Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along - Jack's Chain edition

Jack's Chain is a completed quilt top now!  I overcalculated the number of blocks needed and have enough extra for a small baby quilt too.
It will be interesting to figure out an appropriate quilting pattern and then the binding will be like binding a double wedding ring, but those are both in the future.  Also in the future is a big "how-to" construction post, because I kind of would like to record that for posterity.  This is an obscure pattern but it deserves more popularity.  And it totally is not that hard and doesn't require any special construction techniques other than set-in seams (and a lot of them).  There are always some spots where the points don't perfectly meet, but a good pressing makes it lie flat.
I'm working on the binding of the Framed-In quilt.  This is the first time I've used a vintage sheet for a backing and it went pretty well.  The higher thread count does mean it's a little harder to stitch down the binding.  I should probably change to a finer needle than I'm using.
In knitting, I've succumbed to the Color Affection virus going around.  I'm using various yarns that have been in my stash for awhile; both of these are reclaimed from thrift-store sweaters I unraveled, and the third color will be more of the alpaca from my Traveling Companion shawl.  Henle Latin book 1 is my reading material for the week because I am still in the midst of all the year-end craziness.  This is the text I use for 6th and 7th grade.  Final exams this week!

  • Jack's Chain Quilt - finished top!
  • Framed In Quilt - binding
  • What will be my next quilt project? I'm honestly not sure.
  • Black Roses Stole - maybe 55% done 
  • knitting cotton bath rug - no progress
  • knitting argyle-fest - no progress
  • spinning - working on blue laceweight Wensleydale - Halfway through another bobbin

  • Linking up to Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and Small Things for the Yarn-Along.


    Amy said...

    Wow I bet there are a lot of set in seams! Good job,it must require a good bit of patience.

    Anonymous said...

    It is so beautiful and I love the colors, great job!!!

    CapitolaQuilter said...

    I'm looking forward to the how to post in the future because your quilt is really amazing. Visiting from WIP link up. Happy Quilting.

    Nita said...

    I've never seen that quilt pattern's very beautiful and old-fashioned looking. I bet it will be lovely on a bed.

    Chez Roo said...

    I love the chain quilt! That pattern seems very versatile.

    Tanya said...

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

    Michelle said...

    That is so pretty! I've got a Jack's Chain pattern in an old magazine that I've been just dying to try, but I haven't learned set in seams yet. I'm guessing all it will take is an afternoon of reasing tutorials and experimenting, but I keep putting if off.