Square One

Well I only nearly forgot, didn’t I?  I was just getting ready to put my feet up and succumb to the fluey thing that’s been threatening to engulf me all day, when my phone pinged.  An email.  From the stats monitor which looks after this place.  Telling me about my page views for the New Year Resolution(ish) post… Bum.

So, no sofa until I’d done a square.  Right?


So here it is.  Square one.  Made from the remains of a ball of acrylic.  It’s a crochet square, to get us started.  A popcorn square, no less.  Popcorn is a technique which makes bobbles out of triple crochet stitches, by gathering a row of them together through the top.  The corners are popcorned, the sides are plain ol’ triple crochet worked through the back of the stitch below (I think this is called “round the post” but I spend so much of my crochet time working out for myself how to do things that I kind of lose track of the formal way of doing things and what they should be called).

 I’ve also been working on the quilt.  I’ve put together 268 isosceles triangles, to make 134 rectangles.  I need another 88 rectangles in order to have 6  columns for the final thing.  I laid out 30-odd rectangles together, to see how the thing would look if it was *all* rectangles and, as I feared, it was rather too busy.  In order to appreciate the fabrics, the eye will need something calm to rest on, and none of my ‘plains’ are reading quite plain enough to give that unity to the final thing.  So there will be columns of rectangles, and columns of a single fabric, making a 12-stripe quilt, roughly 6’5″ x 5’2″.

I have some Lotte Jansdotter fabric which I was going to use to back it with, which may make the unifying stripes if there’s enough of it.  Otherwise, I shall have to go fabric shopping.  Oh, woe is me!

I’d also like to do an irregular sawtooth border, but that’s because I have a triangle obsession going on at the moment.  I may be sick of them by the time I get to the border.  Let’s see how that goes!

New Year’s Resolution (ish)

I have started making my memory quilt.  There are many ways to approach a memory quilt – you can use scraps of fabrics associated with what/whoever you’re making the quilt to remember.  Or you can use a block design or, indeed, design your own block to incorporate your particular memory theme.  I’m not doing that, however.

Some time ago, I bought a roll of Moda end of roll scrap strips.  These are (although I had forgotten this crucial detail in the intervening time) strips of uneven width and length, comprising roll ends of various patterns of fabrics.  The fabrics I got are lovely, pastelly, 50s-ish patterns.  About a year later, I bought a selection of cream and near-white prints which may (or may not) read as plain over a surface area as big as a quilt.  My intention was to make a quilt built of rectangles divided diagonally, with a 50s-ish print on top and a plain-ish print on the bottom.  I will then machine shadow-quilt in diagonal rows just inside the plain half of these rectangles.  Most of the quilting will be straightforward stitch.  But some of it will be words.  Phrases.  Memories of my grandmother.

I had, however, forgotten that the strips vary in width.  My intention was to do rectangles of 5″ x 2″.  Indeed, it turns out this is a lot smaller in actual *fact* than it is in my imagination.  But because the strips vary in width, I can’t guarantee the 2″ dimension – only the 5″ one.  In order to cover a double bed, I’d have to make 288 5″x2″ rectangles, and that’s a lot of rectangles.  Potentially a very busy quilt indeed.  So far, I’ve made 80 odd.  When I’ve got to 144, I’ll lay them out and see just *how* busy it looks.  If it’s too painful to behold, then I’ll convert the quilt into a strippy – one strip of rectangles against a strip of something – probably the fabric I’d intended for the back.  That way, I can preserve the quilting idea which was, rather the point of the thing.

All of which is more of an excuse to post some photos of messy fabric, rather than a coherent post.

So here’s the New Year’s Resolution.  Like many people, I suspect, I’m not much of a one for resolutions.  Which is to say that I’m no slouch at coming up with them.  I’m just considerably bad at sticking to them.  So don’t expect this one to be any different.  It’s not even a *real* resolution.  More a statement of consideration of intent.  The possibility of a perhaps, if you will.

I’ve seen a number of Granny Square a Day blankets, recently.  And that’s where my idea starts.  I don’t want to do a granny square a day – much as I love a good granny square, even I think 366 of them might be overkill!  But I do think it might be interesting to do a Square A Day – not necessarily a crochet square – sometimes knit.  Sometimes maybe even sewn.  But a Square A Day.  If it is crochet it will explore different blocks.

Acknowledging that life is busy, and commitment variable, though, mine will be a Square A Day Ish blanket.  If commitment is *really* variable, it might be a Square A Day Ish drinks coaster – let’s see!

I’ll start tomorrow.  Maybe.  There will be pictures.  Definitely.  If I do it.