Quilting and Crocheting

I can’t believe my one-year blog-aversary flew by! Thank you for all the kind comments, encouragement and support that you’ve all given a newcomer like me over the past year. I came back to sewing after a somewhat trying period in my life, sharing my sewing journey with you all has been so rewarding and fulfilling and I’m so grateful. Here’s to another year of love, health and craft for all of us, for everyone.

Last week I took two classes, one in beginner crochet and one in modern patchwork. I’m not finished with either project yet but here’s what I have so far.

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It’s a cowl and I love the deep eggplant purple. It’s crochet in the round, cast on using a chain stitch and then alternating rows of single crochet and double crochet until it is about 8 inches in width. I wish I could tell you more but as I’m just a beginner I’m still picking up the lingo. I will say that having tried my hand at knitting, I think I’m more of a crochet person. It’s easier on my fingers.

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And here’s my first ever quilted — something. I guess it’s a square placemat. I love the fabric though, it’s a solid orange and an Anna Maria Horner print. Next time I go in, I’ll work on binding it (I can’t figure out why my pictures are so blurry, if you click on them they’re clearer).

Things may be quiet around here over the next few weeks as I’ll be spending some much needed time with family and friends. Be safe and I hope to see you and your projects in the new year!

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The Asterisk Block

I’m so excited to share my very first completed quilt block with you!

The asterisk block is the first of two quilt blocks featured for the month of January via Craftsy’s free year long course “Block of the Month” taught by Amy Gibson. Both fabrics are from IKEA and have been sitting in my stash since the summer.  The solid green is from IKEA’s “Ditte” line, and the printed one is “Cecilia”. As an absolute novice quilter I have to say that after watching the first video, I love the Craftsy teaching format because you can watch the video as many times as you want, and the patterns are provided in pdf format to download and print if you need constant reminders during cutting (I definitely did). Amy Gibson is an amazing teacher and the pace of the course is perfect (two blocks a month) and by the end of the year I hope to have a cute mod lap quilt completed.

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Can you believe this block only took me two hours to complete?! I thought quilting was so much more complicated but not with blocks likes these!

That’s one new years resolution off to a good start, next up is the wonky pound sign block!