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So, what I've been (sporadically) doing on this project: making kits.
Since my Forever Projects are basically road projects, I need them to be in a state of grab-n-go. Although it's possible, it is difficult to even rough cut fabric in the car. I am now doing that rough cutting here at home and assembling little "kits" for each hollow cube. Each cube needs a light/med/dark combination. The kit contains the templates wrapped with the specific color required and the edges pressed crisp.
In the past, I haven't pressed my EPP templates, as it hasn't been necessary. But *these* templates are a bit larger than my ordinary hexi templates so that the edges are longer. I don't baste through the templates, only securing the corners, so I can easily pop the template out when that piece has been surrounded by other pieces. However, since these templates have longer edges than typical, the fabric doesn't want to really stay folded around the edges. I realized that if I steam press the wrapped template, the fabric will stay put AND the edges are really, really crisp!
So, that's what I'm doing now: wrapping the templates with fabric ("prepping"), pairing up which shapes get matched with the other shapes (there are specific rules to follow to result in the 3D effect), and then bundling all the bundles into a small ziploc. These, then are my grab-n-go components!
In the photo below, on the right hand side, you'll see 2 "hat-like" bundles .. those are the light and medium shapes. The "hats" are really just the triangle and 2 rhombus shapes paper-clipped together. :-) Below the "hats", are the triangle & rhombus shapes pinned to the dark fabric of this combination. Once the dark fabric gets wrapped around their templates, I'll pair them into the combinations required and pop everything into a ziploc.
On the left hand side, are other combinations that have a color needed to be cut out .... just as I am currently doing on the right hand side.
At the top, is a small box that holds all the assembled "kits".
I've only been working on my red/pink and yellow/orange scraps so far. Because it's easy, I've been sticking to monochromatic themes BUT in looking at my reference photos, I can see that their hollow cubes are NOT necessarily monochromatic. I just need to have the light/medium/dark contrast for the hollow cube to work. I'm going to *try* to make some of the hollow cubes multi-color for variety.
Going deeper and deeper into that rabbit hole, eh? We will be following you, dear Pirate.
While I'm thinking that kitting up my hollow cube components will be advantageous in the long run, right NOW it's at the "almost boring" stage. But, that's OK too .. I can mindlessly prep my hexie pieces whilst watching TV.
Although .. not mindless enough so that I can be watching sub-titled movies. Usually I don't watch sub-titled movies. It's distracting and disconcerting to me to need to read the English words while simultaneously watching the action in the scene. However, that being said, my oldest daughter introduced me to an utterly fantastic Spanish time travel TV series called "El Ministerio del Tiempo" (The Ministry of Time). The premise is three knowledgeable people from different eras work for a secret government agency, guarding Spain's past from time-travelling intruders trying to manipulate history for their own ends. It is really, really, really well done but I *DO* need to pay attention to the sub-titles.
I have a very basic knowledge of Spanish. I can kinda/sorta read it well enough. If I think about what I want to say (in English, then mentally translate into Spanish), I can speak it, although slowly and probably with a horrible accent (whatever an American accent sounds like) ... depending on whether or not I can remember the vocabulary (which at this point is pretty vague). But this TV show??? Heck no! I'm READING the English and listening to the Spanish .. and .. holy moley! If I can recognize the first and last words in the spoken dialogue, I'm doing fantastic. Sheesh!
I don't know why, but my mind went to black, white and gray.
Cris in MT
Generation gap showing here, Pirate. I cannot enjoy TV shows without captions.
DH and I were prompted to watch "Bosch" by people here on the forum and we are deep into season 5 right now. We are enjoying the episodes immensely but would be utterly lost without the captions.
I wear a hearing aid and DH does not but he still needs captions for fast moving television shows. There's something about 79 year old ears and modern broadcasting .......
Rick and I just finished watching Two seasons of a South Korean series called Kingdom on Netflix. The first one or two episodes I wondered what we were watching, but it really got going! It has great plot.
BUT, while they have dubbed in the English, it is better to read the captions! The captions and the dubbed wording is not the same! I quickly figured out that the caption wording is a better translation for understanding the story or events.
But my oh my, what a strange thing to adjust to! Oh, btw, this is in essence a zombie movie, but not like our AMerican ones. We have enjoyed the costuming and cultural layers of this series. Wondering when season 3 will come out!
DH and I were prompted to watch "Bosch" by people here on the forum and we are deep into season 5 right now. We are enjoying the episodes immensely
oh good! I'm glad you are enjoying them! I "found" the series by someone's recommendation when there were 4? seasons. I *loved* being able to have a marathon watching session and very impatiently waited for the next season. Ditto with the current season 6. I've watched them all and now .... I wait. I've read that season 7 will be the last one, unless someone else picks it up.
5dogmom (CRISR5) said:
but my mind went to black, white and gray.
because that is the quinessential dark/medium/light? I think the hollow cubes would look stunning in that colorway .. with maybe a couple of cubes having the interior as a different pure color? Hmmmm .... something else to think of. :-)
I was digging through stuff today looking for a pattern for a baby quilt. Why is it not with all the other patterns? That remains a mystery. However, what I did find was a copy of a fun quilt called Hollow Cubes. I had to laugh. I guess I was serious when I told you I really really liked it!
Looking forward to seeing your progress.
However, what I did find was a copy of a fun quilt called Hollow Cubes. I had to laugh. I guess I was serious when I told you I really really liked it!
LOL! It must be our shared good taste. :-)
I'm also assuming that it's an easy, machine pieced version? Cuz there is NO WAY I would EVER EPP a baby quilt. :-)