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Thread: Dear Jane Stickle 2d Cyber Block Party - January 2012

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    Here is the inspiration for my DJ, from the Green Fairy Quilts blog. It is magnificent!

    http://greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com...dear-jane.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chay
    Here is the inspiration for my DJ, from the Green Fairy Quilts blog. It is magnificent!

    http://greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com...dear-jane.html
    Oh gosh, YES!!! I've been drooling over that one since I first saw it. Judi is the best quilter that I've ever seen! Fantastic!

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    Chay...thanks for the link. All I can say is WOW!

    Sandpat...I'm thinking white on white, light grey's, etc. I think I might actually do it this way.

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    I'm in too. I have the book and the software, finished about 25 blocks and a few triangles. I think I can't do 3 blocks a week but I'll give it a try. Working on Sylvia's Bridal too and going to join the Farmer's Wife Pony Club so lots of large projects!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cre8tvlwyr
    Quote Originally Posted by Annlil
    I am very interested.I actually started a week ago. I am using the book and the tutorials Chay mentioned.

    I will keep an eye on the blog.

    Kind regards
    Anne
    Waar in Nederland woon je??
    So Anael,

    Anne hasn't responded to my question yet :( Do you know many quilters?? I love the work of Jacqueline de Jonge...
    I'm originally from Holland - Den Haag. Moved to the US with my family in 1957 when I was 4. I have dozens of relatives there :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chay
    Here is the inspiration for my DJ, from the Green Fairy Quilts blog. It is magnificent!

    http://greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com...dear-jane.html
    OMG!!! that quilt is gorgeous! makes me re-think the Civil War fabs myself...

    Thanks for sharing Chay :D I've bookmarked her site.

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    I'm in -- three blocks is about all the time I will be able to give to this project. I really don't care how long it takes. I have some quilts that have taken a lot longer because of handwork. My avatar was started 10 years ago at least. I have almose finished the quilting near the center -- the last place and I wanted tiny close outline stitching.

    Mim -- now in WA -- I brought one day of sunshine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cre8tvlwyr
    Quote Originally Posted by Cre8tvlwyr
    Quote Originally Posted by Annlil
    I am very interested.I actually started a week ago. I am using the book and the tutorials Chay mentioned.

    I will keep an eye on the blog.

    Kind regards
    Anne
    Waar in Nederland woon je??
    So Anael,

    Anne hasn't responded to my question yet :( Do you know many quilters?? I love the work of Jacqueline de Jonge...
    I'm originally from Holland - Den Haag. Moved to the US with my family in 1957 when I was 4. I have dozens of relatives there :-D
    That's too bad! Maybe she hasn't seen your question?
    I don't know many quilters, in fact I know only one but I've never seen her. We belong to the same Sylvia Bridal Sampler group. All quilters I know are living in the US LOL
    Do you speak Dutch? My late husband was from Den Haag too! I live in the Eastern part, near the German border.

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    ... We belong to the same Sylvia Bridal Sampler group. All quilters I know are living in the US LOL
    Do you speak Dutch? My late husband was from Den Haag too! I live in the Eastern part, near the German border.[/quote]

    Sylvia's Bridal sampler is an Elm Creek quilt based on Jennifer Chiaverini books right?? As I recall it also has teeny little squares - although nothing is as complex as 'nearly insane!!' [the blocks are larger - 6" - but a few have around 200 pieces]

    I speak Dutch fluently - surprisingly because my dad died in 1967, Mom in 2008, one brother of pancreatic cancer in 2000 and the other one who is 74 doesnt speak Dutch often. My husband is American and two adult kids [and 3 grandsons] wished I had taught them dutch - now I do too - suppose it is never too late. I try to write dutch when communicating with my cousins. They sometimes laugh, but usually are quite proud considering I never had a day of formal Dutch [or otherwise] education. I just think Dutch is spelled pretty much the way it sounds while the English language has so many silent letters and diphthongs.

    I have one cousin in Deventer - used to live in Groningen, a cousin in Eindhoven, a couple near Leidschendam and Rotterdam and distant relatives around Nijmegen. My Dad was one of 17 [who rarely spoke to each other - surname Ruivenkamp] so I'm sure I have many relatives I dont know at all.

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    Oh dear, my MIL had 14 children and miscarried 3 times. Can't imagine what that must have been like!

    Sylvia's Bridal sampler is an Elm Creek quilt indeed, small pieces but Dear Jane is worse. I never tried nearly insane, I've read about it but never seen one. I think it would drive me nuts having to make a 6" block with 200 pieces! Sylvia's blocks are 6" too.

    It's never too late when you really want to learn something. I just started learning French. I learned it in highschool but that was 45 years ago and mostly writing. We hardly practiced speaking. You're right about Dutch spelling, but you don't want to know how many Dutch people don't know how to write proper Dutch :(

    I have relatives all over The Netherlands but we never speak to each other, don't ask why as I don't know.

    I should be sleeping by now, it's 2 am here LOL.

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    After going to the site please count me in on making the quilt. But can you tell me what the Dear Hannah quilt is all about? Is it just more blocks or is there another theme to it. I could not tell from the Dear Jane site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linmid
    After going to the site please count me in on making the quilt. But can you tell me what the Dear Hannah quilt is all about? Is it just more blocks or is there another theme to it. I could not tell from the Dear Jane site.
    this is the info I copied from the EQ site about Dear Hannah:

    "Dear Hannah: In the Style of Jane A. Stickle is the next book in the Dear Jane sampler craze. This charming book, by Brenda Papadakis, includes pieced and appliquéd patterns from the quilt she made for her granddaughter, Hannah. The book shows all of the 144 block patterns as well as 48 border triangles and four corner kites. And in classic Dear Jane style, you can read 28 letters from grandmother to granddaughter."

    so apparently Brenda Papadakis - the author of both books [Dear Jane and Dear Hannah] was so interested in the style of quilting - size of blocks, number of fabrics, applique, etc. that Jane Stickle used to create her quilt, that she designed one for her own granddaughter 'Hannah.' She also wrote the book the same manner as her Dear Jane book - writing letters to her granddaughter. The Dear Hannah quilt has many more applique blocks and is more pictorial than the Dear Jane quilt is.

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    I have rulers, book, software, and a few blocks made up many years ago - never really intended to make the whole quilt, love trying different blocks. Maybe I should jump in and work along with all of you - I'll keep watching!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjnesler
    I have rulers, book, software, and a few blocks made up many years ago - never really intended to make the whole quilt, love trying different blocks. Maybe I should jump in and work along with all of you - I'll keep watching!
    I feel the same way, not really wanting to do a big quilt, & not sure I like the border, lol, but have a done a few blocks & see more I would like to do, so I will be watching too!...

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    I found another wonderful Dear Jane blogspot with tutorials:

    http://thatquilt.blogspot.com/

    lots of fabric ideas here as well...
    I keep contemplating... that Kaffe Fasset DJ on Greenfairy is so breathtakingly beautiful! eh! the Civil War was over a long time ago, right?

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    I'm in. I've been working on one the last few months and have 70-something blocks finished, although a lot of those are going to be do-overs. My needle-turned melons leave a lot to be desired! I don't think I could have done any of it without Anina's thatquilt blog. I'm using Civil War fabrics for this one, but I saw one made with pastels on this site that I really loved that I might do this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katybob
    I'm in. I've been working on one the last few months and have 70-something blocks finished, although a lot of those are going to be do-overs. My needle-turned melons leave a lot to be desired! I don't think I could have done any of it without Anina's thatquilt blog. I'm using Civil War fabrics for this one, but I saw one made with pastels on this site that I really loved that I might do this time.
    katy....don't do over any blocks until you finish them all....you'll find that many of them will play together nicely and don't need anything....and the others, well, I kept all mine as they were originally done. I think it tells a pretty cool story of my learning curve on the quilt!

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    I totally agree with Sandpat, Katy! And the other thing is - it is so amazing how much quilting can do not only to enhance [but sometimes camouflage!] There are so many blocks, you are the only one who will notice what you don't like :wink:

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    I won't redo any til I'm finished, but I did decide that F-6 looked pretty good without the center applique!

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    I have put both the book and the softwaare on my Christmas wish list. I'd very much like to work on this quilt with the group!! I'm not so sure about the pace you've talked about, but I can try...

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    I'm going to try so count me in for now!

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    I've been looking at the Dear Jane for about a month now. When I found her I immediately started collecting fabrics and told my hubby I want the software / book / rulers, for Christmas. This group will fit perfectly with my time frame. I'm in no hurry to finish but doing it with a group will help prevent my DJane from becoming a lost project. AND NOW I've had some inspiration concerning my DJane... I acquired my 85 yrold MotherInLaw's fabric stash to make her children and grandchildren quilts from her. I will use her stash to make my hubby a DearJane and I will name it GrandmaJane... Hubby and daughter liked this idea, but DD asked what will I do with the fabs I've collected .... I guess I can make me one too... however, by the time I finish a second one it may need to be called GreatGrandmaJane... HaHa

    Thank you for starting this! I'm sincerely excited about it!

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    bought the software and made a few blocks before life got in the way. Will try to play along but I don't know if I will keep up. This thing called work keeps getting in the way of play time.

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    Bonny Hunter has loads of ideas for what to do with extra fabric stash! her website is: http://www.quiltville.com

    NoraG and a few others... don't be worried about keeping up with 3 blocks a week. Remember these are only 4 1/2" blocks [eeek??] don't let the small pieces scare you either. There will be lots of support from your friends on the board here. There are also tutorials available online that will help & Brenda P [the creator of the patterns & book author] has wonderful tips on her site. I took part in a dear Jane block swap last winter and was able to sew 12 of a couple of the simpler blocks in just a couple of hours. I did pick a more challenging one to do and was glad a few people dropped out of our swap because I was able to cut back on the number of blocks to sew [but that was still done in less than a week and I was watching two grandchildren full time at the time.]

    The last group had 4-5 scheduled weekly and many were able to keep up. I will look at the other sites that have a schedule and also rework the last list so that we start with only beginner levels and ease into the more difficult ones, keeping some of the easier blocks for later as well.

    You can also decide to do it Jane Stickle's way - totally by hand. [not I] but I do have to share with you that my friend Mary who I am in a mini-quilt group with shared 30 or so of her Dear Jane blocks done totally by hand. The pieces are small enough where it doesn't become an ominous task - but you can relax while watching tv with DH. the finished product of a totally hand done quilt is truly so much softer [not that I will do it!! :roll: ] I love the look of the quilting @ the green fairy blog site & keep going back. There are other uses for my civil war fabrics, right?

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    Cre8tvlwyr thanks for the info. Guess I better get my DJ software and ruler so I'll be ready to start.

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