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Thread: I almost hesitate to ask.... (Dear Jane)

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    Senior Member Kristin in ME's Avatar
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    ...because I'm pretty sure I'd be getting in right over my head!

    I'm just wondering if there is anyone else out there that is toying with the idea of starting a Dear Jane?

    I'm not ready to jump in quite yet but I was thinking about making a commitment later this fall. Was wondering if there is anyone else that would like to connect and try to keep each other accountable? I'm not looking to plow right through it, was thinking maybe a block a week or something, which I guess puts me on a 4+ year plan... :shock:

    Anyway, just let me know if there's any interest, please! :)

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    I am and I have the book and rulers and looking for a gently used CD Program right now. I haven't decided on the exact color scheme I want to use because everytime I think I have one someone else mentions another and has left me with great thought. No matter what, I plan on starting in January with mine.

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    there is a dear jane site that does have the bow on it. I did mine like that - made it much easier for me. Kept it up after I did the quilt and made placemats ant table runner.

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    Yes, I have the book but not the CD, I really think the CD would make it easier . I wish I would have bought the Farmers wife instead but didn't see it in time Before I bought dear Jane

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    I don't have the Computer Version - my old Mac isn't compatible with that program -

    The book has NO how-to directions - and some of the blocks are definitely "in the manner of" - and not exact duplicates of the way Miss Jane made them.

    The individual blocks are pictured teeny-tiny in the book. The author had a lot of room to have put in larger pictures - I wish she would have put in bigger photos of each block.

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    I'm slowly working on hand piecing one. I only have a few blocks done as of now.

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    I've been thinking about my Jane.

    So far, I have the book.

    And...I have the idea to use fabrics with teeny tiny prints. No color scheme in mind.

    BUT you did just help me justify buying some Kona Cotton! :lol:

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    i have the book and rulers and i'm thinking of starting soon.

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    OK, help me out here. Are you saying there are no directions in the book? And are there special rulers?

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    the book has the individual blocks for copying. to learn how to cut and sew each block go to the web site that quilt. there are instructions for each blocks construction. i can't imagine what kind of rulers other than regular rulers would be required. i'm working on DJ now and as i said don't know what special rulers you would need. you can also go to quilted rascal site by the same gal

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    Here is the link to "That Quilt". I did 6 blocks with their instructions and they worked great. The site don't have the patterns, so you need the book, but it helps a lot. I got bored and turned them into a small wallhanging, but may start again when I am done with school.

    http://thatquilt.blogspot.com/2009/01/1.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristin in ME
    . I'm not looking to plow right through it, was thinking maybe a block a week or something, which I guess puts me on a 4+ year plan... :shock:
    I'm on the 10+ year plan. :mrgreen: So far.

    Oh, just jump in and start. ;-) For some reason, this UFO doesn't weigh on me the way others do. I actually think the finished DJ's are in the minority of all those that have been started over the last decade. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!

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    the rulers i mentioned is actually called dear jane tools. it contains 2 clear templates type things for helping you to cut the squares and triangles. it is by brenda papadakis who authored the book as well. do a search on ebay and you will see them. i don't know that you would have to have them but it may make it easier to do the blocks.

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    Connie and Maria - Thank you, thank you for the web site. I have her book and have been looking at it __BUT did not realize it was paper pieced. I love it -- I am going to definitely start it this week. You both are wonderful!!!!!

    Carole

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    The book is useful if all you want is pictures of the blocks. I found the writing, in which the author "talks" to Jane Stickel, to be rather tedious and silly, but a friend of mine thought it was interesting. I checked the book out of the library and decided I didn't want to buy it. However I did buy the Dear Jane software from EQ. I think it is much more useful than the book. You can experiment with different color schemes, settings, etc. You can print out foundation patterns - do just about anything you do with EQ software in general.

    Some of the blocks are more easily made if they are paper pieced, but others use traditional piecing or applique. There's something for (almost) everyone.

    Now with all that - you would think I had started my DJ quilt. I have not. But I will one of these days...

    Several on this board have made a DJ, and there have been groups making them together. The one that impresses me, because (1) it's absolutely gorgeous and (2) it was made and quilted by hand in less than seven months is the one that lacelady made - here - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-55808-1.htm

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    Well, it sounds like I'll be in good company, if/when I decide to start!

    I am such an enthusiastic starter, the problem is that I get so enthusiastic, quilting would take over my life if I let it. I really need to get homeschooling underway, and get through a few events we have coming up this fall, before I take the plunge.

    Not only that, but I'm stuck on figuring out what color/fabrics I want to use, as silly as that may sound! I'm often a scrappy kind of person, but it might be fun to do something different- but, on the other hand, do I really want to buy a whole lot of little bits of fabric for this- and if so, WHAT?? I've seen the batik Jane's, 30's Janes, rainbow Janes, etc. They're all really lovely but I'm having a hard time settling on what I want to do. I figure if I'm making this big of a commitment, I want to be darn sure I'm going to like what I've made! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabaddict
    there is a dear jane site that does have the bow on it. I did mine like that - made it much easier for me. Kept it up after I did the quilt and made placemats ant table runner.
    I'm not familiar- what is the "bow"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Here is the link to "That Quilt". I did 6 blocks with their instructions and they worked great. The site don't have the patterns, so you need the book, but it helps a lot. I got bored and turned them into a small wallhanging, but may start again when I am done with school.

    http://thatquilt.blogspot.com/2009/01/1.html
    Thanks for the link! Looks very helpful.

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    I haven't started, yet, but if you go to this section of the forum you will get lots of information:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual...jsp?vsnum=1009

    Of the Dear Jane's, that I've seen finished, I am very impressed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristin in ME
    Quote Originally Posted by Fabaddict
    there is a dear jane site that does have the bow on it. I did mine like that - made it much easier for me. Kept it up after I did the quilt and made placemats ant table runner.
    I'm not familiar- what is the "bow"?
    I was wondering about this too.

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