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

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    Dotty - ohhhhhhh I've got to contact the EQ people who developed the DJ software and see how I can get that Sharon Mastbrook's design wall for DJ to work soon. It would be so cool if I could play with the pictures of the blocks to move them around a bit rather than lay them all out.... a project that takes up about 100" square because of all the seams. I know there are some I will be keeping in the original position - for example, my A7 & A8 are both red [I wanted the 'Florence Nightingale' block to look more like the 'red cross!'] and I don't really want B2 and B3 together because they are so similar and I put such contrasting fabrics together in each of those blocks it doesn't look that great with mine. I've seen many completed Jane's that look fine done that way, dont get me wrong. But after spending as long as we all have, I want to have each in a place that I like

    On a totally different note....REMEMBER THOSE SIGGY BLOCKS???? we were talking way way waaaaay back when about exchanging them to incorporate into our backs. I will send some questions out to my original list.... unless Nancy can suggest something easier??? I will PM everyone. Meanwhile - any of you who come regularly interested?? I would provide you with my home address in a PM and have you all send either a SASE or postage .... along with your completed siggy blocks of course! and take care of sorting and sending back those that come in after an allowance of time. Let me know...
    Monica

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    Still working on catching up. Here is F-1, Big Top.
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    Signature blocks - I am definitely still up for that!!

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    Great block, Cindy. And I'm up for the signature blocks, too. And, Dotty, I'm so glad you had a good trip. Did you make it to some of the quilt shops while you were there? There are several good ones around Dallas.

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    I missed all Dallas area shops.... in Dec '07 we celebrated Christmas with my DIL's family in Denton, near Dallas. Her Mom took me to a "quilt store" the only one in town - and it had gone out of business ..... oh well. i keep hearing about wonderful TX quilt shops
    Gus

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    I'm not ready to do net week's yet, but I thought I would mention something I noticed - neither K1 or K3 had background borders in Jane's original quilt. The picture of K1 makes this clear as does pictures showing the entire quilt - it is the sashing you see. If you look at the picture of the entire quilt, K2 is the only block in the row that actually has an extra border.

    For K3 - there are 36 x 1/8" in 4 1/2" [a finished block]; 7x5 = 35...~very close to 36 so if you cut your pieces based on this factor... or 13 background squares and 4 print squares at 5/8 + 4/8[representing the seams]" or 1 1/8" and take a very scant 1/4" seam [shy of 1/4"] - you should end up with a 5" square that will finish 4.5". Just make sure the seams are slightly less that 1/4" - if that's hard - cut pieces slightly over 1 1/8".... havent figured out other pieces yet - very quickly - the first row around the 9patch center would then be cut 1 1/8" x 2 3/8" [3x5/8 + 4/8]; last round is cut 1 1/8" x 3 5/8" [5x5/8 + 4/8]

    For K-1 -divide 4.5 by 5 equal parts and you need to have each section finish slightly over 7/8" [7/8 x 5 = 35/8 which is 4 3/8.... not quite 4.5] So do the same thing - either cut slightly larger or take slightly less than 1/4" seams - be sure to add your seam allowance first. Squares of solid background or print are cut at 7/8 + 4/8 or 1 3/8".... the two rectangles around the center span 3 widths or [3x7/8] +4/8 ...= 3 1/8" x 1 3/8" rectangles. for the 4 HST [half square triangles] cut them 7/8 + 7/8 or 1 3/4" squares right sides facing of background and print and sew a sem just shy of 1/4" on either side of a diagonal mark.[make two]

    K4 - got my fabric picked out - excited about it - should say fabrics I have a reddish brown that I will sew on a heavy toile-like print.

    Hope to have something to show soon!

    Love your F1, Cindy - I havent made mine yet either

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    Hello Beautiful Ladies! Happy Saturday!
    As I promised you, here are the 4 blocks from my personal week 27!
    Are F-1, F-2, F-3, F-4. Now you will see CindyA in F-1 my cutting and sewing backwards!
    I thought that had mirrored parts... but is that I didn't do it! Lol! : (
    So A-1 and F-1 were rotated on its axis and transformed into my 'personal' blocks! Hahaha!!! : D
    Well, have a beautiful weekend, here the autumn brings us many clouds and some rain!
    A big hug to everyone!
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    Beautiful Gladys --- as usual !!
    Thanks Cindy for your kind comments !
    I had a great time katybob and went to several lovely shops. I met some really nice people !
    Any luck with EQ Gus and the design wall?
    Have just finished my LAST block -- M7 and now have one more corner and 4 more triangles to complete.
    I did take them to hand sew whilst in Texas - but was toooo busy!!! Photos to follow soon !
    Have a nice weekend !

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    Well, if I have insomnia I might as well get started on this week's blocks, right? I enjoyed this little block, I think it's a particularly nice design.
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    Actually Gladys, F-1 is IDENTICAL to Jane's
    take a look at the book - you made it the reverse of your A1, but the same as Jane [it must have been her influence]
    ALL of your blocks are spectacular!
    I know.... the typing looks weird after I put the end bracket following the last smiley and continued typing I tried to write to Cindy and it kept putting the end bracket on the next line instead of the exclamation point ???
    well now it worked...
    Cindy - so glad you made K-1 Brenda's way & I love the block. I may just do that rather than following my instruction few posts back. Jane's K-1 looks huge compared to the other blocks and I'm thinking Brenda may have changed this one on purpose. In fact, taking a second look at K3 - I think I was wrong, because it does look like there's more than sashing around Jane's block.
    Had a rough day yesterday... we took the birds to a relay for life event and our rufous red tail hawk died within 40min of the end of the event. It was close to our home & when we got home Griffin was laying down in his crate. We took him to the vet, but he never made it there. Steph had him on her lap and he passed a block away from the vet! Now we wait for UCD to come back with necropsy results to figure out whether he had something the other birds will get...

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    Dotty - I just sent an inquiry to EQ. There is a "my chart" link on the DJ software which has Sharon Mastbrook's chart with supposed capability of substituting our own block images when sized & named properly. I keep getting messages 'access denied' and 'administrator's permission required!' I've followed all help instructions, but the 'read-only' comes right back to the 'my chart' in 'my jane journey' after I take it off and prior to substituting my pic

    Hopefully EQ company will be able to sort it out. I will give you all detailed instructions if I am successful.
    Gus

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    Monica, I'm so sorry about the hawk. What an awful shock! Hope it's not something the other birds can catch.

    K-3 Seven Sisters
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Size:  94.4 KBSpring is here. Wish I could say I grew these. I did not, critters always get my tulip bulbs, but I'll try again this fall. These tulips were locally grown.

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    This is the answer I received from EQ software this morning that will explain how to use the DJ chart... [for those who have DJ software and like me, couldnt use it]...

    Hello Monica,

    I’m sorry you did not see the support topic on our site dealing with this. Here’s more explanation.

    Ever since Vista, you may be unable to write to Program Files. (Thus the “permission” issue.) So we need to have you get My Chart from the CD and put it in My Documents.

    To do that, you would put the CD in your drive > open My Computer > right-click your CD ROM drive and choose Explore.
    Copy the My Block Chart folder > Paste the copy into My Documents.

    Now you’ll be able to use the chart: ALL of the directions for My Block Chart will remain the same, except where the Block Chart is. So at this part in the instructions it will read:
    You will now replace our images (mya1, mya2, etc.) with your new block images. To do this, look at the Save in: box at the top of the Save as box. If you used the default location when you installed (in other words, you just clicked Next, Next, etc. during installation), then your scan needs to be put in: C:\Program Files\Electric Quilt Company\Dear Jane\Pics\MyChart). If you did not use the default location when you installed, you will need to navigate to the drive and folder that you installed the Dear Jane Program to and save your images there.

    - Click the down arrow beside the Save in: box.

    - Click on My Documents.

    - My Block Chart\PICS\MyChart

    - Double-click on My Block Chart
    - Double-click on PICS

    Click the Save button to replace our blank image space with your new block.

    To view your chart, go to My Documents > My Block Chart folder > HTML folder > MyJane folder > double-click on chart.htm

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    Beautiful block ...and tulips, Cindy!!!
    Coming from Holland... a critter gets to tulip story 33yrs ago -exactly! - we celebrated our son's 2d birthday with my cousins, aunts, and uncles in Holland. We visited Keukenhof [the infamous tulip gardens] and bought a couple hundred [ahem....] tulip bulbs of very special varieties. We had them shipped home and planted them in containers because we were going to move to a bigger house. Once we moved here, we transferred most of them to the ground. Big mistake!! the area was not totally developed.... hundreds of homes but we were just one house from the end of the developed area at the time. Sheep grazed behind us, occasional cayote, rattler, thousands of rabbits, few field mice, raccoons, other rodents... ALL loved the tulip bulbs We provided them with exotic delicacies
    Maybe someday we can return....
    M

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    Well... dont quite have the bugs out of the software chart yet!! the response I passed along above only partially successful. I am now able to replace the 'buttons' with my individual blocks, but I cant view the whole chart. Therefore I can only see one block at a time?!?! well I was able to do that before. I sent in another question to tech support. Once it is sorted out I will fill you in.

    Meanwhile.... got two of this week's blocks done [and two in progress]. Here are K1 and K4. Yes yes yes - my 'version' of K1 ended up as a rectangle... will I redo it? heck no!
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    K4 - really liked the 'border fabric" look, so I played with two of mine and this is what I came up with. I reduced the center block size - it was cut at 3" with the borders, so finished 2 1/2." I used same method of assembly as thatquilt and aunt reen - in fact, I used Aunt Reen's measurements to cut the triangles. But you will notice I put an extra background strip above the small print outside triangles - as Jane did. Difference?? You will notice those outside large corners don't quite make it to the points of the center square. But can't have it all I think, as I feel like I'm on the 'home stretch' - I oscillate between being anal and picky to having a 'just get it done' approach
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    enjoy
    Gus

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    OK...one more today YAY
    I actually cut the parts at 730 tonight and did all the sewing during the commercials of "Bones" just to show you it's quick and man have they ever cut down on actual showtime!!!

    I wanted to give you a slightly different method to tackle this block. I started with strips - all were cut 1" exactly [well actually the outer border I cut 1 1/4" and used my Jane ruler to square it up/down]

    I cut 3 background strips - 1x4.5" and 4 - 1" squares and a 1 1/4" x 21" strip for outer border.

    of print I cut the following 1 - 1 x 4.5" strip; 1 - 2 x 4.5" strip; 1 - 3 x 4.5" strip ... before attaching to background on the long sides of the 2" & 3" widths, I cut off the bottom 1" [leaving me with a 1 x 2" and 1 x 3" strip to attach to center first...refer to drawing] Next I sewed those long sides together and cut 3 - 1" strips from each unit. I basically sewed it together going in a circle once the middle 9-patch was made...a la log cabin fashion
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    While looking for a tutorial to help me make the inner reverse applique points in K-5 a little sharper [...usually can do this, but this morning.... not so much] I found an interesting youtube video on quilt as you go. I would make a couple of small changes to her method. I would sew the second side sashing by machine on the right side rather than the left - so make that double pressed piece of sashing for the back. Then I would slip stitch the back sashing rather than do machine stitching here.

    you'll know what I mean if you watch the video
    Gus

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji8BLS2rNHA

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    Okey dokey... two more and a change...

    Here is my last one for this week, K5 - note that the diamonds are a little sharper. I simply changed the angle a bit and used a ruler to mark off 7/8" from each of the center "X" mark to determine how large to cut the diamond [once the four pieces were sewn together - actually I sewed a strip of background and strip of print together that measured 1 1/4" x 7" leaving me a generous allowance. When I determined the angle, I simply used the edge of the template to cut the angle on the fabric. I didnt take a pic but I used same method for BR13 and will post that pic again]
    I never found a tute for the inner point, but remembered all I had to do was take a couple extra stitches to pull it in.
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    For K7 - one of next week's blocks - I just checked out both the Auntreen and thatquilt blogs... they each used Jane's triangle method, where Brenda's sketch is simply two pieces - the rose print and the background. Jane really knew how to make things look right because by making triangles, you avoid half of those sharp inner points! I also wanted to take advantage of that like Jane, by making the other points where the triangles come together sharper. So I re-drew those curves. You cold make it even sharper if you wanted to.
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    I actually had made two of the blocks for next week earlier.... can't believe I got these done!
    I will post them again when I get the remaining K6 made.
    Gus

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    Hello, Ladies!
    How are you? I hope very well!
    Thank you very much for your very lovely words to my blocks!
    Gus ... thanks a lot for your Tutorial and the link to vídeo!
    I am suscribed to the blog by Rose Smith and she made an QAYG on a quilt. In your case without sashing, but is a good example and very clear for me. Here is the link:
    http://www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/f...-rows-pattern/
    Speaks of the QAYG from minute 6:45. I hope you will be useful!
    This week I am doing a quilting in an old top (2010), I leave two photos, so I do not think that can do the blocks of the DJ.
    Ah ... yesterday I won a soft "Quilting Designs 6" for having participated in a "Blog Hop" to learn to use the EQ7. I learned much this week, more than in the year that I have the program! I'm super happy and wanted to share it!
    Wish all a beautiful week!
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    Hi all -- Lovely Christmas quilt Gladys -- so sweet !

    Well girls - I am blowing a rather large trumpet today - Ta Da !!!!!
    I have just finished my LAST corner kite - and so now all blocks - tri's and kites are done !!!
    I must now look at starting the sashing - I just cannot believe after all this time - I have reached this part in my Dear Jane journey.
    Belonging to this group has been so important to me and has really given me the push I needed - so thank you all
    for your kind comments and encouragement.
    I am just waiting for my DH to take the last photos and I will send them asap.
    We have recently got back from a wonderful holiday in Texas - and I met a group of ladies - whom I had met on previous visits - who are also making their Dear Jane quilts and I had a really nice time with them -- the jet lag has been bad this time - taking us quite a while to get over a six hour time difference and a approx 9 hour overnight flight.
    Worth it though - we had a great time and the US quilt shops are amazing !!!!

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    Dotty,
    You have been an encouragement to us as well!! It's great to know this can be done...YAY HIP HIP HURRAH!!

    Maybe someday I can come visit you you're just over the pond from the majority of my relatives in Holland who I haven't seen since 2000 Come to think of it - we haven't seen Anael here in a while... must send her a PM.

    btw - you are not allowed to leave us altogether now that you have finished your blocks [not finished til that baby is fully quilted anyway] and would certainly love a signature block from you. I will get some PM's out shortly to see who will be interested in joining.

    CONGRATS!!!
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    Hello, Dotty! Thank you very much for your lovely comment!
    I'm happy dance for you! : D I can't believe it! You already have everything! OMG!
    I'm dying to see your photos! Please upload them when possible!Hopefully not leave us alone who are so backward... like me! Lol! : (
    Be happy and celebrate with joy! You have it deserved!
    A giant hug!

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    Here's Week 68.

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    K-5 gave me fits, but only because I had it mostly put together when I realized I'd gotten the background and main fabrics reversed in the little appliqued diamonds, so I redid that part of it.

    Congratulations, Dotty! Have you decided how you're going to quilt it yet? I remember you have the same issues as I do with handquilting. I've tried the "stab" stitch, but it looks awful on the back. I also tried FMQ on some extra blocks, but that's got its own issues -- these blocks really don't lend themselves to much continuous quilting.

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    katybob, what is FMQ??
    Gus
    [I know, you'll tell me and I'll say....duhhhh]

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    ok... I look again!!! LOL I'll just leave it there to give you a laugh free-motion quilting.....duhhhhhhh
    HeHEHE!!

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    Congratulations, Dotty!! You're an inspiration to keep going. Yes, please keep us posted - I'd love to be able to continue following as you quilt DJ.

    Here is K-4 Thea's Turn. I didn't realize I used the wrong fabric on the outer corners until I went to trim it up. I'm 'ok' with it, however, and won't re-do it. I kind of like it the way it is.
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    I hope I'm not annoying everyone by posting each block individually instead of all for the week. I just get too excited to wait until I've completed them all.

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