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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

crochet flower square

aahh..i do love it when something "clicks". for the longest i have tried to read {and follow} a crochet pattern. i realize now more of the logistics behind the craft. basically, crochet is a series of loops and pulls. going from a single crochet, to a double to a triple adds height to the stitch. also, the amount of times you do a stitch in a single hole gives you ruffles or frills or holes. {{yawn yawn says the old hookers...but these are things that i just did not understand till now..}} so, when a pattern says 3sc - it means to do a single chain three times  into that one hole. eureka indeed!
this pattern was passed on by the lovely tamara {dont you just love it when bloggers share crafty links!?}
the free pattern is at the every so talented rosehip blog.
three cheers for crochet !
hip hip hooray!!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Quilting


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Weekend Sewing!
My princess + frog + unicorn quilt is finally underway.
I am thrilled to pieces {ha ha get it?} ..this is so much fun. I am using a simple block pattern
with 12 inch squares (by Heather Ross) bordered with a nice brown cotton
(by Amy Butler)...this pattern is found  Material Obsession.

Quilting is such a holy word.
It is such peaceful mindful meditation.
As I pin and piece and sew , my mind is clear
and reflective. I think of my quilting ladies.
They seem to be all around me.
Two (of many) beautiful quilts that my 'Thimble Game' Grandmother has made.
When I tell her I am making a quilt her eyes get such a twinkle.
She is a restful sweet lady in her 8th decade of life now, and
has made so many beautiful treasures that she has shared with us all!
My paternal grandmother was an excellent craftster as well. She dabbled in so many different things...embroidery, doillies, crochet and knitting, running her own business, and of course quilting.
As I was working on my quilt yesterday, my thoughts also went to her. She passed down to me a homemade quilt to which she named her " million dollar quilt ".
{That's it above}
It's really a one inch cathedral window quilt..but she said that's what she'd take to make another.
Funny.
Are there quilts in your life?