First, I'm working on the borders for the 1st project: Cowboy Corral. I need to add length to the inner border strip on the sides, and according to the instructions, I should be able to sew these two pieces together putting them right sides together, with equal corner tips hanging over and sewing 1/4" seam from little crook to other side crook. (First I cut them at 45 degree angle together right sides up)
What am I not doing correctly?
I decided after that, I would start with the Heirloom Quilting book, and do some samples. I bought some muslin, and Fairfield Cotton Classic and thought I would make up these samples as recommended. These are not batting samples, but straight line quilting samples. ie.. practice.
What kind of marking tools are your favorite? Will a Plain Ole Pencil work?
Anyway, I was doing fine with marking the first 5 examples. Then, I got to the 6th with the diagonal lines that don't intersect and my mind went blurry. So I skipped it and moved to the next one.
I used my 45 degree line on my Creative Grid ruler and attempted to make the lines 1" apart. This took a while to mark 1" away from the previous line and then confirm the 45degree angle. But, it isn't like the way the book suggested with marking the edges with the ruler. The next one was even more tricky with the double lines. I still couldn't figure out how to mark, and so I used the "wrong" method again of measuring from the previous line. Then, I got to the crosshatch one and I just drew a blank, again.
This is my "issue". If I want a 1" grid, I think of it as 1" between lines running parallel. If I measure between the lines at an edge, it is WAY more than an inch between them. If I mark 1" on the edges, the lines are no where near 1" apart.
Ok, so if that is the real measurement, how do you figure out where to mark the edges of something like No. 6, or 10? (counting left to right, top to bottom on the sample page above?)
I have no idea how to figure how far to mark my lines on the edges and how to make them spaced properly. I'm using a 12.5" or 12" square... which ever works!
Anyone have some good math skills that can explain a "simple" way to figure this? Grrr..
No. 6 is especially tricky because I need to figure out where to measure on the inside of the square as well as the outside edges.
and No. 10 seems like a day's worth of geometry to figure out the increment measurements to make them spaced properly if marking from the edges rather than just going for it the way of using one line to measure the next. (which is not recommended because it compounds the smallest error with each new line..)
Ok, anyone able to do the math and explain it to me as well??