Sunday, May 23, 2010
As the weather cools here in Tasmania, Australia my hands itch for a new project designed with wool. And this year Hubby has spoken out and requested a woolen blanket.
Those of use who have been reading my blog for a few years may remember the patchwork knitted blanket that my son's class put together. It was an attempt to teach kids the art of knitting and each student knitted a square. The squares were then joined together using an over locker (we had to get them all the same size!) and then we backed the blanket with some flannel. Some of the holes were then covered by embroidering a flower over the top which also quilted the two layers together.
Click here to see the blanket and to read the original article.
Whilst the patchwork blanket was in our home, every member of the family fell in love with it. On its return to the school there were protests from all, the loudest being from my son. This inspired me to knit a patchwork blanket for him which is now one of his prized possessions.
Trouble is Hubby is now feeling left out and I have found him, more than once, snuggling under Master 12's blanket and refusing to give it up. Needless to say this has caused problems when master 12 enters the room.
Here is my son's patchwork blanket
So again I find myself creating another patchwork blanket, although this time I have decided to crotchet it. Here is my square stash so far...yes I have a long way to go. I am hoping to crochet the squares together, that way the blanket can continue to grow each year. This year it may only cover Hubby's feet, perhaps next year his arms!
Despite the slow progress Hubby is happy, especially when I tell him I am putting love in each stitch just for him.
If you would like to make your own patchwork blanket check out these books I I have included here for you.
Crocheted Throws and Wraps
Interweave Presents Crocheted Gifts:
Irresistible Projects to Make and Give
Felted Crochet ("Vogue Knitting" on the Go S.)
Hope you enjoy these crochet books and that you are inspired to make your own patchwork blanket for someone you love.
Until next time.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Choosing the correct quilt batting (also known as wadding) for your quilt project is just as important as your fabric choice. I am the first to admit that it is not as much fun as scanning the shelves for the perfect fabrics, but it still remains a crucial factor in achieving a great end result.
There are a few things to consider when choosing quilt batting. The first is to be clear about the end use for the project. For example a small wall quilt has quite a different life to that of a quilt made for a bed.
Another factor to consider is your method of quilting. You will find that hand quilters often have a different preference to that of machine quilters.
If you are unsure it is best to seek the advice of a more expert quilter or shop assistant who specializes in quilt making.
Your quilt batting will also have a bearing on how the quilt should be laundered. If for example you choose a wool batting it is advisable to let the recipient of the quilt know so that an appropriate method for washing the quilt can be used.
There are many decisions that need to be made when making a quilt, choosing the correct quilt batting for the project at hand is just one of them that needs careful consideration.
Click here if you woudl like some more information about the different types of quilt batting.
Unitl next time