Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Testing -

Went well today - ;))

I had an idea for my Easy Street Detour Around the World - HERE -

And "slept on it" -

Then after my chores this morning -

I was going to try it out on a "test piece" -

To see what would happen - ;))

Instead of "cutting" it down to a more manageable size -

Or - even worse - having to "un-sew" it -

Because it is SO HUGE!! -

I originally thought of folding the corners in toward the middle - like a wonton wrapper - if that makes sense. That would cut the size in half - make it two-sided - and it would automatically have the same fabrics on the "backing" -

But then I thought it might be even better if I could make it like the background square for a Cathedral Window - sew some partial seams - turn it "inside out" - and disguise the "opening" somehow - similar ideas - same two-sided effect -

So I went looking for a tutorial on how to make the background square for a Cathedral Window - because I had forgotten how to do it - liked this version - HERE - and did a test on a small square -

After I figured out how to fix the wonky corner that I left open to "turn it" -

I needed to figure out how to get the batting in there somehow - ;))

Then I had another idea - and tried it out after I prepped another square -

I won't bore you with all of the detail photos - but it worked!! -

At least it worked on a very small scale - I'll have to baste the batting really well on a larger piece to keep it in place when I turn it inside out - but it worked!! - YAY!! -

Hopefully I'll find some fabric in this tub that will help me stabilize and/or border the untrimmed sides of this monster before I try my experiment "for real" - ;))


That part above was going to be my post for today -

But now I have to add this last bit -

The more I think about it - and the more I edit this post - the more I think that I'm making it harder than it needs to be -

And I realize now that I got side-tracked with testing the Cathedral Window option and totally forgot about my original "wonton wrapper" idea -

So - tomorrow I'm going to test that -

Once I decide how I want to trim and/or stabilize the sides -

I should be able to press/fuse some fusible batting in place - and then fold the corners in toward the middle -

I can test partial seams at the "new" corners - and if that doesn't work I can always cover the seams with a strip like I was making a giant "quilt-as-you-go" piece -

But if I can press/fuse them down - I won't have to mess with trying to turn this monster "inside out" - and worry about keeping the batting where it's supposed to be while I do it - LOL -

It should be fun to see if my testing goes as well tomorrow as it did today - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Julie Fukuda said...

Interesting to see how much can be done by machine ... if you have one that will behave and follow directions.

Gene Black said...

This process and your testing has me completely fascinated. I look forward to seeing the 'wonton' method test process. (we need pictures!)

Katie said...

I am only a little bit lost (ha ha ha ha ha ha!) with your wonton idea, but if you can make it work, I see a Left Handed Quilter pattern! I'm watching to see how this goes and hope it works, but will be here to commiserate if it fails, too!


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