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

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    Here are two more blocks.... [OMG!] H8 [for week beginning tomorrow] and H10 [from week of Dec 9 ]

    A good thing.... I got home from my DGS's basketball game at 11:40 this morning [now 12:31] I hadn't started H10. I cut, sewed, pressed, and took pictures in about half hour! If you follow my directions you can too You can actually go to the instructions for it on thatquilt.com to start it out and see how to make halfsquare triangles which are used in both these blocks.
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    Difference - DONT cut 3" squares!! to make halfsquare triangles, take finished size = 1" for block H10 and add 1 1/4" - for H10 cut the squares 2 1/4" [3" is a big waste!] for H8 the measurement is 2" [the hourglass finishes 3/4"] .. these instructions are taking me longer than the sewing...

    more cutting for H10 - to make halfsquare triangles, cut one each of print and background 2 1/8"; print squares are cut 1 3/4"
    for outer border, you need 4 background sections 3 x 1 1/2"

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    I did absolutely no paper piecing for either of these ... simply careful cutting. I used reverse applique for inner part of H8. As you can see, I cut triangles and added those to the center background strips, cut 1" x 3" and [2] 1" x 1.5" ... I cut a 2" square in half diagonally ...NO NO dont do that because you will only have two threads to applique to. What you should cut is a circle a minimum of 3" in diameter [the finished circle is 2 1/1"] to have enough seam allowance. For the corners I cut 2 - 2" squares in half diagonally. For the strips on either side of the "hourglasses" I cut strips 1 1/4" x 2" and trimmed the whole thing after I put it together.

    Have Fun!
    Gus
    [yep it took longer to give these instructions!]

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    OK...have the book, the software and have signed up for BOM through Stitchin Heaven that starts in August. They also have a Blue DJ and a Red DJ. I should get all my UFOs done by then so I can concentrate on it.

    http://www.stitchinheaven.com/stitch...ograms.asp#dea

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    OOOOps!!! just got home from a rugby game and my computer was still on and it looked like the post never went through. Thank God it did! What I did notice was that I referred to the hourglasses as "halfsquare triangles" ....ooops no they are quarter-square triangles. So sorry! H-10 has two actual halfsquare triangles in the center and 4 quarter-square triangles in the outer border; H-8 has four quarter-square triangles at the corners
    Gus

    very cool adnil!

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    Here's Week 53:
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    A pretty easy week (not much applique!).

    Adnil, I'm so glad you're starting your DJ -- you'll be hooked in no time! I've been really tempted to sign up for Stitchin Heaven's Blue DJ. Seems expensive, but I'd hate to add up what I've spent on DJ fabrics so far. And it might be worth the cost to pay someone else to pick out the fabric!

    Gus -- thanks for the tutes. They may be for blocks we've already done, but I'm sure we can apply your technique to future blocks.

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    I am so glad I found this forum thread. I started my Dear Jane in 2003 and have been working on it here and there since. So much life as we know can happen. Sons got married, grandchildren being born.... But I have made up my mind to finish this quilt while I am still able, lol. So I am grateful for the encouragement I find here. I do have a question. I am ready to start joining some of my blocks. My blocks are finished at 5 inches. I need help with sashing. What is the best way to attach sashing and what size do I need? Any help is appreciated.

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    Hi, Pewa88 -- so glad you're joining us. We'd love to see pictures of the blocks you've done so far. Are your blocks 5" before joining them to the sashing or 5-1/2"? The original Dear Jane is 5" before adding the sashing (or 4 1/2" after the sashing is added). Since I'm lousy at math, I've stuck with the original DJ measurements so I didn't have to figure anything, especially when it came time to add the triangles. So the blocks are 5" unfinished and the sashing is cut 1" wide (or 1/2" when it's joined to the blocks). I cut the 1" strip into 5" pieces and joined the blocks to each other row by row, then I added a long 1" strip at the bottom of each row. Some people have put cornerstones on the long sashing between each block, which may end up being easier because you're only sewing together 5" plus 1" for the cornerstone at a time, but the long sashing worked fine for me.

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    I love everyones blocks. I am continuing to lurk here. I started my DJ and have 11 blocks finished. I really want to make one. I haven't touched it in months. Life keeps getting in the way. I also keep getting distracted by other projects. Some day I will finish it. I am so jealous of all the progress everyone is making. Keep up the good work. I continue watching this thread for all of the assembly tips.

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    Beautiful blocks, as always, Katybob!

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    Thanks, Cindy!

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    Thanks for the reply Katybob. My blocks before sashing are 5 inches. I have attached two pictures of the blocks I have made so far. I am using scrapes from projects I have made, no particular choice of fabric except trying to use the same value found in the book photos.
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    Wow! Beautiful blocks! Thanks for the pictures.

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    pewa88... wow!! while scrolling down I had to do a double take - many of the fabrics you used are the same as mine and I just took some similar pictures with my phone [sorry cant transfer now] and was thinking I didnt remember posting them!

    I think what you are saying is the blocks are 5" unfinished as the pattern is also. The pattern calls for cutting the sashing 1" - with 1/4" seams at either side, this leaves 1/2" finished sashing. For those trying a QAYG [quilt as you go] this works out such that when you have quilted, either a block or section of blocks, and you add the blocks/sections together, you dont necessarily need to add batting under the seam you are joining because the seam allowances should buttress against each other perfectly. Having said that, some have chosen a slightly wider sashing -always add 1/2" to desired finish for your 1/4" seams..... 3/4" finished, cut at 1 1/4" ....1 1/2" finished, cut at 2".... and so on. If you do decide to make your sashing wider, bear in mind that your triangle spacing will need adjusting as well. You can accomplish this by adding to the sashing surrounding the pieced triangle, or making your plain/printed fabric triangle wider.

    Hope this helps!
    Got another couple done, camera upstairs, doggy needs walking, dentist appt...will do later
    Gus

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    Beautiful blocks pewa88!
    'Columbia River Jane' Stickle is the name of my DJ.

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    It's been a while since I haven't visited this thread. I started my DJ in purples when this thread started and couldn't pick up but it is something I really want to come back to. I don't have a lot of time to quilt but love it and when I don't quilt I feel like I am missing something.
    I see beautiful blocks here, your work is inspiring. I will try to make one block this week. If I commit with an attainable goal I might succeed! I hope anyways.
    thanks for showing your work. I'll post pics of what I have done to share.
    andrea
    :-( I wish I was a full time quilter!
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    Thanks for the encouragement from all. Andrea, I understand how you feel. I am going to try to do a block a week and hold myself accountable. I really want to finish this quilt while my hands are still able to do the stitching, since there is a lot of hand work to do. Yes, there is always hope. I am still debating if I will do the triangles, I really want too; but I have to be real about this. I am busy with all the things that come in the retirement years. So I keep a clear perspective concerning this quilt project.

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    Hi all - Happy Australia Day - for anyone celebrating! Looking forward to Djokovic v Murray match tomorrow !
    Here are my latest blocks/ tri's - the total numbers are now 163 blocks - 40 tri's and 3 corners with 4435 pieces used !!!!!!
    E 7, F 11, J1, L12, L13, LS8, LS9, and LS10.
    Nice blocks katybob and Gus and welcome to Adnil458, meanmom, leakus and pewa88 - wow your blocks and colours are so nice pewa !
    Have had wintery weather here in the UK - so had lots of sewing time.
    Hope you all have a nice weekend.
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    Just wonderful, Dotty! You're way past half-way through. Will you start another when this one's done?

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    Thanks so much Dotty. I finished 4 blocks this week, yipee! A question for anyone? Are the ones visiting this forum thread now using a schedule for making blocks? I have just been doing blocks in order by rows. At first I planned to do the quilt in 9 sections and do a quilt-as-you-go but that was before reality set in and I will be machine quilting this quilt. I do want to be able to enjoy it before I pass on, Good Lord willing.

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    Thanks katybob and pewa. If you click onto the first page of this thread and scroll down - the schedule is there !

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    Pewa - when I made up the schedule, I tried to stay somewhat in a row to row order, heavy on the easy blocks to get us going, then adding the harder ones in red a little later and spreading triangles, easy and difficult ones throughout the rest of the schedule. If you want, do a bunch of the green ones at first - creates a bigger sense of accomplishment to have a larger number under your belt. You will find some tutorials on posts #s: 795 [A1], 229 [A1], 523 [A11], 804 [B11], 752 & 804 [B9], 1014 [C10], 1041-3 [C2], 1044 [C4], 1045 [C5], 1336 [D6], 1337 [D9], 1338 [E3], 1348 [RS11] [These are not all 'green' easy....I just tried to keep track of the numbers that had tutorials]

    I forgot to write the numbers of the tutes I just posted recently, but you can find them if you look back just a few pages. If you get stuck on anything - you can post the question here - or you can always send a PM.

    Have fun!!!

    Here are my next three blocks - I've actually been spending a lot of time laying out and deciding what fabrics to use on some of these. I'm going on quilt retreat Feb 7-10 and intend to get lots done - only taking Jane's baby along!
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    Maybe someone can answer this ? for me. I searched through the software and the website and could not find the answer. Is there a way to keep up with completed blocks in the software other than scanning each block and saving it? I would love to be able to see what I have completed so I do not redo planning and printing when researching a block. (Seems a pain to have to keep the paperwork handy...but if that is what I must do then I will adapt. Seems the software costs enough to have this as a feature.) TIA

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    Pewa88, a long time ago there was a link on the DJ website where you could save pictures of your completed blocks in a chart, but it's no longer available. It looked like the one on DottyD's website (http://www.dotsbjwall.talktalk.net/)
    It certainly does seem that EQ should provide one, or perhaps someone on the DJ website could develop another one. In the meantime take a look at the pictures CindyA and I posted last summer. Our handmade charts have really helped keep track of the finished blocks and the fabrics used. They're post nos. 1382 and 1383 on page 70 for me. I show 20 posts on a page, so if you show less, the page number will be higher.

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    pewa88, I do not have the software, so can't answer your question. I can tell you how I'm keeping track, though. I printed out the schedule Gus gave us. When I complete a block I put a check beside it. I also drew lines on graph paper and put the number of each block in the squares (i.e. the top row reads A1, A2, and so on). When I complete the block I cut a 1/2" square of the primary fabric I used for that block and glue it on the graph paper in it's proper spot. Very old school, I know, but fast and easy enough and then I can look at the paper and gauge how my colors are spaced out. I was trying to do it on the computer, using the pics I take and post here, but it was just too big a pain. This is way faster and easier, and right at my finger tips.

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    Thanks Cindy. I looked at your post and that is a great idea. I need to do this so I don't have to sift through blocks to check what fabrics I have used.

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    Cre, just read your post #1970. i did not realize that you were skipping around somewhat, but heavy on the easy. to begin with. if i had have realized that, i would have prob followed along with you here. sorry i didn't catch that to begin with. but that is what i did with this 2nd DJ.
    AND SORRY LADIES ., when i started putting my sashings together, i measured the lst jane, AND I DID do the 1/2 in finished sashings on the lst DJ. i told you all wrong earlier. so sorry i was mistaken in remembering. all i can claim is ''old age'.
    I hope everyone is actually finishing their Jane. it is possible. just a little at a time. but then dig in your heels, and hit it hard again. make something else that needs making, then dig in your heels, and work on jane again., etc.
    that is what i am doing , by doing my sashings. i still needed to make 3 blocks when i started my sashings, but have done all the sashings, except the center 2 rows. and last nite, i made one block, and sewed it in. 2 more blocks to do. But now i need to do 3 more sides of tri's. doing those in order. hang in there ladies.
    CRE, you are soooo good at these blocks, and the instructions, you just amaze me.
    OMG. that center block in pst 1970 is one of the 2 blocks i have left to do!!!!!
    AND i did do a material chart with 1 inch pieces of the material i used in each block , with this 2nd DJ. and i think it helped a lot. sorta balanced out my choice of colors.
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