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Advice needed to start a Dear Jane quilt

I'm pretty sure I'm going to dive into doing a Dear Jane quilt.  I bought the book from a quilting friend and have started collecting appropriate fabrics.  Need advice:  Do you hand piece the blocks or machine piece?  Do you cut and piece or do you paper piece?  Does paper piecing offer more accuracy ?

Thanks in advance.

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Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 4, 2015 at 1:29pm

I have twice seen replicas of this legendary quilt; one in shades of blue and white.  It is a great challenge and a total delight when you have it done!  Bravo!  Go for it!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 3, 2015 at 4:02pm

No advice here, just encouragement.  What a great project - a true legacy quilt.

Comment by Joan on March 3, 2015 at 7:37am

Sorry, it's called add a quarter inch ruler.

Comment by Joan on March 3, 2015 at 7:32am

Just started exploring paper piecing and yes, you do get accuracy.  I just did a couple bears paw blocks that are dead on.  I'm afraid its a crutch and won't want to go back to traditional piecing now. 

If you can explode the block into rows and cross rows, you can draft out and paper piece.  Or if you can start from a point and add seams that progress to a finished block.   I'm using ordinary quarter inch graph paper and permanent ink 3mm pen to draft out rows and cross rows with 3/4 inch space between for folding.  The first block I tried I did with a printed out foundation and had issues with the printer ink.  It bled when I needed to unglue some pieces.  The only "tools"  I think that are really necessary are the quarter inch ruler or eighth inch ruler for the small blocks you'll be doing, and a  post card for flipping the foundation and fabric to trim.  And graph paper, of course, either to go the whole route as a pattern and the foundation or to graph out your pattern and trace onto a commercial foundation paper.  

Comment by Roxann on March 3, 2015 at 6:56am

I admit I wasn't sure what a Dear Jane quilt was so I googled. Holy smokes you are a brave brave woman! I image searched and so many color combinations! It will be a stunner for sure! Good luck!

Comment by LKC on March 3, 2015 at 5:15am

June, I too want to do more Dear Jane. I went to Aldi this week, they have small project boxes that stack on top of each other, a great boxes to storage the pieces as you hand-travel, machine or paper piece. I have done what ever the block needs. Some are easy on the machine. Others the paper piecing works best, where another hand sewing. I have problems with paper piecing, so for me I then know the block may need the hand sewing method.

Comment by Pat White on March 2, 2015 at 9:50pm
I started my Dear Jane journey last July 2014. I have done 25 squares I find having a day cutting a few squares in readiness for sewing helps also having a cushion to place the square on but by laying the square out on the cushion and do row by row is a good hint. I listened to everything people had to say then found what works best for me. Glad to have others to do this journey with.

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