Monday, December 27, 2010

Dear Jane......

Am I thinking way too far outside my box here? I don't give myself time to quilt as it is... do I really think I'm going to get a Dear Jane done in this lifetime???

I know it is all in my head. If I truly want it I'll do it. I even bought the CD to print off the patterns. Part of my reluctance is that paper-piecing is not one of my favorite things to do. *sigh*

Have any of you made a Dear Jane? Anything that you can share about your experience will be greatly appreciated.

Hugs!

9 comments:

Linda said...

Hi Nancy
I've not made a Dear Jane, but I have started a million little hexagons! My friends all think I'm nuts but as I said, "I never said I'd finish it. It might turn into a placemat." The same with the Dear Jane. You want it so you start it. It's a process. Some days (years) you'll get lots done on it, some years, nothing. You'll just be happy you can play with it! Have a happy new year.
Lurking Linda

Pat said...

OMG, please think twice (maybe 3 times) about this project! Our little retreat group tried the blocks and were almost driven to distraction. Go look at Nancy's blog (Near Philadelphia)http://nancynearphiladelphia.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-2010.html#uds-search-results.

It got so bad that she began calling it "The Farmer's trollop", and much worse.

The problem lies in the directions. I have EQ6, and finally got the Farmer's Wife add-on, and that helped significantly, but it was still tough going. We did it the project as part of an exchange, and many of us just reverted to small blocks taken from Judy Hopkin's books rather than deal with all of the FW's crazy measurements and templates. I ended up giving up all of my blocks to Nancy because I knew I would never make enough in this lifetime to do anything with.

If you decide you still want to do the project, I believe the author of the book has a blog with a "support group". Wine helps as well.

julieQ said...

OH, do it, do it!! I am...it is slow going, but I have learned so much about being precise, and hey, how many simple little quilts do I really need? I want something substantial that I can leave to my son...maybe we can do it together!!! I use the site www.thatquilt.blogspot.com to help me make the blocks, instead of the software....the blocks are fun!!

byneedleandthread said...

I had delusions about finishing one in a year (surprise! did not happen) But it is fun. I need to get back to it. I've got photos on my blog somewhere and some on flickr.

Yvette said...

You can do it!!

I have 2, yes two in my UFO pile that I am getting back to. Join me!

Beth said...

You should go for it! I have heard that the software makes it easier. It is a fab project and you can work on it whenever you can.

Anya said...

Just be prepared....the software has a lot of bugs! I've been working on one for 2 1/2 years -- thankfully, I have a local support group. Good luck and have fun!

Darlene said...

I started Dear Jane this year and have enjoyed the handful of blocks I have made. I joined a group that meets once a month and we set a goal of having 5 blocks completed by each meeting. If you really want to do it, you will find the time and make it happen! One blog posted how she made each of the blocks. Good Luck with her!
http://thatquilt.blogspot.com/

Katie said...

I have the Dear Jane book, I have the software, and I have the fabric. Have I started it? Nope! :-)

Maybe we should work together!