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

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    On the EPP and silk versus cotton, the silk I have used is the Gutermann from Joanns and the cotton is Aurifil 50/2 The cotton thread actually looks finer (thinner) than the silk so I have mostly used the cotton. I am very new at EPP so I have not seen how well one holds up over the other...would love to hear from more experienced EPPers...I won't name any names but, hexnut are you out there?
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    I made 3 more blocks this week. Instead of using the term "redo", I am going with "oldies but goodies". He he.

    This weeks "oldies but goodies": B1 (reverse applique), A5 (paper pieced) and C1 (paper pieced).

    I love paper piecing when I can piece the whole block in one piece (C1 for example). In the past, I got frustrated when I had to put seams together (A5 for example) because after all was said and done, the block would be too small. I was printing "separate sections". What's the point of sewing on the line when you loose too much in the seam allowance, making the block too small?!?!? I was losing about .05" at every section (seam line) that needed to be joined together.

    And then...I thought, "What if I print the pattern larger when I have sections that need to be pieced?" Hummmm.

    For A5, it was pieced in 3 columns, giving me 3 sections that needed to be sewn together, or 2 seam lines (0.05" x 2 = .1")

    I printed the pattern 4.5" (length) x 4.6" (width: 4.5" +.1" = 4.6"). Pieced and pinned like heck (can't over estimate the power of pinning the heck out of it) and voila! My paper pieced block finished at 4.5" x 4.5"!!! Victory at last!!!

    Have a great new DJ week all.
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    Thanks Nancy. I've been busy trying to figure out the software program and now my printers playing up but once this is all sorted I will post photos. I've only made eight blocks so far but am hooked!

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    Recently I went to an appliqué technics class and was introduced to Bottom Line. I bought a donut which is great as it gives me so many different colours. There were a number of embroiders and experienced appliquers at the class and I noticed they bought the donuts too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gailkv View Post
    I've only made eight blocks so far but am hooked!
    You just started and "only made eight blocks so far"??? Yeah you're hooked!

    Love that Bottom Line stuff too!
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    I've set up a small group and we meet once a month and pull four blocks out of a hat to make for the next month. Of course most of us have made more. We are also making an appliqué block when we meet. Hostess gets to choose the block. This months is I -5 a real doozy by the look of it. Our next meeting will be our second.

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    Fraew, what great blocks! I try to make my outside pieces larger, but it never occurred to me to enlarge the pattern and it really makes sense. I'm not much of a mathematician, so I'm not sure I understand why to make only the width a little larger and not both the width and the length, but I'm definitely going to try it on my next paperpieced block. I've been using the freezer paper method of paperpiecing lately and that has helped with the size since you don't sew through the lines, but I think your method combined with the freezer paper method will make a big difference.

    Gailkv, I'm so glad you're joining us. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your blocks. Are you using civil war fabrics?

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    @katybob: I have drawn a crude picture. Hope it helps. When I printed my pattern, I selected print "separate sections" so I pieced 3 sections and put them together. I was losing 0.05" at every section joining...in this case the width. I didn't have sections to put together in the length so I didn't lose anything in the length.

    I am suggesting that anytime I paper piece, I will add 0.05" to the width/length (wherever it is needed) for each seam where sections are joined together.
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    Your blocks are beautiful Fraew!

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    Got it, Fraew. I'm going to enlarge my next paperpieced block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gailkv View Post
    I've set up a small group and we meet once a month and pull four blocks out of a hat to make for the next month. Of course most of us have made more. We are also making an appliqué block when we meet. Hostess gets to choose the block. This months is I -5 a real doozy by the look of it. Our next meeting will be our second.
    Gail - be careful when you pull the block choices 'out of a hat!' .....we'd like to see many finished products!!! print out the schedule on the first page and note of those that are in "red" these are the most difficult ones - you dont want to start with them and lose someone I-5 is considered intermediate - it is a lot like B-11 - actually when I look at that one I'm not sure which is harder

    on another note - my Bernina needs to go back to its maker!!! it is not good.... got my Pfaff out of storage today and hopefully I can actually get something done! I've been gone to continuing ed for the Cal Bar classes since Thursday - wow - lots of ACA seminars - all you wanted to know about the Affordable Health Care Act quite interesting and ethical... albeit maybe not desirable for the upper echelon of corporate world... [ooops - Nancy - can I make this comment??]
    Gus... I speak no more

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    Fraew, thanks for the tips. I have a hard time when I'm going sections of paper piece. I'll try you idea next time (although I use the book only, not the computer program). Beautiful blocks!

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    Hi, Katybob, I decided to make my DJ a bright using batiks. The trouble is, I also love the Civil war fabrics and can see myself making another DJ in these fabrics.

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    We have decided to cheat and if we pick out an Advanced block then choose another. I would be the least experienced in our group but have been patching for nearly 30 years.

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    That's why I'm making two! One is civil war fabrics and the other is mostly pastels. I started the civil war DJ in July of last year and the pastel DJ with this group in January.

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    Received my Dear Jane book, next decision "what colors?" Scrappy, batiks, civil war...it's on my bucket list. I have those fabrics. Maybe one of those to practice & make mistakes and one in Shweshwe fabric from South Africa in blues and whites. Drawback: must be prewashed.
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    @adnil458: D. All of the above. He he

    Thanks Judy and KatyB. No problem Cindy...I am just trying to improve with each block.
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    I have been thinking how I can make this easier....I'm thinking RAW EDGE APPLIQUÉ ? Instead of EPP

    just saying

    Because I googled EPP and have never done it, but I have done raw edge.

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    Great job, Cindy! That was a tough one for me.

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    Nice blocks Cindy! Your applique on D-3 is perfect! The fabrics on D-8 are wonderful - I love the contrast.

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    Adnil - AWESOME fabrics!!!! wow that quilt will look amazing - anything with those fabrics would
    Welcome aboard!! as for the raw edge applique .... it is your quilt - it would add a different look to the appliqued blocks, but where EPP is most frequently used is in piecing blocks where there are sharp and wide Y-seams, hexagons, and the like and that is not an area where you would do raw-edge applique as points and corners are most likely to fray gradually if not right away. This quilt is one where we are all challenged to venture out of our comfort zones a bit - but you have plenty of support from all of us!

    For those of you concerned with paper piecing and having multiple layers - a couple of suggestions: if you can do it without paper piecing because the measurements are easy - then do so. I've put a few tutes up for blocks for which thatquilt recommends PP and I have simply measured carefully. When you do PP and get to the point of putting final sections together - line up your outer edges of sections [the outer line on the paper facing up and the fabrics right side down on your cutting mat] with the 1/4" line on your ruler, cut the sections with proper seam allowances, remove your paper, PRESS - dont iron! - and sew the sections together without the extra paper bulk.
    Another PP tip - if you are afraid not to use the paper and there are many teeny sections, run a tracing wheel over the sewing lines on your paper pattern without the fabrics first to perforate it and make it easier to remove later.

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    Hello Ladies!
    CindyA ... your new blocks are so beautiful! Congrats!
    Fraew .... Wow! Congratulation! Very nice blocks and I love your fabrics!
    Adnil458 .... I love your colours! Welcome to our group!
    Today I finised our dressoir runner! Show them a picture.
    So now I will try to catch me with the previous week and this week my Dear Jane! While these three days will be complicated!I hope to have all a wonderful day!
    A big hug to all!
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    Thanks Katybob and Judy.
    Nice runner, Gladys. You made fast work of that!

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    Here are my week 10 blocks (A10, C12, B9)
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