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    Yes they are smaller JeanieG, I think 4 inches, cause Sylvia's are 6 inches...I am interested in making one of the Quilting on the Square latest blocks as they are rectangles 12 x 14 I think. That would make a big change from the small blocks
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    I did order the DJ. I am in no hurry to start...still want to get some other quilts finished and haven't had a chance to decide what fabrics I will use. We have lots of Civil War fabrics at the shop where I work, so could easily find a variety for all those blocks. Another thought I had was doing something like D_D did with her PC quilt (shades of blue and cream)...I really liked the contrast on that. My book, etc will be here next week, can't wait to look at it.

    Jeannie--If you get the CD, you can choose the size of blocks you want (from what I understood). So you could go bigger.

    Karen--I am with you on trying a new size and even have some FQs I plan to use for the Q on the Sq blocks. I just need to figure out what I want to use for the corners and background. Did you see anywhere on the site how much fabric would be needed for the background? I am sure I can figure out the corners since it is the same amount for each block.

    QE--forgot to say I don't applique (well I have tried very little "raw edge") so may be changing out those blocks or just not making them all! I am wondering what options there are on the CD for alternate blocks to the applique.
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    I expect delivery of my DJ Friday, so will have some answers then. No plans right now of immediately starting it, but might do a square or two. Have the Farmers Scraps and the other one to do plus all the UFOs I would love to finish. Also if I find a CD for Elm Creek Quilts, I will buy them...'cause...just 'cause....

    Trying to finish July MB right now and have it acceptable to my eyes. Also being 'homemaker' today and doing duty that way...doing dishes (they never do themselves)...washing a load of clothes or two...doing some cooking and baking since its cooler today. Figure out how to celebrate the day and SMILE.

    First thing is to enjoy QB PC postings...done!

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    I didn't get the DJ at this time. If we do that as a group, it could last us a l---o---n---g time. There are a lot of blocks. The Aiming for Accuracy that I'm doing now has all different size blocks. I've been using templates almost exclusively and this uses only rotary cutting which I'm going to make myself learn and have it look good. Different things to think about. The new Quilt on the Square is 14x16 which does appeal to me too. I'm saving the patterns. For those if you avoiding applique....there is always a time to learn a new skill. i seems to remember that some if you were the same ones that avoided PP and now use it a lot because you like it so well.

    My DH got a new pickup in 2010 but one of his favorite pastimes is still going through car lots and kicking tires. No chance he will get another one so soon. He still has the one he got about 15 years ago and doesn't drive enough to keep them broke in. The heat broke and sleeping was good last night. Nice that it isn't so humid today. Everyone have a good one!
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    QE twisted my arm, too, so I ordered Dear Jane. I'm not planning on doing it soon, too similar to FWS & PC. I'm ready for a new challenge so DJ will be put aside. I agree with Mirab and GGal, I like the new blocks and the Compass Star blocks on Quilting on the Square and would like to do one of those BOMs. I think DJ is beautiful and a classic; don't know if I could get it done in less than 20 years time LOL.
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    JanRN...I like the compass star blocks but they are 12 inches finished. I really like the new one the Q on the Sq has now which is the 14x16 size. They just posted the fourth block last week.

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    Yes,, GG, I am following your postings of Q the SQ and downloading them into my computer...when to do is not yet...too many other things going on. My latest square in 18 inches that I am doing.

    I also follow the Elm Creek series and would purchase if Electric Quilt or Soft Expressions came up with a CD there. But I dream on as I do the 'necessary' work of the day before I can play.

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    Ggal, I've downloaded the new series from QOTS and like the odd size blocks, too. They look difficult but I was looking at them closely and they break down into doable sections.

    I also have Syvia's Bridal Quilt. I took one look at that and altho it's lovely, I had flashbacks to FWS & PC. Looking forward to a new challenge.

    I've been doing a few Pam Bono blocks and I've run into the same problem with all my blocks. When I use a scant 1/4" seam, the points don't line up. If I use a regular 1/4" seam, the block comes out too small. Anyone else tried these blocks? Anyone else have this problem? I appreciate all your help.
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    I started DJ about 10 years ago and did several blocks and also one of the border triangular ones... this was my first appept at pping and did it with freezer paper that I cut to fit in the printer...I cut the spine off the book and put it in a binder...so that I could print the patterns without any distortions....I've seen a whole quilt done in bright batiks with black throughout....it was very striking.....my fingers were alot straighter and much thinner then.. I don't know if I could do a 4 " block anymore...some of the pieces are tiny!!!!

    I haven't beenable to get online since yesterday morning....

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    MiraB ... So ......... does this mean you and DD will both do DJ with us? Would be so nice to get to have her join in! I think your solution is easy ... Sylvia and her Beau have had a spat, and the wedding plans are on hold. You can set it aside til you know for sure that the wedding is really going to happen! I was thinking of your shoulder and "wait" last night while I was FMQing and working my shoulder into conniptions! Ergonomics probably play apart in your injury, or ease of continuing. Any possibility that you can get an Occupational Therapy assessment to help you figure out how to endure and carry on? Likewise, I'm thinking because of the injury they are not providing any physio in the meantime? or is it possible? I haven't quite got the best ergonomics figured out with my new machine and table yet. I had it sorted out with my old set up, now to work on this one!

    CarrieM ... Great to see you are going to DJ it too! I've pretty much decided on blues with cream or white. Not sure. Of course, that could all change between now and when I start this winter.

    GGal ... yes, I have not given applique a fair chance yet. Now with this, I'll be into it deep ... and if it's too deep, then I'll jump out of that water!! After all I did the two in FWS that were applique!

    JanRN ... do you suppose that GGal was talking to you and me? And to think you bought DJ! We'll be doing it together in the nursing home!

    JeanieG ... yes yes DJ! ... and yes, you can adjust the size.

    QOS ... while a rectangle, they are a hex with the corner pieces to make the rectangle. I really like those patterns, and I would probably wait to add those wings, after I had the blocks made to see what went best with them. I hope we are going to do these as a group! Please? Pretty Please?

    QNSue ... another DJ!

    Honchey ... You should never have told us that you started DJ, way back. I'll forget about that ... and just let you WOW us with your blocks as you post them!
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    I was told that in DJ blocks, you post to her site and you earn certificates to be a 'little jane'....and so on as you finish blocks. And you can make them any size you want, so they don't have to be four inches or six inches. Barbara B. made a DJ for the President of the USA in red, white and blue and gave it to him when her DJ pattern first came out.

    Sorry, Honchey, you are having problems getting on line. Check your security system, it may be at fault. Dd helped me out last night, straightening out the graphics after the Microsoft download that caused the problem.

    Cooler here, but staying inside. Dh was outside when the Mo.Dot Tractor/mower came by mowing the ditches long side of the highway, so he chose to stand in front of the orange lilies in the ditch so the guy would not mow them down. The guy did not, but dh said that he thought the guy was laughing as he mowed his way on. Been enjoying wilted lettuce raised by a good neighbor and given to us. Did not start a grease fire this time.

    Baby keets are happy little guys almost quick enough to catch the flies coming into their area. In the newsletter from the Iowa hatchery, they were selling four week old chicks, mainly female, for $16 or $17 dollars each...ship as few as you wanted to order. Roasting hens are selling for $7 to $8 live on the farm...that's a big difference in price. How times has changed!! During depression days, full grown hog was selling for fifty cents.

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    I just downloaded the last 3 of the 4 blocks of QOS...I really like these blocks ...they are so different...And only one a month!

    I Only did about 9 blocks of the DJ...the freezer paper stuck to the fabric on them....The 4" size are real cute...if I ever do start again I would use batiks with the black thruout...EQ7 had the DJ software on sale....I've learned so much about pping in the last 3 1/2 years it might be easier the second time around....

    So guys what's it going to be and when do we start...Just let me know...

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    Dear Jane official internet site is http://www.dearjane.com

    The choice is between QOS and Der Jane? Wow. Ambitious goal either way.

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    I would really prefer to do the QOS...I don't think I'd last too long doing the DJ..It really is am ambitious endeavor and I know I'll fall by the wayside....
    All of you think about this....we do the QOS and whoever wants to do the DJ can do it on the side and have a show & tell with the progress...who knows??? we might all join in after all the oohs & aahs!!

    We have to wait for all the others to chime in and give their yays or nays!!!

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    Honchey ... I agree with your thoughts. I really like the QOS rectangles ... something totally different than we have been doing. And sure hope that we can do them as a group. I love seeing the different interpretations

    As for DJ, I know for me, it's something that I will not be able to do, unless I am in the right "zone" ... and that will likely come and go. Having the support of the group will mean a lot to me, to continue on, or get back to it!! Certainly I don't want the pressure of deadlines for DJ. Plus, I can see everyone having a different strategy of how to go at the blocks .... i.e. row by row, hopscotching ....... or for me, I'm thinking of starting in the centre and working out, to make it easier to work on my colour scheme (if I go with what I am thinking, right now!)

    Plus ... I know not everyone in this group is wanting to do DJ ... and to me, it's more important to keep this group together!!!


    I've been back at my Out to Pastures. Quilting has been going faster than I thought it might. However, I chickened out on super-fancy stuff and stuck with straight line and stipple/meanders. More certainty on the results. Need more , practice-practice-practice for the fancy-schmancy things!
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    What ever ya'll do I'll follow along & watch from afar. I'm still doin' my PC blocks. But I agree we don't want ta separate, so I'll follow.
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    Which Quilting on the Square BOM are you thinking about doing? The current one, or the one we previously downloaded? I'm on the fence with Dear Jane. It seems so similar to the FWS and PC Quilts. I definitely will not be doing 4" blocks! I like the 8" PC blocks much better than the 6" FWS. I have a 50% off coupon for Joanns that I think can be used on the EQ DJ Software. It does not say software cannot be used on the coupon book that just came out. I'm like dublb, I'll follow along with whatever the rest of the group wants.
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    I agree that DJ is too ambitious an endeavor for me. This is one I'll do a few blocks at a time probably (at my rate) it will take 20 years LOL. Encouragement from the sidelines will help but not force.

    I like the latest blocks from QOS. I think making large different sized blocks will be more interesting and one a month allows us to work on other projects and finish (well maybe) some UFOs.

    Off to work-have a great day, ladies!
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    I too would like to do the QOTS current blocks. I printed yesterday and started measuring pieces...I just need to get an idea of how much fabric I might need to see if the FQs I want to use will work. I *might* have some time in the clubhouse this weekend....if not next week for sure.

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    I too like the current QOS BOM. I've looked at the DJ again and it is sooo ambitious and I agree with Jeanie that it is so similar to the FWS and PC and I still have to work up my bonus blocks and my FWS is languishing and isn't even in rows yet. I will be happy to "review" any and all blocks that DJers make and cheer them on.
    Today I pick blackberries/ red raspberries and make jam. It's better than anything found in the stores.
    Mirabelle....so sad about the medical system. Is there some kind of government control that prohibits having more doctors/hospitals? I do hope that you can nurse your shoulder along and do enough creative quilting to keep your sanity. Having so many hours with no one else in the house, there has to be something fun to do!
    Have a good day everyone!
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    QE--thought I would share this link to a "blue" DJ I came across:http://www.hawkins.dk/dearjane.htm

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    Question? Has anyone done any of the QOTS blocks to "test" the pattern? I'd hate us all to get psyched up for the quilt (which I reeeeeeally like!) and then for us to discover that the patterns are poorly made and do not make perfect, smooth square (hexie!) blocks to size!

    JanRN ... good thought, one a month .... Did I say that? are we sloooowing down, after our heavy two a week PC and FWS commitments? We must be getting old!

    GGal ... you have me drooling over fresh jam. Nothing better! The other day I was eating blackcaps fresh off the canes while visiting a friend. mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

    CarrieM ... thanks for the link. A great quilt. Just wish the pics were larger so we could see the detail. What scares me about doing the assorted blues is will I have enough of each colour and then getting the colour placement right.
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    I signed up for Michele Foster's newletter and face book page and tried to download the 3 blocks in her latest quilt project of different sized blocks..and took a look at what others have done with them. The down load of the three blocks failed, so I selected all and copied them to Microsoft Office word and printed from there. She is a Canadian, Ottawa, Ontario. It is all FREE, and I love that $$$$ amount. Love the project.

    Nothing different than we have already done together, just 'packaged' differently...nothing hard that I can see. Much more quickly done than DJ....latter might be a five to ten year project...or permanent UFO.

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    Finally figured out how to download the first three blocks from her site. She posts new ones every Thursday. There are over 500 people signed up for the current project!!

    It takes about 20 fat quarters if you are careful...fat quarter is one half of a half yard...about 18 inches by 22 inches.

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