Category / Fusion Blanket Crochet Along

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along Week 4

The family and I just got back from a little vacation yesterday so, I don’t have a lot of progress to share on my Fusion Blanket.  I did manage to get my squares turned & am now ready to top stitch…however, this is the state of my sewing machine pedal:


It’s been hanging on by a wire, literally for a couple years now….I had professionally electric taped it all up which has been working for awhile.  I’m not quite sure what happened to it orginally, it’s quite possible I vacuumed over it, or the dog chewed it….whatever the case, it’s been mostly good to go with the electric tape in place until last week when something went horribly awry & it’s now in two pieces.  I just can’t bite the $150 bullet to get a new one….so, the hubs is gonna work a little magic…hopefully today….

In other news, I’m sure a lot of you read Camille Roskelley’s blog–last week she wrote a post I totally could have written myself.  All the “secret things” that I can’t share, that I’m even hesitant to mention, cause who wants to hear about a bunch of sneak peeks that can’t be shared for 6 months or longer.

So, I’m curious to know…are you guys interested in the fabric pictures of projects I can’t share with you?

Bella by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

 Or does it make you a little bit batty when I mention things I really can’t share right now?

For example, last month, I made 2 quilts & a table runner for magazines that I can’t share with you & in August I’ll be making 3 more quilts that I can’t share with you…yikes!

All of this not being able to share leaves my blog a bit high and dry at times!–Even though there is a lot of creating going on behind the scenes. =)

Any thoughts?

 

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along Week 3 & Link Up

Are you ready for week three of the Crochet Along?  Today’s post is brought to you by Deb of Simply Miss Luella.  And how cute are those crochet hooks she posted about!  I think I totally might have to snag myself one of those little guys..so cute!

My progress on my blanket is pretty slow.  I do have all of my charms sewn together & corners clipped ready to be flipped inside out and top stitched.  Luckily you don’t have to count on only me for Fusion Blanket inspiration!–Check out some of these goodies popping up over in the flickr group:

If you haven’t had a chance to browse the photos in the flickr group or read over any of the discussions, I really encourage you to.  It’s a wonderful spot for inspiration and questions can be posted for any parts you may be having trouble with.

I’ve decided to host a little link up party if anyone would like to share their Fusion Blanket Progress.  Hopefully it works–I’ve never hosted a party before and I wouldn’t call myself “techy” so we’ll see what happens. =)

 

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along Quilt Books

Sweet Celebrations Moda Bake Shop Book

I have been waiting for almost a year to be able to share some exciting news with you all.  First off, Moda Bake Shop has a new book coming out in October, which is pretty exciting news by itself.  Secondly, I was asked to contribute to the book!  I had so much fun last fall–designing and working with Moda Fabrics to create some pretty cool patterns.

While I can’t share with you just yet the projects that I made, I can tell you that I got to work with California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts.

And, I can also tell you that one of my projects just might be pictured in this promo shot of the book:

Hmmm….I think that might be a rather large hint. =p 

I’ve got a couple other projects in the book using California Girl as well–it’s such a great line of fabric.  I do love me some Fig Tree!  I mean seriously:

Those are all projects I have made using various Fig Tree lines of fabric…Yes indeed, love Fig Tree!

I’ll be talking more about this book in the upcoming months and sharing my projects as we get closer to the release date.  I’m sure that Lissa has all sorts of things in the works for the launch of this book!–so stay tuned!

Make sure to pop on over to Cindy’s blog today for the 2nd installment of the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along.  I loved reading Cindy’s blog post this morning and she echoed so many of my thoughts.  Cindy is so on the same page as me right now–I totally could have written the same post!  I’m certainly no crochet genius & she’s provided some great resources to help us all along.

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along

Fusion Blanket Crochet Along

Welcome everyone to the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along!  Cindy , Deb, & I are ready to get this party started!

By now, you’ve probably picked up most of your supplies, if not, you can reference this post for what you will need to get started.  If you are looking for shops with great selections of precuts, Southern Fabric is a great one to check–I was just scoping out her site and she’s even got in some early precuts of Marmalade!  These are sure to go fast!  I also think Seaside would make an amazing blanket–Randi just got some in last week–it’s one of the lines that I have been waiting for. =)

So, let’s get cracking!

If you aren’t starting with charm squares, begin by cutting your fabrics into 5″ squares.  My blanket will be 8 squares by 10 squares so I have cut 160 charm squares, 80 for the front and 80 for the back.

Step #1.

Step #2

For this step, you could also opt to hand sew the opening closed.

Step #3

I marked my blanket stitch at 1/2″ intervals–you can certainly go closer together if you prefer!

You are now ready to complete the blanket stitch around the edge.  If you are unfamiliar with the blanket stitch, there are a lot of great tutorials on You Tube or via a quick google search for blanket stitch.

I used a double thickness of thread to complete my blanket stitch.  You’ll need a very sturdy needle with a large eye if you choose to double up your thread.  Also, make sure to give yourself plenty of thread to work with–it takes more than you might think!

*I am using crochet thread for my blocks.*  On my practice block, I used 8 wt. perle cotton which was also a great choice(it is easier to work with than the two strands of crochet thread).

Repeat for the remainder of your charm squares.

Next Tuesday, Cindy will be sharing Part Two of our Fusion Blanket Crochet Along.

Be sure to share your own progress in our flickr group.  We love to see how everyone’s blankets are taking shape!

*Original Fusion Blanket Pattern by Sewing Daisies can be found here.*