Sunday, May 4, 2008

Orange Crush Mystery Update, GFG

I think I am now in the "Lagger's" Group on the OC mystery. I finished the Clue 1 blocks - 150 4-patches - before Clue 2 was given, but have slowed down since then. DH and I were in DC last Sunday-Wednesday for him to attend a library meeting, and I brought along my OC fabrics and sewing machine. Bonnie's instructions were to cut our scraps into strips prior to starting the steps, but I had not done that yet except for what I used for the 4-patches. So I had all the fabrics with me at the hotel that I wanted to use for this step. I got the strips cut for Clue 2, all of the large triangles cut, all the squares cut, and some of the little triangles. I had already sewn a few together at home and after measuring them I realized they were a bit smaller than they should have been, so I decided to make my seam allowances slightly less than 1/4" when sewing the "wings" to the squares. I was able to get about 27 of the 142 finished while at the hotel -- and still had time to eat all meals with DH, go to a reception one night, a Braves game one night, etc. However, very limited time on Internet so was pretty far behind on reading the messages in the Quiltville group. I had seen just a mention of the way you are supposed to cut and sew on the "wings." When I got home Wednesday night I read all the messages that had come thru while I was gone, and realized that I had cut the small light triangles incorrectly. I am using strips of 30-40 lights, so don't need that many from any of the fabrics, and therefore I am cutting them pretty much as I need them, and cutting them one at a time with the fabric always facing up. Now I see that that is wrong - the points on the corners don't match up, so .............. this afternoon I started over on assemblying Clue 2. I don't have enough done to photograph yet - 3 to be exact! And we are going to be out of town this week from Tuesday afternoon to Sunday night, so I will be even farther behind when I get back. I will have time to work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden - Grandmother's Flower Garden - 18 flowers a great thing to work on in the car, but I won't be taking the machine with me on this trip. We are going to Atlanta area for another of DH's conferences, but will be seeing kids and grands too ~~ and another Braves game.

6 comments:

Kristie said...

I did the samething on the cutting but only cut about half of them before I realized they were wrong. I now have all of mine finished, but still need to iron step 2 and 3.

I LOVE you GMF it is beautiful. How big are you making it?
Kristie

Moneik said...

Have fun on your vacation. Sounds like you got a lot done on your last one.

Linda C. said...

Oh, I wish I were close by to show you that you didn't cut anything wrong! The concept that there are rights and lefts is erroneous. They are all just triangles . . . some have a dog ear on one side, and some on the other, but the pieces are interchangeable. One could cut the dog-ear off the other side, too, if you wanted. Just makes me sick, thinking of the extra work some of you are going to, based on this misinterpretation.

vtquilter said...

Love the progress on your projects. I was wondering where you were last month! Glad you are ok and are enjoying travelling.

Connie said...

OMG your flower garden blocks are just lovely!!! That is going to be one beautiful quilt when it's done!

Michele said...

Good to see you posting again!
I love the GFG pattern - I adapted it to make an afghan for my daughter last Christmas, but my flowers were MUCH bigger than for a quilt.