Monday, December 5, 2011

Design Wall Monday - Orca Bay - 12/5/11


Those of us who are linking up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times - Design Wall Monday -
and -
Those of us who are playing along with Bonnie Hunter's ORCA BAY MYSTERY QUILT -
are linking up on Mondays.  Check out our progress on her blog - Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!
We are all working at our own pace - following along with her clues - it is NOT a race.  ;))

I'm linking up with them both -
And - since I am LEFT-HANDED - I'm also adding my LHQ blurb -

Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.

These days I have the attention span of a gnat -
So this Mystery and it’s Clues suit me just fine -
I go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth -
Well - you get the idea - ;))

Here’s what I did this past week -
And the order I did it in -
(great grammar, huh?) -

Worked on Clue #1 - QST -
Got 5 stacks of 10 each = 50 finished -
And - in the basket - 3 rows of 10 pinned sets of 10 pairs each = 300 pairs = 150 finished -
plus 4 pinned sets of 10 pairs each = 40 pairs = 20 finished -
plus the odd-ball 4 finished -
should total 224 after all of the pairs are sewn together

Worked on Clue #2 - sorted my blue strips -

Then Clue #3 came out -
So I worked up a post for Lefties -
Showing how to use the Easy Angle Ruler to cut the HST Left-Handed

Then I set Clue #1 - aside -

And set myself up at my pressing station -
To work on Clue #2 -

And made four blue string blocks -

You may have noticed the wolves on the design wall -
Well - that’s going to be the backing for WSong -
But that kinda got interrupted -

Then - I went back to Clue #3 -
After I did the demo for the Easy Angle Ruler -
I thought I might try to make some using Triangulations -
To see if that would be easier -

Let’s see -
Cut 350 pairs from strips using the ruler -
or 15 pages of 24 each to make 360 with triangulations -
350 plus 10 extra for insurance -

hmmmmmmm -

I figured if I cut the sheets in half - 30 pages of 12 each -
That would give me more variety -
And besides - my stash if more in the form of 10” squares and fat quarters -
So cutting the “chunks” that I need for the sheets -
Actually works better for me -

Anyway - here’s the first set - sewn - following the lines -
And - YES - I do sew over pins -
Don’t tell the quilt police!!
I want the pins to hold the paper to the fabric -
Where I’m going to SEW it -
So I put them ACROSS the seam lines - and sew right over them -
They are thin and so far I have had no problems - but I am CAREFUL!!

Then I removed the pins and trimmed the sheets -
And cut them apart -

I have TWO rotary cutters -
Both blue -
The one with the ribbon is for PAPER ONLY -
When I go to change blades on the FABRIC ONLY one -
I just take the ribbon off the PAPER one and put it on the FABRIC one -
To mark it as the NEW PAPER one -
And put the new blade in the “unribboned” one - for FABRIC ONLY -

BEFORE I take the paper off -
I use the pressing stick to mash down the seam -
The paper keeps it from getting tweaked or stretched -

After the paper is removed -
I have 11 that are PERFECT -

And #12 came up a bit short
There’s one in every crowd, huh? ;))

I think #12 was probably a corner square -
And I probably trimmed him just a thread or two short -
And that - multiplied by 4 sides - made him short -
or maybe he was Born That Way - sorry, Lady Gaga!  ;))

At least that’s what I THINK I did - who knows?

So - one set down -
Only 29 more to go -
For Clue #3

Then there’s the rest of Clue #1 -

And the rest of Clue #2 -

Looks like I’ll be just as busy as the rest of you for a LOOONG while -

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - A LOT!!


Unknown said...

Your blocks look good. I have tried sewing over pins and have broken several needles in the process. It doesn't seem to matter how fine the pins are. So it is not the quilt police I fear when a pin gets in the way. It is the sewing machine repair man who charges me to reset the timing on my machine!!

scraphappy said...

Looks like you have a great system going. As long as it works for you then it will be perfect in the end.

Glen QuiltSwissy said...

I have two quilting friends who are left handed. And I know how different instructions need to be for you lefties!

Thanks, they both will love your tutorial!


Katie said...

Sew over pins till you run out of straight pins - I do! I've still got some that I haven't hit and bent, but I suppose I can afford more if I need to! I'd not seen the Triangulations before, but have done the same method using a heat-transfer pencil to mark the same pattern on the back of lighter fabrics. I suppose it was just a matter of time before someone figured out a way to make it less work! (But if you don't like ripping off the paper, maybe it's more work?) Your pieces are looking great and your sewing room looking unhealthily tidy!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

It is fun using different techniques for the blocks, thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

lol #12 reminds me of the Sesame Street song "One of these things is not like the others"....It's an individual. ;) I loved this post.....awesome to see your progress and how you did it....Even better as it is in Leftenise.


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