Monday, August 30, 2010

Don't back me in a watermelon spitting contest..............

 It doesn't make much sense, but no matter how large the plate, or how small the portion of melon, I simply can't hit the plate with my seeds. Period. End of story. I knew you'd want to know.

At last, I get to start actually doing something with my clamshells. WooHoo!!! About time, too. In the spirit of showing the process, I took the following photos. Please keep in mind that I do not know what I'm doing. I am just trying to use common sense, and what I've learned from you other ladies, and praying for good results. As I am math disabled, I don't know the formula for figuring out the size of a square, using only the diagonal. I know there is a way, but since it is unfamilar to me, I just cut a piece of background fabric far larger than I knew it would need to be. I made a 40" square, and sewed a strip of twill tape down the center line, creating two stabilized triangles. The tape is to prevent stretching, and distortion. This will create the first two setting triangles for the feathered star, after the clamshells have been appliqued on, and the square cut in half.  There will be four triangles total.



 If you look very closely, you can see a pale yellow line on each side of the clamshells. This is to keep the sides even, and straight, because the outer strip of fabric will be trimmed off eventuall, leaving only a seam allowance for adding a border. The ruler is to help keep the little boogers straight along the bottom, too. You may sense a theme here.



In the second photo you can see that I ran a line of stitching down the opposite diagonal to keep my center straight, also. Here the first batch of clamshells have had the paper removed, and are glue basted and ready to stitch.  Then, because I can't stand not seeing how things are looking in the "big picture", I pinned the whole thing up on the design wall to take a gander...............here is what I saw:




What do you all think? I am excited, because it is looking as I envisioned. My powers of description must leave something to be desired, because my husband saw the clamshells, and his face lit up, and he said "Oh, that's going to be pretty!" I don't know what he thought I was going for, but apparantly he was worried.

So that's my progress for the month, and with a little industry, and a whole lot of luck, maybe I'll have the four corners done, and be able to show you the center of my large quilt by the end of September. I look forward to seeing how all of you have progressed, too.  Michele
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24 comments:

  1. WOW that is going to be a stunning quilt!! Here is a link to the "math" for on-point quilts: http://quiltville.com/onpointmath.shtml

    Just copy and paste the address :0)

    Crispy

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  2. Hi
    They look great!!!
    math disabled, good one - me too :)
    wow, I'll have to check out crispys link

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  3. I have to agree, WOW! that is so pretty and adventurous of you. It's going to come out so wonderful and I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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  4. I think it's going to be fabulous in combination with your beautiful star, I love stitching these little shapes together.

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  5. I left a very nice comment in the middle of our night. Guess some nasty ghost blew it away.
    Anyway I told you that you made me smile with your story. The shells look wonderful and I can't wait to see the four corners.
    Jossie

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  6. Oh my, that looks fantastic! When this is finished, this quilt will be a masterpiece! Definitly worth all the trouble. Well done!!!!!
    Elzaan

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  7. It looks fantastic Michele! It is going to be a really stunning centre with those clamshells.

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  8. It is looking fabulous! That is going to be a very striking quilt with the clamshell corners surrounding that beautiful star!

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  9. Oh Michele, you take my breath away! I am in awe of your work and thank you so very much for the step by step pictures. Fabulous! This is going to be an award winner!!! kisses to you!!!
    :)

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  10. I honestly had no idea what those clam shells were gonna do. But WOWSA! That first photo with the clam shell close up had me taking in a big breath. Beautimous!

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  11. Oh, my! I thought you were doing very well until I saw the layout; and then I said, "WOW!" It's going to be just stunning. You've done a far better job than simple calculations would have yielded; you've done a lot of prep work and left no margin for error so it's going to be very precise and fabulous.

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  12. Coming up with your own pattern and you still think you your math disabled? It is going to be lovely!

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  13. That is going to be stunning! I love the fabrics you used for the clamshells and I love the central feathered star. Beautiful!

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  14. Woooow, that looks great!!!! Well done!

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  15. Very creative! It will be a gorgeous quilt.

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  16. OH WOW! This is going to be gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing how your design developes.

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  17. What a unique and wonderful use of design!
    I love the clamshells bordering your feathered star!

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  18. I don't know anything about watermelon spitting, but I'm pretty good at cherry pit spitting! LOL. Your clamshells are beautiful and your idea is excellent! Can't wait to see more.

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  19. Michele, Gorgeous as always. Look forward to more news. I am a pretty good spitter.
    Gina

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  20. Oh Michele, I think this is going to be stunning... such a lovely idea and it is so pretty!

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  21. fabulous ... my dh just shakes his head and rolls his eyes at what I do ... until its finished lol
    thanks for explaining how you worked it out. My thoughts will have to be much the same.

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  22. It looks complicated but it is going to be gorgeous!
    Micki

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  23. Your clamshells look great and I love the fabrics! For being math-challenged (me too) you certainly are being very ambitious and it looks like you are doing a fantastic job! It is going to be stunning!

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  24. What is watermelon seed spitting good for? On the other hand, making such a beautiful quilt is a very useful ability.
    And math is widely over-estimated. The medieval church builders did not use math in the excessive degree as we do. Yet, their products are still there -- and how!

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