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Thread: Dear Jane Christmas Block Swap - Closed

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    There has been some interest in doing a Dear Jane Block Swap before the big Dear Jane Sew Along in Jan/2010.

    so here's the guidelines for the Dear Jane Christmas Block Swap

    the Theme is Christmas so the colors are RED, GREEN, GOLD, and OFF WHITE/CREAM (any neutral white except true bright white).

    this can be solid, tone on tone, blenders, or pattern fabrics - just go for that christmas kinda feel.

    if you do not have access to the book or software check with your library to see if they have a copy.

    if not, please let me know which block you would like to do and i'll find you directions on how to make it (either from a website or i will prepare the directions for you).

    Please post here which block you will be making so i can keep a running list for the group.

    i've attached a word document of all the beginner and intermediate blocks in the Dear Jane Quilt - you can certainly choose an advance block if you wish but i wanted the more beginner and intermediate people on the forum to be able to be a part of this project.


    the UNFINISHED size is 5.0 inches

    You'll make 18 blocks, all alike and send them to me along with a self addressed, stamped envelope for return postage... what ever it cost to send it to me, it will cost to return your blocks to you...so be sure to put enough postage on your envelope. When you are ready to send them to me, please pm me and I'll give you my address.

    I will send you back one of your blocks and one each of 17 different blocks.

    Please mark EACH ONE of your blocks with a little slip of paper pinned to it or a sticky label with your message board id and if you want to, your real name. It is nice to know who made the blocks in your quilt.
    If you want to make multiple sets, just make sure you have 18 blocks of each pattern. You will receive back as many as you send.

    Mail your blocks to me by Novermber 6, 2009.

    I will mail them back out by November 15, 2009 or as close to that as possible.


    this is the link to the Original Dear Jane Quilt - so you can check it out


    http://www.dearjane.com/






    List of Beginner & Intermediate Dear Jane Blocks

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    Is there a preferred method of assembly? That is, can they be machine pieced, hand-pieced, mixed technique?

    Should the fabrics be washed before cutting?




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    Hi, KLue. I am totally insane. I am. Really. But you have my interest.

    Can these be machine sewn? On the colors, we just choose which ones (or all) of the ones you mentioned?

    Oy! :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Is there a preferred method of assembly? That is, can they be machine pieced, hand-pieced, mixed technique?

    Should the fabrics be washed before cutting?


    yes, please wash all fabric first.

    this should be a mixed technique because some blocks have small set in seams and doing those few stitches by hand might work best.

    so, the rule is all three methods can be used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Hi, KLue. I am totally insane. I am. Really. But you have my interest.

    Can these be machine sewn? On the colors, we just choose which ones (or all) of the ones you mentioned?

    Oy! :shock:
    yes, you can sew your blocks by machine.

    the colors can be up to you. the original jane blocks are 2 colors only but they work just as well using 3 colors.

    the idea is to have fun with the swap and playing with jane so if 3 or 4 fabrics looks nice with your chosen block go for it.

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    Okay. As fun as this sounds, I simply cannot take on another project. I guess I will pass. But I will follow this closely!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Okay. As fun as this sounds, I simply cannot take on another project. I guess I will pass. But I will follow this closely!!!
    You're not chicken are you ducky?!? ;-)

    I love the sound of this.... and besides, who needs to sleep.... or eat, or shower, or clean the house. If I cut these things out, I'll have plenty of time to sew! *falls into heap on floor and twitches*

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    I'll join up. I can't help myself. But since things will be pretty busy for me, I picked a very simple block.

    A6-Uncle Homer

    I'll maybe do a 2nd. Not sure yet.

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    I'm in...I'll do H13 and K12

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Okay. As fun as this sounds, I simply cannot take on another project. I guess I will pass. But I will follow this closely!!!
    You're not chicken are you ducky?!? ;-)

    I love the sound of this.... and besides, who needs to sleep.... or eat, or shower, or clean the house. If I cut these things out, I'll have plenty of time to sew! *falls into heap on floor and twitches*
    OMG, LOLOLOL! I really did laugh out loud with your last comment. I'm wiping away tears. See, it works, doesn't it?

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    Where can I find the Pattern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamela
    Where can I find the Pattern?
    you can see the quilt at http://www.dearjane.com/

    they have some tips and guides on each block on this site. if you don't have the book or software see if you can check the book out from the library (they have line drawings in the book).

    if none of this works for you, please let me know which block you would like to do and i can either find directions online for you or i will make up the directions for you.

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    Hmmm....thinking...thinking......can I? do I dare?.... :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Hmmm....thinking...thinking......can I? do I dare?.... :roll:
    you dare, you dare. you'll be so upset when everyone starts posting their dear jane christmas table runners.


    the blocks are small - its less work than the standard 12 block swaps we do.

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    so far, some of the blocks are pretty easy - don't even need a "store-bought" pattern for some of them

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    Ok, I've never done anything like this and would like to try. I will do I2, assuming I can find the pattern. It looks farely simple, a nine patch set on point. I think I can manage this by the end of October. :) :)

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    Ok kluedesigns I am so nervous but would really like to join this swap. :oops: I have been looking at these dear jane quilts ever since i came across the one I believe you posted with the more modern colors. I only hand quilt and am a beginner but would love to try with your help of course, if thats not too much to ask :wink: I am interested in making D6, it looks like a snowball type block to me. i would need any instructions you can give me.
    Thanx
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    I hate I'm going to pass on this one. I'm going to be gone for two weeks this month and once again I have a very ambitious list of Christmas gifts to get done and in the mail by Dec 1st. :? I will be watching this thread wishing I was in it. Wish me luck on getting the Christmas gifts finished. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    Ok, I've never done anything like this and would like to try. I will do I2, assuming I can find the pattern. It looks farely simple, a nine patch set on point. I think I can manage this by the end of October. :) :)
    which row 12 do you want to do? i need the letter of the row the top row is A and the last row is M.

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    Let me understand this. You need us to do 18 of ONE block, correct? So the person who is choosing 12 would need to understand she would be making a total of 216 blocks?

    so, if I chose to do 2 blocks, I will be sending in a total of 36 blocks, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by STAR
    Ok kluedesigns I am so nervous but would really like to join this swap. :oops: I have been looking at these dear jane quilts ever since i came across the one I believe you posted with the more modern colors. I only hand quilt and am a beginner but would love to try with your help of course, if thats not too much to ask :wink: I am interested in making D6, it looks like a snowball type block to me. i would need any instructions you can give me.
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    send me a PM with you email address and i'll email you the templates to make block D6.

    its a pretty straight forward block and an excellent choice for a beginner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esqmommy
    Let me understand this. You need us to do 18 of ONE block, correct? So the person who is choosing 12 would need to understand she would be making a total of 216 blocks?

    so, if I chose to do 2 blocks, I will be sending in a total of 36 blocks, right?
    yes, your math is correct.

    i think the lady meant she wanted to do block 12 but left out which row its in.

    i don't think there's enough time in this swap to do 12 sets of 18 blocks. :lol:

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    I'm in - D-13 Field of Dreams - I found a web site with directions for all the blocks - I'll post it in a minute - - -

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    www.dearjane.com has a grid labelling the blocks as Klue describes.
    You find the block you want in the picture of the quilt, figure out which row (A-M) and which block (1-13).
    Go to the grid, click on your block and you'll find directions for how to make it.
    If you're lucky, it'll be a 5 inch UNFINISHED block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    Ok, I've never done anything like this and would like to try. I will do I2, assuming I can find the pattern. It looks farely simple, a nine patch set on point. I think I can manage this by the end of October. :) :)
    Klue I think she meant I -2

    can there be duplicate blocks ? I have never done any of the swaps and am afraid mine won't be good enough as a beginner .

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