Today saw me finishing up the binding and label on my latest project, a lap quilt made from a moda scrap bag and yardage. I made the quilt as a thank you to a friend who was kind enough to take me out for a couple of driving lessons to brush up on my skills before I had to take my final driving test. Unknowingly I had let my license expire so had to take a re-test, scary stuff as the test is much more extensive now 35 years later.
I didn’t really know what colours to use for the quilt but then thought everyone loves Christmas and so that’s what I settled on using fabric from the “Adoring” line by Sandy Gervais from Moda. I decided the easiest way to use the differing widths from the scrap bag was to make a Chinese Coin quilt and it was just a matter of arranging and sewing the strips together and then cutting the strips into six inch widths, stacking the widths and then sewing them. I then picked out some solid green for the accent and backing and voila all done.
I machine quilted in the ditch around the solid green bars and meander-stitched inside the coin bars. The hardest part of putting this quilt together was choosing what colour would match the coin fabrics. It true the saying that “the quilt makes itself” as I didn’t really want green for the solid but out of all the fabrics in the store that’s what went the best. Glad to have another one finished and hope my friend likes it.
Well I was supposed to be finishing up this project:
Moda scrap bag quilt with some Spring Fever strips.
This is a small quilt made out of one Moda scrap bag and I added in some small blue, pink and purple squares along with the white. The fabric at the top is some lime green and orange I dyed up to compliment the quilt, the green being the backing and the orange for the binding. I had every intention of finishing off the quilt within a couple of days of my last post but instead I got sidetracked by this:
Diamond Knit Shawl using homespun from Lionbrand using colourway Barrington.
I started working on this at our blessings group that meets Wednesday mornings at the church. Our group of ladies get together where we sit and chat and work on projects that get donated to those that need them, mostly prayer shawls, hats, scarves and mittens and perhaps some chemo caps as well.
Anyhow once I started working on knitting the shawl the quilt dropped by the wayside. It’s a bad habit of mine starting one project and then not finishing it before something else appeals. I was waiting to blog until I finished the quilt but since it’s taking major effort for the shawl I thought I should post something. The shawl is very picky to do. The pattern isn’t hard but you combine the pattern with the yarn choice and well lets just say it takes some effort.
The yarn is a loosely twisted fibre and has a tendency to split so I always seem to be picking up a few extra strands now and then and it’s hard to pull through the knitted stitches. It didn’t help that I started off with straight needles that were more blunt at the tips. I didn’t realise until I switched to the cable needles how much the fat tips were slowing me down. It made me realise that you’re only as good as your equipment. I’ve ordered some new tips from Knitpicks that should be even faster.
Knitpicks has this wonderful system of interchangeable needles and cables. The needle tips screw onto the cables so you can mix and match the different lengths that any one project needs. The ones I like are the nickel-plated needles with the fine tips. The cables are wonderful as well because they are supple with little memory. This makes a difference because the cable needle I’m working with now tends to stay coiled when I work with it. The cable gets this way from sitting in the package between uses so it’s always a struggle to keep the needles from twisting while knitting.
I don’t know how much longer this shawl will take. It starts at a point and then grows and grows so now I’m at the point where it takes quite a bit of time just to get across one row. I feel like I’m knitting a blanket. Hopefully whoever gets it will appreciate the effort that’s going into it.