner made with the Jane blocks. It wasn't very large- yet it was really difficult for me to quilt it. So..I decided to give Lesley's method a try. I still may do the final QID by machine when I make the sandwich.

    Keep plugging Kathy and Meredith!
    I did consider doing the SID by machine Patti, and if I had, I wouldn't have done each individual square at a time, I was going to go down a whole row, just skipping over the sashing and starting again at the next block. Once all of those were done in one direction, then I was going to turn the quilt and do the other direction. I'll be interested to see what you decide to do when you get to that part.

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    If I do it by machine, that is exactly how I will do it Lesley. Its a lot of starting and stopping though...hmmmm...I'll have to think about it some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Meredith, I looked further for a solution to your issue in the software. When you go to File, then down to preferences...that would be where you might have inadvertently changed something, but I don't see how. I couldn't find any setting for what you are describing. I'm thinking that you are on a group of blocks where the FP just isn't available..there are quite a few of those just about where you are in the week count. Can you see if you can click on FP on a different block?
    Thanks Patti for looking, I did change the font at one point because I liked another one better, but then I changed it back after I realized I couldn't use the foundation pattern print function.

    It all started when I tried to reprint J-4 because I didn't like my fabric choices and I thought after all my blocks were done I would rework that one. I attached a pic of my screen. :roll:

    Leave it to me to make it more difficult than it should be! :?

    After I opened and closed and created a new file, that I didn't even save, it seems to work fine now...whatever :lol: :lol:
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    Elle, it's good to hear from you. It's been some time.

    We're in Albuquerque - I did my own shop hop this afternoon and visited a Hargbor Freight I noticed located next door to 2nd shop. Got a carpet cutter for the 3 blades - $3.99. We return home tomorrow afternoon.

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    Meredith, I'm so glad you got it figured out. Sometimes I think there are just glitches in that software.

    So..did you find other good stuff in you shop hop Kathy? Ya'll be careful going home..

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    es i second that have a safe trip home. Only heard about Albequerque in songs and often wondered what it was like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    So..did you find other good stuff in you shop hop Kathy? Ya'll be careful going home..
    Yes, of course!!! I am collecting batiks for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler and Affairs of the Heart quilts (both will be on the machine :) )

    Also got a new Thread Heaven - old one is so nasty. AND picked up a blue fabric for the binding of Jane's Journey. I didn't bring JJ with me this time, so it's only fitting that I buy her some fabric. Also picked up the new issue of Quilter's Home.

    Still have 1 more shop to go to this morning, after they open.

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    Happy hunting Kathy, sounds like you are having a great time, you must show us all your goodies. What is a Thread Heaven, I am intrigued?.

    Elle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    es i second that have a safe trip home. Only heard about Albequerque in songs and often wondered what it was like.
    Well, it's big - spread out, but easy to navigate around. 2 of the shops are on the same road, but about 6 or so miles apart. The 1st one I went to was waaaay up north on interstate 25, but worth the trip. I had ordered from them about 7 years ago & wanted to see the store - they specialize in SW fabrics & have several resident designers.

    The one I'm going to soon is just down the street from where I am now. Saved it for this am. It's a machine maker store - not the brand I have. DH noticed it & mentioned it, knowing I was on a hop. I wonder if he's worried I'll buy a new machine? Nope! I love my Janome 6600P and will only replace it when it's cold and buried in the landfill. Now getting a Featherweight - that's a different story - that falls under antique collecting!

    Wish you guys were here with me so we could go together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    What is a Thread Heaven, I am intrigued?.

    Elle
    It's a thread conditioner. Helps keep cotton thread from tangling. You use it like bees wax, but it's softer and pliable. I pull it out of its little 1" sq. container & roll it in a ball and drag the thread over it several times. My old one is at least 5 years old!!! Jane's Journey has done it in. It picks up tiny lint pieces, turning it grey - my old one is charcoal grey! Yuck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    What is a Thread Heaven, I am intrigued?.

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    It's a thread conditioner. Helps keep cotton thread from tangling. You use it like bees wax, but it's softer and pliable. I pull it out of its little 1" sq. container & roll it in a ball and drag the thread over it several times. My old one is at least 5 years old!!! Jane's Journey has done it in. It picks up tiny lint pieces, turning it grey - my old one is charcoal grey! Yuck!

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    Thanks for that Kathy, now I understand. Wow sounds like a huge place, I never thought of it like that.

    Oh you are going to be so tempted if you see all those machines though. I how I wish I was with you to help you choose all your materials and things. Go girl go.

    Elle

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    Haha....I'm sure that Jane would be hurt if you didn't buy her any more fabric. I'm kinda wondering what will happen when I go to the LQS and don't buy anything for Jane...it will sure be strange!

    I love Alb. We've been there twice. There is a fantastic Mexican rest. there (DH would remember the name and exactly where it is, I just remember what I ate :oops:). They have a fantastic hot air balloon convention there annually which is spectacular to watch. They also have this cool gondola ride up the mountains where you can eat in candlelight. The last time we went there..we were all set to do the gondola thing when I got sick (altitude sickness). DH was happy he didn't have to go up in the gondola - the rat...roll:

    I'd love to go shopping with you Kathy! So you are pretty set on making Sylvia's Bridal sampler? I have to google the other one you mentioned.

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    We live in a High altitude area, so it wasn't a problem for me. DH's parents lived in Cloudcroft - 9000'+ high = there I got the sickness - not a fun thing to have. Made me think I was in Mexico & had Montezuma's Revenge!

    We are home and unpacked now. I'm going to watch Criminal Minds and go to bed or I'm going to bed and watch Criminal Minds.

    I'll post pics of stuff I bought on my personal Shop hop! I think you'll be surprised!!

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    P.S. This morning, I saw - in person - the "830" machine (that monster machine Fons & Porter used to demo) at this shop - It's only $8,999.99, but on sale for $8499.99! It is so big that I would need another room to keep it in! What I did see that I really liked was the Handi-Quilter Avante (18" throat) Now that's something I would spend the $$$ on - I think it was $6895, but without the Stitch Pro - it's another $6000. I think I could do without that. It does come with a stitch regulator.

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