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Thread: Dear Jane blocks

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    I just looked through the book again.

    There are some very easy looking blocks in there.

    And some that look like real stinkers to put together.


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    yes, there's something for everyone in a Dear Jane quilt.

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    some of my local friends have made them but i haven't personally.

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    i've always liked the idea of replicating the "old masters" and reflecting on what their life could have been like and what history was occurring at the time.

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    The thought of replicating her quilt really intrigues me and I think I would really enjoy doing it. I have sooo many projects that I would like to do and I think that to do the Dear Jane...I would have to do them all by hand...just like she did, then I'd have to hand quilt it. Hmmmm...on second thought, maybe I better get started :D

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    better yet -

    why not make up one's own miniature blocks - in the style of???

    the impression I got from the book was that a lot of the blocks in that quilt were "originals"

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    I have been thinking out the Dear Jane blocks. I need more information. :lol:

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    I started my Dear Jane about 2 months ago. I only have row A finished. It's going to take me a looong time. :lol:

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    i don't know if you guys saw this link from yesterday but its a miniature block quilt that has the feel of being a DJ but there's only a few hard blocks


    http://sentimentalstitches.net/free-...midget-blocks/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    I started my Dear Jane about 2 months ago. I only have row A finished. It's going to take me a looong time. :lol:
    i noticed a thread for a dear jane swap that you were involved in about a year ago - how did that go?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i don't know if you guys saw this link from yesterday but its a miniature block quilt that has the feel of being a DJ but there's only a few hard blocks


    http://sentimentalstitches.net/free-...midget-blocks/
    I was just reading some of the comments on the site and it seems the blocks stopped being uploaded not quite half way through, and the woman doing them has disappeared. It must be very frustrating for the people who have been faithfully making the blocks each week.

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    I have been making and storing this quilt for close to 5 years. I am guessing I have 25 blocks left. :shock: Someday, she'll be able to get out of her cubby and be a real quilt.

    Brenda Papadakis, the author of the quilt , used to have a website with helpful tips on some of the blocks. I distinctly remember one with a tiny little star in the middle that is folded rather than sewn. I cannot remember if I did it this way, but the website was helpful. I paper pieced many of the blocks.

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    I agree with you Loretta....I think the journey is really important on this quilt. I might just follow your lead about the basket and tv. I can't stand to sit still and do nothing with my hands, so I always have something going. I guess I better go find the book first...then make sure I have plenty of fabric...it will take a looong time and whatever I pick out will certainly be discontinued before I find out that I don't have enough :roll:

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    I'm invloved in making a DJ at quilt guild and the co-ordinator colour coded tghem into three files - easy, difficult and stinkers. The easy file was of course the most popular but now we've got a few stinkers left to do - then we've got the border blocks which are pieced as well and really acute angles. I think Marcia posted one a while back that her friend made? hats off to anyone who makes one alone - it's a lot of work even as a group project! Just checked my files but I have no pics of any of my blocks - can't imagine why I didn't take any - maybe because they sucked! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i don't know if you guys saw this link from yesterday but its a miniature block quilt that has the feel of being a DJ but there's only a few hard blocks


    http://sentimentalstitches.net/free-...midget-blocks/
    I was just reading some of the comments on the site and it seems the blocks stopped being uploaded not quite half way through, and the woman doing them has disappeared. It must be very frustrating for the people who have been faithfully making the blocks each week.

    all the blocks are up at that site in PDF that you can download - i have them all if they aren't available any longer - just let me know and i'll send them to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    IJust checked my files but I have no pics of any of my blocks - can't imagine why I didn't take any - maybe because they sucked! :lol:

    Betcha 10 fat quarters that's big fat lie! You're just gonna have to go take some pix and let us judge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    IJust checked my files but I have no pics of any of my blocks - can't imagine why I didn't take any - maybe because they sucked! :lol:

    Betcha 10 fat quarters that's big fat lie! You're just gonna have to go take some pix and let us judge!
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    No guild now til September so you'll have to wait! :lol:

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    I started a Dear Jane. I have a "To Go" bag with needles, thread, scissors, pre-cut pieces in baggies labeled for which block it belongs to. When we go on a trip it goes along. I decided to hand piece them. Somewhere down the line I may use the machine to do some too.

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    I could be mistaken, but I do believe "riley" from this board has done a DJ. Was hoping she would hop on and post a pix.

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    its beautiful but i wonder why she didn't do the original border design.

    the ones i've seen that used the same period type fabric always did a literal translation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Here's a company making a Baby Jane-- scroll down http://store.stitchinheaven.com/stor...5&parent_ids=0,6
    Wow... it looks stunning in blue doesn't it! Quite a different effect.

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    some people don't like to do the curved edge because it can ripple.

    the best way is to finish the quilt and then cut in the curves just before you bind it off.

    i've only seen people stray from the original in their fabric selection. i love the 2 tones.

    i've seen them done is black and white and blue and white.

    i've been dwelling on doing it in red and white

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    Red and white would be amazing, more striking than the blue I think, although blue is my favourite colour.


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    Library auction is this week. When I go, I'll see if they have any books ont eh dear jane quilts and check it out. A project for 5 or 6 years, right up my alley :)

    I never thought I'd see myself doing 4 1/2 inch blocks. but this would be quilt for me- never to leave my bed.

    Can't wait to get to the auction- they have book sales and I'm itching to see if there are any quilt books there.

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    I have just started my DJ quilt. But I am doing a 'my version' cz some of those blocks scare the bjeebees out of me. I went to buy the book at my local quilt store and she had just sold the last one. But she did have the EQ version of it. So I bought it. Still learning how to use it. But unless I have missed something, it doesn't tell you HOW to piece each block. Just patterns/templates and sizes. I desperately want to learn how to paper piece - just gonna have to bite the bullet I guess....

    Does anybody out there have this EQ program?

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