DESIGN WALL MONDAY - ORCA BAY - 1/2/12
Those of us who are linking up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times - Design Wall Monday -
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.
You gotta admit - I was PRETTY damn close!!
Check this out - here -
I figured out the "geese" and the blue "cornerstones" -
I just had the geese framing the white blocks not the black ones -
So I guess you could say that I "just reversed it" - ;))
And I might just do my Orca Bay - My Way - ;))
Anyway - I think Bonnie is AMAZING!
And I LOVE her Mysteries!!!!!!!!
I can't keep up with the speed demons out there - but I have FUN anyway!!
I spent most of Saturday cutting out the red squares -
And I got a little carried away - ;))
I know we only needed 56 for the blocks -
But figured - what the hey - might as well cut some for the corners on the red string blocks - and away I went -
I used my 2-1/2” die -
And just layered some scraps for starters -
Then I layered a sheet of paper from an old flyer -
(The same stuff I used for the foundation squares on the string blocks) -
Then the mat -
And ran it through -
Now - this would have gone MUCH faster if I could have gotten some CLEAN cuts!!
After some clipping -
And more clipping -
I got some pretty cool squares -
I thought I had layered too many -
But the next batch didn’t come out any better -
So - I took my time and eventually got this -
I made the two extra LARGER HST -
And cut the neutral 2-1/2” squares -
I needed 112 - I got 113 - one extra - ;))
Then I cut the 100 HST from my neutrals -
And a couple extras -
So I still have the 112 black squares and 700 wings left to cut -
(The triangle die should be in by the end of the week - YAY!! ;)) -
And a WHOLE LOT OF SEWING still to do -
But - I like having all the pieces cut out - ready to pull when I need them - gives me a chance to plan the colors a little - so that I don’t use up all of one fabric in one section when I really want some of it in another part of the quilt -
So I guess there is an advantage to being a SLOW POKE QUILTER -
And besides -
A surprise bonus -
When I cut out the 2-1/2” squares - I layered the fabric with paper flyers - so I got a bunch of 2-1/2” paper squares as a bonus -
I’m having a little trouble getting my QST to come out to 2-1/2” - so guess what??
I cut the paper squares diagonally - and now I can use them as a guide when I sew the Part 1 pairs into the QST - cool, huh???
So now I’m going to PLAY while everyone else in the house watches the parade and football gamessssssssssssssssssssssss - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -