Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Jack's Chain

After all the excitement of getting my Farmer's Wife Quilt top completed, I settled down to work on Jack's Chain.  This is my UFO project for April, and I will declare victory if I can piece half of the required blocks.  Tentatively I am planning a twin-size quilt.  It goes together in rows of 8 hexagonal blocks, like the top and bottom rows you see here, and then connecting rows that are basically strips of hexagons alternating with 9-patches.  The piecing isn't too bad; even though there are set-in seams I think I have the basic hang of putting them together without too many puckers.  I can do a couple of blocks a day; I need to make 2 more of the main rows and finish 2 connecting rows to meet my goal for the month.  Every once in a while I do some straightforward piecing of the 9-patch units.
I stayed up way too late last night sorting and playing with fabric.  That's what quilting is all about, right?

This week's work:

  • Farmer's Wife Quilt - finished the top!  I'm thinking about backing now, maybe one of my vintage sheets.
  • March UFO knitting bag - no progress, shame on me (ditto from last week)
  • April UFO Jack's Chain quilt - about 1/2 done with my goal for the month
  • I staged an intervention in my 17-year-old's room while he is off looking at colleges.  There are 16 ties hanging on his tie rack now (there were 4 before, all the rest were on the floor).  I organized his dresser and closet.  Haven't touched the bookshelves yet but they desperately need it, and the whole place needs a good vacuuming and dusting.  I mended some of his clothes and took photos for a tutorial of my jeans-darning method to share sometime soon.
  • knitting Black Roses Stole - small progress
  • Traveling Companion Shawl - small progress
  • knitting cotton bath rug - no progress
  • knitting argyle-fest - no progress
  • spinning - small progress on blue Wensleydale

  • Freshly Pieced is the hub of the WIP Wednesday action: check it out!

    1 comment:

    Dora, the Quilter said...

    It's been a loooooong time since I've seen a Jack's Chain (and it was a vintage quilt). Yours is going to be wonderful, and I'm eager to see it finished.