this has caught my eye. I was looking for a project to use up my Hope Valley fabric, then started to read that book and the next thing you know I'm cutting out paper diamonds and stitching fabric shapes by hand. I figure the hexagons were just practice, preparing me for a Star of Bethlehem quilt. This time around I'm gluing the fabric to the paper. I usually hand baste with needle and thread, but the glue stick is a huge time saver! I also load up about 4 needles at a time on my spool of thread. I had never heard of this before, and it's one of those tricks that make you want to smack your forehead and wonder why you never thought of it.
Anyway the book is about a young Quaker girl from England who comes to America with her sister. Quilting and the Underground Railroad are the background themes here, and the author often emphasizes the differences between the English paper piecing quilts, and the applique quilts done in America. When I started reading the story, I didn't know it had anything to do with quilting, so it was a nice surprise. It also got me whipped up for a few days of searching the web and Pinterest for fun facts on EPP, and Star of Bethlehem patterns. Yeah I'm a dork.
The crochet blanket is almost done, just need to add a couple of more stripes. I'm using mostly Paton's worsted wool with my H hook. The pattern is from Lions Brand and you can find it here. I added more chains to make it wider (multiple of 7 plus 1), and I worked into the loop created by the chains in the pattern, NOT the chains themselves, which goes a lot faster. I saw several people on Ravelry did the same thing.
Did you notice they are really pushing Christmas this year? I guess we have fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the stores aren't wasting any time. I swear I saw my first Christmas commercial on Halloween. There is holiday music on the radio and in the department stores. I'm not ready for this. I just got out my Thanksgiving decorations, and am enjoying the fall weather. Here are a few pieces of my turkey collection.
Anyone else hosting Thanksgiving?