Hello and welcome to Thee Crazy Blanket posting. 🙂 I started the Crazy Blanket idea back in February, stitching a few blocks each week with a different embroidery designs. A little something that had meaning to us transplanted Nova Scotians living here in Alberta . There were some changes here and there and an oops or two but it finally came together ! I am sooo glad I sent for the extra wool and exchanged those 3 squares for the natural white and used the rest of the natural white for the border .
Then came the job of assembly! It took a little thought and planning to get everything together because I didn’t want double stitching to show on the backing. I didn’t use any batting or layers in between the wool squares on the front and the flannel I used for the backing. I assembled all the pieces with a blanket stitch ( of course ;)) on the sewing machine. I used a medium grey for the top thread since I thought this would be neutral overall to the wool squares. I took some measurements and marked a starting point on the back of the flannel and did a little experimenting on how I would lay out the squares and how it would stitch it. The first bottom row was tricky because only the seams between the squares were stitched. With the use of spray adhesive and alot of pins, the sewing and assembling went along alot better and faster then I thought it would 🙂
I cut the natural white wool into 5″ strips and started with the sides and finished off with the two ends pieces
Blanket stitch on the corner
Thank you to those that have followed along with my crazy idea lol 🙂 I’m sure this will be a great conversation piece as I take it to camp outs and firework displays or just sitting out in the evenings and watching sunsets
Have a wonderful week of crafting
I did want to mention that the great embroidery designs that I use are from embroiderylibrary.com and /or urbanthreads.com
Hi there, I hope you all have had a great week of crafting and planning new projects…myself ?… well I’m doing a little happy dance around the weird and crazy blanket !! All the blocks are stitched!! And if you have been following the craziness of this great blanket you will understand why I’m happy dancing 🙂 I did replace 3 of the blocks with a natural white wool as I mentioned in the previous post. I also restitch 2 blocks that I wasn’t happy with. I’ll be ready for assembly when I pick up an off white flannel for the backing. I was waiting until I got the natural wool and decided on a size for the border before going after the flannel..that way I knew I would have enough. This really has been a work in progress. And I am very pleased with the results after replacing blocks 12 (cameo) and 20 (the boat sketch) and switched out a dark grey block for the natural white (block 30). I can’t wait to snuggle under it! Its going to be a wonderful conversation piece and I’m sure it will be part of some great memories with our children and grandchildren.
Its a sunny day but the temperature is still around -10 C . Working quickly and thankfully there wasn’t any wind, I spread out the blocks on the deck and got some very nice photos…finally. I was standing back squinting my eyes trying to visualize it all sewn together lol I’m sure I’m not the only one who does that lol thats when the rearranging started 🙂 I changed the order of the blocks and even these last 5 aren’t in the spot where I originally planned them to be as you can see from here 🙂 By the time I got my arranging and rearranging done my fingers and ears were cold lol I did put a jacket on but really didn’t think I would need a hat , its is spring ? right? 😉
I hope you like my Crazy …weird and memorable blanket so far… next time you see it, it will be fully assembled and ready for snuggling 🙂
Revised Block 12
Revised Block 20
Crazy Blanket Final Block
As it lays now it measures 129cm X 108cm (51″ X 42.5″) Each block is 21.5cm (8.5″) square. I’m thinking a 15cm (6″) border of the natural white wool. I hoping it will be about 114cm X 139cm (46″ X 55″) when it is finished.
Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching and crafting.
Hi everyone, well its crazy blanket time 🙂 or as its been jokingly suggested that I call it my weird blanket. I think of it as fabric art. And sometime you don’t know how a sewing project is going to turn out until the final stitch has been placed . I enjoy projects that take shape as I work on them and as for the blanket, it’s doing just that. I originally wanted to work with the wool fabric I had on hand. I’m trying to use what I have because it is quite bulky to store and I haven’t made a penny rug or candle mat in ages. I seem to be busier with knitting and machine embroidery. This past week I came to the realization that I have to give in and ordered a metre of wool fabric. I have to confess the ol’ blanket needs a little brightening up and I want to make a border for it. This means the order of the blocks will probably change and a couple of blocks may even get stitched again. My creation is still moving forward and the new fabric will be here sometime next week. Before I can stitch on it I will have to wash and felt the fabric, which won’t take long, by then I will have decided which blocks will stay and which will be replaced. Oh the colour I ordered is……a surprise. 🙂 LOL
For now I would like to show you which blocks I have stitch for this week.
Happy stitching and have a great weekend
Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a great week of crafting. I have a few more blocks stitched up for the crazy blanket. I hope you like what you see 🙂
The next block in the blanket is a Knotwork Claddagh
A row boat in the fog on shore
Crazy Blanket Part 5
And the Crazy Blanket so far.
Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching
Hello everyone, I hope your weekend is going well so far. For me I had some revising to do on the crazy blanket. Like I really don’t have anything else to do ..right? lol It was just one of those things that stands out and says FIX IT! so I did. I rehooped the infamous Block 13 …that should have been my first hint.;) The new design started just a little off centre from the original and thats what I wanted to happen for a shadow affect. Now I’m happy with the blanket.
Block 13 Revised
The photos really don’t do it justice, because its not as dark as it seems.
Thanks for dropping by..I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend
Hello everyone, Welcome back to the crazy blanket corner 🙂 I haven’t gotten a lot done in the sewing room lately but I did manage to stitch up 4 more blocks on the Crazy Blanket. As I work on them I can see where I could have used different colours on a couple of the blocks. Like the Mariner’s Compass in Block 13. That might be a ” do over”, even a rehooping and let another stitching come close to the burgundy I used.. may give it a shadow affect?? Other then that I’m pretty happy with the way the blanket is going.
Now that over half the blocks have stitching on them, I’m pretty exciting about finishing it. I’m still playing around with a couple of ideas on assembly. But that’s the last step 😉
I really like how the anchor and ships wheel stands out on the red.
There is always a flock of birds somewhere along the shore, isn’t there ?
There is just something about this design. I’m sure I will use it again.
Of course we have to have a life quote in there somewhere !
Crazy Blanket Part 4
Part 4 of the blanket. It’s going to make a great lap blanket.
I hope you like the Crazy Blanket so far.
Thanks for dropping by, have a great day and happy stitching
Hi everyone, whew…. what a busy week its been, it feels more like a week and a half 🙂 The thing is, I haven’t even been busy in the sewing room.. we all know how life gets in the way of our craft time…. 🙂 Back in the sewing room I go. I seem to have a lot to get caught up on but the best I can do is pace myself ..Right?
So I just wanted to drop in for a quick visit and a Hello and show you what I have gotten done on The Crazy Blanket this week. Last week I said I wasn’t sure if I would get 3 blocks stitched a week or 7 stitched but I managed to get 4 squares embroidered this week.
Next in line is block 10. Its a celtic style quilting design that I double up on the stitches with a handy copy/ paste feature.
Blue Butterfly on black I think is quite nice.
It might be a little hard to see. This one has a cameo , key and stork scissors on medium grey.
Block 13 is a dark green plaid that looks a little wonky 🙂 I wanted to pick up the dark burgundy colour in the plaid with a mariners compass quilt design.
Crazy Blanket part 3
I hope you like The Crazy Blanket so far.
Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching.