The super-secret project is at the longarmer’s. The binding has been prepared and just waiting for the next step.
I have a new Stitchers project in my head (and in my Electric Quilt). It will be scrappy 60-degree diamonds with sashing.
EQ7 doesn’t have tools to deal with diamonds and triangles that require geometry to figure out. In my case, I found a layout in the library that looked like the diamonds should be 60 degrees, but you have to stand on your head to find out what the default angle is. Here’s how you do it: color a plain block in the layout and select it with the select tool (the black arrow at the top of the vertical toolbar). Then go to Print>Rotary Cutting>Preview>Zoom in>click and drag over cutting diagram to see what the angle is. In the case of the 8″ x 14″ Variable Point the default is 59 degrees (close). The 7″ x 10″ Variable Point is 70 degrees. I didn’t want a block as big as 8×14, so my problem was trying to figure out a good size and keep it at 60 degrees. I want to be able to use either a ruler with a 60 degree mark or a specialty ruler in the construction, rather than templates.
So, at Stitchers yesterday, we talked about how to accomplish this but none of us could remember our high-school geometry. I asked about it later on the Info-EQ list and got a very detailed method which requires the Pythagorean Theorem. I think there should be a website that you can use to calculate this kind of stuff. It would be even better if it were built into EQ. After all the trial and error, I settled on a 6″ x 10-5/16″ diamond.
Anyway, that’s what’s going on over here, head on over to Judy L’s site to see what everyone else is working on.