Part III of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt "Orca Bay" was published Friday night Sydney time. Too late to actually sew it; more of a bedtime gift. I drifted off wondering how I was ever going to sew 350 HSTs before the next clue on Friday 9th December.
I shouldn't have worried. It's Monday afternoon and here are 350 2"squares ready to show:
After a slow start with my usual technique (cutting oversized squares, pressing sewing lines, cutting the diagonals and then trimming) I reluctantly decided there must be a better way. I have never even contemplated sewing large amounts of HSTs before so I have never needed a stream-lined technique; that's not the way I make quilts.
However, Bonnie gives clear instructions on how to use the Easy Angle ruler and I found I could make 50 HST at a time without raising a sweat.
I also tried adjusting my sewing machine on an angle with 2 small doorstops. It allowed me to see the sewing line much easier. And I used a guide for sewing. With my fancy machine I am able to shift the needle over to the right to adjust to a perfect 1/4" seam. There is a first time for everything. Right?
So I hope all my new adaptations mean I won't struggle as much to achieve accuracy. I should have tried these tricks years ago. I am puzzled that I didn't, but I have an unexpected bonus from taking part in the "Orca Bay" mystery quilt. Head over here to see more posts from others doing the same quilt.
I pulled out another UFO that has me scratching my head somewhat. I started Lori's from Humble Quilts "Cheddar Cheese and Crackers" quilt before I began writing my blog. Not having much use for small quilts I chose to make mine bigger. Big mistake. It's not finished more than eighteen months later and when I look at it, I can't work out where all the pieces are supposed to fit. Not as big a mystery as Bonnie's quilt, but still a mystery.