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Thread: Colors for Dear Jane??

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    Well I am thinking of doing the dear jane sew a long in Jan. with everyone and Klue. Don't know if I will finish but may still try. I am stuck though on color choice! I have looked at so many beautiful pics of different dear janes and am trying to decide the colors for mine. I was thinking Black and White or scrappy.

    Ok the question is what color will you be doing?????

    (I did see a few posts of material and saw some beautiful reds)

    :?: :D

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    Star - I did a post a while back with my DJ fabrics. I'll look for it and give you a connection to the thread.

    I have one warning on B/W quilts. I'm making one now, so it's not coming from a "bad" place...b/w quilts are very pretty, but much more difficult to make than you would ever imagine. Perhaps you are experienced, and this is not something you don't know. Sorry in advance if it is. Anyway, it is very easy for many of the whites to come out grey and washed out looking. Also, unless you know what you are doing, it's very easy to end up with just a bunch of b/w and little to unify what you are doing. Take a close look at a really well done b/w and it's way more going into than most of us put into other fabric choices.

    So, that's my warning. I would hate to have you do a B/W quilt on something as challenging and time intensive as the DJ and end up with a quilt that is not spectacular...

    I hope this doesn't sound like I know how to make perfect B/W quilts, because I don't. I am learning this lesson right now on my NY Beauty quilt and it's a good lesson. I wouldn't want to learn it on my DJ!!

    okay,found my original thread: http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/23502.page

    My colors are browns, reds/salmons/corals/cream/turquioise - hard to describe, except I know it when I see it!

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    Thanx for the info!! I don't want to mess this project up any more than I already will!! I was kind of wonderinag about that also, as I am doing a lap quilt for x-mas, b&w pinwheels but my white has sparkles and I am prewashing, do you think this will also be a problem??

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    I honestly have to say that I have no idea...I'm still working on my first B/W!!! I am doing a class and actually went to the instructor's house one day. She showed me samples of various b/w quilts to demonstrate how easy it is to lose the effect you want, and to end up with basically a quilt that is black and white, and not at all interesting! I had no idea until she told me and showed me!!!

    Hey, just saw you and your familiy on the show your face thread - so beautiful!!! Your kids look great - dig your son's mohawk. My son gets them periodically, but the hairdresser cuts "Fo-hawks" so that if he doesn't spike it you can't really tell!

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    My colors are pretty much like the original DJ because I'm using civil war reproductions. My backgrounds are all white on muslin, and I got enough of one white on muslin for sashing.

    I agree with esqmommy, I'm not sure this is the quilt to use black & white. I've seen a version where it is blue & white and it just didn't seem the same. The different colors make it look more complex, IMHO.

    Another consideration is the size of the print, since these are such little blocks even a medium size print can get lost. Some of the pieces are only a 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size, so little of fabric shows.

    Hope this helped

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    Star - I'm in the same boat - can't decide on a color scheme. I'm quite sure it will be scrappy, but would like something to unify it, and at least need to decide on what kind of background(s) to use.

    eqsmommy - thank you for the heads-up on making b/w quilts. I think that was valuable advice, and I'll look at those quilts in another light from now on. I do like the fabrics you chose for the DJ.

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    Thanx NorBanaquilts- I have also thought of using the repro fabrics to stay in the theme, but of course that means ALL new fabric to buy, which really isn't a bad thing :twisted: Guess I will have to just go looking at the fabric store!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    I have lots, we could trade.

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    I am useing up my stash.. I can't think of a better way to get rid of some fabrics than this undertakeing. Plus it really needs to be cleaned out.... I have just moved and mercyyyy do I have ALOT of fabric!

    So scrappy it is!

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    I am using all Civil War repros. I got 4 different bundles, #9, #10, #11, and #12, on eBay from seller 40yearhoarder (pretty sure that is the name). They are 9"x11" pieces of 50 fabrics in each bundle that have been specifically selected for a DJ quilt.

    Lazy... sure. I just want to make the quilt and not agonize over every fabric. :lol:


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    here's a pic of a very popular B&W jane. i think this was so successful because there's print and tons of value throughout the quilt.

    if you want to do B&W i would search the web for many pics of this style, find the one that speaks to you, and then try to match the values as best as you can.


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cathi/1206600648/

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    here's one of my favorite scrappy jane's done with more contemporary fabrics

    http://carolinapatchworks.com/blog/c...by-jane-quilt/

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    i'm doing my Jane in red, white, and indigo

    i'm using the Gallery In Red line by Marcus.

    i think the unique thing about the jane i'm making is not my color selection, americana isn't unique, but its layout.

    here's a pic of the layout i'm using.


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    Thanx Klue, those pics you posted happen to be two of my favorites that I have looked at :mrgreen: they maybe causeing part of the decision making problem. :wink:

    Your layout looks great! Have you done any B&W for clients?? do you know of any problem with the loss of color?

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    Thats an idea NorBanaquilts :-) :?: Thanx for the offer I will have to decide what I want to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    I am using all Civil War repros. I got 4 different bundles, #9, #10, #11, and #12, on eBay from seller 40yearhoarder (pretty sure that is the name). They are 9"x11" pieces of 50 fabrics in each bundle that have been specifically selected for a DJ quilt.

    Lazy... sure. I just want to make the quilt and not agonize over every fabric. :lol:
    Lazy?? I think not this is a BIG project! that sounds like helping yourself out! I was thinking of buying fat quarter bundles.

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    Is there another thread for the one starting in january?

    I've been thinking about it, but now I can't find the messages describing what's happening.

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    BlueChicken

    Klue will be starting the thread for the sew along towards the end of october. so don't worry you didn't miss it, I just NEED to decide before the last minute!

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    lol

    Thanks, thought I was going mad for a minute... again! :-)

    I have been thinking about doing the blocks scrappy, from bits of other quilts that I've made. So it would be kind of a fabric record of my quilting life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    lol

    Thanks, thought I was going mad for a minute... again! :-)

    I have been thinking about doing the blocks scrappy, from bits of other quilts that I've made. So it would be kind of a fabric record of my quilting life.
    Blue -That's an awesome idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    lol

    Thanks, thought I was going mad for a minute... again! :-)

    I have been thinking about doing the blocks scrappy, from bits of other quilts that I've made. So it would be kind of a fabric record of my quilting life.
    i think thats a brilliant idea and very in the spirit of the original jane. i'm sure she didn't run out and buy all new fabric to make her quilt since it was during the civil war - i would imagine money and fabric were tight.

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    I'm not really a "scrappy" kind of person, I do like everything to be perfect. But in my scrap drawer I have little bits that I pull out every now and then and they make me smile, I remember the quilt I made with that fabric and how good it looked, etc.

    And I do like all the colours in the original DJ. :-)

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    well i also took DH's opinion into consideration as I want this to be on our bed. when he got home today I brought him over to the computer to see a few pic's, the original and Klues pics. He said I should do scrappy, mainly to use up what I got but he also liked the story behind the original and how she used what she had and how they were all different pieces that came together so nicely :mrgreen: I think I am leaning towards scrappy.

    I also think that if I do scrappy that I will not be disappointed if I mess up and have to toss a square or two( or More).

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    excellent!

    doesn't it feel good to have the fabric/style settled upon. i really think its the hardest decision to make because how many full jane quilts will we be making in our lives.

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    I just ordered the book from amazon.com-- it's no longer in stock at Barnes and Noble. Since I have so many quilts in the WIP stage, I may just hunt clearance sales for the background fabric and collect scraps from my other quilts for now.

    It will be fun to follow along with the participants in 2010 using the book as a reference, and join in when I have whittled down my WIP.

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