Woo Hoo! My Web Sampler project has a deadline of this Tuesday, July 1, and I am nearing the finish. At least I think the deadline is this Tuesday. Ahem, that would be TOMORROW, wouldn't it? Nobody has been talking much about this project we started together quite awhile back, so I just thought I would bring up the topic. Helllllll-ooooooo?
This project has been harder to get through than some others. I don't know if it is due to the rather somber color palette, or if I just haven't been in the mood for the Civil War reproduction fabrics, but I have started up and put away this quilt project quite a number of times since Perry, Cindy, Carol, Lisa, Beth and I started it.
Part of the problem has been the lousy block instructions, which seem brilliantly written now that I can compare them to the setting instructions. But, I mustn't complain. Somehow I managed to figure it out, mainly due to having a picture. Lucky for me because the written directions were incomprehensible. A picture is worth a thousand words and all that. Wouldn't it have been easy to just say "Cut six 3 1/2 inch strips"? Seriously, I have to give you an example of what I am talking about. These are the directions for cutting the beige background border triangles:
"From the remaining fabric, cut or tear two 3 1/2 inch strips. Place wrong sides together. Cut 12 Background border triangles as we did for the red and black border triangles. Cut two more strips and cut four more triangles. You should now have 96 beige background triangles."
Huh? I must have missed something rather major, because I don't see how that could get anyone 96 triangles. Tear fabric? I don't think so. I have a feeling my error was in not wanting to tear strips the length of the fabric, which could have given the proper results, but never mind. Who cares? The instructions seemed bass ackwards to me.
OK, big deep breath. I'm fine, really. I know the finished result will be great, and it will be really fun to see the different setting options each one of us chose. Big cheesy smile here girls. I have no idea who this kid is, but he is expressing how I feel.
The blocks are taking up real estate on the design bed, and will get sewn together today. This past weekend I worked on the pieced border, which is all triangles. They were all cut with the straight of grain on the long edge, which curtails some of the stretch you get when that long edge is cut on the bias. I actually don't mind the bias edge because I think it gives me some "wiggle room" when I am attempting to make the border line up with the quilt top. I am keeping my fingers crossed on this one!
I have almost finished the red borders, but still have the black ones to do. This is mindless piecing if I ever did any.
So girls, how about an update on everyone's progress?