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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 506985 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

1/12/21

I can answer these all important questions since the project is mine.  :-)   Not Ami's.  :-)

Re wonky quilt: it wasn't supposed to be wonky.  It inadvertently turned out that way.  It offends my sensibilities that the placement defied my dictates.   I don't mind that the shape of the hexagons isn't rectangular ... *that* part was intentionally asymmetrical and I like that.  But, doggone it, the hexagons themselves ought to on the straight and narrow!  No drunken hexagons!

Re cutting the background off kilter: yep, I considered that.  But having the background off-grain, once again offends my sensibilities.  I worry that when I quilt it to an on-grain backing, what kind of horrors will I experience?  Perhaps none but I'm looking at the glass half-empty.  I know the other shoe is gonna drop and reveal itself when the quilting is done.

Re President of Half-Ass Club:  I salute you.  I hope you find the other half.  :-)

Re hand basting vs basting on the longarm: I thought about this and here's the scenario that I came up with.   I'm worried that I'm gonna get bubbles in the hexagons if I just lay the hexies on top of the background fabric and baste.  I'm worried that the hexies will "travel"" on the top because I'm basting as I go with nothing to hold the hexies in place.

I had thought that if I hand baste the hexies first then hand applique the perimeter, I can then cut away the background fabric underneath the hexies. In this manner,  it would be kinda like if I had put borders only all the way around the hexies.   Then I'll have only one layer on the longarm.   

If I leave the background fabric under the hexagons, there will be a LARGE expanse of hexies on top of the background fabric, attached only around the perimeter.  I think that is a disaster waiting to happen because the tension on the background fabric will be different than the tension on the hexagon applique.

So, that was my thought process.   Convoluted and quite possibly over-thinking it, but that's the way my brain operates. :-) 

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

1/13/21

You and Mishii crack me up!!!

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

1/13/21

You and Pirate crack me up!!

I understand both of your perspectives-ROTFLMAS

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

1/14/21

This morning has been an interesting time.  In some donations came this HUGE quilt top of foundation-pieced 5” blocks. It was in one huge piece and a Long row of 3 blocks strip.

i didn’t really want to make more blocks.  But, I didn’t want to waste any of them.  Adding 3 rows to the big piece made it HUGE and HEAVY.  I knew my ladies would NOT like finishing that.  So I figured out I could rip both pieces in half and then join the 1/2 strip to the smaller quilts.

so, I have 2 of these.  They are about 50 x 70 each.  Somebody did some crazy piecing!

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

1/14/21

You are a clever woman to figure out a solution like that, Ellen.  clapclap

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

1/14/21

I was amazed the math came out right with minimal ripping!  I did have to restitch quite a few ends of seams though.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

1/14/21

bornblesse2 said:

 I did have to restitch quite a few ends of seams though.

depending on how far into the seam the separation went, sometimes you can simply edge stitch the perimeter instead of re-sewing all those tiny amount.  Once it gets quilted, edge stitched again (to hold the edges of the top to the batting/backing) and trimmed, that edge stitching will be concealed by the binding.

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

1/14/21

Good thought.  But a few of these seams went back close to 1/2”.  And with all the bulk, I figured resewing was the best idea.  No sense in having that weight and loose seams.

besides, when I did the sewing together, seams all fit together nicely.

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