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January 28, 2015
Hook crazy from patchworkdelights

Girls, I am in love with crochet.

I am addicted, hands up who else is addicted! Yay!

You know I finished off that afghan blanket there the other week, well I looked up some tutes on bunnymummy's blog and found the daisy granny square.  I learnt a new stitch the puff stitch.  Bunnymummy explains it very well and the photos are great so it was no problem to pick it up to be honest.


I might make the above into a cushion cover, so I will undoubtedly use one of Attic24's tutorials or something of youtube, but I ...

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January 26, 2015
Crochet Pot Handle Cover Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

I have this skillet that burns me every time I use it.  I’m pretty sure it’s not the skillet’s fault, but I’d like to say it was.

To come up with a quick little fix, I decided to give a try at making a crochet pot handle cover– for the skillet!   The crochet thread is a little more giving than fabric and less bulky and you can really make it customized to the pot handle.

learn how to make a crochet pot handle cover

Materials Needed:

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100% cotton crochet thread (polyester thread will melt and burn you- don’t use it!)

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With ...

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January 25, 2015
BOOK REVIEW SATURDAY, January 24, 2015 from Mark Lipinski's Blog

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A FLAIR FOR FABRIC

Creative Sewing Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass

I reviewed a softcover copy of this book.

In the interest of full disclosure, this book was compiled by Linda Lum DeBono, who is a personal friend of mine. That sucks, because I really, really like both the book and Linda’s concept for it. My biggest fear, of course, is that it might seem like a big, fat Hershey’s (butt) Kiss for any positives I might write about. I assure you, it isn’t. If I didn’t think the book review worthy, it would ...

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January 21, 2015
Granny-Square Cape from France Nadeau

This is a cape I have crocheted for my four years-old niece. It is completely made with the granny-square stitch, except for a border of double crochets. I started at the tip and increased at the beginning and end of each … Continue reading

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Another Fleece Blanket from Hanging On by a Needle and Thread

It's still cold.  Freezing below zero cold, so I'm still working on fleece blankets!  Most of the blankets that I am making will go to our local foster care program.

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January 19, 2015
My Slow Sunday from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

My Sunday was a nice one with my grandsons and doing a little stitching and crocheting.

The "Little Dudes are obsessed with Thomas the Train 



I decided to make slippers for the boys and had them made before I came but they were too small. Now I'm doing a redo.
They will look something like this.
Pattern is here at ravelry 


And when not crocheting I am working on the Pea Ridge Lily blocks. I'm getting there, half way done.




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January 17, 2015
Meet Bridget . . . from Gilly Makes




According to her bio, " Bridget has a sweet tooth.  More than anything else in the world she loves baking cakes, and scones, and cookies and more cakes . . . but especially custard tarts."

Ah, she's an elephant after my own heart, methinks . . .

with her good pal, Seamus

Bridget has been a WIP for a little while,  but was as much fun to make as her other pals were.  Like Emma Bunny & Seamus Alpaca before her, she hails from Edward's Menagerie and was crocheted entirely with yarn I had in my stash that was left over from a chunky cosy jumper ...

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January 16, 2015
I Seriously Love Craftsy's Classes, Don't You? And They're on Sale! from Quilt It, Baby

Just got an email about  Craftsy's Flash Sale - Up to 50% Off classes!
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Learn for life! Once you enroll you'll ...

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Fleece Blanket Weather from Hanging On by a Needle and Thread

It's January in Northern Pennsylvania.  It is cold.  Really cold!  So cold that all I want to do is sit by the fire and crochet edgings on fleece blankets!

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January 14, 2015
A Gentle Retreat from I Have A Notion

I'm not talking about a sewing retreat this morning, I'm referring to a gentle retreat into my surrounds...taking time to NOTICE that which makes my world so special and beautiful. The boys have only had three days of school since the beginning of the year because of weather conditions.  There have been no complaints at our house....we have all retreated into the warmth of our togetherness and

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Little Woodsman Crochet Boots from Selvage Blog


Take a look at the pattern for these very cute crocheted woodsman boots by Alana from New Zealand. Her shop is the Inventorium on Etsy.


Alana also offers a pattern for baby girl boots. Nice job, Alana!

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January 11, 2015
My first 2015 finish from patchworkdelights

I did it!! I finished my blanket and can call it an Afhan, thanks girls for commenting there! Appreciate it.

Drum roll! Here she is in all her glory!




I crocheted 80 grannies using about 10 different colours. I would have gone bigger except I didn't have enough of the pale grey that I was using as my background and I felt I had enough with 80 to make it worthwhile size. I don't believe I repeated any combos that I can see at first glance.



I crocheted each granny using the pattern out of my "Granny Squares ...

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January 10, 2015
BOOK REVIEW SATURDAY, January 10, 2015 from Mark Lipinski's Blog

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FRENCH BRAID QUILTS WITH A TWIST

New Variations for Vibrant Strip-Pieced Projects

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I reviewed a softcover copy of this book. 

Designer, Jane Hardy Miller’s first book, French Braid Quilts: 14 Quick Quilts with Dramatic Results, published around 2010, remains one of my all-time favorites.   I am also a fan of her books, French Braid Transformation and French Braid Obsession: New Ideas for the Imaginative Quilter.

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That’s why I was holding my breath when her new book, French Braid Quilts with a Twist came across my desk . . . I mean, how many ways are there to braid a quilt? Miller ...

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January 7, 2015
Opal Owl Quilt + First Finish of 2015 from 627 Handworks

It’s snowy, freezing cold and overall bad weather here.  But I am desperate to share my Opal Owl quilt so I apologize for the shoddy pics. I’ll get better pics once the weather clears up.

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This is my 2nd quilt to go on the long arm and I tried a wood grain pattern.  The spacing is around 3/8″ and smaller.   After a quick wash the texture is AMAZING.

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Click on the pic above for full size. DO IT!  Look at the crinkles. *sigh* I could just lay around with this for days.

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The finished quilt measures 70 ...

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Opal Owl Quilt + First Finish of 2015 from 627 Handworks

It’s snowy, freezing cold and overall bad weather here.  But I am desperate to share my Opal Owl quilt so I apologize for the shoddy pics. I’ll get better pics once the weather clears up.

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This is my 2nd quilt to go on the long arm and I tried a wood grain pattern.  The spacing is around 3/8″ and smaller.   After a quick wash the texture is AMAZING.

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Click on the pic above for full size. DO IT!  Look at the crinkles. *sigh* I could just lay around with this for days.

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The finished quilt measures 70 ...

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Review of the Year and going forward from patchworkdelights

First of all let me wish you all a happy and healthy 2015.  I hope you had a restful Christmas.

We didn't get up to any manic in our house, hubby was off for four days, which was lovely, it's not often that we are together for consecutive days (retail). 

Toffie got some good walks in and the boys got loads of TV, as did I.

I have been busy working on my crochet blanket, is it an afghan, is it big enough, are there rules about what's an afghan, please let me know, hate calling things ...

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January 1, 2015
End of the year Wrap Up from Quilted Delights

Wow, a whole month has gone by with no blog posts.  The month of December had very little time at the computer, which is a rare thing for me.  I did get a little sewing done but not as much as I would have liked. I haven't even completed any goals on my Fourth Quarter Finish-A-Long list.  I was so busy with work and vacation and holiday stuff that I didn't even get a chance to blog or have time to to take fancy photos.  Instead I have some late night cell phone pics, not the best, but ...

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December 30, 2014
Arm Knitting an Infinity Scarf or Cowl- Video Tutorial from Crafty Gemini

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I know. I know. Arm knitting is so last year. But surprisingly enough I still get dozens of emails from viewers asking me to do a video tutorial. It seems they want the “Crafty Gemini” version. So, after hundreds of requests. Here it is! I hope I didn’t let you down. It’s really easy once you know what you’re doing. So, I will let you know now. The video is long. But it is thorough. It is repetitive. But it is necessary. My goal was to make this tutorial be your go-to guide when you want to ...

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December 28, 2014
My textile year in review – 2014 from Stitch and Yarn

I've just taken a look back at 2013's year in review, and I'm blown away by all the projects I managed to complete last year. This year I feel like I've done an incredible amount of textile work, but it doesn't seem to have amounted to very many completed projects. One skirt, a couple of surface designs, a knitted baby blanket, a knitted summer cardigan, and a hell of a lot of assignments.

I think I probably took on one too many courses this year. While I've been learning different embroidery stitch techniques in ...

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December 27, 2014
handmade Christmas from Ellyn's Place

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Ours was peaceful and fun. I'm so lucky to have friends and family who spoiled me with many handmade gifts. An assortment of ornaments from sewing friends, coworkers, guild members and blogging friends....
Last Monday when I opened up my locker at work, I found this beautiful little tree complete with handmade tree skirt from my friend Sarah! 
This beautiful Christmas mini, complete with metal hanger, arrived from Maria in Australia....

Ally painted lots of canvases for all of us. Some of mine include these fun emojis (some of our ...

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