Friday, October 18, 2013

It’s crochet season!

It’s finally starting to cool down here in Texas (mid 70’s is cool right?) and I’m so excited because that means it’s the beginning of ‘cuddling with quilts and afghans’ season.  It doesn’t last long, so I try to make the most of it.  This year I’ve decided to try something new and zig zag!

zig zags afghan closeup

As I stood in front of the yarn section at the craft store, I waited for the colors to call out to me.  These three colors called the loudest….

zig zag afghan

It has taken me about 7 hours to crochet a foot.  I had grand plans and thought I’d go big.  So, it may take me awhile to finish this one, but it’ll be worth it!

In case you are wondering, I got the pattern here at hand crafting with love.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Nancy Drew birthday quilt

My oldest daughter turned sixteen yesterday! Gasp! I’m still in shock.  Sixteen. Wow.  I wanted to do something special for her big birthday, so we had an awesome night party that included s’mores, a water fountain full of bubbles, lots of glow sticks (for games), a fire pit, and Christmas lights strung all over the backyard.  It was awesome.  I also wanted to give her an extra special gift. 

Last year, I bought a “Get a Clue with Nancy Drew” layer cake because my daughter LOVES all kinds of mystery like  Sherlock Holmes, Judy Bolton, The Shadow, and of course Nancy Drew.  And, I also happened to find a super cute Nancy Drew quilt pattern here at Moda Bake Shop.  Of course I left it all until the last two weeks, but I finished it on Friday (yeah!) and it was her favorite present.

irish chain quilt

9 patch irish chain

I think the appliqued book covers totally made the quilt.  Such a cute idea.  I liked the books spread out a little more than the original pattern, so I changed it just a bit.

Nancy Drew quilt binding

I’m so in love with the black and white striped binding too. I really struggled picking it out, because I was once told never to put black with dark blue, but I went with it anyway and I’m so glad I did. 

Nancy Drew quilt 3

I quilted big loopy swirls to go with the fun feel of the quilt (and to get it done a little faster).  It’s a simple pattern but, I think it turned out pretty cute.

Now, on to another baby blanket…..