March is Vince’s birthday month and my March scheduled start is Forever and Ever. Last night I started working on it and got part of the top border done.
You can probably see the purple thread running under the bottom portion of the border. That’s my reference line. I’ve talked about it before. I feel like the borders are similar to the foundation on a home. That has to be perfect or there will be problems. I stitch two threads below the bottom line that will be stitched. That keeps me from stitching into that thread and damaging the stitching threads when removing the basting thread.
I’m using Bottom Line by Superior that was leftover from my quilting days. As you can see, it’s a 60 weight, which is super thin, poly thread so that it leaves no fuzz or residue behind when I remove it.
I’m using 40 count Baby Sheep linen by XJu Designs. (Baby Sheep is the color – no baby sheep were harmed).
Here’s a good example of why we should always do our own calculations as to what size fabric we will need. In a comment yesterday, someone commented that on the chart we’re using for the SAL, the size of the fabric needed is not correct. I think the error is that it says the design will be larger than it is but . . if the design said it would be smaller than it is, we would run out of fabric.
Most every chart (every one I’ve seen) lists the number of stitches high and the number of stitches wide. Once the chart has been purchased, open it up and check those numbers! Designers can make mistakes. We all can and we all do!
Last night before I started stitching, I checked the numbers given with the numbers on the actual chart, then I plugged them into the calculator. It all worked out exactly as this pattern suggested but it just never hurts to double check.