Monday, August 20, 2012

Back at it

School is back in session for my youngest, and we are getting back into a routine.  I don't think anyone in my house was ready for school to start, but having a routine can be a beautiful thing.

Nicely organized scraps
While my daughter was off learning middle school stuff, I learned some basic crocheting skills.  I'm talking really basic here.  I even had to take a picture of how to hold the yarn so I could remember later!

How to hold the yarn
My lesson consisted of the slip knot to get started, the chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet.  The stitches were just run through quickly to give me an idea, and I hope I can remember how to do it all when I'm on my own.  Eventually, I'd like to make beautiful baby sweaters join in the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along, but I don't think I am there yet ;-)

Practice stitches
All the 2.5" squares have been cut and sorted for my great granny square blocks.  I even determined the layout of 15 blocks and separated them into baggies for sewing time.

15 blocks and other fabrics scattered across the floor
Most of the fabrics are Kate Spain's Serenade with a few other fabric lines thrown in.  The outer round of blocks are Fandango I received as a Christmas gift.  I like how they play well together.

Fabric choices
I was a good girl and filed away my leftover 2.5" squares in the squares basket when I was done rather than throwing them in the scrap bag.  

Squares Basket
This basket holds cut 2.5" and 5" squares leftover from past projects and in limbo before being assigned to future projects.  The little squares are even in piles by color.  

Soon to be baby quilt
All the chevron blocks have been pieced and are up on the design wall ready to be assembled into a quilt. feels good to be "back at it"!
Happy Monday!


  1. I'm looking forward to the beginning of the school year.....It Might give me some more sewing time! ;) Looks like you have a LOT going on over there! HAve fun!

  2. I LOVE your granny squares! I've seen those before--more power to ya'! I just can't do it :) I LOVE your HST prints and arrangement. It's adorable and something similar is on my list of things to make. And your scrap basket is enviable. I am of the scrap bag population.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I haven't been able to reply to your comments via email so hopefully you will see my reply here ;-) HSTs and 2.5" squares seems to be my go-to blocks lately!

  3. I am learning to crochet, too. My mom is helping me. I know how to hold the yarn for knitting, but I had to ask Mom how to do it for crochet. She does it so automatically that when she tried to slow it down to show me, she couldn't do it! LOL!

  4. I wanted to join the quilt-along too but I am pretty sure my crocheting is not up to scratch plus my sewing mojo is gone. Everyday life seems to taking up all my time at the moment. Good luck with your crocheting. Your baby quilt looks wonderful. Great design.

  5. stop! totally completely love these chevrons, love!