|This was the pile before the final 3 arrived. Yes: Bleh.|
|Isn't this amazing?|
Well, it's gonna be amazing. HOWEVER, let me warn you - many of the deJonge patterns do not have the papers you actually stitch on, but only have a master copy. This is one of them. (Of course - that's my luck!) So you have to make your own foundation papers. The instructions suggest tracing each one, but I was not about to do that. My printer does a very good job of copying exactly 100%, thank you!
The masters are full of big black squares, though, and not wanting to waste that much ink, I did trace sections of each checkerboard arch to make copies from. (By the way, you ARE allowed to get photocopies for your own use, but not to share with others. Jacqueline stated in an email to us to make sure, if we're getting copies, that they print out exactly 100%, so there you have it, right there. I did not break any copyright laws by using my printer instead of my pencil.)
Now, here's a tip that can save you LOTS and LOTS of money: Don't Buy Foundation Papers or Fabrics. Use newsprint. You can go to a printing press and ask for an "End Roll". These are the leftovers on a roll that won't last the next printing, so they discard them. Many places will let you have one for free. Mine was a gift from a gentleman in our guild who takes his truck to the printer's and asks for as much as they'll give him for $10. He typically drives away with 7-10 endrolls.
|My endroll is 23" wide - perfect for cutting 4 sheets at a time out of a spread such as this.|
To use the newsprint with my printer, I needed to cut it into paper sizes. A bit of a pain, but definitely worth the money saved when I used 98 sheets of the stuff! That would have cost quite a bit in "official" foundation paper or fabric.
You do have to be careful and make sure your printer is not set on "fit to page" or any custom size that will give you anything other than an exact replica. And you can't use the fast setting, because the paper's too thin and will slip.
After printing all the duplications for each section out and CAREFULLY slicing the rows apart, according to directions, I finally have this complete set of foundation pieces all ready to go!
Goodness - it's been so long since I did a WIP post, I forgot to include a link to the party!
It really keeps me motivated to keep those UFOs going! (Go check out what everyone else is doing - there are some really neat projects out there!)
This week's stats:
New Projects – (Listen With Your Eyes by Jacqueline deJonge)
Completed Projects This Week - 0
In Active Progress - 1 (Listen)
UFO Firing Range - 31.333
Finishes for 2011 - 24
Completed tops awaiting quilting:
One charity wheelchair quilt
Center of Marissa’s Moment of Freakishness
Marissa’s Moment Pillowcase panel
Wagon Wheels West #2
We Love Kelly
Devon's Silk Spinners
Kelly's Thirties Hand Quilter
Poor Forgotten Orphan from 15 Years Ago