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Thread: dear jane block size

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    couldn't find the other thread about it

    I think this is interesting:

    On page 61 of the Dear Jane book:

    "The Quilt holds many surprises. In trying to draft the patterns, I kept wondering why some of the blocks looked larger than others, like K-1 and K-2. I now know the truth: your blocks, my dear lady, vary in size from three to five inches" You are certainly a trickster! Did the sizeof youyr block depend upon the amount fabric you had? (I dare not deviate from the 4 1/2" format for Baby Janes. I don't believe today's quilters would be willing to deal with so many sizes.}"


    I thought the blocks looked like they were different sized in the picture of the quilt.

    How many of you were aware that the blocks in the original quilt were of different sizes and that Jane used sashing to "make them work."




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    That's pretty interesting. I did not know that. They all look the same size.

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    yes but most people just use the 4.5 size on all blocks. if you have the software you can make the blocks whatever size you like.

    i've seen jane sampler quilts with 12 inch blocks.

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    I knew it only because, like you, I read the book. I'm interested in the history of Dear Jane, as well as, the quilt itself. Jane Stickle made her amazing quilt without the fancy tools and notions we use today. I think some of the people on the other thread didn't like the book and instead wanted precise patterns to follow, but once they start making the Dear Jane blocks, I'm sure they will find the book very useful.

    Have you made any blocks, yet? I'm finished with Row A and the first couple blocks in Row B. I'm trying to make my blocks as much like Jane's as I can, except for the size. Mine are all going to be 4 1/2" finished.

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    I was looking at them.

    In some cases, I think I will redraft them to look more like the pictures- and to fit the 4.5 inch format.

    Did they have graph paper way back then?

    She might have done some of her designing by folding squares of paper.

    I'm up to page 65 in the book. Most of the straight-line blocks look pretty manageable (so far, anyway).

    Redrawing them does give clues to me on how they might be assembled.

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    I'm redrafting some of mine to look more like the original blocks. The book really helps with that. I find that I use the book more than the software, but I wouldn't want to give up either one. :D

    Have you started any blocks, yet?

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    I would love to see some of the blocks you all have finished!

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    I would love to see some of the blocks you all have finished!
    I don't know how to send pictures, but I'll get my daughter to post pictures of my blocks.


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    Thank you Minda!

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    Do you think the software is worth the $50?

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    Do you think the software is worth the $50?
    Yes, but you won't appreciate the value of the software or the book until you start making your blocks.

    I got my software at Joann's for less than $50 and free shipping. Watch for deals at Joann's.

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    Wow. I learn something new every day here.

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    Hi all, I am on Row I of Dear Jane. Unfortunately, applique is not my strength- although the later ones look better than those in Rows A and B. I am hoping that by the time I finish, I will have learned a new skill. I am making all my blocks 4.5 finished size. I have redrafted some to look more like Jane's, but in some cases they are an original. LOL Thanks for your post. Marylou

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    I just got my Dear Jane book and a ruler for it today. I did not order the software - should I?? Will it help me with the measurements if I don't want to do freezer paper?? I have not yet even chosen my fabrics or what style I want to use.

    I feel like this is going to be one of my "once-in-a-lifetime" quilts and don't want to go wrong on fundamental decisions. I hope it's one that my kids will fight over when I die (and I will direct in my will that it will spend one year in DD's house, next year in DS's house and so forth - I'll get them to share if it's the last thing I do, even from 6 feet under!!).

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    I do not have the software, only the book and the patterns and so far, I have not had any trouble re-creating the quilt. I, too, tried to match the patterns and fabrics. After working on this beast for 5 + years, I would just like to have it finished! LOL

    It has been alot of fun and someday, I hope to have a quilt worthy enough for my bedroom.

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    i don't have the software yet but i won't start my jane until i own it. i just can't stomach the idea of drafting all those blocks - i'd much rather print them out of the computer.

    plus i want to design the quilt before i buy and cut fabric since i won't be using anything like the original jane.

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    I don't have the software either. There are a couple of places on the web where you can find directions. I don't always like them, but it gives me a place to start. Just do a search for Dear Jane. Marylou

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