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

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    Senior Member Cre8tvlwyr's Avatar
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    Not quite ready to tackly any Jane today....or for a while possibly - still have those pesky taxes and I'm staining and finishing 10' of custom cabinet for my DD's room so that things can be put away before we have company in a couple of weeks... then there's my youngest DGS's 2d b'day this Friday, my DS's next Thursday, mine next Friday.... and the list goes on!! Now getting disgruntled about finishing DJ before our Sept show because I doubt very seriously they want a completed but unquilted top in it and if I dont concentrate a little working on existing UFOs - I will have nothing finished boohooo.....

    enough!

    I had a thought to mention about Jane - many times when you review the directions/approach on various blogs you are told to 'mirror' patterns. Before you drive yourself absolutely crazy doing so, examine the picture and ask yourself if you will really end up with something that looks different if you don't mirror it. Some of the patterns you are told to mirror are like LS4 - it will look the same if you leave the pattern as is! The difference is that the seams will go a different direction .... example - look at katybob's LS4 [and I dont know if you mirrored it or not] ... done one way, the bottom triangle will have the right side background go over the left side background like hers and the other way the left side background will go over the right side background. Katybob's seam points up to the left, the other way it points to the right. I dont know how Jane or Brenda did it without looking, but it doesn't matter - it will end up looking the same either way. In contrast, A1 does need to be reversed, or the spin with be going the wrong way [again it doesn't really matter but in the case of A1 it will look different.]

    I just thought I'd bring it up so you dont all make more work for yourselves
    Gus

    hope to show something during this next week!!

    All your stuff looks great katybob & Cindy

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    I agree, Gus. Sometimes I mirror if I think of it, but more often than not I don't. If you happen to be following one of "that quilt's" tutes and she suggests that you mirror the pattern, it's helpful if you do because it's easier to follow her photos. If you're printing from the software, just click "mirror" on the options and it does the work for you.

    And, p.s. Gus, don't you hate it when life gets in the way of quilting? I do!
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    Yep!! I certainly do, katybob as you can see by the fact I'm here again! no sewing... I varnished the cabinets and should be on the taxes now.... taking a 'short break' then to work
    Gus

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    LS-4

    Monica, taxes, yuk!! Good luck getting them done.

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    love everyones blocks.
    going to start mine on 4/24
    anyone who wants to sew along with me is welcomed.
    my adventure is going to be slow!!!!!!
    When making a quilt block or quilt there are no mistakes only opportunities to be creative****Think unique instead of flawed if your block or quilt is wonky!!!!

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    Two blocks here, one is a makeup.

    Seem quiet here, I know around here we're starting to be able to spend more timeoutdoors. Spring is here - sort of. Just a few weeks ago we had snow, this past week the highs were close to 90. Last weekend I got my winter/summer clothing switched out. I, unfortunately, don't have a lot of closet space and must keep out of season clothing packed up. I DESPISE that job, but stuck with it until it was finished and everything put away. The garden is cleaned up and ready to plant. The grass will need to be mowed soon, hope the mower is out of the shop soon!

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    J-7 Chicken Tracks. A nice and easy block!

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    Looks like there's nobody here but us chickens, Cindy! I've been spending a lot of time outside, but it's been raining most of the day today, so I've been sewing. Unfortunately, I've been binding a quilt and not working on Jane. I'm almost done with the binding, so maybe I'll get a little Jane time in later. Your J-5 turned out great! Every time I think I've gotten better at applique a new block tells me I've got a long way to go!

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    Hi Cindy and katybob!! yep blocks look awesome! [a makeup block???] I need to plant too -something I rarely do
    taxes however are done for us and our bird outreach nonprofit. Thankfully there has been no personal bloodloss!
    wish I could say I'm getting back to Jane but we had a busy day at California Wildlife Center yesterday with the birds - I though my throat hurt because I talked to much but today I'm a bit achy
    Just thought I'd pop in to say hi ....it IS quiet!
    can't believe your weather back there Cindy! I'm doing a bit of space rearrangement myself as we have company coming to stay for a week at the end of this month.
    will come back soon - hopefully with a block!
    Gus

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    Hello all Ladies!
    How are you? I hope wery well! I'm back! Yes! : Thumbup:
    I returned to the Dear Jane. I made 4 blocks that correspond to my special calendar to week 26.
    Are E-13, 3-BR, BR-5 and LS-1! Me amused with triangles, two of them were more with appliqué to another technique. I have 65 blocks and 12 triangles to date!
    I show them the photos and hope are to your liking!
    Happy week for all!
    A big hug!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cre8tvlwyr View Post
    Hi Cindy and katybob!! yep blocks look awesome! [a makeup block???] Gus
    J-5 was from March 10th, I grabbed that page by mistake. One less to do when I try to catch up on all the ones I've missed this past year!

    Monica, hope you're not getting sick! Especially with company coming. But at least the taxes are done. Yeah!!! The owls are TOOO CUTE!

    Gladys, beautiful blocks. Glad to see you back, I was just thinking of you yesterday before you posted.

    Katybob, thanks. I followed thatblogspsot.com for the most part but find myself basting a little more these days to keep pieces in place before they're sewn down. If I put my machine on the longest stitch and put in about 4 stitches it doesn't take too long to remove after I'm done but helps so much while I'm working on it.

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    J-13 Pam's Bells
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    Here's Week 66. These were fun.

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    Cindy, you baste the pieces to be appliqued on your machine? How do you keep the little ones straight and hold them down before they're basted? Is that how you did the teardrops in J-13? Those points are right on the mark.

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    Katybob,

    for J-13 I measured all the pieces (except the tear drops) and rotary cut then pieced. I cut out the tear drops from freezer paper. Then I turned the sean allowance over the paper and finger pieced, but it wasn't 'holding' in place as much as I wanted so I hand basted the seam allowance down, the appliqued them.

    For J-5 I made the center square block, leaving extra seam allowance. Then made the outer 'frame,' turning the seam allowance under. I think I hand basted that seam allowance (but might have done a little on the machine). Then when I went to applique that top piece onto the bottom piece it kept shifting so much that I machine basted aprroximately 4 stitches on each of the four sides to hold it in place. I find that it holds the pieces in place and if I've used the longest stitch on my machine it doesn't take too long to remove.

    Love your blocks!

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    You've got that right Cindy! I learned a long time ago [and sometimes remember!] to turn my stitches to extra long length when I have a tricky area to sew where the points or curves are. If you're lucky enough to have that perfect fit the first time, just move your stitch length slightly shorter and go over it once - if not, yank that baby out and do it once [or thrice] more!
    Gus [Monica ...just in case people were wondering who Monica is!]

    btw - never got sick - must really have been an allergy

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    This block is from last July. E-4 Buffalo Tree Hopper
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    Not sure what got into me, but I have all three done for this week.
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    Here it is: J-12 Rebecca's Basket.
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    Awesome Cindy!!
    love the fabric choices too gotta take the pictures of J-3 and J-7 which I finished on my b'day - had a very very lazy day and decided to play computer games!! [my 6 3/4 yr old DGS's influence!] I've also slowed down on Jane - bummed because I am so sure there is no way I can have it done for the Sept show
    will post soon...

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    OK - got some pictures of the latest 4 blocks... was also trying to figure out how long ago I posted J4, but I can't find the post number.... there it is....#2215.
    Here are April 14th's blocks, J3,7, and 13
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    sorry about the lack of pressing before I took those pics! they would look better, but then it would take yet longer again!! If I had it to do over - which I will not - I would have made the inner square on point in J3 a little smaller than the book sketch. Jane's background is the same as her sashing, so it blends into a full square without the points cut off. I will "fix" it with my quilting by carrying the quilting line into the sashing a bit when I get to that point so it doesn't look cut off. Just a note - I hand appliqued the middle section that I had fussy cut out of "Crossroads to Texas" onto a square of my background. Then I snipped away part of the background that was covered to give it a more supple feel before adding the corners. J7 I messed up the width of one of the red sections [that's what happens when you try to force what you need out of one 5" charm square! Why? dk because I had two others of that print - but not redoing it]

    J13 I made the center square a little larger and based the other sections on that [2 1/8" finished or 2 5/8" cut square instead of 1 3/4" finished, cut at 2 1/4"]
    I also have J12 - I made that diffferently - Jane made a traditional basket with an upside down triangle as the basket supported by two upside down triangles at the base. Her triangle is taller and doesnt extend all the way to the sides of the block. The base of my triangle - which you should have on the straight grain - I cut at 4 5/16." For the triangle supports, I cut a 1 3/4" square in half diagonally [finishes 7/8"]. Then I cut a 7/8" bias strip for the handle. My base background below the basket I cut 1 1/4" x 5 1/4" and cut it down later. The handle background is cut at 2 1/2" x 5 1/4"
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    Great blocks as always, Cindy and Gus. Here's Week 67:

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    Hello, CindyA! Thanks a lot! A big hug for you!

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    CindyA ... katybob ... Gus ...
    I love all your blocks! And I love the fabric choices too!! Congrats!!!
    Unfortunately, life intervened on my way again.
    We did reform in a room in our House as a "storage" here we call "barn", where we keep the stuff that are not in use normally, as tools, camping items, my old elements of handicraft, etc.
    So we were order, arrangement and cleaning to leave everything in place!
    We did it!
    But today at night I can just return to sewing! I am starting with the row "F", and I believe that F-1 returned to cut it upside down as A-1! Lol! : Eek:
    It will be my DJ upside down! Hahaha!
    I hope to finish my 4 blocks for the weekend to share with you!
    A big hug for everyone!

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    Hi everyone - beautiful blocks girls - just had fun looking at them all. I have jet lag today !!! - we came back to the UK this morning - having spent the last two weeks in Texas - not far from Dallas Fort Worth airport ! We are six hours ahead and had a 9 hour flight --- Feeling a bit yucky at the moment ! Had a wonderful holiday - had intended to do some handwork on my DJ - but tooooo busy ! We stayed with some English friends - our last evening spent in The Cheesecake Factory on Southlake Blvd - yummy !!
    Need to get unpacked - washing done and hoping to feel normal soon !!
    DottyD.

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    Dotty, I've been missing you and your blocks here on the board, and to think you were so close!! Well . . . relatively speaking. Sounds like a great trip, glad you are home safe and sound. I like Cheesecake Factory also, glad I can't go too often (lots of calories!!).


    Gladys, uh-oh, upside down? I'm sure we've all done that at least once.

    Beautiful blocks, Katybob. Love the colors. I don't know if I ever let you know I've been using the freezer paper you recommended. It goes through my printer without any problems and I like it. Thanks!

    Monica, I love your basket block! I'm not crazy about the wide base but would not have thought to do what you did. Nice choice! And, Happy Birthday! Sounds like the perfect day - doing what you want at the pace you want to.

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