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Another Crochet Baby Blanket Finish

A Finish!, Crafting, Crochet, Donation Crafting March 27, 2017

It’s been a challenge (and I’ll bet you can guess why) but I did finally get the fringes added to the Sweet’n Sunny crocheted baby blanket.

I enjoy making these simple, single crochet, one color, variegated yarn blankets. I think they turn out pretty. They are easy because there’s no counting involved – which is good because I’m not good at counting when I’m fully focused, let alone while I’m watching my favorite episode of NCIS, Big Bang, or Elementary. I’ve made several of these single crochet, variegated yarn blankets since I first learned to crochet.

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Groups Are Great For Inspiring Me To Try New Things

A Finish!, Crafting, Loom Knitting March 27, 2017

A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of my favorite charity donation groups, Sew For Kids Volunteers and was inspired!

Being inspired wasn’t what was unusual. I’m usually inspired by this group of caring people who band together to help provide formula, blankets, quilts, winter coats, shoes, boots, firewood, school clothes, school supplies, diapers, and other items for the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Usually I am inspired to make more quilts, scarves, baby blankets, crocheted hats — things I already make. The poverty there is so extreme that the need is never fully met…so those of us in the group keep making, buying, sending.

However, one of the ladies in the group had posted a picture of four hats and a scarf that she’d made on one of the looms like the one pictured above. Another lady posted that she could loom a hat in an hour or so. The idea of being able to make a hat in an hour appealed to me so I purchased the set of looms above and jumped right into a whole new craft.

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A New Crumb Block Project

Crafting, Quilting, Quilts In Progress March 12, 2017

I can amass a lot of crumb blocks in a short time. You may remember me writing about having 53 of the blocks a while back. As the number of blocks grew beyond 53 and as I began to get bored making star blocks with crumb block centers, I started thinking about what else I could do with the crumb blocks. This heart quilt is one of several ideas I came up with

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110 Quilted Potholders – Book Review

A Finish!, Craft Books, Crafting, Laurie Reads, Quilting March 8, 2017

110 Quilted Potholders is a 63 page book which offers up the patterns for 110 pretty potholders. The photo to the left shows the first five that I made using this book. The top pink/purple block is the Coxey’s Army block from page 19 in the book. The top orange block is the Double Pinwheel block from page 47 of the book. The pink and green block is July Fourth from page 20. The pink and yellow block is Sunlight and Shadow from page 33. Last but not least is the Single Irish Chain block from page 45.

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Where To Buy Scraps For Scrap Quilts

Quilting, Shopping!, Uncategorized February 6, 2017

For those of us who make scrap quilts finding enough scraps, in enough variety, is a big deal! When we find the scraps we need we hoard them, sleep with them, and guard them…or get a friendly feline friend to guard them for us.

It takes a long time to collect enough scraps, with enough range in color, texture, and value to create a scrap quilt if our only source of scraps is from our own sewing. While I personally save all of my scraps over an inch square for quilting and I save scraps and trimmings smaller than that for stuffing cat beds, I wouldn’t have near the quantity or variety of scraps necessary to make a scrap quilt, let alone multiple scrap quilts from my scraps alone. Which brings us to the important question of where to get scraps for scrap quilts.

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Pink & Floral Quilt – In Progress For A Couple Years

Quilting, Quilts In Progress February 4, 2017

I first purchased this fabric and cut out the quilt pieces two or three years ago. I made a couple of blocks but got sidetracked with other quilt projects and let this one languish in a bin for a while. I’ve always liked it though and yesterday took it out and made a few more blocks. Having worked on it again, I now remember why I bought the fabrics. The floral is beautiful up close. It has lots of bright cheerful colors…bright pink, lighter pink, bright gold, yellow, and orange. There’s a bright, cheerful, enthusiasm to the fabrics that made me happy as I was working on it again.

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Passing On Christmas Traditions To A New Generation

A Finish!, Crafting January 9, 2017

Now that I’ve given away most of the gifts I have for this year I am feeling at once a sense of calm and peace, but also an eagerness to dive into next year. I think one of the things we will be doing more of this year are the family gatherings with a crafting focus. It’s fun to see the younger generation picking up that tradition and it’s fun for the older generation to pick it up again too. Crafting makes a nice focus to form a gathering around.

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My Bins Are Empty! I’m Feeling A Bit Bereft!

Crafting, Donation Crafting, Items For Pine Ridge December 10, 2016

Last Monday was shipping day! Finally!

Shipping day seems like a day that I work toward for a long time – much the way I usually work all year making things for Christmas. I’d be dishonest if I said that I don’t feel a bit of the same let down that I typically feel after Christmas…after all of the gifts for the season are exchanged…and the excitement of imagining the receiver’s pleasure in their gifts has passed and it’s simply time to start again on the next year’s gifts.

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