Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Stitch Sew & Show ~ 2022 ~ Week 19 ~ Patchwork Crochet Sampler Throw

It s finished! 

 My Patchwork Crochet Sampler Throw ~ Started Here

Welcome to Stitch Sew & Show ~ 2022 ~ Week 19

My finished Patchwork Crochet Sampler Throw is 76" square.

When I started this project to revive and build my crochet skills,

 it was to be 20 squares for this

Crochet Sampler Crochet Along @ The Inspired Wren

It soon took a life of its own and I added setting rectangles

 and granny squares and my own border.

I will be adding "Patchwork Crochet Sampler Throw" 

and the hastag  #patchworkcrochet 

to all my posts for this to make them easier to find. 

This crochet throw is a nice size to snuggle under and share on windy days on our yard swing. 

This makes it a nice size for a topper for a queen size bed.

Folded, it makes a nice kitty size cushion. 

Nutmeg is happy to have tested it. 

My kitties and I have started a new yarn project inspired by these sea colors

which I will show you soon.

Maestro seems to think the cat needs to be out of the bag.

Katniss is still inspecting it though to be sure it is ready to share.

Nutmeg is all for testing it and keeping it under wraps,

as long is she may be the one wrapped.

More photos of this and my sea adventure soon!

What have you been working on this week, my friends?

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

I Like Thursday #135 ~ A Good Day for Yard Work


My Thursday morning started with these pretties greeting me.
My intention was to take this one photo and go inside and write my weekly post 
to all my friends of

I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color 

It was so lovely outside today and my garden needed pruning 

so I started doing yard work and never did get inside

 to my computer until dark.

Some of my "yard work" involved a crochet hook, 

my swing and just enjoying the day.

So to all my friends.

Turn Around and Say Good Morning to the Night,

 one of my favorite songs by Elton John

I hope you had a good Thursday, too.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Stitch Sew & Show ~ 2022 ~ Week 18

Stitch Sew & Show ~ 2022 ~ Week 18

A week's worth of crochet progress by The Cats and I ... 

Before ~ Posted Last Week

After ~ This Week 

The cat on the lap requires lots of ear rubs for holding my crochet project in place,

which can make turning corners a bit difficult.

In this photo, Nutmeg is watching Maestro who is the blurry black form on the base of the cat tree.  Maestro is probably waiting her turn on the soft yarn nest.

Most of the photos I have taken on my WIP this week have been like this.

Here Nutmeg has claimed the folded afghan on the table

 and Katniss looks to be waiting her turn.

Crochet time stands still for cat naps. 

The kitties and I are working on the 8th round of this border.
In truth, the kitties have thought it should be called done for some time, 
but the human wants a nice wide cozy border.
so I am still going round and round and my squares sampler slowly grows larger. 

I have done this stitch many years before and always called it the Rib Stitch because it resembles ribbing in knitting.  I have no idea what the proper name for this crochet stitch may be. 

When I was looking for more textures to add to my setting blocks,
I saw it here ... 

... and I knew it was what I wanted to make my for my border on this project.

On this site the border stitch is called

Front and Back Post Double Crochet (FPDC & BPDC) 

which accurately describes the stitch process.

There is a video swatch tutorial swatch for this stitch

 Here @ Daisy Farm Crafts.

I followed my own muse and I think my corners are different.

For turning my corners, I stopped the front post and back post repeat and stitched 5 regular double crochets one double crochet in the corner.  

When I come to the corner, I add a back post and then a front post double crochet to the first two stitches in the corner shell.  Then I make a Five DC shell in the third DC.  Then I do a FPDC and and BPDC in the fourth and fifth DC.  Then I proceed to do the alternating FPDC and BPDC along the side.

My 8 rounds started with a Single Crochet Row and 5 Double Crochets in the corner.

Then I made my first FPDC and BPDC in the post for the single crochet. 

When will it end? 

I really like this border and plan to continue on with the help of the kitties

 to make four more rows. 

What are you working on this week?

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Friday, April 29, 2022

The Scrapatch Cats Crochet ~ Cat # 3

Maestro, who really does not like her photo taken,
is saying, "It is my turn with this nice soft cuddle crochet nest.
Now please take the camera away so I may snooze. 
Thank you, Mommy." 


Thursday, April 28, 2022

I Like Thursday # 134 ~ Spring in the Scrapatch

Welcome to my post for

I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color 

where my friends and I share our weekly smiles. 

I have been playing with my yarn and made this free style crochet flower and leaf.

These lovely pink forget me nots bloomed this morning in my yard.
I planted these in memory of my Butterfly Kitty ~ R.I.P. 2017 
Every year when they bloom the memories they bring make me smile.

I have more spring blooms to share today.
This bush is by my back steps and the tiny blooms have a spicy, sweet fragrance
that perfumes the air. 

The first of our tulips are set to open wide.
Not today. Today it is very cool and breezy.
The temperature feels below freezing although the sun is bright. 

The air is so chilly that the windows are closed tight
and the kitties must enjoy birdie-vision through the glass.
Maestro is sitting with me while I enjoy my morning latte.

My latte had a free form heart pop up in the foam
that made me smile.

I played with the yarn while I sipped and this was the result.

The leaf needs a better shape.  I saw how to make this on IG: 

The flower is my own improv creation.
I have been wanting to make crochet flowers
 after seeing so many pretty ones on IG here:

This is just for my 15 minutes of play time with my yarn. 

My main project is my Cat on the Lap Crochet Sampler.

I have pulled these fabrics to make a quilt for people I love 
who love the beach. 

The three blues on the left are for the star.
The print is the backing fabric.
The dark plaid on the right is the binding fabric. 

The gray linen is the background Choice A.

Here is another possible background fabric.
This gray-blue is background Choice B

 I am digging through my stash 
to see if I can find a gray I like better. 

Afternoon Edit: 

Fabric Found!

Background Fabric Choice C

After some serious stash spelunking
I uncovered the gem I was looking for ...
this gray Architextures grid print by Karen Lewis.
It is one of my favorite background fabrics
and was with another WIP.
I have ordered more to complete the other project.
I wanted this particular fabric because I know 
one of the people I am making Popstar for liked it 
when she saw it in another quilt that I made.

I have my winner! 

Time to start cutting and sewing! 

The pattern is this lovely quilt along ... 

All you need to know to quilt along may be found in the link below:

I love Sandra's QAL patterns.

This quilt will hopefully become my focus project 
as soon as I complete the crochet border.

I have not made a quilt this year! 
I need to make a quilt!

I hope you and yours are having a Happy Thursday!