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Thread: Here is my Dear Jane Quilt Progress

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    Senior Member motomom's Avatar
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    Here is my Dear Jane Quilt Progress

    Ok, I finally gave up. My hubby had a bad motorcycle accident and I have been away for a while. When I got back, the entire board has really changed, and I'm confused over all the BOM, contests, etc. I had joined a group to make the DJ early on, but of course with the accident I'm no longer on any kind of schedule.

    But I sure do need the calming effects of the quilt!

    So, I've decided just to start my own thread and keep track of my progress on the quilt.

    My DJ will be made with repro fabrics, and I'm trying to match Jane's fabric selection as much as possible. Sometimes I use the diagram in Brenda's book, and sometimes I don't. I'm stubborn, and I like doing things my own way. More than trying to recreate Jane's quilt, I'm trying to understand what she was thinking when she made it.

    I'm hand piecing the entire quilt. I know, it is crazy. I did say I was stubborn.

    So, here is my first block. More to follow. I'm going to post them in the order I make them, pretty much left to right starting with the top row, with a few triangles thrown in just for jollies.

    A-1, Pinwheel Gone Awry.
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    Does that block look wonky to you? It should. I did my own diagram of the block based on the photograph of the original block in Brenda's book. So, if you think my triangles are off, look at Jane's original block. I think she did it on purpose.
    Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time, and annoys the pig.

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    A-2, One - Two, Buckle My Shoe

    Here is the second block.
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    I like your blocks. look forward to following your progress.
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    A-3, Hunter's Moon

    The third block. I did not follow Brenda's diagram on this one. I extended the lines from the corners of the star and did the seams the same as on Jane's original block. I cut the pieces out of freezer paper and hand pieced, not applique.
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    Here is a group just starting now in January, You might like to follow along with us.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blocks-...ml#post4868101
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    A-4, Courtney's Stethoscope

    On this block, I cut the inner square of background fabric, and appliqued the little strips on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid View Post
    Here is a group just starting now in January, You might like to follow along with us.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blocks-...ml#post4868101
    Thanks, I'll check it out. But I'm old and easily confused. So I may just stick with following my own schedule. I don't know yet!
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    I'm old too but reading thur the posts and seeing what everyone else is doing is inspiring. Plus this might be a good place to post your photos and having everyone enjoy them. Just my thought for you for today. Enjoy the journey!
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Well first my thoughts to you about what you have been through with your husbands accident. It is almost one year to the day that my sisters partner of 10 years had a bad accident on a motorbike also when he and my husband were out riding so I can sympathise with you. He has had a long road to recovery last year and is walking again and being productive but still some months to being pain free. Good luck.
    Very glad you found quilting again to sooth the soul. Keep up the great work and keep posting. I like how you are interpreting this quilt too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria C View Post
    Well first my thoughts to you about what you have been through with your husbands accident. It is almost one year to the day that my sisters partner of 10 years had a bad accident on a motorbike also when he and my husband were out riding so I can sympathise with you. He has had a long road to recovery last year and is walking again and being productive but still some months to being pain free. Good luck.
    Very glad you found quilting again to sooth the soul. Keep up the great work and keep posting. I like how you are interpreting this quilt too.
    Thanks. Hubby's accident was in April, and he is back at work now although moving more slowly. We were lucky.
    Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time, and annoys the pig.

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    I have finally started piecing my dj with reproductions also..and also by hand!! Guess that means we are both a little crazy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by motomom View Post
    Does that block look wonky to you? It should. I did my own diagram of the block based on the photograph of the original block in Brenda's book. So, if you think my triangles are off, look at Jane's original block. I think she did it on purpose.
    So was Jane S the first "liberated" quilter? LOL Am I correct in saying these are 4" blocks? I so admire anyone who sews this quilt. You've got a great start!
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    oh perfection now. they are coming along. better you than me, i've never tried do to the DJ quilt.

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    They all look just like the pattern says they should, great job
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    It will sure be pretty.

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    I am going to be following your progress, because I am just starting a DJ also, and I did join the group that dakotamaid talked about. But following yours, will also help me to figure out how to do some of them. Good luck on it. I love the blocks that you have done so far. They are really pretty.
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    I have wanted to do a Dear Jane quilt but am not brave enough to do it yet!!!!!

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    I have always wanted to do a Dear Jane quilt but have not mustered enough gumption to do it yet!!!!!

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    Hope your husband is doing well!! I also am working on DJ. I started about a year ago. I am going at my own pace and since I like to be different, I am using my own patterns as I go. I like to make blocks that look like blocks I have put into other quilts, I just change the size. I have about 50 blocks done. Will watch as you progress.

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    Good job. Anxious to see it finished.

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    Great job. Looks like a very difficult project.

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    you also might want to check out this site. There are tutorials for each block.

    http://thatquilt.blogspot.com/2009/01/10.html

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    Hope your husband is healing. As a fellow rider I always have an extra understanding when someone is in a motorcycle accedent....


    I love what you have done so far on the dear Jane. I was going to start this one but my book didnt come with a cd so I then decided to do the farmers wife instead. I still love the dear Jane and love to follow any one brave evough to take her on

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    I love your blocks and am anxious to get started on my DJ quilt. I will be doing it in 30's fabs. I am so sorry and saddened about your husbands accident. My husband and now my son are both riders and it seems each year one of the fellas goes down. I pray always that the group arrives home safe, but it doesn't always end that way. Hugs to you. And keep the photos coming, it sure give me encouragement!!!!!

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