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    Quote Originally Posted by TymeToShine View Post
    Week three!
    I was really dreading the one with the reverse applique as I have never done that before. It looked a lot harder than it actually was. I enjoyed doing it. Great to learn a new technique!

    I love all the variations in color everyone is putting up. Makes me want to start about 10 more Dear Janes!
    Your blocks are great! I'm glad you said the reverse applique isn't too bad. I've never tried it before either so you are giving me a boost of confidence - Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by linmid View Post
    I have been unable to start the DJ project, but have been following all of your progress. All of the blocks and colors are looking great. Maybe before long I will be able to start.
    Yes, I hope you can join us soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    Your blocks are great! I'm glad you said the reverse applique isn't too bad. I've never tried it before either so you are giving me a boost of confidence - Thanks!
    Thanks Judy, I followed the instructions on That Quilt. They were easier to understand than the ones on the DJ CD...plus she had pictures!
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    Judy, I like your drawing for the A1 block. It looks spot-on ! I tried drawing it up in EQ but could not figure out how to post it so I took a picture of what was on the screen so it is a bit distorted. The question I have is that when I looked at the foundation piecing of it, it looked like a nightmare to get together. How are you putting yours together?
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    TymeTo Shine, how did you get your circles so perfect? I have tried, but have't accomplished yet. I have really enjoyed looking at everyones blocks. They are all so beautiful.

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    I went out of town a couple of days and just got back to this thread ... there have been so many many wonderful blocks posted since I left...WOW. Yep Tyme - love the way you did your A-1 and also perfect circles!!

    Are you using Karen Kay Buckley's "perfect circles" as well?? There are so many ways of making circles. I think the key is to have something firm or sturdy to be able to put a perfect crease in your fabric - whether you use an iron or your fingernail [I've done both.] Pearl Periera puts a pattern on a type of freezer paper and irons it to another piece of freezer paper [marking to the inside] before cutting it - that way the ink doesn't run and you have a stiffer template. My friend, Rita Verroca laminates her pattern pieces. You can run a thread around a circle to make a yo-yo shape and needle-turn gathered side down.

    Another hint for cutting flying geese - a waste-free method that is my favorite - Patti Anderson has copy written these directions so I will simply direct you to her instructions
    http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf

    Since I just got home - and I haven't done the three blocks yet myself - I will end now. I was given a list of blocks, which like A1 need to be "mirrored" if you want to have your blocks look like Jane. I will post these shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TymeToShine View Post
    Judy, I like your drawing for the A1 block. It looks spot-on ! I tried drawing it up in EQ but could not figure out how to post it so I took a picture of what was on the screen so it is a bit distorted. The question I have is that when I looked at the foundation piecing of it, it looked like a nightmare to get together. How are you putting yours together?
    Thank you Linda. Yes, I like how it looks too. I also noticed the piecing nastiness for the foundation piecing! I have not done the actual printing of the block yet for foundation piecing but when I saw how difficult it looked I was wondering if Nancy's view (post #218) of making triangles would simplify the construction? I might do a "file > print > Block" rather than "file > print > Foundation Pattern" and then cut the block up myself into 8 triangles like Nancy showed and then the 4 triangle corners; that might be easier for me. Let me know how yours goes since I'm sure you'll be stitching before I am!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    Thank you Linda. Yes, I like how it looks too. I also noticed the piecing nastiness for the foundation piecing! I have not done the actual printing of the block yet for foundation piecing but when I saw how difficult it looked I was wondering if Nancy's view (post #218) of making triangles would simplify the construction? I might do a "file > print > Block" rather than "file > print > Foundation Pattern" and then cut the block up myself into 8 triangles like Nancy showed and then the 4 triangle corners; that might be easier for me. Let me know how yours goes since I'm sure you'll be stitching before I am!
    Thank's for sharing that with us!
    A big hug!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TymeToShine View Post
    Week three!
    I was really dreading the one with the reverse applique as I have never done that before. It looked a lot harder than it actually was. I enjoyed doing it. Great to learn a new technique!

    I love all the variations in color everyone is putting up. Makes me want to start about 10 more Dear Janes!

    I love your blocks! Looking great!
    Thank for sharing A1 new idea! I love it! I think I'll try it!
    A big hug!

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    Echoemb - what do you mean "points not coming out" in A1?? Tyme has it exactly right! I looked at the flicker pics that Nancy linked us to and compared the original DJ with both Thatquilt.com and the DJ software. The original was very wonky - no perfect triangles nor do all of them come to points - this adds character! love it

    Now that I read everything I missed..... I see this was originally "motomom's" idea - I don't see her on my list she has created a separate couple of DJ threads with some interesting stuff too.

    Thanks to both - you are totally right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cre8tvlwyr View Post
    Another hint for cutting flying geese - a waste-free method that is my favorite - Patti Anderson has copy written these directions so I will simply direct you to her instructions
    http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf
    Gus
    Yes, Gus. These are the exact instructions I used. I posted it under Links and Resources last week as I was working on the geese then Welcome home.
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    I know we are a long way from finishing - well there may be a few of us getting nearer !!!! ---- but I found this link re the scallop edges so thought I would post it now - 'cos I know I will forget further down the way.
    http://lindafranz.com/section/scallops/38
    Worth keeping I think for future reference.
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    OK gals.... I drafted the orig A1 at 4.5" block in EQ5 and wanted to find an easier way to construct it.
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    First, I worked on the center square on point discussed earlier. Sew 2 - 2"x12.5" strips together and press open. I don't have a 45 degree triangle ruler. So I used my 45 degree angle on my straight ruler. Mind you, this does not have the tip cut off like some triangle rulers, so the tip is included in the strip measurements. I cut 8 triangles alternating turning upside down. I sewed them together to make this
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    I then used my block printout and cut out the center square on point. I trimmed this back to that size making sure to add the seam allowances. So the overall trim size comes to 3 7/8" square. My block came out just a hair small, so you might want this trim to be 4" square.
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    This is now my final block, which is a tad small. When I redo it, I will make the corner squares 1.75" and the tiny triangle 1.25" instead of the 1 3/8 in this block... it seems a tad large on this block. The setting triangles should be cut from 2.25" squares cut corner to corner.
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    QuiltnNan, thanks so much for showing how you have made this block! I am planning on attempting this way. I like the circular look of this one. I tell ya, this group is awesome! I would never have been able to find out how to do this one on my own. You guys are great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDQuilts View Post
    Is anyone thinking about redrafting some blocks? Some have that little border around the edge, and I'm contemplating sizing things up enough to eliminate it. For example BR1, it would be easy to extend the interior seams to the edge. But on the other hand that little strip eliminates exterior bias. Thoughts?
    I redrafted several of the triangles to eliminate the BF border. Mainly because I'll be using BF for the alternating triangles (like Lacelady's) and thought it would be too much "white" space. But also it decreased the number of pieces! :-) Then spray starched each one before trimming.

    RE using different fabrics.....each of my blocks is a different fabric. For the triangles I chose mid-tones of those used in the blocks so the borders would look visually balanced. The corners are all reddish patterns. Cornerstones and binding will be another coordinating red.

    Went back through all the blocks this weekend and cut out the BF behind appliqued pieces. I'm strongly considering hand quilting and this will eliminate a layer. Now back to putting on sashings.

    Your blocks are all looking soooo good! Keep up the great work, ladies!!

    PS: If you haven't already, you might want to check out www.thatquilt.com as a reference for constructing blocks. I don't care for her freezer paper method but many times used her sequences of construction.
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    Yep Tyme - love the way you did your A-1 and also perfect circles!!

    Are you using Karen Kay Buckley's "perfect circles" as well??

    TymeTo Shine, how did you get your circles so perfect? I have tried, but have't accomplished yet. I have really enjoyed looking at everyones blocks. They are all so beautiful.

    Thanks...I just followed the instructions on That Quilt. I have never appliqued by hand and the instructions for reverse applique really looked hard, but once I got going it was fun. I will have to check out the perfect circle thing, sounds interesting. I am really enjoying this DJ quilt as I am learning lots of stuff with it!
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    Nancy! WOW! That turned out great. I love your colors too! Thanks for sharing.
    Linda
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    First set of three are for a Dear Jane using muslins and fabrics as close to her's as I can get. The second set of three are just using fabrics from my stash for a "Chocolate Dear Jane" made by Sandpat.
    Judy, love the colors and prints in your blocks - they are Great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by urgodschild2 View Post
    I am getting confused with the talke about the signature block and this DJ quilt. Are you going to start a separate thread for those who want to do the signature block and the triangle or square thing?
    I'm sorry urgodschild, I totally forgot to address this question yesterday...
    Since our thread will go on well over a year [til September of 2013 is it??] I am keeping an interest list. In fact I am thinking of sending personal PMs to all to explain in a few days or so - that way I'm sure to touch base with everyone and if we get a new member I can PM them as well. Since the DJ will go on for a long time, I do not think it would be a good idea to exchange blocks until we are closer to the end, sometime in 2013. But I can keep everyone posted as to the number interested in the exchange so you can plan whether you want to cut rectangles to put your information on or create an actual block. Because of the great number of persons involved, creating a block for each could become both time consuming and costly. My suggestion was that every person who wanted to be included would be expected to send a rectangle for everyone in the exchange group. When I send out my PM I will also take a count of those who would like to make a complete block. I expect the number will be much smaller, but I will let all of those know so that you will all have a choice. This way all participants will prepare at least a rectangle for everyone [those who only want to do rectangles will only be asked to submit a rectangle for those wanting a whole block and those wanting a whole block will only make blocks for others who will submit a block, but small rectangles for those not making blocks]

    I hope this makes sense??

    I just think it would be nice for us to have signature 'fabrics' from everyone by the time this is done, without requiring so much time and money investment. At the same time, those who want the entire blocks can get the blocks from a few others and complete blocks around the signature rectangles they receive.

    By the triangle or square thing - I assume you mean block A6?? did I answer the question ....or continue to confuse???
    Gus

    and...no it will not be on a different thread

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    I have not tried this yet, but watching the video, it looks like a great technique to possibly use on our week 4 blocks

    http://www.hgtv.com/video/easy-circl...deo/index.html

    It is for sewing curves without pins. I really liked the part at the end where depending on the direction you press the seam, the end result either looks pieced or appliqued!
    Linda
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    OMG!!! brain freeze.......
    don't try to 'wing it' by making a block and assume too much an hour after after flying from L.A. to Sacramento late one night and driving back the next day....

    Yes, B-1 is reverse applique! duh....... so last night I thought I would rather do some handwork than stitch on the machine and had better get going quick [since I felt obligated to 'catch up' being I started this thread...]

    Well.... using a template of the circle I made 4 and appliqued them on top !! I have done reverse applique many many times and actually like it. The circles on top give it a totally different look. Hmmmm.. since I needleturned right on the edge, do you think I can slit the background in middle of the circle and flip it?? I will give this a shot and report back!

    Thanks, Nan for the A1 tute!!! I will give that one a try too...walk the dog first - maybe I will think more clearly......

    Enjoy the day
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    Gus: add me to that interest list. I think the rectangle is the best idea for me.
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewNso View Post
    when i made my blocks i machine basted the name and # of each block on a lower corner.
    Did you see the corner block on Jane's quilt where she signed it?
    I can try to find it if you want me to.

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    hi all, I've been lurking and drooling over the lovely blocks.
    lol, I gotta say that I am relieved to find out I am not crazy. I had also noticed a few blocks in the Dear Jane book I borrowed from the library seemed different than the pattern, like A1. I was thinking, am I the only one to notice this? if so, am I really that obsessed with perfection?
    anyway, gorgeous work, I look forward to some more lurking and beautiful blocks...love all the different colors everyone is using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TymeToShine View Post
    I have not tried this yet, but watching the video, it looks like a great technique to possibly use on our week 4 blocks

    http://www.hgtv.com/video/easy-circl...deo/index.html

    It is for sewing curves without pins. I really liked the part at the end where depending on the direction you press the seam, the end result either looks pieced or appliqued!
    Thank you so much for sharing this link! I was going to applique my 4 circles, but now I think I will be doing this. Thanks again!!
    Brooke

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