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Thread: Journeys with Dear Jane: Baby Janes in the making and complete

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    I started DJ last time...was just a lurker on the thread. Put it aside..way to intense, but now I am tempted to open the "Jane box" again and continue...hmmmmm. But, I must admit, I cheated...bought the software and enlarged the blocks to 6" to save my sanity....

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    I usually love to choose my colors in a quilt I make and have the stash, but the more I looked at DJ the more I was unsure of myself, so I ordered the BOM kit from Quilting on the Square...reproduction and batiks because I could not decide which I wanted. Yes, it will be $$$ spent in the end, but monthly its not too bad. Love the colors they have sent so far, and they are just a phone call away if I need help on what the directions are saying...very helpful and friendly...almost as good as the QB folks! Thought it would encourage me to 'git busy' and not delay action; but other things have to come first. Like DH in giving him attention, love and care...after 48 years its habit forming on daily basis.

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    Wow - lots of people coming back and at least 5 new janiacs on board!!
    janie67, Everyone is welcome to join - pop in - post [in fact we would much rather you share than simply lurk....ahem although lurking is also acceptable Geri B]

    sew4nin - you mentioned looking for prints similar to the original - first remember 'bright and cheery' is good!! check out Judie Rothermel's reproductions by Marcus at your LQS - many stores carried a pkg of 20-25 don't remember if they were 8 or 10" squares of one of her latest lines, all CW repros that would work and the pieces are large enough to finish a block in fact possibly a tri and a block depending on which ones. Other wonderful sites are quilts123.com and http://www.reproductionfabrics.com/l...hp?subcat=1033 - the advantage to the first one is that they have packs of smaller pieces [charms, layers] that will be big enough. The link of the second one will take you directly to a line of fabrics called "crossroads to Texas." This currently is a closeout fabric they are offering at $7/yd - the first fabric listed #TX111M is a collection of prints put together. I have used that particular piece of fabric in 5 DJ blocks!! You will have to fussy cut but 1/2-3/4yd will be enough please don't one person buy all of it SHARE I only bought 1/2 yard and have some left it that I will use in a couple of triangles and possibly in another CW quilt calling for 1" squares [eeek]. The disadvantage of the second site is that you must buy 1/2 yard of each fabric which is great for things you want to use more of elsewhere, but if you want each block to be different, you will spend a fortune and have major leftovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janie67 View Post
    I would love to join your group as I have been thinking about doing the DJ quilt. Can I be included in your group?
    I think anyone can join and with a name like Janie67 you should join the fun!

    I bought some fabric and started mine several years ago. Completed 10 blocks A1-A10 then stopped due to no motivation. Jan.,2014 I had a challenge thru another group to add 10 blocks to a long range project. I added 12 so I now have 22 blocks done with another 8 cut out/or partials, so close to 30. I think this group is exactly what I need to go forward. Looked at schedule and may do some blocks from 2015 so don't lose enthusiasm of starting something "new."

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    I was interrupted often and felt like I was typing for hours.....possibly because I started over an hour ago

    julienm1 - you mentioned rulers - WONDERFUL!!! they are the best for sizing/squaring up everything!! and equally great for auditioning your DJ fabrics for squares and tris
    WARNING [sorry for the large type but critical!] do NOT use these rulers for anything else as you will cut wrong [ask me how I know??] The rulers have a built in 1/4" seam allowance.

    rakerlm - Almost finished with row A? congratulations! there are some tough blocks in that row ...either end!! If you conquer them you will do fine!

    also julienm1 ...and anyone wanting to see some incredible Janes - There was an amazing international exhibit of Baby Janes in Nantes, France to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the original. You will find many Janes here:

    http://fabadashery.blogspot.com/2013...on-nantes.html

    also - you'll find one of my very favorites here.... [not CW, but awe inspiring Kaffe!]
    http://www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com/...dear-jane.html

    Bonnie Hunter made her Jane with 'storm at sea' sashing...
    http://www.quiltville.com/dearjaneatsea.shtml

    you should also check out the Janes on pinterest

    Lots of possibilities - Thanks Brenda Manges Papadakis for making all of them possible!!

    Happy sewing!
    Gus

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    I would like to join as well. I bought the Blue Jane BOM several years ago from Stitchin Heaven, but didn't start it until I took Brenda Papadakis' class at Empty Spools. She is a great teacher and very motivating. However, after the class, life went on and I haven't touched it since. I think I have a name for it, "Jane gives me the blues," since I haven't had a chance to work on her.

    I do want to finish it eventually, so I may end up watching more than doing, but your inspiration and plan sounds fun. I have both the book and the software (but I need to buy a PC laptop for it).

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    Yes caspharm.... ya kinda need a "machine" to make that software useful

    janie67...just took a better look at your avatar....Affairs of the Heart??
    Gus

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    [QUOTE=Cre8tvlwyr;6612790]Yes caspharm.... ya kinda need a "machine" to make that software useful

    Well, I had an old PC, but then we switched to Macs. Macs are not really compatible with the software, so still need the PC laptop. Simulator software wasn't working well with others.

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    Delighted we are up and running. So looking forward to being part of this wonderful group. It is great that we are all at different stages. I am like Sew4nin as regards number of blocks. Also like Geri B I increased my block size to 6". I am doing QAYG (quilt as you go)on the squares. Leaving the quilting on the triangles until the end. Am using Batics left over from other projects. The quilt by Greenfairy was what inspired me to start. Gus a big thank you for what you are doing.
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    Howdy partners in crime! I'm also back for more fun with all of you. I have 24 pink, chocolate and cream blocks done in CW fabrics so just a few more to do.

    Gus, you are awesome! Thanks for taking the lead again. Kudos and hugs.
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    Hi Gus, Please count me in...I have a DJ started but need inspiration.

    Tuckie in Grand Junction, CO

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    HI Gus, count me in!

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    Hi everyone. I am new to this and so far have only the book and one partially pieced trial block done so was delighted to see this thread. Planning the fabric type and color seems a little mind boggling so am interested in hearing about how everyone chose the fabric for their project. Count me in.

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    Gus, thanks for hosting again. As with others, life got in the way [i've moved twice since starting ] i REALLY want to get back into the groove. thanks SO much for the info on the chart... i was so bummed that i had missed out on the original one. i think i was over-volunteering when i first got to my present home, so i'm cutting back on that. i really should dedicate one day a week as DJ day...maybe that will help.

    for those that think they don't need the rulers, it will be difficult without them. that said, if you alter the border triangles size [which i did], i printed out the EQ template and had my local Ace Hardware cut me a custom one... very useful, indeed.

    looking forward to the group support to keep me going
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    caspharm -
    someone else had asked the "Mac" question early on [first 100 posts] in original DJ thread we just closed - I believe there was an answer there. I would also call or email EQ - my DH is totally a PC guy and works with mega systems but the rest of the family much prefers the Mac, so I wouldn't necessarily get a PC just for that if there's another way.

    good luck - and please let us all know if something works
    Gus

    Nancy, Nancy -
    So glad to see you back!! yes I do see you're in another state
    G

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    I know....there's no "shouting" in bold and caps on the QB - but I thought with a title I would get the attention of those interested Several people have asked how to post pictures. You can find the instructions when you go to the "help" near the top of all entries on each page of each thread. However, I do remember having a problem there quite some time ago, haven't looked recently and I tend to be 'wordy' enough that people usually understand my instructions! If there is a problem please let me know...

    POSTING PICTURES:
    As for posting pics - I had such a hard time doing that myself initially. Now I actually take most pictures with my [not so] "smart" phone android, put my email address in the contact slot to "send" messages to or email it to myself from my phone at 30%. From my email I save it to a picture file. I right click on it once it's in the file [can't figure out how to do it directly] and open with microsoft office. When the picture shows, I go up to the top and click on edit picture and you will get a list of stuff on the right, under picture size click on resize. Another section will come up - go to predefined width and size and hit that little arrow - you can choose either of the web sizes will be fine. Hit "ok" at the bottom and then go to the file at the top toolbar on the far left - hold that and go to "save as" and remember to save it in a file whether it be your general picture file or whatever so you can find it to post ---this is the point I give it a DJ name like DJm3, etc. [I can't tell you how often I have forgotten one of these last two steps and it goes into "lala land"... with the missing socks!!]
    Once you have it saved like this you can post real easily - you click on the little box above this 'reply' box in the tool bar above here....to the right of the smiley face and the two worlds just to the left of the filmstrip [with a magnifying glass you can see it actually contains a tree!!] When you do this another box pops up that lets you browse in your computer - choose the file with the picture you resized and click on 'upload'

    This is actually a very quick procedure - in the time I typed this you can upload ten pictures!!

    If you don't have a "smartphone" or a "not so smart phone" you can still follow most of the instructions above once you get your pictures transferred to a picture folder on your computer.
    G

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/qb-help...g-t166655.html
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    Thank you Gus for the new thread and the PM about it. I started my DJ with the last thread and was having fun with it until I started a new job and it got put aside and forgotten. So I am going to get everything out today and see where I'm at. I needed the motivation. Woohoo!

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    I am so excited to read this thread. My girlfriend in Virginia and I have just decided to start our Dear Jane journeys and have been collecting fabric. We also have the book and software.

    Is there a special sign-up to get the posts or do we just watch for them on the QB?

    With Jane as my middle name, I especially want to make her. I'm actually planning to do 2 - one in CW for my great nephew and one in batiks for my great niece.

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    Gus,

    Yes all my blocks, tris and corners are completed. I copies my sheets, some how original not on computer. Most all fabric are repro I used the trip around the world plan. Posting copy of fabrics and the the completed top. Not joined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Gus, thanks for hosting again. ...........i really should dedicate one day a week as DJ day...maybe that will help.........
    looking forward to the group support to keep me going
    I really like your way of thinking... I am going to use both of the above ideas to help me finish my Dear Baby Jane. (I hope).

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    The blocks for the first week on the schedule are A6, A8 and B4.
    First of all, I didn't realize I hadn't saved the pictures for a few of my earlier blocks in 2012, so I had to retake these and my squares are currently safety pinned to a background fabric so I can switch them around in a little while. The second thing you will notice is that the fabrics I used for these blocks [and a couple more] are reproductions of some extra "dull" fabrics typical of the post Civil War era - not anything Jane Stickle would have used!!

    Be sure to post yours! and if you are at another stage of your Baby Jane, post any pictures you would like to share
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    Gus, thanks for resurrecting our past efforts to make progress on our Dear Baby Janes. I'd put mine away for a year and just recently pulled them out and restarted. So it's great to have a thread here to inspire. I have the book but not the software as I'm on a Mac as well. I have benefited greatly from instructions at the ThatQuilt blog.
    jillaine

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    Count me in again. I haven't worked on it in a while, but am approximately halfway through with both the blocks and the tris. Monica, please add me to the "need to PM" list. Thanks!

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    I am glad that you are starting this again. I finished about 30 blocks last time. Maybe I can get another 30 done this time. Slowly but surely it will get done. I did have trouble with the tris.

    Barb
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    Cindy [and others] - I'm not sure I will be sending out another massive PM. I know I never sent you one because you checked in on a regular basis. I will however, notice if you are too "quiet!!" & then I might send you one
    It took about a week to send all the ones I did because I had to send several times daily as the system only allows 5 BCCs at a time [or CCs] and you have to space these out a bit because when I tried to send too many in a row, or send an hour later, the system immediately sent me to the home page. This is how this particular site tries to prevent spammers.... I get it but it is annoying if you want to get an actual message out to a large group and I had 137!!

    If I want to get a message to "all" of you I simply will post it here. I will try the other site to post - it will be under: Community: Groups ...from the home toolbar you are on now near the top. PatriceJ told me how to set it up and I will shortly, but I'm not sure it will work for the purpose I intend - that is, there is nothing else similar with 'rules or hints only.'

    Barb,
    you said you have trouble with the tris... I'm not sure whether you had the Jane rulers? The triangle ruler is invaluable here. You can also trace the outer shape of one of the triangles in the book [& add 1/4" all the way around] onto a piece of template plastic, or have one cut at a hardware store as DottyD suggested [or was it QuiltnNan??]
    This will allow you to "audition" your fabrics and ensure you don't go beyond the seam line.
    Gus

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