I had hoped to get a glamorous shot of the new shawl but I was running around packing, doing errands, rebooking flights … Yes, my flights were canceled … Twice! Keith finally got me booked though NY to VA since it was apparent that nothing was going to fly though Atlanta tomorrow.
I did unpin the shawl and toss it around one of my favorite shirts. I have it draped shawl like in the photo but this one can also be scrunched up around the neck and worn as a scarf.
I’m hoping my sisters will be able to get to mom’s this weekend. They’re both driving and there may be too much snow.
Can you believe I spent 6+ hours last night binding off this shawl? It’s blocking now and you’ll see it again once I’m able to get a glamour shot but can you believe that I can make something this beautiful? I can’t!
I love the sparkle from the beads.
The Wolle’s CCC yarn (color changing cotton) was a little fussy to work with, 4 strands that aren’t twisted together, but worth the effort. I’ve got 5 other skeins that will eventually become shawls.
This shawl by the way is wider than the other one skein ones I’ve done other than the Calla Shawl and even preblocking, wrapped around my shoulders or neck easily and stayed in place well.
Keith left me in the cold this weekend while he’s basking in the warmer temps in south Florida so I decided to have a HeartStrings sew along this Fri/Sat/Sun. Everyone is kind of working on their own blocks already in progress but I’m starting a set to make my own version of this quilt of Ann’s.
Since she used 2.5 inch strips it even meets my 2014 — 2.5 inch strip challenge. I’m not sure of all of Ann’s measurements but I’m using the following.
Black Center strip is cut 2 inches
I’m using 2.5 inch strips that are leftover from other projects
Black corners are cut from 5 inch squares that are cut in half on the diagonal.
I did get 16 blocks pieced and tossed up on the design wall but the light was bad so I didn’t bother to take a photo yet. The goal is to make the 48 blocks I need for a top this weekend … Allowing plenty of time for knitting and the Olympics!
I knew it was the fabric causing the problem yesterday!! I had no thread breakage with the quilt before or the one tonight thank goodness ,
I’ve had this top a while … Pieced by Nikki in VA, it’s from one of our projects last year. Quilted with the pantograph Seaweed.
Just one more of the 9 donation tops I had here is left to be quilted. It’s the only one I need to piece a back for since I was able to pull all the others from backs sent to me by Tish. I have others from her but none of the fabrics in them are quite right and I have one in stash that will work.
Normally I would have started the bindings on these especially with the Olympics being on but I’ve decided that I’ll devote my Olympic watching time to knitting this year … Just one way I’m balancing my donation quilting with my personal projects this year.
It wasn’t easy but I’m done. This was another HeartStrings top I brought back from the last WI/MN sew-in.
I’ve decided that the fabric was culprit here … Some thicker, stiffer fabrics, and a couple with glitter/metallic surfaces.
I also know that darker colored thread is more fragile so although I tried two cones of the darker blue, I decided to go back to the lighter blue I was using on the last quilt. It had less breakage and by sewing very slow, avoiding the glittery fabrics as much as possible, and keeping the quilt very loose, I was able to finish.
Funny thing is that it’s very difficult to see the color difference in the thread on the quilt … The only place I can tell is in the two rows that are side by side and only in the dark blue center string. Can you see the difference?