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A time to stitch [Dec. 13th, 2006|09:26 am]
Zoethe
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Last night I finally settled into it. I actually got serious about cutting fabric and making progress on the quilt. Tuesday is Magic: the Gathering night at the McJuddmetz homestead, so once the guys were ensconced in the house I headed down to the sewing area.

Which was completely engulfed by the laundry area. There are clotheslines strung through the space, and it's not unusual for me to let things linger on those lines for much too long. Plus the ironing board had a large pile of stuff that needed hanging up, and there were clothes in the dryer in need of folding.

So that whole chore got done. Which is A Very Good Thing. I now have more light and air in my sewing area, thanks to clearing it all out - and it just needed doing.

I had mentioned to Ferrett that the one thing my sewing room lacked was a TV. It's nice having some background noise while you're working. He pointed out that I could take my laptop down there and use the DVD player.

DVD player. As in the portable DVD player that came with the BarBri materials and that I have not used. D'oh! It's tiny, lightweight, easily moved from place to place as I work, and if it took an unexpected fall onto a very hard floor the loss would not be tragic - as it would if my laptop took such a fall. So that and the Lord of the Rings trilogy were commandeered into service.

At last I was ready. I turned on The Fellowship of the Ring and began cutting fabric. I cut 200 very precise 5-7/8ths inch triangles.

Then glanced at my worksheet again and realized that I was supposed to cut 5-5/8ths inch triangles.

Nothing takes the wind out of your sails quite as much as screwing up. I stopped the DVD and staggered upstairs, heartbroken.

Ah, but technology saved me. For I was able to go back into E-Quilter and resize the entire project so that I can use the larger triangles! I have not wasted the effort after all!

Of course by this time, between doing the laundry and messing with the software, it was bedtime. But tonight I shall go forth and hack more fabric into teeny little pieces!

And I worked out, both yesterday and today. Plus Ferrett and I watched Word Play, the documentary about tournament Scrabble. So I made very good use of my time. I am so much happier a person when I manage my time well. Why do I lose track of that fact?
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[User Picture]From: spydielives
2006-12-13 03:35 pm (UTC)
In my underbust project yesterday, I used industrial cable ties as bones. I carefully measured, then wrote down my measurements. I then wrote down the adjusted measurements for the binding.

I proceeded to cut the cable ties and rounded them for insertion. As I was testing them, there didn't seem to be enough room for the binding. I measured, and I had used the original lengths... not the adjustments. Thankfully, I could cut them shorter, but they wound up being a tad too short due to the second rounding required. My precision with 1mm thick plastic just isn't that good.

I feel your pain, but I am so glad you were able to salvage your work!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-13 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed with your undertaking! I've done some clothing sewing, but it was never very good.

Industrial ties, eh? An interesting material!
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[User Picture]From: spydielives
2006-12-13 03:46 pm (UTC)
I got the idea about the cable ties from a website. They work really well, and can be a good alternative if you do not have easy access to steel boning (I have to order it from California right now, so it can takes a few days). It works out to about 58 cents a bone, which is comparable in price, if a tad more labor intensive.

If the fabric is appropriate, and it is busk-less, then you can even toss the corset into the washing machine.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-13 03:48 pm (UTC)
Amazing.

I can't even fathom trying to make something like that.
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[User Picture]From: spydielives
2006-12-13 03:53 pm (UTC)
I couldn't either, until I took the plunge.

But then again, I can't imagine the patience it takes to do a proper quilt, so we are even.

*grin*
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2006-12-13 05:06 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about dabbing my toe into the realm of more complicated quilting. I've only done big block pattersn (mainly because I just started quilting & they were small projects ie baby quilt :P) But I don't know if I have the patience to cut out like that lol :)

I too watch lord of the rings while I'm working (mainly doing pencil portriats or painting) you know the story, but the graphics & sound track are totally lovely :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-13 06:23 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I don't think I actually looked at the screen more than once, but I know it so well that I can see it in my mind's eye from listening.

And so much material! First the movies themselves, then all the commentaries.... I'll be happily ensconced for many hours.

I've made a lot of quilts over the years, but I took a long hiatus from it. It feels good to be back at it again.
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2006-12-13 06:37 pm (UTC)
I think I am going to try a complicated block & if that works out well I will try more. But I don't know if I have the patience for it. I can work on one single portrait for 3 weeks but I can't sit & cut out pieces
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-13 07:05 pm (UTC)
If you do not have a rotary cutter and rulers, you will indeed go insane. I do all my piecework by machine and 99.9% of my cutting with a rotary cutter and mat.
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2006-12-13 07:21 pm (UTC)
I do have a roller cutter & a mat so that's how I have been able to do the simple block quilts :) I couldn't imagine doing any of the piece work by hand! That's crazy
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[User Picture]From: jenmcd
2006-12-14 06:38 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you are getting some use out of that software. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-14 06:48 pm (UTC)
It's definitely p;aid for itself already! Thanks again for the great spot!
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