Friday, September 23, 2011

TA DAH!! It's Finished. . . now, back to quilting ;-)

Well, it's done... my Giant Granny from the CAL on Sucrette's blog is finished. It took exactly 3 weeks to make -- one to do the crochet, and two to decide how to finish it and put on 3 more rows to balance the colors. Isn't that funny? For me, design always takes longer than the actual "making" of something. 

It turned out quite BIG! Here it is covering half the loveseat in my living room. lol...

First, I tried making the edging shells of Treble Crochets ... that seemed pretty heavy for this blanket.

So, I pulled it out and redid it using Double Crochet instead. This looks much better [pic below].  Do you agree? The smaller edging doesn't dominate the whole blanket; just sits nicely on the edge and behaves itself. lol. It looks a bit unruly now, but will look better after it has been blocked.

This afghan is too big to get the whole thing in one picture, but I think the pic below shows enough of it that you can see the colors.

This was a very fun project to do. It was even more enjoyable because I have been crocheting along with friends: EllyD, LuAnn, Katrin, and Sucrette [this is a new URL for Sucrette].  All these ladies make fabulous art! I'm looking forward to sharing another project together sometime.

Well, this is the end of crochet for awhile -- I must get back to sewing, quilting, and finishing up those last two placemats and I have a new embroidery project all ready to go: [the drawing comes from BariJ's site. I redrew a few of the lines to more closely fit my needs -- artist's license, eh?!]

Thank you for stopping by to visit. I hope you will come back again... until then, may you have loads of time to quilt, sew, stitch, crochet, knit. . . whatever makes YOU happy! What do you like to do the best?


PS: There is a link to a Flicker site on Sucrette's blog [or click on the button above and on the right side of my blog], if you would like to see what the other Giant Grannies look like.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Making this Giant Granny Square has been a lot of fun. And, hey, it keeps me busy and off the streets so what's not to like?! lol.

To share my progress with you, I've u/l a few photos. Notice in the first two, my little "helper" snuggeled into the yarn -- I left my seat for a few minutes and when I came back I saw her. Couldn't resist taking Missy's picture!

[When Missy saw me with the camera, she ducked her head...
she seems to be saying, "... you can't see me!"]

This afghan is BIG! It covers the whole top of my Queen size bed. I plan on crocheting about 3 more rows to balance out some color and lights n darks, then will put the edging on. The edging will be white. I'm trying to think up a simple edging, but so far have not decided. I hope you like the pictures. If nothing else, this blankie is colorful! lol

Now it's time to get back to sewing. I have a few placemats calling my name saying, "come finish my quilting!" And then there are a few Siggies to make.  Sewing, Quilting and Quilting Friends bring a lot of happiness into my life. I'm so grateful we share this craft with each other!

Thank you for stopping by to visit. I hope you will come back again... until then, may you have loads of time to quilt, sew and stitch!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Hello Friends,
This has been a really busy week. I did find time to put almost 40 rounds on my Giant Granny Square. I'm wondering if this Brilliant and Zingy Orange might just be a little TOO much??? What does everyone think? If I add Orange on round 40, will Orange be all I see when the blanket is finished? Hmmm, would love your opinions!

Here it is at round 39... I can barely get the whole thing into the picture frame. lol

Thank you for stopping by to visit. Tomorrow [after Guild Meeting] I hope to put up the pictures from the Tuesday Friendship Quilter's Meeting. . . until then, may you always have the time and inclination to create something for yourself or someone you love.

Quilty Hugs,

PS: The bright color at round 19 (in pic above) is actually a 'gold'... it sure draws attention to itself. That's why I am a bit concerned about adding bright Orange! lol. I guess my color-insecurities are showing like a dangling slip!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

GIANT GRANNY SQUARE CAL. . . With A Lot Of Help From My Friends!

You know the lyrics of the song. . . "With A Little Help From My Friends"? Well, that's exactly what I received this week -- in spades! I received a LOT of help!  On Tuesday, MaryEllen gave me a HUGE laundry basket of yarn! WOW!! Thank you, Mary Ellen!

And then, many friends provided lots of "hand holding" to help me remember how to crochet, as I haven't done any in quite awhile. Thank you for the help, the Tutes, the encouragement: EllyD, LuAnn, Katrin, and Sucrette [who began the CAL... Crochet A Long]. Thank you so much.

This is how much I have done so far this evening... not much, I know, but it's a beginning:

To change colors in the next round, I'm guessing we cut the yarn and pull it through the sl st just made, turn, attach new color and crochet the following round. Not sure if that is correct, but that is how I plan to do it. lol

That's all for now. Thank you so much for stopping by for a little visit. I hope you will CAL with all of us, too. The info may be found on Sucrette's blog [click on her link above].

Bye for now. .  .