Sunday, June 28, 2009

Carnival Ride and Chalk

I had fun today putting the newest block of Annie's Quilters Palette together. It is called Carnival Ride and I did the impossible. I did it BACKwards!! Am I dyslexic or what?

You have to be very very careful constructing this block which is composed of three templates. It is actually possible to mess it up really well and still think you are doing it right. My problem is that I think I've got it down so I don't catch the minutia while watching the instructional video(s). I'm wondering if I am the only one to have ever done this? I have absolutely no idea where I went wrong. If I made another one, perhaps I would figure it out, but that ain't gonna happen too soon!

When I finished the block it just didn't look right. So I went back to the video and snapped a screen shot of a sample block. Take a look, can you see how my block is different? Maybe Annie will know what I did. We have an online video chat scheduled for tomorrow night and I will ask her.

In the meanwhile, getting an average of 5 hours of sleep lately, I sat down in my easy chair, tuned in HGTV and took a nap! When I awoke an hour later, I checked my email and saw something about Petal Play and decided to investigate. Always the curiosity hound, I clicked on the link to Petal Play Video Tips, and lo and behold, there was a video by Joan Shay explaining how to replace the lead in my wonderful Bohin mechanical chalk pencil! I haven't had to change the lead yet, so the method of doing so came as a bit of a surprise. If you haven't invested in one of these, I recommend you do so. They are wonderful. And I was able to use mine with the Carnival Ride block. Here is the video:

The Chalk Pencil by Bohin and how to replace the chalk!

While I was working on my blocks the other night I heard the sweetest sounds coming from our little Baby Girl. I decided to investigate and here is what I found. Now how cute is that??? This precious little bundle makes my heart happy ALL THE TIME!


GmaTerri said...

I watched Annie's videos of the carnival ride instructions last night (yes, I'm behind) and realized that the "dark" can be on either the right or left side of each point. My coworker Linda, who is also taking the course, completed her square as you did, with the dark on the left. Rewatch the video, #1 I think, where Annie points to the carnvial ride square in the blue/white quilt and compare it to the same square she points to next with orange in it. The darks are opposite! So your square is just fine as is.


lissylaine said...

Thanks so much, by the way, for the video of the Bohin pencil. I just got one of these yesterday at the quilt show in Knoxville, and can't wait to try it out. Didn't realize that it's not like a regular mechanical pencil for lead replacements, so that was REALLY helpful!