I've been in love with this quilt since I first saw a picture of it on Pinterest.....
I'll be using that scrumptious, shiny black sateen cotton as my background for the design - which will be done all in Orientals - YUM!!!
One thing I didn't realize, though, is that this quilt is 54 inches square!!! Road Bump!!! I'd been thinking from the picture that it's maybe 18 inches or even 24 inches ... but nope, tricked again!!! I never dreamed this thing was that huge! Of course, my first thought was to just reduce the templates and make it smaller. But then..... I thought, what an impact that size quilt would make, in that design and those fabrics - wow!!! (Are you beginning to see where "thinking" gets me in trouble often?)
So, of course, I just had to do it :*)
But then ...... I read these instructions....
Seriously????? Major Road Bump!!! I had to consult with the engineer in the house immediately - start talking to me about math, geometry, radii, 18 degree segments, protractors.... and my eyes begin to glaze over! But this guy - he's able to handle these things with ease!
And by the way, he informed me the other day that he really HATES being called "Hubby" on my blog, and asked that I please come up with something else :) After a very in-depth discussion with my sewing buddies - involving much silliness and laughter I must confess! - the following are possibilities that I will present for his approval: "Daddy-O" (we LOVED that one!); "Honey"; "Mr AQAP"; or simply "My Guy". The last one comes from the TV show, How I Met Your Mother - Barney has "Guys" who make things happen for him. I have to admit it, that show is totally raunchy and inappropriate, but it makes me laugh every time!
Until he gets his vote, I'll call the cute engineer who lives with me and makes things happen for me "My Guy" in this post :*) So.... My Guy went to work, and he quickly cobbled together a method for marking the circles and sections on that huge black square. First we had to stabilize the fabric so it wouldn't move, which involved rolling back the rug on our great-room floor and then t-pinning the square to the carpet.
He devised this super-scientific, totally perfect ruler-thingy tool to make the circles....and it was in our price range too :*D
Since the center will be covered with applique, I was not concerned about tape residue or a potential hole where the t-pin was placed. My Guy drilled three holes in the ruler to insert the Clover disappearing white ink pen (my favorite tool EVER!) for marking the three required circles....
My job was super important and very technical...............
It worked perfectly - Yay!!!!
|Yes, I'm a little concerned about the puckering where I had to piece this!|
I'm trusting that applique and quilting will take care of it.....
And then My Guy used a lot more math and calculations - eyes glazing over again here! - and figured out how to mark the 18 degree sections. Something to do with circumference = diameter x 3.14 (Pi), divided by 20 ..... yep, you understood all that, right? Me neither!!!
|We were doing this at night, so it was impossible to get the black to look black in the pictures|
That was a JOB!!!
Many, many thanks to My Guy, because I'm telling you folks, this would NEVER HAVE HAPPENED if left to my own devices! In other words, when it comes to math, I have no devices LOL!!!!
The rug is all rolled back now - don't you just love the "quilty" design?
Believe it or not, we bought that rug the year BEFORE I started quilting :*D
I'm also linking this NewFO project up with Sharon Vrooman's (Vrooman's Quilts) Let's Book It in 2014! You can click HERE to read more about this fun monthly event! Sharon says she has lots of books on her shelf that have never been used - amazingly, I do too!!! She decided to choose one book a month and make something from it. Great idea, right???
Since I want to keep with my focus on keeping things as SIMPLE as possible, I'm going to work this together with my NewFO project when possible. I may not be able to make something all 12 months from my unused books, but even if I get six of them in action that will be a good thing, right?
Did you start something new in January? Join in the linky party HERE at Cat Patches - it's fun to see all the great new projects, and you might just win a prize!!!
I'll leave you with this picture from my upstairs window...
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!
Hugs & Blessings!