And that, my quilting friends, is why we have so many UFQ's!!
This weekend I made the decision to join in on Bonnie Hunter's mystery, Celtic Solstice. Do I need another new project? No. Are there other projects I should be working at? Yes. But the lure of pulling a cheerful assortment of fabrics from my stash is always a great temptation.
So if you'd like to join the fun, too -- go to Bonnie's website for the fabric pull instructions -- http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2013/10/2013-mystery-time-introducing-celtic.html -- and pull some stuff out of your stash. I noticed on last week's "link-up" that not everyone is following her color suggestions, but I would suggest that if you change the colors to substitute a warm color for a warm color and a cool color for a cool color to maintain the feel of her color scheme.
Step 1 uses Template Set C (available on my website if you don't have that one) -- when you print out the instructions for Step 1, you'll know how many to cut from which colors.
The cutting is efficient and be sure to trim those corners and points!! It makes the sewing fast and accurate because you don't have to spend excess time aligning the pieces.
On Friday, I read through Step 2. Not Template Set C for this step -- but C is the companion for A, so out Set A came to see if that would work. I'd like to eliminate some of the fabric wasted by doing flip and sew corners plus I know I'll get squarer units using the templates.
So I started with paper mock-up pieces to experiment with which templates might work and discovered that everything for this step could be cut with Template #6. Plus the "green" pieces uses one of Marti's favorite tricks -- flipping a template to create another shape -- which provides me with a perfect tutoring opportunity.
First you need a hot beverage (coffee plus a small candy cane plus a large dollop of Italian Sweet Crème seen here -- mmmmm.)
Get out your rotating mat or put a smaller mat on top of your large mat for easier manipulation while cutting. Layout strips in sets with right sides facing. I cut six strips at a time -- right side up, right side down, right side up, right side down, etc. This is VERY important as the pieces you are cutting need to be right-handed and left-handed. If you don't do this, you'll end up with twice as many as you need of one side and none of the other -- you'll be growling!!
Use Template 6 to trim off the ends of the strips and trim the corner. Notice that the grainline arrow is vertical.
Now rotate the template 180 degrees until the grainline mark is vertical again as in the photo below. DO NOT FLIP THE TEMPLATE OVER. The trim of the square corner will match to the first diagonal cut you made and the straight edge of the template will match the upper edge of the strip stack.
The photo below with the grainline mark laying horizontal is WRONG (although it would be right if we were cutting flying geese -- file that in your memory).
Cut along the right edge of the template, carefully pull the stack of strips aside a bit and trim the corner.
When you separate the stacks, half of them will be left-handed and half will be right-handed -- these pieces work perfectly in place of the green rectangles in the instructions.
Finally, you'll use Template #6 to cut triangles from the neutrals and the yellows to replace the "squares" in the instructions. I have laid out all the pieces in the position they will be sewn -- very important so I don't run amuck.
I still have some sewing to do as you can see, but I have 4 more days to get caught up before the third clue is ready.
I hope you'll get your templates out and play with them -- it will be nice break from all the hub-bub and I find it really calms me down to sit and stitch for a bit -- then I can go back at the world with energy!!