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    does anyone have the Electric Quilt Dear Jane Software?

    do you like it? have you used it to help make a DJ?

    i just got the DJ book from the library and i'm very underwhelmed by the content.

    the book is more like a Day Journal with line drawings - no content on assembly, design, etc.


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    I have it and have used it to do 50+ blocks so far. It makes it much easier than trying to do them from the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorBanaquilts
    I have it and have used it to do 50+ blocks so far. It makes it much easier than trying to do them from the book.
    have you done any of the blocks by paper piecing? i've skimmed thru the book and a vast majority could be tackled this way.

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    Try the dear jane webstie
    www.dearjane.com
    There are several tips/hints on block assembly.
    HTH

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    I am very interested to see what others say, as I have bought the software but haven't had time to try it yet. Thanks for bringing this up.
    Sharon

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    KLUEDESIGNS SAID:

    "i just got the DJ book from the library and i'm very underwhelmed by the content.

    the book is more like a Day Journal with line drawings - no content on assembly, design, etc."

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    Uh-huh

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltwoman
    Try the dear jane webstie
    www.dearjane.com
    There are several tips/hints on block assembly.
    HTH
    i've been to the site too and the tips section is lacking on many levels also. i don't think a DJ has to be this hard its almost as if she doesn't want anyone to make one without having to struggle at every step.

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    The software has hints on making the blocks. and Klue you are correct a lot of the blocks can be paper pieced. The book is good for reference, but the software makes it easier to make each block. I can't imagine making a DJ with out the software.

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    thats what i'm thinking too.

    i going to pick some of the line drawings from the book and paper piece them to see how that goes.

    lucky for me i'm not a novice to paper piecing because the book doesn't help you in any way with a numbering ordering of the fabric pieces.


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    i'm not trying to bash the book its just nothing like i expected.

    if you like reading blogs you'd like the book - its basically the author blog in a book. its a daily journal covering what ever chatter she wants to talk about and she addresses each entry to Jane.

    i was looking for a book that would help me make a DJ quilt and i was just surprised that there isn't one on the market.

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    I just bought Sylvia's Bridal Sampler book with all the patterns and a lot of them look the same. need to check into it more, but they are6" blocks and I think the Dear Jane are only 4", not sure. There are 140 different blocks in this book.

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    according to the book the DJs are 4.5 finished

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    I also have the software, but haven't had much time to play with it yet. Looks like you need some time to go through their examples.

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    they have it at joann's online for under $40.

    does anyone know if you can use the coupons on software - that would be a total score to get it at half off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    does anyone have the Electric Quilt Dear Jane Software?

    do you like it? have you used it to help make a DJ?

    i just got the DJ book from the library and i'm very underwhelmed by the content.

    the book is more like a Day Journal with line drawings - no content on assembly, design, etc.
    Hi Klue: I just bought the software and I feel the same about it as you do the book. It shows fabric sizes need for blocks and 'block tips', but no step by step instruction as to how to piece together. I emailed the company and they responded with what I already knew.

    I am very disappointed and would not purchase this had I known that it was lacking in this information. I was actually thinking about purchasing the book, hoping that assembly instructions would be there. Sounds like I won't be doing that either.....

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    ninnie

    i was just looking at the sylvia book online and its definitely in the same vain as jane.

    is this a historical quilt? i've never heard of this one before now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Mel
    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    does anyone have the Electric Quilt Dear Jane Software?

    do you like it? have you used it to help make a DJ?

    i just got the DJ book from the library and i'm very underwhelmed by the content.

    the book is more like a Day Journal with line drawings - no content on assembly, design, etc.
    Hi Klue: I just bought the software and I feel the same about it as you do the book. It shows fabric sizes need for blocks and 'block tips', but no step by step instruction as to how to piece together. I emailed the company and they responded with what I already knew.

    I am very disappointed and would not purchase this had I known that it was lacking in this information. I was actually thinking about purchasing the book, hoping that assembly instructions would be there. Sounds like I won't be doing that either.....
    thats a shame because unlike a book you can't return opened software.

    i really don't know why the author won't let this stuff out. i guess she just wants everyone to either struggle or take her classes to make one.

    when i start making the blocks i'm going to take photos and put it up on the internet.


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    Klue do you have to have EQ to use this software?

    Here is a review of the software.

    http://www.planetpatchwork.com/DearJane.htm

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    No it is a stand alone software.

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    But with all this talk , maybe I will install it this weekend and see what it is like !?! LOL I only have two projects to finish this weekend :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Klue do you have to have EQ to use this software?

    Here is a review of the software.

    http://www.planetpatchwork.com/DearJane.htm
    thanks for the link to a review

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    if any of you want to do a swap for your DJ software please let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    ninnie

    i was just looking at the sylvia book online and its definitely in the same vain as jane.

    is this a historical quilt? i've never heard of this one before now.


    It began in a fictional work, The Master Quilter, which I believe was the 6th book in the series of The Elm Creek Quilts. I have not read any of the books , ut loved the quilt. the author, Jennifer Chiaverini, She then enlisted the help of 72 of her quilting friends to make the quilt that was in her novel. Now there is a pattern for the quilt.! I don't know much more about it, except there is a online group called . The SBS Offline Quilters! Haven't visited the site yet though.

    I just love the old fashioned look of it and hope to start it this winter, doing as many as I can on the machine and the others by hand. I'm sure it will be a on again, off again project to work n between other things! :wink: The book has 140 blocks and gives both machine and jpaper piecing instructions and templates.

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    Klue, when I went to the Dear Jane site, I found the same as everyone else, which was why i bought the other book. I would love to make a quilt like this, right up my alley. the only thing is the difference in the size of the blocks, It only takes 140 for this one, which is good, however I like the look of the smaller blocks.Oh well, I guess you can't have everything! I have a book of 4" blocks, it has 501 in it and I guess I could use it, but don't like them as well! LOL

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    that quilt is really nice and i'm going to check my library to see if they have it.

    i plan on starting my DJ after the new year and i'm going to make a photo journal of the piecing process.

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