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Sampler Quilt to Crochet

Sunshine Sampler

Sampler Quilt to CrochetThe Sampler Quilt to Crochet pattern is now available. I wrestled with the idea of charging for this pattern and finally decided against it. I crochet because I love to, not because I want to make a living with it. I designed this pattern on a lark. I wanted to make a quilt with a matching afghan. The first time around I used a regular afghan hook rather than the flexible hook and created 4 block panels with 5 blocks in each panel, which I then sewed together. Either way looks great from the front. But I like the result of the cleaner back side when crocheting as one piece rather than the panels. It’s really a matter of personal choice. I will say it goes much faster when you choose to do panels. read more

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Popcorn Pinwheel Afghan

Popcorn Pinwheel Afghan

I made a sample of the popcorn pinwheel used in Fran Johnson's popcorn pinwheel bedspread using #10 crochet thread with a #7 needle and fell in love with it. But I knew I would never finish the project given the number of pinwheels that would be required. Furthermore, I had no one I knew who would want it when it was finished. But I couldn't let it die.

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Sunshine Sampler – Row 3

Sunshine Sampler - Row 3

I took a little recess from this afghan while I updated the design on the site, but am now back on track.  I finished the 3rd of 5 rows last night.

Sunshine Sampler - Row 3

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Sunshine Sampler – Row 1

Quilt to Crochet - First four squares (click to enlarge)

This afghan will be a remake of my quilt sampler afghan. However, this time I will be crocheting the entire afghan in one piece versus the panels I did the first time around. I just was not happy with the back of the first afghan when it was sewn together. It’s a bit more challenging this way but not as confusing as I thought it would be following 4 charts at the same time.  I’m putting together a pdf pattern for the afghan which I will share with you once the afghan is complete. The instructions are more or less finished. However, the yarn required and finished size are an unknown the moment. Like the first afghan, it will be 5 rows of 4 sampler squares. Here are the first four sampler squares… read more

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Blue Bayou Afghan is Finished!

Blue Bayou Sampler Afghan

Well here it is…finally! I fringed the top and bottom sides of the afghan using the three colors in the afghan. I’ve not yet started quilting the matching quilt…that will begin shortly.

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Blue Bayou: Borders

I’m still plugging away and thought I’d generate an image so you can see what’s been accomplished so far. I’ve finished the top border and am now working on the bottom. It’s a slow process at this point because of the arthritis in my hands and the weight of the afghan on the flexible hook. The final round will be in dark blue to mirror the binding I’ll be putting on the quilt. I’m still leaning towards fringe for the top and bottom ends of the afghan.

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Blue Bayou Afghan: Panel 4

Panel 4 is completed and the right sashing strip has been added. In addition to the sashing pattern I used between the other panels, I’ve added a 10-stitch cream border. I will duplicate this process in reverse for the left side. I’m sweating it out at the moment as I’m getting rather low on my light blue and the dye lot is an old one. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Once the left side is done, I’ll be using a 22-inch flexible afghan hook to complete the sashing strip and cream border on the top and border. The final round will be the dark blue in either single, double, or half-double crochet to mirror the binding I’ll be using on the quilt. I may also add dark blue fringe on the top and bottom but am still undecided at this point. More illustrations will be coming as I progress. read more

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Weaving Color change ends on the back

As you may have noticed, I enjoy designing afghans that incorporate color changes in Tunisian crochet. The downs side is the extensive weaving required on the back side to hide the ends. Here’s what I do…

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Here is the back side of the Basket block I just completed. As you can see, lots of ends to incorporate. This is not one of my favorite aspects of crocheting but I’ve developed a couple of techniques. One is to weave the ends after I finish each block and before I start the next. I find doing it as I go along much more enjoyable. The other is to  make sure my ends are at least double the length of my needle.  It is so much easier to weave the ends if I can freely turn my needle. read more

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Blue Bayou: Basket Block

This is the first of five blocks for the final panel of my Quilt to Crochet afghan. It’s patterned after the classic basket quilt pattern.

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Blue Bayou: Kansas Star

I’m still plugging away at my Quilt to Crochet Afghan. It’s a slow process since I’m doing the matching quilt at the same time. Quilt in the morning…crochet at night. I’ve started the third panel for both with the Kansas Star block…

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Blue Bayou: Lily

Second block done…Lily involves a lot of color changing so I’ll be spending some time weaving ends on the back of this one. But I think it’s worth it as the block came out nice.

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Blue Bayou: Panel 1 with Sashing

I’ve finished attaching the sashing strip to Panel 1. Sunny, of course, had to inspect my work…you’ll see him frequently. It’s actually quite amazing he’s taken this long to show up in this project. I swear he has a camera radar attached to his body.

So far, I’ve got two mistakes I’ve had to get creative with:

The first is the fourth square is only 32 rows high (the Old Maid’s Puzzle). I corrected this mistake by making the sashing strip 32 rows high at the same point. I decided to do this rather than trying to ease 4 rows into that section when sewing the panels together as I think it would definitely be noticeable. read more

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Blue Bayou: Sashing Strip

I finished weaving the yarn ends on the first panel. ..Now I’m ready to attach the sashing strip. The strip is 10 stitches wide. Each medium blue sesction is 36 rows tall to match the cream squares of the first panel. The dark blue sections are 10 rows tall to match the blue sashing crocheted in the first panel. Nothing much to look at right now but it does go together quickly.

To attach I will place the right sides of the first panel and the stashing together. Then I will slip stitch crochet through the end stitches of both. I will be using the medium blue yarn for the slip stitch crochet row as it is the common color in both panels. read more

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Blue Bayou: Panel 1

The first panel is done! One of the unfortunate side effects of constant color changes is the need to weave the yarn ends into the back of the panel…which I will be doing this weekend. A good movie or audio book helps pass the time. You’ll notice that I have not crocheted a top and bottom sash into the panel. Those final sashes will be done once all of the panels have been joined and will span across the entire afghan. There will be sash panels between each of the sampler panels. To give you an idea how it will look, I’ve already added it to the coordinating quilt. read more

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Blue Bayou: Old Maid’s Puzzle

I screwed up with this block as started on the edge of the block rather than include 2 rows top and bottom of the cream yarn. I’m leaving it alone as I wasn’t inclined to rip it out and start over. I’ll need to get creative when I seam with other panels…I’ll explain that little trick when I attach to sashing strips.

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Blue Bayou: Card Trick Square

As with the first square, I won’t actually be using the border with my project, but still a nice option. I have finished the Ohio Star but still need to take image shot. I’ve also completed the 10 row sash border and have started this square…going together nicely.

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Beginning a crochet Ohio Star

As I started crocheting the Ohio Star yesterday afternoon, I gave some thought about how I want to put all these (not yet designed) sampler blocks together. I’ve decided I’ll be making 4 or 5 panels of 4 blocks with sashing strips (similar to a quilt) between. So as I complete each block, I’ll add sashing rows (number depends on how it looks…more to follow on that one) and then start on to the next one. I’ve done the panel method on quite a few afghans and like the overall effect as well as the ease of putting it together. I’m not a fan of whip stitching a bunch of blocks together but this sampler afghan can be assembled using your preferred method. This description will make more sense once I’m further along and can provide illustrations. read more

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Blue Bayou Sampler Afghan

I’ve been neglecting my crochet section for some time now and decided it was time to get back in the groove with a new afghan. I’m still in the concept stage, but I envision 12 squares, each designed after a popular quilt square. Each square will be 36 by 36 stitches.

This morning I designed my first, the Ohio Star, one of my favorite quilt squares.

Stay tuned…

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