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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Quilting

Small problem before I could plug in the sewing machine last night. I needed to figure out where I was on the quilt. It is from a Kaffe Fassett book and I am following a chart - It is made up of many different sized squares. I didn't make any notes so I wasn't sure where I was and it took about 10 minutes to get back on track. (I tell knitters to leave notes in their knitting bags so when they pick up a project that has been sitting for awhile they know where they are in the pattern. HELLO! Follow your own advice.) Then I needed to cut some more squares. I hate that part. If someone would cut them out for me I would be happy just to sew. I got some squares joined and all was going well. Then it wasn't going so good. Something happened with my bobbin and the machine starting jamming. I didn't touch anything so I was stumped. I tried to fix it but just got frustrated. I unplugged the machine and moved onto knitting. I guess someone was trying to tell me to get my scarf finished. Maybe I can figure it out tonight. Here is the quilt so far. This strip will be a few squares longer and then there are two more strips.
My work would be going quicker if I cut the squares in the numbers that Kaffe asked for and then I could follow the chart. Instead I have many more fabrics so I'm putting colours wherever I want. I like the look but it means more planning to make sure that colours are evenly distributed.

I talked with my mom and she has an extra machine. Beth is bringing it home for me so I can finish the strip tonight. I did a bit of measuring and Kaffe only asks for three strips. If it is going to go on my king size bed then I will have to add in another strip. 

Here's a little teaser of some yarn that should be coming soon from Dream in Color. Smooshy with Cashmere. Great for socks but you can also use it for a scarf or shawl.
With its luscious blend of luxury fibers, Smooshy with Cashmere is opulence in a skein. The smooth, plied base, combined with our unique dyeing process, gives Smooshy with Cashmere its deep and lushly-shaded tones. And, 20% cash­mere makes this yarn divinely next-to-skin soft, while 10% nylon lends a durability that means Smooshy with Cashmere is equally at home in socks and open, airy lacework.
70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon
4 oz. & 400 yds.
7.5 – 9 sts. inch
U.S. 0 to 2 needles



These are just a sampling of the colours. I believe that there are 14 or 15 coming in total.

Look who came to work today. Eos. I'm making progress. It was way too cold and windy to go outside for a picture.
Mr. UPS just brought in some boxes from Rowan including 3 new colours of All Seasons Chunky (wouldn't my sweater look great in the fuchsia??)
And Rowan Studio 28
Inspired by the 1960's 'Mod' look, this collection features strong graphic patterns and bold stripes. The designs predominantly feature our Rowan Kid Classic yarn with the addition of Kidsilk Haze to some designs to emphasize the trend for thick and thin textures.



I'm going to sign off and get back to Eos. Maybe I can get the back done today.

2 comments:

Geri said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

I'm not an expert but sometimes when the machine jams, the thread has gotten bunched up somewhere. I've been told to never pull the thread backwards through the machine but to cut it near the spool and pull it through in the same direction as it runs when sewing. Same applies if you have a bobbin case for the bobbin - snip the thread and pull the end through the bobbin case rather than pulling the bobbin and thread back through the bobbin case.

Good luck with your machine.

Sally said...

Gorgeous, But they could at least feed that girl. Love the quilt. And you can get some really nice precut squares all over eBay. Some people actually LOVE cutting them out.