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Thread: Instead of Dear Jane, how about Dear Me?

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    Senior Member cowpie2's Avatar
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    Instead of Dear Jane, how about Dear Me?

    I'm currently working on a GFG and have almost all of the flowers done. I had cut the fabric for the pathway of a nice cream color. But after much back and forth I've decided it just doesn't speak to me. So now I have about 500 4" squares of cream fabric all cut.

    My next quilt that has been stewing was to do a Dear Jane all hand pieced. I love the variety of blocks. So I was thinking, what if I take my 500 cream squares and use them as the starting point for 500 unique blocks? Picking fabric from my stash of batiks and doing my own version of a Dear Jane? Nice thing is there wouldn't been any guidelines except those I make up myself. I could do piecing, applique, I could do some of Jane's blocks on a smaller scale, some farmers wife blocks, some civil war blocks, maybe make up some myself.

    What do you think? A journey to find all sorts of unique blocks all starting with a cream colored square? Or am I nuts to start something that random?

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    That sounds like it could be really awesome!
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    I would love to see your pictures as you progress, and of course, the final quilt - It sounds phenomenal!
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    That's not random - it's awesome!
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    That sounds like a great solution for 500 4" blocks. Please post progess pictures as you are working on it.

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    I love that idea! Please post pictures of your progress!!

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    Hm. I think Dear Cowpie just doesn't have the same ring to it ....
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    Go for it! Sounds great!
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    Many of the best journeys started that way.

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    Seriously...there are no quilt police...and there are no rules! At least there shouldn't be. I love the abandonness (?) of doing your own thing. Too many times we dance to the beat of somebodyelse's drum. The more I get into quilting, the more I want to create. Have fun and post pictures.

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    It's nuts, it's random and it's awesome! Go for it and please share your journey with us.
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    Actually, why not? I have a book of 500 blocks--all 4". I wondered why I couldn't make them up and make my own sampler quilt.

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    I love the idea!! It could be the beginning of a master piece!!

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    I believe that this is called CREATIVITY!!! Go for it, can't wait to see the end result!
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    I believe some of the best quilts , came from some interesting beginnings. I am excited for you, as this sounds like it will be fabulous.

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    Did you ever do this? I was just at a quilt show and a quilt was on display made with 4 inch blocks from different piecers that had been had been swapped by one quilter. Looked a lot like a Dear Jane

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    If you decide to go ahead with this I think you should create a thread so we can all follow your progress as this is a fantastic idea.

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