More adventures in quilting.
Homework for class: Rail Fence Block due Friday, September 15th.
First things first - specialty gear needed.
Sometimes the gear collecting for a new hobby is just about as fun as the project itself. I already had the rotary cutter & cutting pad for all of my pre-class quilt square cutting and subsequent swappery. And, well, the 24 inch ruler **really** was necessary. It ended up being the envy of my classmates. Even the teacher made comments about it. Whomever said that size doesn't matter certainly wasn't considering acrylic rulers in her analysis.
The coolest thing I've gotten thus far is this:
Does it look familiar?
C'mon....doesn't ANYONE watch Project Runway? This little number is something that Kayne has been wearing during the sewing challenges. Of course I noticed. And, oh BOY, was I excited when I saw it at Beverlys!! It works really well, too. And, it is a rainbow. Mine.
Back to the quilting. I struggled a bit over the placement of the strips, but finally came to a conclusion while I was watching Oprah today. It really didn't take me that long to do my cutting. Then, I got the guts up to sew. Not too bad. I managed to keep the 1/4 inch seam allowance w/o too much difficulty. Here is progress:
So far, so good. And, really, doesn't everything look 1000-times better once ironed? It is almost miraculous. Kept checking my "measurements" - and everything pretty much checked out. PRETTY Much. And, I honestly got those 1/4 inch seam allowances right on. HONEST!
At first glance, it looks purty good...dont'cha think??
Wellllll, take a closer look:
Those wee red corners don't exactly **meet**.
And, take a look at this.
Despite my best efforts, somehow I am off by a 1/4 inch.
What? Why?? How???????
I don't care at this point. I figure that if I continue to follow the directions to a "T" & am off by a 1/4 inch consistently - then the quilt will be perfect.
Ok, what the hell am I going to do once we move on to the triangles?????????