|As of Sunday Afternoon|
I've modified the marking template that I showed you last time. Marking the ends of all three seams on each triangle corner was taking too long, breaking the tips off my mechanical chalk pencil over and over again, and was also fussy and fiddly, trying to stick pins through little dots to line the two triangles up for stitching. Then I remembered the little notches on my isosceles triangle die for my Accuquilt GO! cutter, the same kind of notches that you find on garment patterns. So I printed out the last page of the Tabby Mountain quilt pattern again at 100%, the page with the optional cutting template for those who don't want to rotary cut their triangles. That template includes a blue dashed stitching line that I could see through my paper. Holding the paper up to the window so I could see through it, I carefully folded each seamline in half so the points matched up, creating a perpendicular crease at the exact midpoint of each side seam.
|I've Marked the Seam Intersections in Green|
|Skinny Channels Cut With Pattern Notcher|
|See How the Chalk Line Completely Fills the Channel?|
|Straight Edges Perfectly Aligned, Triangle Point 1/4" Away from Raw Edges|
I want to sew this with the new triangle I'm adding on the BOTTOM, though, next to my feed dogs -- otherwise I won't be able to see that seam intersection that creates the triangle point, and I really want to see that to make sure the seams are transecting at 1/4" from the raw edge. So I flip the whole thing over, like this:
I've shifted the triangles slightly apart so I can see both of them at once. Then I lay my plastic triangle template over my green triangle and make a little chalk mark in the seam allowance on the WRONG side of the fabric that is facing me.
|See That Little Blue Chalk Mark?|
|Marking the Bottom Triangle On the RIGHT Side of the Fabric|
|Pink Line Matched to Blue Line|
This works because I'm matching up the center point of the SEAM line, not the center of my fabric edge. With the midpoint of one triangle aligned with the midpoint of the other triangle, the edges of those fabric pieces automatically get "jogged apart" by exactly the right amount every time.
|Pinned for Stitching|
|Meet My Best Friend, Spray Starch|
MEANWHILE... The only other sewing I accomplished over the past week was that I finished the reverse applique centers of all of the tulips for my eight remaining Frankenwhiggish Rose applique blocks. I've been doing Old School applique for this project so far, needle turning the edges of each piece as I stitch them down, but I think I might switch to prepared edge with freezer paper, to hopefully speed things along. There are so many things I want to do, and so few hours in the day to do them! I would love to show you my first finished block for my Queen's Garden applique BOM. Heck, I'd love to show you even a partially begun first block for that quilt, since Block 2 is due to be released any day now. I'd love to show you a finished pineapple block, or something nifty on my quilt frame...
But instead, I'll just have to show you this picture of ME with Kristin Chenoweth, right before we sang together onstage in front of thousands of cheering fans on Friday night:
|Oh, YES, That's Kristin Chenoweth! I'm the Smiley Blonde on the Far Right|
|My View From Onstage|
I just have to tell you all how beautifully gracious Kristin Chenoweth is. At rehearsal, the other featured artists practiced their pieces facing the empty coliseum, just like they would do for the performance, getting used to the space, the sounds and lights, etc. But when Kristin came onstage to rehearse with us, she turned around and faced the orchestra and choir. She serenaded us with our own private performance, and posed for a few pictures as well. She even thanked US for singing with her -- like SHE was the lucky one to be onstage with us instead of the other way around. Isn't it wonderful to find out that someone as brilliantly talented as Kristin Chenoweth has a heart as amazing as her voice?
48 hours later and I'm still giddy! Okay. I'm off to accomplish less exciting things, like laundry and grocery shopping. I'll be linking up with:
- · Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com
- · Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts http://www.cookingupquilts.com/
- · Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/
- WIPs on Wednesday at Esther's Quilt Blog
- · Moving it Forward at Em’s Scrap Bag: http://emsscrapbag.blogspot.com.au/
How SUPER COOL!!! I'm just grinning like a fool at your opportunity to sing in such a large venue and with Kristin Chenoweth. :D She's so very fun in everything I've ever seen her in. It's so nice to hear how gracious she is in real life as well. P.S. - your triangles look spectacular. That's a nice solution to keeping them positioned properly. And I really dislike seams being pressed open for 99.9% of all piecing - it's a pain, it lets bearding happen and seaming threads show if you have big contrast in the color of pieces along a seam, and you can't SID in them! I really hate it when custom quilting gets dictated by open seams.
amazing you get any sewing done with as busy as you are in your non-sewing life. If what your are doing is working for you for your triangles then stick with it! It will be great in the end.
I like how your brain works to find solutions! Using the center seam tick marks is a neat and time saving solution. You WILL get this done.
You are blessed with a beautiful voice you are smart to use it and share it. I do enjoy singing I however was not blessed with a singing voice my granddaughter has a lovely voice she is in high school and I hope she continues to sing through her life.
Just a seam a day on the pineapple block would move them along
What an amazing quilt, and what an amazing experience you had!! That sounds so cool - next time tape it for us ;-) So glad you had that opportunity!!
Very cool! And nifty photo. Most people never think of the view of the performers. Your quilt is looking good. Are you happy with the challenging part of it or do you have moments of "why the heck did I start this one?" It is going to be totally amazing.
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