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

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    Nancy - they look great to me!! one of the ladies of our guild says done=perfect! so there you have it

    hope your move and prep goes smoothly and that you can get back to Janey ....are there two of you making 3???

    I finished two triangles last night - this week's LS1 and LS11 [wk of Jan13] First, I will show you something my Mom taught me[who I miss dearly and was an absolutely amazing woman and dressmaker] ....

    LS1 was not being very cooperative when I tried to attach the top section to the bottom ...the fact the middle piece was missing made it rather wobbly. My Mom taught me to smoothen things out when you layer fabrics for whatever reason you are putting them together - slanted seams in clothing, etc [she wasnt a quilter] and then, when you are happy with the way it lays, baste with long stitches [longer than normal on machine, she usually did this by hand and used two threads in her needle]. Mark the start of each fabric if the edges are not in exactly the same spot. Ease the fabrics apart and carefully clip in between the two fabrics. This leaves a line of thread on both pieces of fabric exactly where you want the seam line to be. I took a few pictures so that you can see what I mean... a good tip for anything you may do requiring exactness that can be frustrating and produce reverse-sewing!
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    You will also notice I added 4 pieces to LS1 - on either side of the top two print pieces. To me it looked as though Jane had done this and it was left out of the pattern and both blogs.
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    And here is LS11 - I found the measurements to be so very straightforward - I cut 4 print 1 1/2" squares and 8 - 1 1/2"background squares for the two squares and for either side of the top square, bottom squares, and two print bars near the top [which 1 cut 1" wide x 1 1/2" tall] - I needed a little more height for that top bar and sides and more width for the background to the sides of the lower single print square. I appliqued the top melon and bottom curvy hill on top - no reverse applique even though it is clear that Jane did use reverse on the bottom piece. I thought it was easier than to reverse right up to the seamline. [I'm just glad to have two more tris under my belt!]
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    Hope it's all understandable!
    Gus

    ...still have that BRC to tackle - things keep taking longer than expected and life gets in the way as well!! Your BRC looks awesome, Cindy!! I know what you mean about being nervous to get the size right.... I added a couple inches all the way around and traced part of the outline of the piece from the book directly on the fabric wth fabric marker

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    Gus, did you trim the kite to size? Or are you leaving that until you are assembling it? I think I understand your tips and especially love the one your mom taught you (using two threads).

    QuiltnnNan, all of your blocks are terrific!! Sorry about the move, but I'm sure you'll be glad when it's over. At least you'll get away from those neighbors and hopefully get settled in quickly afterwards and be quilting regularly. We'll miss seeing your blocks, thoughts with you.

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    Bring your camera if you go to Bennington, VT to see the Dear Jane quilt. The people in the building let us take pictures. This was a couple of years ago. Have to look for my pictures.

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    Thanks memereof8 [memere = grandma in french?].... my daughter used to call our son mey-mew [his name is William] she was of course very young!!

    Cindy - havent finished the corner...procrastinating? actually I leave hand sewing to the evening and will be tackling it shortly - after washing dishes and maybe finding a quick square or tri to at least begin by machine... YAY!!!! here is BR13.... with some construction pics.... another method of course - no PP here and it was extremely quick!!

    cut two strips of background and one of print slightly wider than 1 1/8" by 9" long and sew the background to either side of the print. make a small template of section of the diamonds to determine the angle you need to cut four sections of three. Make your first cut and each successive cut a slightly generous 1 1/8" apart [refer to my pics].

    match the corners of the print and join the sections with 1/4" seams. uggggg - I lost pics and more writing...I've been hitting the shift key while hitting caps I think....something and a whole section disappears - totally my fault!]

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    Next cut a piece of print 6 1/2 x 2 5/8" - press [DO NOT IRON!] the diamond section and trim 1/4" from the points on both sides. Look at the picture and add the base print section to one end.

    Next, I drew a very basic tracing of the outline of the bottom sections of the book pattern so that I knew how much the sides needed to be trimmed.
    Make a template of both top triangle sections of print and cut the pieces adding 1/4" seams all the way around. Attach the larger triangle to the top of your bottom section - making sure you match the center point of your base with the center of the middle background triangle, add 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" strip of background to each side. Straighten the base using the top seam of the print section as a guide. Using a ruler that extends at least as far down as that straight 'top seam line,' trim across 1/4" above the point of the triangle. Add 1" wide strip to each side of the small triangle and add to the very top in the same manner described.
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    plugging along..... really really want to finish!
    Gus

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    everyone's blocks are just beautiful. still have that one kite to do. i worked on a couple other quilts yesterday. can't neglect them. was giving 'jane2' a good kick for a while, but needed a break. WITH ONE KITE TO GO. can you believe it. and then the little 3 yr old grdsn needed his granny yest. but the world is good.

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    Getting ready to do a little more sewing today... got BRC - first kite done! I will show the pic a little later.
    I had finished J1 [2095] and J2 [2008] a few weeks ago. J1 was straight applique and J2 I made slightly differently than the other blogs - measured carefully and cut. You can refer to the post numbers in parentheses if you want to see what I did. I looked at J5, the other block for this week - it is so very similar to A10 -remember?? J5 has no melon in the center square - and the 'arrows' are longer and have a pointier 'base' attached to the center square. A10's arrow bases are very slightly curved, almost flat. J5's arrow bases actually look like points - no curve.

    If you do use one of the blogs to make yours, I will suggest not bothering to make those little 'flaps' of background like thatquilt, but simply sew background around the center. The other way is the way it will look finished, but you will need to applique the arrows to the top anyway, so it is an extra step.

    Gus
    [thought I should write something, since no-one has commented since sewNso did couple days ago .... so awesome about your near completion of Jane #2!!!! WOW!]

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    yes, been doing other things. still have the one kite to go. cut up a lot of 4.5 in squares yest and today. picked up a quilt from the LA. will prob do the binding on that. still haven't started my FWQ. playing catch up with this and that.

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    ok sewNso.... not quite understanding... you cut 4.5" squares?? I thought you were done with DJ with the exception of one kite - are you putting them elsewhere?

    procrastinating here.... I did do other necessary things.. like laundry bills
    finished F2 and gonna catch up with TR 13 now .... and maybe this week's J5 - I just dont know what fabric I want to use....
    Gus

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    i cut lots of 4.5 inch blocks for another quilt. i usually have 3 or 4 i am working on. in fact 2 queens will be made out of the 4.5 inch blocks. --2 more of paint me judy's mystry train ride.
    then i have enough friendship stars made to make a quilt.
    and i have enough houses from a BOM cllub a couple years ago. thx to sulabug
    etc, etc. like everyone else. But jane2 grabbed me about a yr ago, and i worked on her real hard.
    and the BOM stars quilt from a couple yrs ago, just came back from the LA and needs a binding.
    i am retired, so have the time to do whatever i want. soooooo quilting and grdkds is what i do as well as gardening, and canning. and i do the lawn. so try to do lots of sewing in the winter, then during the summer i will work on hand quilting jane2.
    what are you other ladies doing besides your jane?
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    sewNso - that is a very loaded question!!
    as for sewing.... I have a queen size girls quilt that needs to be quilted for a dear friend's daughter who will be three at the end of the month. It started out as a twin, having to add to it took a bit of time when she was moved into a real big bed!! I have a McKenna Ryan -"Forest Hollow" that I am needle turning, All Around the Town - Sue Garman BOM that I m just now starting ....well have 7 of them done & may put that in Guild show in Sept. The 2009 quiltshow.com quilt needs to be quilted... a real important quilt for my very dear daughter - who has been waiting oh so patiently! I have to still get going on it - designing a quilt with her birds on it. Affairs of the Heart, which I started here before Jane has half the blocks done - 6" blocks [my avatar is one of them]. Then there's taking care of a DGS or two once-twice a week which is a joy! going to docs all too often for DD, thinking about writing a book about the legal and technical aspects of the health care system - sort of a self-help guide. I am an atty - but passed bar right when my DD got sick, my Mom had major heart attack and ended up is skilled nursing and my DS and wife had first of three DGS - so never practiced. Gardening is something I really really need to start as the yard is a mess now and DH works all the time and really doesnt have the time to tackle it all....

    well now back to Jane progress.. [maybe this is doable before guild show??? I hope - averaging one a day for the last three weeks! YAY]

    Where to begin... [you got me a little off track ] First here is a picture of this week's three on the fabric I decided to used for sashing. It looks a little darker than it is. I put three other blocks below it to give a better idea. I am thinking of making the sashing 3/4" finished rather than 1/2" ... still time to decide.
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    J1 & 2 were done earlier, J5 is almost finished - you can see the pins. I will show you a little of my approach as it is slightly different, but I found very easy! I cut a 2" print square for the center and surrounded it with a 1" cut background strip all the way around - sides then top/bottom. I made a template of the four background pieces and cut them as if those four print 'arrows' were not there. I attached them by machine only to the center 1- 1 1/4" of the sides and I stitched together only the last 1/2" - 3/4" of the diagonals/miters. I made a template of the arrows and as I had said in an earlier post - I decided that Jane made these pointy, not curved. I transferred the pattern with fabric marker both to the print arrows and the background - carefully holding the miter in place. I needle-turned the point on the border strip up to the corner of the center square, tucked the arrow under flat, on a flat surface - I pinned the pieces in place and then continued to needle-turn the arrows in reverse-applique fashion.
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    I also finished TR10 and BRC. I've decided to use the background of BRC on all kites and the scallops at the outer border of Jane. TR10 [wk of 8/8/12] I measured carefully - didn't PP - surprise!! All those squares finish 7/8" - so you simply need to cut them 1 3/8" carefully - there are 6 print and 4 background. The bottom triangles are 7/8" + 7/8" or 1 3/4" squares cut diagonally once. The two HST of print/background material are made by sewing on either side of a diagonal made on a 1 3/4" square. Cut you side strips 1 3/8" wide for the bottom ones - and wider to go across two squares on the center four side strips and so forth. I didnt put all measurements down but they are easily figured out from the drawing. I've also posted my finished BRC here.
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    Then .... one more - F2 [week of 10/7/12] I paperpieced - drew arrow sections with the two little bottom pieces - four of the red around bottom of white and four the opposite. Then I added the four corner white triangle corners. [sorry no pics] But one thing I will show you is my fabrics. I fussy cut the reds out of a 'prairie homefront' all over hourglass / bones ..forget the name.
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    Jane's pieces are so small, I have made many of the blocks by fussy cutting sections of all-over Civ War fabric compilations. J3 - which is not on the schedule for a couple of weeks, has a funny mixed-print look to it. To start making that one, I cut a template window of the center section to decide what part of my fabric to use. You can see it from the picture. That fabric is called "Crossroads to Texas."

    I also fussy cut the print parts of J1 above out of the third fabric I show here - by Andover fabrics - in fact I used that fabric for 4 other blocks!

    Done for now!
    Enjoy the day
    Gus

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    neat fabric you chose to fussy cut from.
    i redid TLC 2 times, and was not happy with it. 'then', i looked it up on 'thatquilt', which usually i do first. can't believe i didn't look it up first like i usually do. could have smacked myself, because 'thatquilt' made TLC look so easy.
    but i must admit, i picked up TLC to do after i had sewn together 4.5" squares into 9 patches for a full queen size quilt. shouldn't have started it, when i wasn't fresh, and while DH was doing electrical work 4 ft from me. he was putting in more plug ins for me in the basement sewing area.

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    Kite - Top Left Corner. I'm deviating from the schedule to get all the kites done at once. I like your idea, Gus, of using the same fabrics for all four kites and am worried if I don't do them now I won't be able to locate the fabrics when the time comes!! This picture was taken before I had the nerve to trim to size. I did trim it, but I think I'm 1/4" too large. Better too big than too small, right? I'll take care of that later. I'm a little disappointed, do you notice the lone hex (at the top of the kite)? It's so close to the seam that it's almost caught in the seam. Also, the inside (background) tiny triangles on the edges of the center block area (the outer edges of the nine hex area) are cut short, and the outer four corner areas are completely cut off? I worked very carefully, basting carefully along the way. I followed auntreen's instruction to trim the center area to 5 1/8." I wonder if somehow I made the hexes slightly too large or perhaps should have trimmed that area to 5 1/4." Oh, well, I am happy with the center of the hex area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewNso View Post
    i cut lots of 4.5 inch blocks for another quilt. i usually have 3 or 4 i am working on. in fact 2 queens will be made out of the 4.5 inch blocks. --2 more of paint me judy's mystry train ride.
    then i have enough friendship stars made to make a quilt.
    and i have enough houses from a BOM cllub a couple years ago. thx to sulabug
    etc, etc. like everyone else. But jane2 grabbed me about a yr ago, and i worked on her real hard.
    and the BOM stars quilt from a couple yrs ago, just came back from the LA and needs a binding.
    i am retired, so have the time to do whatever i want. soooooo quilting and grdkds is what i do as well as gardening, and canning. and i do the lawn. so try to do lots of sewing in the winter, then during the summer i will work on hand quilting jane2.
    what are you other ladies doing besides your jane?
    I just put the binding on one of two quilts I got back from the LA. 'The Country Bride,' (applique) and a snowball with Amy Butler fabrics. I should make labels for both of them. I have another applique quilt that is in progress (the Piece O' Cake Christmas one) but I haven't worked on it in probably 2-3 years. I went back to school and put things on hold, yet somehow thought I should start DJ last January with this group!! What was I thinking? Maybe because the blocks are small? I sew on the dining room table so it has been a good project to keep organized in baskets and be able to clean them up when I need the table. I had it cleaned up and wasn't working on it in order to have the dining room for the holidays and to host book club and ladies game night. But DJ has taken over again, yeah! I finished school a little over a year ago and treasure my quilting time.

    I also have other quilts in progress, we got two new dogs, and we go to our sons sporting events (he plays something during every season.) We have a small garden, so starting to think about getting out there and doing a spring clean-up. My husband does the lion's share of the garden and yard work. I do a little canning, and would like to do more this year. I just took a jewelry class, but quilting is my true love. Oh, and that working thing. I love my hour of quilting in the mornings before I leave for work. It's a happy time of day.

    Gus, I just went to the AOTH thread. The quilt is beautiful!! Is that group over? I don't have time to look at it all now, but have always loved your avitar.
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    Ooooh Gladys ....new Pope from your homeland!!
    Gus

    on a more quilty note.... yes Cindy - love AOTH!! gotta get back to it but dont think the thread is continuing... let me know via PM if you ever want to get to it

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    Finished a couple these last few days....
    Here is J5 completed.. gave my method a few posts ago
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    and LS12 [wk of Jan 13] I made this the same way as TR10 a few days ago. It is a very similar block with lots of squares cut 1 3/8" so they finish 7/8" and strips cut 1 3/8" wide - most of them. for the bottom triangle I matched the 4" marks on either side of a 6" square to the straight edge of fabric and cut the triangle [a half-4"square] I machine sewed it to the assembled top to within 1/4" from end on one side, I stitched an inch or so down the other side and finished by machine. Last, I appliqued the diamonds at the top [fussy cut - managed to find a small rose in the fabric for the tiny top!]
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    Gus

    hope to sew more this week.... but I'm enrolled in 4 classes Hand quilting from Anji Peridja tonight, "Inner Light" from Deb Karasik on Saturday [http://www.debkarasik.com/gallery-detail.php?ID=29], a teaching sampler class from several teachers at the Glendale Quilt Show Saturday night.... and lastly, through my guild, Baskets class from Gwen Marston[ http://www.gwenmarston.com/biolw/pg42basket.jpg ]
    what was I thinking???? looking forward to each of them... just wish they didnt all fall within 5 days!

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    cindy, nice to see all the things you are doing also. thx.
    got a quilt binded today, and finished TLC to my liking. but first i cleaned and vacumed the basement sewing half real good. when i start binding, or finishing a quilt, i like for everything to be nice and clean to start off with. i usually clean up good everymorning before i start sewing anyway.
    going to set that last kite in jane2 tomorrow. might take a pic afterwards. i checked over every block real well a couple days ago to make sure i hadn't forgotten any little triangle or left a piece of paper in someplace. placed a safety pin any place i wanted to tweak. found a couple blocks that needed attention.
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    Oh....sewNso... can I get you to come here and clean a little for me so I dont feel guilty and since you're much farther along with your Jane??? pls??? I can provide you with lots of California sunshine

    Well got back from the hand quilting class and made one very important decision...ahem... my Jane will NOT be hand quilted! the class was fun, but I would like Jane finished before I am buried!
    Gus

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    These aren't the greatest pictures, I'm using my camera phone and lighting is not great. I left them folded and bunched hoping that with the shadows it shows the quilting. This is The Country Bride quilt that I mentioned that I just got back from the LA quilter. I often think that some quilts 'deserve' hand quilting, especially hand appliqued quilts. But, didn't she do an amazing job on this? These pictures don't do it justice, I wish you could all see it in person. So . . . Gus, good plan, I think! And maybe you will be able to finish it up in time for your show this year. That would be awesome!

    I'm off to begin the next kite.

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    gus. well no wonder i am sooooo far ahead of you with this jane. i don't take 4 or 5 classes in one week.nor did i do AOTH. bought the book, didn't start it with the group. that's why your avatar was soooo familiar.
    i've seen you around the board.
    AND i am not the hostess of this site, that makes all the wonderful tut's. and gives all the words of encouragement to everyone. AND i am retired. i just play 'granny' before and after pre school, sew and raise our yearly supply of veg's here on the farm.
    and I was sooo pleasantly surprised how quickly my first jane was quilted. i put her on a frame, and sat her on my dining room table and every nite, or most days, when i was resting from whatever other chore , i would do a block or half a block, or a row. however i felt at any given time.
    but of course it did take me 6 months or so. no grdsn today. he had a dentist appt. then his mom was dropping him off at pre school.

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    sewNso - you handquilted your first DJ?? lots of quilting or in the ditch?? share?? a picture pleeeeaasse?

    [not that I'm changing my mind about machine quilting her - leaving the hand quilting for AOTH!]
    Gus

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    I did lots of quilting on it. almost as much as the orginal DJ. and in the sashings, i did a two rows of hand quilting. one along each seam. she's (jane 1) around already. on this thread also i do believe. on the orginal dj i had a topic 'jane top going together'. with lots of different entries. i think you can still find it. i ran into it the other day. shows some of my canning, the quilt frame i used. and jane a different stages.
    sorry can't get a pic of the quilting uploading. it's just offering me from URL? and not computer. i went and found it, and commented on it. don't know whether it will show up, if you look at my latest comments on posts or not. since it is an old thread.
    sorry, the lst couple pic's where blurry, but then i got a new camera. happy looking, if you find it. sunny
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    when i quilted my lst jane, i kept thinking, 'i am not good at this" and she was thick in places. but i just kept going. and of course when i looked at the hand quilted quilts at the fair---i didn't think my quilting measured up. everything you hear about quilting, or read says --'rock your needle'. well, some places, i just could not rock because of several thicknesses.
    and Ohhhh several days ago, i was nosing around on sites, and watching this or that. and i heard some hand quilter say--'rock, but sometimes you just can't because of the thickness, so just 'jab'. " which is what i did. but then the quilting on the back did not look 100% perfect or like my grandma's did when she used to take first place ribbons in oklahoma when i was a kid. but she is done, and she looks beautiful. and i am really happy with her.

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    I've been attempting to hand quilt my first DJ and I'm really not good at it at all. I haven't been able to rock the needle at all and when I jab or stab each stitch, the stitches on the back are a mess. I'm not saying I'm giving up, but I'm pretty discouraged. But Gus, if we machine quilt it, won't there be an awful lot of stops and starts? So many of the blocks just don't lend themselves to a continuous quilt design.

    I've got a couple more weeks done, but haven't taken the pictures yet. I will tomorrow.

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    Hi all - I have had a lull - so much going on health wise - and my DJ has taken a bit of a backseat - I have one more block - one corner kite and six more tri's to finish- but I have them all prepped for hand applique work - which I shall take with me - when we are hopefully coming over to Texas later this month. My hubby is retired British Airways staff - so we have to standby for the flights - so hope we can get on - uhmm just a bit stressful.
    I have redone two blocks and one tri - which I wasn't happy with - so getting close now !!!
    I have been asked by a local quilt group to give a talk about my Dear Jane journey later this year ! I do not belong to this group and feel very honoured to be asked to speak to them - but also quite apprehensive too. I have never spoken to a large number of ladies before and some of them do teaching and workshops !!
    I am doing some research into Jane Stickle - and hopefully I will be able to make it an interesting talk !!!!
    Reading through all the posts and love your ideas about quilting our Janes when finished - Gus - as you say - I really want to finish my baby - and the thought of how long it would take to hand quilt is daunting ! I just cannot rock - so would have to stab - well - she is not going to be a competition entry and as Brenda Papadakis says - " If a problem cannot be seen when riding by on a galloping horse - don't worry about it " LOL.
    I have my little Dear Jane group meeting on Sunday -- 10 -12 of us - and we have a lovely day - may get another block finished !
    Hope you all have a nice weekend !!

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