I have a Gammill Classic Plus longarm. The Classic refers to the throat space…I think mine is 24 or 26 inches. The Plus means I have a stitch regulator, and yes it is on all the time! One of my quirks is that I “float” my top and batting. I pin both the top and bottom edges of the backing fabric to the canvas leaders, then I layer the top and batting and only baste the top edge. Some instructors have you pin the bottom edge of the quilt top to a separate roller bar, but I prefer to have access to all my layers as I go. When I advance the quilt by rolling it up to a new, un-quilted section, I can flip the quilt top back and smooth out the batting and backing. Floating is one of those things that I file under “Doing what works for me.”
Here are my thread choices for the Irish Chain commission:
I will match thread to fabric. The outer border is blue, so that is what I started with. I am stitching a simple feather in the blue border, and swirls in the blue squares. I am also stitching in the ditch around all the blue pieces. (Another WWFM choice…some quilters hate stitch in the ditch! I am not perfect with my stitching lines, sometimes they jump out of the ditch, but it does help to secure the top.) I will work from top to bottom, stitching everything that needs blue thread, then I will change to purple and work back up.
I am saving the white and grey section for last. If you noticed from the thread picture, I am kind of low on those colors. My initial thought is to use the grey, just so the quilting can be seen. I will start with the center designs, and then if I run out I can finish the outer squares with the white. I am going to quilt the married couple’s names and wedding date in the center, and then some personal emblems, and the out squares might have heart or circular feather wreaths.
Have I mentioned The Fiber Factor? It is a knitting reality show that I heard about a few weeks ago. 12 knit designers were chosen to compete in several challenges over the rest of the year. They usually get about 3 weeks to design and knit their projects. Friday June 28 will be the announcement of the Round 2 winner, and next week they will start on Challenge #3. The contest is sponsored by Skacel, a yarn and needle distributor, most well-know for Addi needles.
Challenge #1 was “Knit your Life.” One of the designers, Rachel of Remily Knits, made a shawl called “Evolution” that progresses from a garter stitch beginning to cables and intricate lace borders. She has graciously offered her pattern for free and is hosting a knit-along on Ravelry.
This was my first pick for yarn:Unfortunately, it is laceweight, a detail that I missed in my rush to order online. The pattern calls for sport weight! So I ordered some more yarn in the recommended Zitron Unisono, hopefully it will be here on Friday. I though about sending this stuff back, but then I checked my Ravelry queue and noticed a lace shawl pattern called “Pretty as a Peacock.” I am conveniently ignoring the fact that I have a half-finished lace shawl in a bag in the closet, which was started about 4 years ago! SOMEDAY I will be ready with yarn and pattern, LOL.
I hope you are enjoying summer. My daughter and her friend are picnicking on the front porch with ice packs and a squirt bottle to stay cool. Such is life in Phoenix…we may hit 120 this weekend, yoowza. Thank goodness for air conditioning!