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    Lesley, you are so sweet and helpful. Thanks.

    Hugs,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    Sew Extreme try Equilter.com for Kona fabrics, they have a great range at 4.95$. Living in Spain I get nearly all my fabrics from them they have a really good service and good quality fabric. Check them out.

    I am waiting on some Lemon background fabric from them. I also have some lovely batiks so may use them still dithering my do an all different blues on the lemon that could work too.

    I tried to get the gold cording for the embroidery area but they were sold out. Its very fine and I will couch it when I get my hands on it.

    Elle
    How thick did you want your gold cording Elle? I found a site that has two different types, but they are both about size 5 crochet cotton - of course, if you are going to couch them down, you could always double it if you wanted it thicker.

    http://www.purplelindacrafts.co.uk/c...-yarn-36-c.asp

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    Its so great to see more people planning to work along with us and Lesley...yes...doing some samples closer to the time is a great idea! I know I would love to do needle turn, but mine just never seems to work quite right. I've been more successful using either freezer paper or even the back basting that I learned with the Jane.

    BarbaraJane, I'm so happy that you like my Chocolate Jane! Thanks! I'm quilting it now so it is in the final stages and I have to say I love it...even if I do say so myself! :oops: :D: We'd love to know that you were following along on this thread and could pop in from time to time with some good tips/pointers.

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    I will get the book and get ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Quote Originally Posted by candi
    Lesley, your idea sounds terrify ! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my book.

    Ok, I actually have to google couching as I don't even know what that is. :oops: you all can have a chuckle...
    Don't start worrying too soon Candi, I promise to provide lots of pics of different techniques well before we actually start, so you can try out and practice different ones to help you decide exactly what you will use on your own quilt. Couching is a method of laying a (usually thicker) thread on the surface, holding it down either with small hand stitches or with a small zig zag on the machine. I will do pics of both a bit later on.
    Lacelady: Thank you!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Ok, maybe because it is a crazy hour of the morning (4:30am) but I am intrigued and scared at the same time. I want to try doing this but if you knew me, you would know it is out of my comfort zone, truly... LOL!

    I will order my book and try a block to kinow for sure. My motto in the past (as early as yesterday) has been "I don't do needle turn applique". But, Leslie, your idea of enlarging the block sounds like it might be doable for me. Leslie, are you saying that you are doing hand embroidery? I love to do hand embroidery but also sort of a novice at that also.

    Will you all really hold my hand through all of this to the very end if I take the plunge? :shock: :shock: :shock:
    Welcome to the group! You can do needle turn if you want to or use machine applique. Lesley will be giving all sorts tutes along the way for needle turn applique.

    Leaving our comfort zones is the way we learn new & exciting things. Way back in the begining (before dirt was named), everything I did was by hand because that was what we did. Gradually, I started using my machine more & more. Now, I love my machine & try to find ways to make her sing new songs. You don't need to jump completely out of your comfort zone, but maybe stick a toe out first, then another toe. Pretty soon the whole foot is out there & you're dancing a new dance!

    With the help of all these ladies, you can do it - I know you can!!!

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    Welcome to SewExtreme (Linda), wilhelmina Meredith), sunrise450 (Phyllis), crochetetc, trish b, & Carsey!

    This is going to be sew much fun!

    Kathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltswithConvicts
    Welcome to SewExtreme (Linda), wilhelmina Meredith), sunrise450 (Phyllis), crochetetc, trish b, & Carsey!

    This is going to be sew much fun!

    Kathy
    Thank you Kathy for your warm welcome. I ordered my book so it will be on its way shortly and I am so encouraged by everyone on here.

    I guess wanting to do this project makes me realize how many things I have only begun to do and haven't really mastered anyone part yet. I have an embroidery machine but still in novice stage. However, that is an improvement as I used to be stuck in scared stiff stage. So, Kathy, will that count as one toe in??? :oops: Who knows maybe we will all come out expert... ahhh, well maybe... experienced.

    There is such an international flavor on this thread. How cool that is!! :-D

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    This is a cool group, for sure - I'm actually freezing right now - it's a whopping 5° right now with a windchill of -6°. We are down in the SE corner of New Mexico & it just doesn't get this cold - usually. Really into breaking records today & tomorrow.

    Seriously, these ladies are the greatest for a support network. I know you're in good hands with All-Sta--, uh, ahem - all these gals!

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    Yep I second that the support is absoultely great, I for one would never have got so far along with my Dear Jane project as I have (now quilting row 11 - 7 done).

    Anyway what I wanted to show you all is my new delivery of my block fabric. Different colourway so something for you all to think about. I don´t like sewing on black fabric I find it difficult so here is my choice. This lovely lemon fabric I got from Equilter. Its Kona cotton at 4.95$ a yard and they are super to deal with.

    the batiks I am now planning to use I got as a lovely squishy from a dear friend on the board and they are just gorgeous.
    I think the colours pop on this lemon fabric to. Whatcha think?

    Elle

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    Lesley, thank you for that site, however its not quite thick enough. It will stand up more, its a bit more like a thin cord.

    Someone said that they were using iron on silk ribbon and it takes quite a lot. Think it was Gai. Question Gai, how much in yds or metres does a block take please. Just a guesstamate will do.

    Elle

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    Ooohhhh Elle, it came! Your lemon is yummy. I love the slant towards the purple/red family with the batiks. I guess you changed your mind from the blues..well, a girl is allowed to do that! I think your choice will really really pop!

    I'm still leaning towards the autumal colors on the dark olive but haven't been to the other LQS where I want to look. I hope to make it there in the next couple of weeks. Since I'm still quilting on Jane..I'm in no hurry

    Kathy, I agree...I'd have NEVER made it through Jane without the help and support of this group of ladies...so come on girls (and boys)..if you are wavering, take heart...we'll all be learing together!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Ooohhhh Elle, it came! Your lemon is yummy. I love the slant towards the purple/red family with the batiks. I guess you changed your mind from the blues..well, a girl is allowed to do that! I think your choice will really really pop!

    I'm still leaning towards the autumal colors on the dark olive but haven't been to the other LQS where I want to look. I hope to make it there in the next couple of weeks. Since I'm still quilting on Jane..I'm in no hurry

    Kathy, I agree...I'd have NEVER made it through Jane without the help and support of this group of ladies...so come on girls (and boys)..if you are wavering, take heart...we'll all be learing together!
    Never underestimate the power of speech (via the quilting board) LOL.

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    Elle, I love your colors, your quilt will be stunning!!! :thumbup:

    Patti, your colors sound wonderful too. Girlie, are you a redhead?

    Does anybody remember the book about chosing your season, four general groups of colors; based on your skin tone and hair color? I'm a Spring, (pastels, creams, navy) the colors were supposed to be the colors that would look best with your skin tone and hair color. Generally, redheads were Autumn, all colors of Autumn. Long time ago...

    I will chime in on the value of support this board offers, it is the part that can carry you through to finish a quilt! I printed lots of information on the Jane Stickle quilt 5 years ago, and would look at it from time to time and think "I would like to make this quilt-someday." Then I found the sew along, and my quilt top is finished, I'm not sure I could/would have finished on my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltswithConvicts
    Welcome to SewExtreme (Linda), wilhelmina Meredith), sunrise450 (Phyllis), crochetetc, trish b, & Carsey!

    This is going to be sew much fun!

    Kathy
    Thank you for the welcome! I just checked with Amazon and my book is on it's way. Am getting really excited about this quilt.This is what I needed, something to look forward to!
    I have done very little applique so this will be, to me, a new experience.
    Phyllis

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilhelmina
    Elle, I love your colors, your quilt will be stunning!!! :thumbup:

    Patti, your colors sound wonderful too. Girlie, are you a redhead?

    Does anybody remember the book about chosing your season, four general groups of colors; based on your skin tone and hair color? I'm a Spring, (pastels, creams, navy) the colors were supposed to be the colors that would look best with your skin tone and hair color. Generally, redheads were Autumn, all colors of Autumn. Long time ago...

    I will chime in on the value of support this board offers, it is the part that can carry you through to finish a quilt! I printed lots of information on the Jane Stickle quilt 5 years ago, and would look at it from time to time and think "I would like to make this quilt-someday." Then I found the sew along, and my quilt top is finished, I'm not sure I could/would have finished on my own.
    I had that book, and I am most definitely an autumn! Maybe that explains why I'm making my Penny Haren quilt in autumn colored batiks and am planning the same color scheme for this one! I just love those autumn colors.

    Amazon is to deliver my AOTH book today and I can't wait to get it and really start planning....

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    Elle, I really like your fabric choices there. I think it will make one dangerously beautiful quilt.

    I am also leaning towards fall colors, they are my favorite (not a redhead though,lol), although I am considering a possible yellow or gold background, or a green background, need to keep thinking about that, good I still have plenty of time. I actually would have loved to do the black and brights, but it is not my hubby's favorite color combination, so I won't use it for this big quilt.

    Yay! My book should be on it's way.

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    Elle, I love your color choices. Beautiful!

    My book is ordered but not arrived. Glad to learn it has a discussion of colors. I am a winter so it will be interesting to see what the author suggests.

    However, my DH is red/green color blind so I always consider what looks good to him. He did look at the two with the black backgrounds and thought it would look good for him. I also know that his world is mostly shades of blue and yellow. So, Elle, even your choices would look good for him. Hmmm.... lots to consider when the book gets here!!!

    You all are so wonderful. :-D

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    Oh, goody, several books are on the way. I will be interested to see what you all think once your copy has arrived. The important thing is not to panic, if you feel overwhelmed with the applique, and haven't done much of it up to now.

    This is what the board is all about, getting you to think a bit outside the box and try somthing that will stretch you a little bit.

    I know I felt this way when I started DJ, it was almost fear and tredipation - I hadn't ever contemplated something so complicated. I was lucky in that I had done hand applique, but I hadn't ever done any paper piecing, so that was new to me. I hadn't ever done a scalloped edge, nor used any kind of Quilt as you Go.

    After I finish the block I am working on, I intend to start organising some help for you all by way of lots of pics, so fret not, there will be help here for you to realise this quilt.

    BTW, I didn't have a colour book, but I did go for a consultation with a colour consultant. I went with three friends, and we all ended up as a different season. Mine was summer - all the Sweet Pea colours, and lots of blues, purples, plums, aubergines, no orange, brown and only one yellow.

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    Thanks for all the lovely comments I am glad you like the colour choices. I think its good to see others choices as you really don´t have to stick to the colours in the book.

    Remember its your quilt so you choose. I may do this on point as well so that will be different and something others might want to copy

    We have all made great friends whilst doing the Dear Jane quilt and its nice to no everyones first names, so thank you Sew Extreme and everyone else but I would love to know your first names please.

    Elle

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    Certainly, Elle, I am Linda! I agree completely that it helps to see others' color ways.

    I just learned that of the 4 items I ordered from Amazon, the 3 I didn't need are on their way and the ONE book I wanted will be here in mid February. Guess which one that is? Well, I must admit that I have a few swaps I need to get done by the end of February anyway, so I will be busy.

    Thinking and actually working outside of the box is how I learn so thanks Leslie and everyone else, encouragement helps and there seems to be a great wealth of it here. :-D

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    I have had second thoughts about using a black background. It's true, black is very hard to see when sewing. I wonder if a black on black or a navy would work just as well.
    I have had another thought. I am super slow and since I am 74, I don't see me picking up speed! My book will be here in a couple of days and when it gets here and I have done enough drooling, I think I will start cutting and set up the blocks in little kits. I have other things that I can do in order to practice my applique.
    I have done applique before, it's been around 10-12 years. Hopefully it is like riding a bike, it will all come back!
    I am so happy this thread has started, I love the fabric that has been shown, it is all so beautiful!
    Phyllis

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    Phyllis, I thought the black might be hard to work with, but I have discovered that I'm not having a problem at all, because it is the applique pieces that you have to look at. If you were machining round with satin stitch, for instance, you would be watching the edge of the applique fabric, not the black.
    If you are needleturning, same thing, the tiny stitches you will be taking are all in the coloured fabric, and the black sort of takes care of itself.

    If you are in any doubt, try a small sample - just a 1in square on a 3in square of black would be enough for you to understand what I am trying to get at.

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    I'm a winter - black & white, jewel tones & anything with a "blued" hue, even yellow before it goes over to green.

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    i don't know what season i am but i do know that i can not put certain colors anywhere near my face. i don't look good in reds, yellows or greens. my Mom told me to wear berrys, blues or some pinks.

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