Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tips and Men, Part 7

Tips and Men, Part 7
-almost finished!!

My DH is great with math, so I challenged him early this morning and he was able to explain/show me that:

with a 85" x 14"w border and wanted five large 10" star templates equally along that length, he explained that I'd need to use a 17" middle for each 10" star template.  So, it'll go like this:

[1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17" and continually all the way across the 85" border each 17"]
                                                                X(this will be the center of each 10"star)  From here, I'll mark another 17"                                               1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
                                                                                                                                               X, etc.

Since I wanted five 10" stars along the 85" border, he divided 85" by 5 to come up with 17".  (This is the length of my inside border - there are another 2.25" inches on each end.  What an incredibly large and heavy quilt this is!

I hope that helps explain it, but you know they say a pictures worth 1,000 words, so here's a pic:

85" long x 14" wide

I'll use Fons & Porter mechanical pencil in white to mark my star-shaped 10" template.

After figuring out exactly where to place the template, it's time to get marking!
I've been scared off from blue wash-out markers, as they can come back in cold weather and that won't work for this neck of the woods!

Marked and sewn!  Now, nine more to go...

More "Tips and Men" posts:

 Please meet new quilting friend...

Brother Nouvelle PQ-1500S and my giant king-sized quilt

It's easy to keep the bobbin thread from being too long

Easy access through the table via a door

Awesome tall shank - very easy to see!

These bobbins go longer than regular bobbins

There are four different feed dog drops - I'm using the third one with the pin tuck.

It's cold here, so I've got to get busy sewing!  My cousin's waiting to warm up after sixteen hour days in the North Dakota oil fields!

Now, for my readers and followers:

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