Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bad awful problems over here.

I had the day off today.  I spent most of it fighting with my camera.  I do NOT know what happened but it's gone nuts.  To get it to take a picture I have to take out the battery and the memory card and then put them back in.  Then it will work for about two minutes before going on the fritz again.  Some people would think the timing is good, she can ask for a new camera for xmas.  Not me, I'm too annoyed because the camera is young.  Maybe it will straighten up if I give it a little time.
Meanwhile, I got one lousy shot of my latest finish.  Here is 'Mai Tai', Bonnie Hunter's design from our quilt cruise.  My quilting wasn't half bad.  Too bad I'm having camera problems and can't show you.  grrrrrr
So I've been thinking that maybe I was a little deceptive in my last post.  I didn't tell any fibs but, well, I acted like I was some kind of quilter superstar bragging about my HUNDREDS of half square triangles.  My guilty conscience got to me and I just want to tell you I had a little help.  I used my Accuquilt Go to cut the triangles.  It's like magic.  I loaded the fabrics on the die with the right sides together and after you run it through the machine, they are ready for sewing.  It's an unbelievable time saver and I surely wouldn't be making this quilt without it.  

Before you know it, you have stacks of triangles all ready for sewing.

I spread out the triangle pairs on the sewing table and then just slid them into place as I chain pieced them together.
They just slide right under the needle and I felt like a high volume factory. 
In no time at all this morning I had yards and yards of this. 

I pulled out this little tool that was a gift from my friend, Diane.  It's called a Shark's tooth and it just hangs around my neck.  I just went 'swipe, slash, and chop' and the HST's piled up.
 Then the most tedious part of the whole process started.....the ironing.  Bleh.

Actually, putting all of these little suckers up on the design wall was kind of tedious too.  But look at them!  Right now you are looking at 484 half square triangles.  They will finish at 2 inches.  I have enough yellow to make about 56 more.  The finished product will be 23 by 23 units, about 46 inches square before borders. 
So.......should I use this setting?  or maybe move the middle a little off center?  I can tell you that I don't really feel like moving 484 of these here and there trying out different settings.  I'll let this 'cure' for a while then maybe try something else and take a picture.  It's nice to be able to flip back and forth between pictures to decide what's the best setting. 

Wish me luck with the dopey camera.  Adios!

1 comment:

  1. Holey Moley!! Ok, so you saved a bit of time with your AccuQuilt...chain-piecing all those little suckers would have made me 'nutz'! But a big 'woo hoo' for your effort. Me? I'm a middle-of-the-road kinda gal so like it fine centered; whatever you do, it is going to be faaabulous!