Saturday, July 21, 2012

Miss Luella meets Aunt Millie

 Miss Luella (my featherweight) and I went a little crazy in Aunt Millie's Closet.  I was trying to stretch myself with some creative fabric placement. I played with 2.5 inch squares until I was dizzy. At some point I just had to bite the bullet and sew!

Lori Holt, of Bee in My Bonnet, designs some of my favorite fabric. I've used Sew Cherry in previous projects and managed to sneak a few pieces into these blocks. 
I'm also sewing blocks with Pam Kitty Morning fabric for a separate quilt. Can a person have too many Great Grannies? I don't think so!

After all this sewing with vibrant color, I think I'll be ready to sew a low volume quilt.

Monday, July 16, 2012

No Confusion Fusion Crochet

In preparation for my part alongside the Fushion Blanket Team with Corey and Cindy I experimented with more blocks than I dare show youAfter crocheting a block as shown in the original pattern, I decided it was way too fiddly for my level (or lack of) expertise. I developed something easier for myself. Why create stress (which is way too easy for me to do)? I lost patience with myself for having such a difficult time settling on the details for my block. How many stitches should I have? Should I round the corners or square the corners?  Tight crochet or loose crochet?  What I landed on is what you see in the above photo. No more changes. I'm sticking with it for better or worse. I've been married for 32 years so I guess I'm that kind of person. A great thing about this project is that you can make your blocks in a way that reflects you! If you've seen the blocks posted on Flickr you know exactly what I am saying!

I had a few questions asked about the crochet hook I showed in a previous picture. I bought this set on Etsy. They are made with Boye hooks which are my favorite. Polymer clay is wrapped around the stem of the hook and they are extremely comfortable to use. You can purchase individual hooks so no need to invest in a set.  

My block details: 
Lila Tueller Bohemian Festival fabric (that Cindy brought to me from Quilt Market)
Tahki Cotton Yarn purchased from
Royale Fashion Crochet Thread (size 3) doubled for blanket stitch (Joann's)
Double crochet all around
In a future post I'd like to share a few of my favorite crochet blogs. I don't want to get too longwinded. And when it's 105 outside, it's time for a nap!

Linking up to W.I.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, July 9, 2012 is good

You may recognize the above picture from a previous post. I enjoy crocheting granny squares. It's one of the only crochet patterns I can do with ease. I wish I could crochet amigurumi!

 Now I'm participating in the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along. It can't get much better than combining fabric with crochet!
And if that won't keep me busy I ran across this new Great Granny Along! These grannies have an extra round!
Lori of Bee in My Bonnet has a new take on the pattern that many of us have been making.

I saved the best granny news for last!
I'm the granny of an adorable 20 month old boy! And he will be welcoming a sister in November! I see a lot of this in my future!

Deborah XOXOXO

Monday, July 2, 2012

Out of the Loop

I've been away from the internet for awhile!  This takes a little getting used to, especially for someone like me who loves to read blogs!

My husband and I  have a cabin at Huntington Lake which is about 75 miles from where we live. My sister, my daughter and I gathered to celebrate our July birthdays which all fall within the first week and a half of July.

July is a a busy month for us! Our wedding anniversary is in July and so is our son-in-law's birthday!

A local resort offers free wifi and on a few occasions I was able to pop over to take advantage of that. In the days before cell phones we really felt isolated from civilization!

The randomly chosen winner for the Fushion Blanket Crochet Along giveaway is Lisa. I'll be sending you an email soon!

See you soon with some quilting and crocheting progress!
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