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Thread: 2012-2013 Dear Jane Stickle 2d Cyber Party Pictures and Discussion

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyA View Post
    I think they look great QuiltnNan! Did you see the tip a while back on using the Crayola drawing pad paper for paper piecing? I bet you would like that to start paper piecing.
    thanks, Cindy. yes, i saw about the crayola pad and also the phone book pages I think i'm just chicken to try it
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    Gladys, happy belated birthday! I hope you had a great day and will hear from the Dear Jane site about your CD. Some great gifts! The EQ software is quite expensive, I have EQ5 but don't use it enough to upgrade to 7.

    QuiltnNan, beautiful tri's! I have to remember the 'reverse sewing'
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    thanks, Anael
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    QuiltnNan - great blocks! Go ahead and tri the paper piecing...it really is not hard. I wish I could remember the video I watched before I first tried it...it was a great video. I had a large roll of plain newsprint that I tried to use as the foundation paper at firts, but after several cruch-ups in the printer with it, I bought 3 different brands of foundation paper to try. I like Carol Doaks best....it feels like newspaper but goes through the printer well. Will be looking for the crayola pads to try when that is gone.

    Gladys! Happy birthday and so glad you got the EQ7. I got one and have a blast playing with it. Have started a quilt that I designed in it and it is a special feeling to know it is kind of "your own" design. It is also great for trying different fabrics in to see how you want to use your colors. Things that sounded good in my mind's eye...did not look as good on EQ and that was a great time saver to be able to look before sewing. My DMIL passed away last March and we kept her cotton shirts to make 2 quilts out of...one for my husband and one for his brother. I have used the EQ to design a quilt for each of them...they both wanted 2 totally different looks and it was great to be able to show them what it will look like. I am eager to get started on those quilts...but am waiting for my sewing room to get finished. We moved into a new house last June and I will be getting the bonus room upstairs which was unfinished when we bought the house. After 40 years of sewing on the kitchen table this will be a real treat! Have run into many delays in getting the room finished so for now a lot of my sewing stuff is in boxes and stuffed into closets here and there. But I do have access to my sewing machine until I get my room. I hope you house repairs are coming along well. You can learn EQ while you wait!I don't know how well you can follow a book written in english, but the book by Patti Anderson EQ6 pieced drawing which the EQ site had on sale has been a great help to me in learning how to use all the functions to draw blocks. I also got the book by her for applique drawing and they both really help. There are lots of pictures of what you are supposed to see on your screen in the book so it might be a good book to get.
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    Well it looks like I'm not going to do the Tri's as I'm not sure my measurements are right and I don't want to make a whole bunch of these and find out that they don't fit. My blocks are 6.5" and had problems trying to print the tris at what I think are the right size. (144% increase). Would love to be able to figure out the width and height to make sure my template is the right size.

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    echoemb, what size quilt are you trying to make? will you be doing all of the blocks? the reason that i ask is that, with 6.5" blocks and not making any other changes to the sashing or height of the tris, your quilt will turn out to be 110x110. your tris would then be 7 wide by 8 tall. if you want to keep the tris in the same proportion as the original quilt, they would be 7x11.5, making the quilt 117x117 - very large indeed if that is what you want to do, it would probably be best to get a custom tri ruler made, as previously discussed last week custom ruler
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    TymeToShine, thanks for the encouragement. I just printed out A-9 in foundation mode as it looks like the best way to do that one. I just don't know how to decide how big a piece of fabric to choose for behind the paper. I hate wasting too much fabric
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    @quiltnnan

    Try holding your foundation up to a light and placing your fabric on the back to cover your space plus a generous seam allowance. Cut larger than you think you need when you first start...until you get the hang of it. Sew, make sure it covers the space and trim to 1/4" seam allowance or less. Trust me...a little extra fabric until you get the hang of it is worth it to minimize the frog stitching. Once you get going with this technique, scraps will work just fine for these small blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    echoemb, what size quilt are you trying to make? will you be doing all of the blocks? the reason that i ask is that, with 6.5" blocks and not making any other changes to the sashing or height of the tris, your quilt will turn out to be 110x110. your tris would then be 7 wide by 8 tall. if you want to keep the tris in the same proportion as the original quilt, they would be 7x11.5, making the quilt 117x117 - very large indeed if that is what you want to do, it would probably be best to get a custom tri ruler made, as previously discussed last week custom ruler
    QuiltnNan: Thanks for the help. I don't plan on doing a quilt 100x100 as it won't go on my bed. I have dogs and something that I spend this much time doing, is not going to be a dog blanket. SO...that being said, I will probably aim for maybe 2 twin/queen sized quilts and give them to my nieces with alittle something left over for a wall hanging. I am so enjoying making these blocks so I'll certainly have to figure something out to do with all these blocks. Again, thanks I think the tri I got at 144% is the right size of 7X8 and I will get a plexiglass template..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyA View Post
    I think they look great QuiltnNan! Did you see the tip a while back on using the Crayola drawing pad paper for paper piecing? I bet you would like that to start paper piecing.
    I went to Wal*Mart and I looked at the doodle pad by Crayola. The paper seems too opaque to be able to see the fabric on the other side. Did I look at the right pad? The paper had the texture of news print.

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    Quote Originally Posted by echoemb View Post
    Well it looks like I'm not going to do the Tri's as I'm not sure my measurements are right and I don't want to make a whole bunch of these and find out that they don't fit. My blocks are 6.5" and had problems trying to print the tris at what I think are the right size. (144% increase). Would love to be able to figure out the width and height to make sure my template is the right size.
    At 144% your tris will increase from 5x8 to 7 1/4" x 11 1/2" [ the exact is 7.22 x 11.55 but this is truly close enough to 7.25 x 11.50] The problem you will encounter printing is that regular paper size is 8 1/2 x 11. My suggestion would be to take the pages of the book [if you have the dear jane book] to a copy place and increase by 144% or you will need to buy sheets of legal paper for your own copier.

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Size:  151.7 KBThree triangles down, how many to go? One more block (I think A-3) and I'll be caught up. Love seeing everyone's blocks.

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    That's one of the things I don't like about pp'ing. And almost without fail, if I try to save fabric I cut it too short, have to take it off and cut another piece - wasting even more fabric!
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    TymeToShine, thanks for the encouragement. I just printed out A-9 in foundation mode as it looks like the best way to do that one. I just don't know how to decide how big a piece of fabric to choose for behind the paper. I hate wasting too much fabric

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    dear jane

    here are my blocks for this week the top ones are pieced the bottom ones are machine embrodiered
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    Fromzstore we are on break his week!

    Beautiful blocks as usual. Please share your A11 story. Thanks.
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    Okay, please help me! I'm feeling discombobulated & very hesitant now to start. I read each & every post & only get more confused. I keep flipping through my DJ book & get all excited to start. I know once I do, I will get caught up. But what I need to know is this: in a nutshell, can I paper piece all the blocks? Or is this a personal choice?
    You are all doing great work & l'm loving all the blocks.....which makes me more excited to get going!
    Thanks everyone for your help. I know we're here for the fun & you all make it that way!
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    Maureen, I am working from the book only (not using the computer software like many folks seem to be). I took my book apart and put each page into a sheet protector and then into a 3-ring binder. Then it's easy for me to pull the page out and either (1) trace the pieces or (2) photo copy onto paper piecing paper (I've been using the Carol Doak brand, but someone else recommended the kid's Crayola tracing paper from places like Wal-Mart).

    It's personal choice which method you use, but some of them really require applique.

    For the applique blocks I have tried different methods. Depending on which method I use I trace pieces onto plastic, freezer paper, or heat-resistant plastic and then applique.

    Just dive in and start one of the easier blocks. Feel free to PM if you have any specific questions - or everyone here is so helpful. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyA View Post
    Maureen, I am working from the book only (not using the computer software like many folks seem to be). I took my book apart and put each page into a sheet protector and then into a 3-ring binder. Then it's easy for me to pull the page out and either (1) trace the pieces or (2) photo copy onto paper piecing paper (I've been using the Carol Doak brand, but someone else recommended the kid's Crayola tracing paper from places like Wal-Mart).

    It's personal choice which method you use, but some of them really require applique.

    For the applique blocks I have tried different methods. Depending on which method I use I trace pieces onto plastic, freezer paper, or heat-resistant plastic and then applique.

    Just dive in and start one of the easier blocks. Feel free to PM if you have any specific questions - or everyone here is so helpful. Good luck!
    What a great idea! I usually take my quilting books to Kinko and have them spiral bound. The spiral does cause problems when you want to copy. Do I have the courage to take the pages apart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by memereof8 View Post
    What a great idea! I usually take my quilting books to Kinko and have them spiral bound. The spiral does cause problems when you want to copy. Do I have the courage to take the pages apart?
    Of course you do!!! it is the means to the end What I mean is - it is simply the instructions or pattern of what you want to make. The easier you make it on yourself, the more likely you will succeed in completing it. It really is quite fun!!

    from zstore - ok now I'm curious.... the A11 story please?? [btw - you can have a break next week!! - your blocks are wonderful ]

    Maureen - as Cindy said, some blocks can only be done with applique. I personally love to relax and do needleturn while watching the tube with my DH in the evenings. But if this is really really not your thing - you can always modernize and do fusible applique and completely work with machine. I have several friends that are making every single stitch by hand! Not me - although maybe something one day... my AOTH has only hand stitching as does Amelia's Rose Garden which makes me think hard about hand quilting attempts there. The quilts that have only hand work on them are so much softer... and only take a few more years to complete ;(
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    LOL Gus only a few years.........I wonder if I have enough years to finish what I have planned without handsewing and hand quilting!

    Maureen, just start with the easy ones. When you feel confident enough try one of the intermediate blocks, you'll see it's not as hard as you think it is.
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    My first paper piecing

    I've always been scared to try the technique. Thanks to Peggi and so many other members, I completed my first one. The pattern is from Carol Doak's website http://www.caroldoak.com/pdfs/IntrotoPaperPiece3.pdf . She offers it free to teachers to teach the technique. There's no instructions, so I relied on this thread http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...ml#post5013844 When putting the 4 sections together, I didn't get the design lined up right. Of course, Carol's is perfect. I think mine is off because of the squaring up I did each section. I had made them oversized to make sure the points won't get cut off when finished. So I squared up to those and ignored the base part of the design [sigh]. So now I will be trying the 45-piece Dear Jane A-9 which finishes to 4.5" - ugh! Attachment 316085
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    Week 1 to 6

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    Great blocks ann clare - bright and cheerful!

    CindyA congrats for getting caught up - love your blues

    fromzstore - wow - great job on the new blocks - they are tricky

    and everyone else too

    I need to press and scan my latest blocks...

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    Wow, Ann Clare, what wonderful bright and happy colors. I see another DJ in my future!

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