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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Why I chose to make a Dear Jane - From the DJ forum - dated 1st June 2007

I wrote this thread, in the DJ forum, on the 1st of June 2007. Located it and decided to post it on my blog. Hope you enjoy reading it. *grin*


Okay, waaaay back in the winter of 2004/2005 (unsure when), I was bored and
surfing the net for quilt patterns. You know what it's like... Click here,
click there?... Can't remember where you first starting clicking, but all of
a sudden, I stumbled across the main Dear Jane Web Site.

225 DIFFERENT - 4.5" X 4.5" - blocks?!??.... A total of 5602 PIECES?!?!? I
remember, at the time, thinking, "These gals are REALLY nuts!!!". Read a bit
more, still chuckling to myself, and then "clicked" myself off to another
page. I think I even went to bed, that night, still giggling to myself,
thinking of those blocks!! LOL

May 2005, once more, I was "clicking" here and there and stumbled across
some quilts, made by some Janiacs. I remembered thinking, "Oh yah. That's
the quilt that a few nutbars made, out there." LOL

Anyhow, THIS time my interest was tweaked. "Hmmmm.... What DOES this book
and it's patterns look like, ANYHOW?!?"

Well, I spent about 1 solid month (evenings), surfing the web and trying to
find SOMEWHERE... Where SOMEONE would have posted pics of the INSIDE of that
book. Would you believe, Brenda P... You have a VERY loyal group of
people?!? *grin*

Couldn't locate ANYTHING... Mind you, now I understand - but at the time, I
was getting rather frustrated.

Anyhow, by then, I was at my witts' end. I had downloaded Brenda's
instruction and tried A-1 (see my DJ Blooper Page).

DH was getting frustrated with MY mutterings on, every evening. "Is it the
book that you want?!?!", he asked. "I'll get you the darn book!!!!"

At that point, I remember staring in his eyes - you know the
"deer-in-the-headlight" look?

"Aaaah.. Okay. Gee, that's nice of you." And I never told him, but I did
"gulp", thinking "Gosh. That means I really have to DO this quilt, now.
He'd never let me live if down, if I never finish it."

Who knows? At the time, I might have made a quick rush to the bathroom - I
do that, when I get worked up, too much. LOL

Last year, I did almost every BOW and TOW, faithfully. I'm now at:

120 blocks, 48 triangles and 3 kites - totaling 3425 pieces.

Friends and family now think that "I'M" the nutbar! LOL

DH now recognizes other DJ quilts. Or, he'll even recognize DJ blocks in
other quilts (ex.: Field of Dreams).

I've made LOTS of good friends - you know who your are! *smile*

And my skills have increased tremendously! I was first doing my appliqués
with a blanket stitch, using QUILTING thread! LOL

Thread was thread - my opinion at the time, and I thought that quilting
thread would CERTAINLY hold those suckers down! LOL

And no, I don't plan on replacing them, either. That only shows how far I've
come, in my DJ journey!

Only 1 block will get re-done - it sticks in my head too much. I made it
with some kind of weird tapestry fabric. At the time, fabric was fabric and
anything would do. *grin*

Soooo, that's my long story. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

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