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pdf files for paper piecing

Started by Susan Gatewood/VA. Last reply by Susan Gatewood/VA Mar 3, 2016. 111 Replies

Janet's Blocks

Started by Janet S./ WI. Last reply by Susan Gatewood/VA Nov 23, 2011. 205 Replies

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Comment by Susan Gatewood/VA on January 16, 2009 at 1:04pm
I'm no expert, but I love quilting and I love sharing what I have learned and discovered. I come from a long line of ladies involved in all types of needlework. I'm really thrilled that we have a group.
Comment by Carmen / Spain on January 16, 2009 at 12:45pm
What do I think??? I can´t believe how lucky I am to be starting a project with a quilting group leaded by an expert! I've only had occassion to sew on my own, all by myself, so this sounds fantastic! Thank you so much for such a treat!
Comment by Susan Gatewood/VA on January 16, 2009 at 12:40pm
Oh boy! I think we have a group. I'm so glad. There are a couple of things you might want to consider. If you look at the original Dear Jane quilt, you will notice that Jane actually made her quilt in an "Around the World" type pattern. This is a fact that I totally missed when I started my quilt. I guess it really doesn't matter, but I wish I had done it, and by the time I realized it, it was too late, I had already made too many blocks. I have heard that there is a line of fabric now, but that wasn't available when I started. I haven't seen it, but I have seen the quilt made from all types of fabrics, batiks, solids, Some in only two colors, and one of red, white, and blue. So the choice is totally up to you. When it is finished, it is truly a work of art, so use the best fabrics that you are able to. Like I said before, I have used Civil War reproductions and I used a light tan for my background, My favorite tan color, Springmaid;s Paper Bag. And, just like the name, it is about the color a paper bag. But an unbleached muslin would be wonderful, and probably closer to the original quilt. So, let me drag my quilt out of the closet, and look through my book, and we will pick a couple of easy blocks to start on. What do you think? I'm so happy you decided to join me.
Comment by Janet S./ WI on January 16, 2009 at 9:45am
Hi Susan and Carmen !!!
I just ordered the Dear Jane book and the Dear Jane EQ program. So I guess I am committed. I also went to the Dear Jane website. The web address is www.dearjane.com. I bookmarked the site but didn't stay long to browse. I did notice that they have a line of Dear Jane fabric.
Comment by Carmen / Spain on January 16, 2009 at 9:22am
Hi. I´m Carmen, from Spain ... all the way across the Atlantic. I´ve been wanting to make a Dear Jane quilt for years. BOM programs don´t work when you live so far ... postage expenses are just crazy to asume. I have the book but was disappointed that there are really no instructions at all. Susan, if you are going to be kind enough to guide us through this adventure I promise I wont let you stop sewing on your border blocks until you´ve finished your own quilt. I´m afraid you´re really ahead of us, but I´d love to star working on mine. The original quilt with all its colors is beautiful, but I was thinking in making mine in neutrals with just a touch of soft pink and blue here and there. So, Janet, where do we begin?? Love, Carmen
Comment by Janet S./ WI on January 16, 2009 at 8:02am
I accept. Thank you for being my friend. Last week I found a website that offered a Dear Jane BOM. I took a look at the site and seriously considered joining. Thankfully the BOM that started in January of 2009 was full, and I could be put on their waiting list. I added up their figures and it would have cost more than $600 to make that quilt. I"m sure I can do it myself for less than that ! They did offer one thing I might be interested in though -- a Dear Jane CD. The CD includes paper piecing patterns to print out. I don't have EQ or any other quilt designing program yet. I wonder if Amazon has that book. I'll have to investigate that. Maybe they have the CD too.
Comment by Susan Gatewood/VA on January 15, 2009 at 9:21pm
The book is Dear Jane by Brenda Papadakis. I drew each block in EQ and made paper pieced patterns when the block fit that method. I used Civil War fabrics that I collected over a period of years. Some blocks are pieced and some are appliqued. The finished quilt is approximately 70 inches square. The book only gives line drawings, There are really no instructions. Electric Quilt has come out with a Dear Jane program, but I drew mine several years before EQ came out with theirs. One benefit to doing my own drawings was, I REALLY learned how to use Electric Quilt. LOL I do hope you will decide to make one. Just starting this group has given me renewed interest to get mine finished. I'll put a photo of my (so far) as soon as I drag it out of the closet.
Comment by Janet S./ WI on January 15, 2009 at 5:20pm
Hi ! This is Janet from Wisconsin. I have been interested in the Dear Jane quilt for a couple of years now. It looks intimidating. Is there a book or pattern to follow? Are the blocks paper pieced? How do I get started? What fabrics did you use? How large is the quilt when it's finished? Did you hand piece the squares or machine piece? Or are they all appliqued?
I'd like to learn more about the Dear Jane quilt,and maybe start on one this spring.
Comment by Susan Gatewood/VA on January 15, 2009 at 4:45pm
Hi, I have a Dear Jane started and have completed all the squares in the top. All I need to do is finish the border blocks. I was hoping that there would be others out there who would be interested in doing a Dear Jane, or perhaps like me, need encouragement and inspiration to finish. Any takers?

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