I purchased the materials before Christmas, washed them in preparation for starting work...and then they sat and stared at me each time I passed by. I wanted to try a two sided flannel blanket, edged in crochet, but it was all a little overwhelming to me. So I procrastinated. And finally, one day a couple of weeks ago, I decided to dive in. I squared up the materials, stitched them together (right sides facing one another), leaving a six inch gap unstitched to allow me to turn it all right side out. Once turned right side outward, I hand stitched the last six inches. And then for the FUN part...blanket stitch (by hand) all around the border. Those blanket stitches gave me something to crochet into! It wasn't hard to do, just time consuming. I used a tapestry needle and cotton crochet thread. I did not mark where my stitches would be placed, I simply used my eye as I went. I want to say the blanket stitch took me a good four days to complete...of course, my work on it was intermittent. Then the decision of what to do for the border! I started with two rows of single crochet around (in white) and then went from there. I made it up as I went. If I were to do it again, I think I would eliminate the pink color and stick to white and turquoise.
The front side, pseudo quilted look, was purchased all squares already sewn together. I think my next adventure will be piecing together my own squares. And that front side piece of material was quite costly! So typical of me, I see something I like and decide to buy it without looking at the price. When I heard the price per yard, I gulped...and then did it anyway. Doesn't everyone use an expensive piece of material for their first try at something? It was added incentive not to monkey it up! And I'm proud to say, I did NOT mess it up!
I think the edging would benefit from blocking, but I don't know where I would do that...unless I do one little segment at a time...I don't have any large unused spaces for such things. Any suggestions?
The light is low this morning as we are covered in clouds once again. This has been a winter of lots of clouds with a few doses of sun here and there...but no sun today so far. Hence, the photos are not as good as I would have liked.
Have a wonderful weekend...I have some other goodies to share in the next few days.