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TOPIC: Dear Jane Start-up Jan 2008

First Block 15 Jan 2008 21:36 #11957

Hi all,
I got block A-1 done tonight. I did take Brenda's tip and sewed 4 - 4 patchs then joined them together. It did work out nicely.
A picture of this block is posted at my profile.
Block 2 looks a little more difficult, I think I will wait until tomorrow night to start it.
DogQuilter - I love your Convergance quilt and it does look like fall.
You all need to check out MargaritaW's quilts.... each is very lovely, but my favorite is the Hawaiian.
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15 Jan 2008 14:21 #11939

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Oh my goodness! I just figured out how to put MY blocks in the program on the My Blocks Chart. So excited! It is so worth the many steps to get them in there. It looks so cute to see my quilt grow.

Ok.... I know it is tiny and I have 4/240 ths done!

Joyce


Congratulations!! I haven't worked out the details of how to set my quilt blocks in. I know you are supposed to be able to actually scan them and place them in the grid for your own quilt. The CD is so well worth the expense, no doubt.
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15 Jan 2008 12:21 #11931

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Oh my goodness! I just figured out how to put MY blocks in the program on the My Blocks Chart. So excited! It is so worth the many steps to get them in there. It looks so cute to see my quilt grow.

Ok.... I know it is tiny and I have 4/240 ths done!

Joyce
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15 Jan 2008 08:24 #11917

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Glad there are veteran DJ'ers joining in!

Can anyone help me rearrange T1 from the CD? I am going to use Sarah's instructions.

I have gone in and done the regroup, etc. It immediately goes back to the original and won't let me print my changes.

Other blocks and other triangles I can rearrange.

Does T1 rearrange for you?

Joyce
A1, A2, A4 done :)
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14 Jan 2008 15:47 #11903

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I took out my DJ yesterday. I have the first 8 blocks (A-1to 8) done, and 1 Triangle. #A9 is half done and all cut out and ready to finish.

Margarita in Auburn, CA
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14 Jan 2008 14:29 #11902

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I have blocks A1 & A2 finished.

I emailed Sarah about sashings... is it the background fabs we already have or more later or ?

I found the journal on the CD and will print out some pages. As long as I put the instructions each month (with my added notes) in a binder, I might as well put the journal there too. I already keep a journal in my sewing room so this won't be a new problem.

Love that we have this thread, too! :)

Joyce
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14 Jan 2008 11:49 #11891

Thank you for the tip on mirroring when printing the DJ blocks. So far so smooth with the CD. I don't know how they could possible make it easier for a new Janiac.
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14 Jan 2008 00:09 #11878

There was an online correction from Brenda Papadakis about yardage amounts for background fabric: 8 yards, if hand piecing--15 yards, if machine piecing--20 yards, if paper piecing.
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2008 Janes - How much background 13 Jan 2008 20:32 #11872

Hi all,
I just ordered a Moda mini bolt (10 yards) from Hancocks of Paduach. Actually I ordered two, one white muslin and one natural muslin. I will probably order another once I decide which I like. White might be to bright but could be calmed down with a rince. I do want my background to be all the same fabric. As far as sashing, a friend ued the 'quilt as you go' method doing a row at a time. Maybe more info will arrive with the next kit as we should get the fabrics for the rest of row A. I can look up book titles containing that method if anyone is interested. I also think it was in a magazine sometime in 2007, but I don't remember which magazine or exactly which month. Maybe someone else can remember. Working on Guild Show quilts until my background arrives... See you all, have a good week.
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13 Jan 2008 15:19 #11867

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I just saw on the software CD that if you plan to use a variety of piecing techniques (little bit of everything) you need 15 yds of background.

I thought I had read on the yahoo group you needed to buy a ton of background!

For as much pp as possible they suggest 20 yds. Yikes!

Joyce
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13 Jan 2008 13:48 #11864

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I made A-1 today with scrap fabrics not the kit fabrics. :lol:

I preshrunk a couple yards of freezer paper and have cut it to 8 1/2" x 11". I printed A1 foundations from the CD and noticed they don't automatically reverse it when printing for foundations. hmpf!

I found where to mirror the design and printed it again.

So I used my backwards one for my practice block. I made notes about what size to cut my fabrics.

It took an hour! :lol:

I trimmed all the seams to near 1/8". I pressed the last 3 section seams open.

My block is 1/16" shy of 5". I think the seams that join the sections need to be one hair narrower. :roll:

I'm quite pleased with the whole paper piecing on freezer paper concept! Love it!

I am thinking of using the backgrounds in order, 1 - 5, then repeat the background selection for the remaining blocks and triangles. Argh... they didn't TELL me! :wink:

How are you doing sashing? Mix it up random? Put sashing on one side as you go?

Onward & upward to the real deal!

Joyce
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12 Jan 2008 21:17 #11854

I have been a DJ 'lurker' for quite a while, waiting for my first BOM to arrive. Now that it has I am FREAKED out!! Because I have a Mac I will be tracing the blocks from the book. The fabrics from Stitchin Heaven are lovely, but I am going to make some trial blocks from my stash first.

Like my friend Sister Elsie used to say "If there were 2 doors, one marked "Heaven" and the other marked "Seminar on Heaven" we would go to the seminar. The trial blocks can be made into a baby quilt I need to have ready by the end of May.

Thank goodness there is a lot of info on the web and many pages of great tips for each block and triangle. I will need a lot of help :) I am in over my head. Sally in Torrance
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12 Jan 2008 11:20 #11850

You know, I used freezer paper once to make templates for a quilt. I only used one peice though and ironed onto the fabric, and when I peiced the blocks they did not work out right. I thought something was wrong with my seams or something. Now I know what happened!!! As we say around here I never would have thunk it :lol: Thanks for the tip and I will keep that in mind next time.
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Yippee Fluffball! I'm glad you got on the site and checked in. Great tips and experience w/ freezer paper.

Who'd have thunk it would shrink?

I'll be cutting freezer paper tomorrow and shrinking it before I print if I get a chance. First a big trip to a quilt shop for 3 monthly groups. :D

Thank you!!

Joyce
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