I'll try to answer all questions at once:
Through browsing the Yahoo group for the Series 8 I saw a mention about HoopSisters and the BOM that is called Crazy Compass
. I enquired but told it was sold to dealers and I have to sign up for a course. Fat chance here in Switzerland. When I examined the photo of the quilt, I realized that it wasn't the look I wanted to achieve. I wanted the result to look the same as if it had been pieced the "normal" way. So I started on my own.
Having time on the train from Lausanne to Villeneuve, I started to examine Carol's templates. I have taken Joanne Winn's
course on applique at QU in which we constructed 2 Dresden Plates
. Again close but not what I wanted. The Dresden Plate closes the circle by carefully turning over the final edge and stitching it down with a small straight stitch. The center circle and the outside edge of the plate are finished with decorative stitches.
Also having done lots of applique in the hoop, I decided that I could construct the segments in the hoop using these techniques but I would have to compromise by joining the segments the old fashioned way.
How long to digitize: To actually digitize takes minutes because it is all straight lines. The trick is to organize the pieces in the proper order, to separate them by color, and to create a placement line to accurately and efficiently place the following piece so that right sides are together.
When I realized that the Jumbo hoop could contain 4 segments. I reorganized the pieces so that I could sew out all 4 outlines, then sew down all the "1's" and the placement line for the "2's". I sewed out all 4 "2's" then removed the hoop, flipped them over, pressed & lightly glued them down. Reattach the hoop, sew placement lines for "3's", positioned them, sewed all, then removed the hoop, etc. When the final piece is pressed and glued, I sewed the triangle outline to retain the shape without any distortion. Removed them from the hoop and trimmed.
Time: Now it takes me 10-15 minutes to digitize and organize. Only do one segment, then duplicate and rotate. It takes me about 30 minutes to sew & trim the 4 segments but I waste a lot of time because I have to press & glue in another room.
Now for the photos following Amanda's instructions