Look What I Made: Crochet Blankets

Five years of crochet, 20 blankets completed.

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Granny Stripe Blanket (Wedding present for Katherine and David)

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Rainbow Granny Stripe Blanket

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Ripple Blanket (Wedding present for Jessica and Eugene)

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Rainbow Baby Ripple Blanket (for Archie)

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Mulitcoloured Ripple Blanket

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Eight-Colour Granny Square Throw (for Nanna)

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Baby Blanket (for baby Kee)

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Rainbow Granny Square Blanket (for Amy)

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The Hodge Podge Large Granny Square Blanket (for me)

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Chevron Crochet Blanket (Wedding present for Michelle and Tim)

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Baby Granny Square Blanket

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Rainbow Ripple Blanket

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Ripple Baby Blanket

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White Woollen Granny Square Blanket (for me)

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Grey Granny Stripe Blanket

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Black Granny Stripe Blanket

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Chevron Baby Blankets x2

Crochet granny square blanket

Hodge Podge No. 2

White granny stripe crochet blanket

White Granny Stripe Blanket

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Goodbye 2014

I didn’t post this on December 31st because I wasn’t quite ready to see the end of 2014. I wasn’t sure I’d done “enough” in 2014 for it to be over already. Not enough in a creative sense, more in a what-am-I-doing-with-my-life sort of way. There wasn’t a great deal of baking last year, and most of it was old favourites like Snickerdoodles, Kitchen Sink Cookies and Caramel Slice. Looking back, I think the only new recipe I tried was Impossible Pie after I heard about it for the first time and was immediately curious as to why I hadn’t come across it earlier.

2014

On the craft front I managed to finish up a few projects that had been on hiatus, and started and finished quite a few more. It looks like 2014 was Year of the Blanket.

Top row: White Granny Stripe Blanket, Pink and Grey Quarter-Square Triangle Quilt, Vintage Sheet Quilt No.2, Hodge Podge No.2
Second row: Scrappy Vintage Sheet Pillow Case, Summer Song Quilt No.2, Grey Granny Stripe Blanket, Vintage Sheet Quilt No.4
Third row: Baby Granny Square Blanket, Baby Ripple Blanket, White Granny Square Blanket, Vintage Sheet Quilt No.3
Bottom row: Chevron Baby Blanket, Rainbow Quilt, Chevron Baby Blanket, Black Granny Stripe Blanket

Here’s to a 2015 filled with good times and sweet treats.

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Look What I Made: Vintage Sheet Quilt No.4

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This one belongs to my number one fan, my nanna.

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Vital Stats:

Finished quilt number ten
Finished size – approx. 120cm x 120cm
Quilt top – 16 squares cut from vintage sheets, purchased from local thrift shops, Etsy and some swapped with fellow vintage sheet lover Thouraya
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – A purple floral vintage sheet, purchased locally
Quilting – Two vertical and two horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding 

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Vintage Sheet Quilt No.1
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.2
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.3

 

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Look What I Made: White Granny Stripe Blanket

This blanket definitely took longer than 10 days. How an earth did I finish the black granny stripe blanket in 10 days? This one is a little wider and has three more colours than the black granny stripe. It’s warm and cosy, and bright and cheerful. I love the weight of Panda Magnum Soft 8ply, it feels heavier and thicker than Stylecraft DK but the two work well together. This granny stripe pattern by Lucy from Attic 24 creates nice dense stitches; the clusters of treble/double crochet stitches that make up the rows are closer together than your standard granny square.

White granny stripe crochet blanket Vital Stats:
Started – July 2014
Finished – December 2014
Pattern – Granny stripe by Lucy from Attic 24
Yarn – Panda Magnum Soft 8ply in white and 30 assorted 8ply coloured yarns
Hook size – 5mm
Finished size –  Approx. 148cm x 160cm
Details – Two rows of 30 colours, separated by two rows of white. Four rows of white on each end. Border is a row of US single crochet/UK double crochet. (May add to this at some point.)

White granny stripe crochet blanket
White granny stripe crochet blanket

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Look What I Made: Amelie Cape

This weekend I finally found time to do a little sewing! My clever friend Thouraya from Amelie and Atticus has just released her very cute Amelie Cape pattern so I whipped up a wee cape. I chose the 1-3 years size and used the cape as an excuse to finally use some of The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric in my stash. I paired it with some pink polka dots. See, when you buy fabric for no reason always it ends up coming in handy at some point. (Says every fabric hoarder, everywhere.)

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The cape is fully reversible and perfect for making Frozen princess capes for little Elsas and Annas. (For the record, Anna is my favourite. I think she’s the real star of the show. And she’s kinda a redhead.) I made the hooded option with a tie but I think I might try the collared version next. Pop over to the Amelie and Atticus store to purchase your pattern or visit the Amelie and Atticus blog to win yourself a copy.

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Look What I Made: Vintage Sheet Quilt No.3

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I’m in love. Again. They said it would happen again for me, and it has. I’m in love with this quilt. And all of the ones before it actually. I was surprised to realise this is my ninth finished quilt.

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Anyone who quilts has a few unfinished quilt tops in their stash, but we don’t like to speak too much about those. Especially when we are so in love with the new quilt on top of the pile.

Vintage Sheets Quilt

Vital Stats:

Finished quilt number nine
Finished size – 120cm x 94cm
Quilt top – 154 10.5cm squares cut from vintage sheets, purchased from local thrift shops, Etsy and some swapped with fellow vintage sheet lover Thouraya
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – A pink floral vintage sheet that I adore, purchased locally
Quilting – Vertical and horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding 

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I’ve been thinking lately about why we make the things we do. I know I make things (bake, crochet, sew) because I like the process of making. I like the creativity of it. I like that I can make something to share or give. But I wonder why we are often drawn to making a particular type of thing. Whether it’s crochet or sewing, I’m drawn to blankets and toys. Why is that? Both my mother and grandmother knitted, however both made clothes and toys, I don’t remember either making blankets. Perhaps there is no real rhyme or reason behind it, but I have a sneaking suspicion there is. Something to ponder, perhaps.

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Vintage Sheets Quilt

This quilt has been added to the I-could-not-possibly-part-with-it pile. It’s a keeper this one!

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Look What I Made: Scrappy Vintage Sheet Quilted Pillow Case

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This pillow case is made entirely of leftovers. The scraps are off-cuts from my vintage sheet quilts. The binding was a piece not used in my pink and grey quarter-square triangle quilt. The back piece of the case is part of a grey sheet I used on Lauren’s vintage sheet quilt.

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So this project was really free right? I didn’t buy any new materials, I modified the design to suit what I had on hand. Free craft! Love it. It reminds me of my friend Jackie, who considers it to be “free baseball” when a game goes over nine innings. Those extra innings? Free baseball! Extra time in a basketball game? Free basketball! A blanket made of scraps? Free craft! Get on board with free craft. It’s totally a thing. In fact our grandmothers or great-grandmothers likely did free craft. Out of necessity and a desire not to waste. Back when drinking out of Mason jars was done because there weren’t enough glasses or cups to go ’round the whole family dinner table, and patchwork quilts were made from scraps of fabric so you wouldn’t freeze during cold winter nights. Food for thought perhaps.

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Edited to add:

It occurs to me now that I should add some notes on how I actually made it. In case I forget and want to make another!

For the front I sewed scraps together in rows and then trimmed the sides down so they were straight. The rows are different widths, and I didn’t measure anything. I just matched up scraps of similar widths. I then sewed the rows together until the piece was roughly as big as a standard pillow case. I quilted the top with some cotton batting and a leftover piece of a grey sheet. I added binding to one end of the top.

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Look What I Made: Vintage Sheet Quilt No.2

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I’ve been going through my stash and finishing up some half-completed projects this week as you might have noticed. This quilt is smaller than the first vintage sheet quilt I made a few years ago, however the squares are larger at a finished size of 7½ inches each.

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Vital Stats:

Finished quilt number eight
Finished size – 114cm x 114cm
Quilt top – 36 squares cut from vintage sheets, mostly purchased from Etsy
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – A purple floral vintage sheet, purchased locally
Quilting –  Three lines on the diagonal  through each square intersection
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding 

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I swear those lines are actually straight!
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Thouraya from Amelie and Atticus has been playing with vintage goodness too, check out her latest quilt!
VIntage Sheet Quilt

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Look What I Made: Rainbow Quilt

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It’s crazy to think of how much has changed for me since I started collecting squares of fabric with the idea of making a rainbow quilt back in 2011. Perhaps I should make a prediction now about what the next three years will hold for me, just to see how wrong I am! One thing remains the same, I love fabric and yarn rainbows!

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Vital Stats:

Finished quilt number seven
Finished size – 130cm x 105cm
Quilt top – 180 squares from my stash, with a couple from my friend Leonie
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – One piece of aqua fabric – “Bijoux” a Stonehill Collection by Donna Wilder for Fabric Traditions 2012 (It was an extremely tight squeeze to get the backing to fit the quilt, but thankfully it worked out!)
Quilting –  Two vertical lines parallel to each vertical seam
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding

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Look What I Made: Hodge Podge No. 2

Once upon a time, a redheaded girl named Katie tried to make an ugly crochet blanket. She used up all of her scrap yarn, in a very random order, paying no mind to colour clashes or matches. She found it quite fun, a welcome break from the toil and trouble of choosing yarn of colours that blend or pop or match. The blanket grew and grew, until one day it was 160cm wide. Katie weaved in all of the loose ends and declared the ugly blanket to be done! “I will call the it The Hodge Podge!” she said, because of the marvellous mixture of pinks and blues and yellows and greens. The only thing was, it turned out that the blanket wasn’t so ugly. It was full of colours, a lot of some colours and a little of others. It was big and warm and cosy and comforting and that redheaded girl slept under it all winter long.

Although she was so happy with her crazy kaleidoscope blanket, she said to herself “One is not enough!”. So Katie got to work and created… The Hodge Podge No. 2!

Crochet granny square blanket

Vital Stats:

Started – June 2013
Finished – July 2014
Pattern – Basic granny square with one chain between each cluster, and two chains on each corner.
Size – 140cm x 140cm
Yarn – Random, mostly 8ply soft acrylic
Hook size – 4mm
Border – One row of US single crochet/UK double crochet

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Crochet granny square blanket
Crochet granny square blanket

The Hodge Podge (bottom) and The Hodge Podge No. 2 (top).

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