A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Announcement (and a little extra)

First of all, I want to let you know that the staff of 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine have just announced their new crazy quilt calendar contest for 2017!!  I know, it seems early, but we want you to have lots of time to create your entries.  This year the theme is 'Musicals' which leaves lots of room for creative interpretation.  I'm the lucky one to get to see your entries first (yay!!) and I can't wait.  
Here are the guidelines...

And here is a list of possibilities you
might like to consider as jumping off points
for your creations (of course there are many
more out there - these are just a few suggestions)...

Today I will give you a little break from the seam treatment series and show you a piece of knitting I just finished.  This is a wee blankie for our expected grandbaby who is due to arrive around the first of September.

The pattern is a free one found on the Bernat site called 'Softee Baby Knit Baby Blanket'

Pattern can be found HERE.

As a wee note (mainly to myself for future makings of this pattern)...I think I would add perhaps add a few more rows between the 'pattern' rows.  As the pattern is written it calls for 5 rows with the 6th row being the pattern and I'd like to widen that a little.

Today the quote is from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee...."Sometimes people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, "Oh, I wish I could knit, but I'm just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that."  How can knitting be wasting time?  First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch.  Second, you aren't wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.  I will remember that not everyone understands.  I will resist the urge to ask others what they do when they watch TV"


  1. Beautiful blanket, I was never able to conquer knitting.
    As you know I have never tried CQ, what better reason to start. At the very least it gives me a reason to try and design a block. I gotta go back and read the rules again.
    How is your weather doing, our pattern is getting rain and thunderstorms then 100 degree temps lately. Storming now and calling for the 80's Sat. and Sun. them back up to high 90's I think. Our garden is loving it.

  2. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Wow - love that quilt! What a special blessing for the little one to come.
    Maureen S

  3. Very nice blanket! Lucky you to see all the entries for the calendar. Should be interesting.

  4. Lovely knitting, Mary Anne. I like to knit....and about the quote.....I've received some of the same feedback about the things I make....not many, but a few...I feel sorry for them because they haven't been able to experience the joy of giving a piece of oneself to another by giving the work of their hands with no expectations. Just true joy in the act of giving.

  5. The blanket looks snuggly! Spotted a "musical". That intrigues me!

  6. Such a beautiful baby blanket. It looks soft and cuddly...perfect. Isn't it nice to know you can change up a pattern to suit your individual needs and tastes. We are so fortunate to be Creative!!!

  7. Love the quote - always doing something when watching TV. Beautiful blankie - grand baby is going to be very happy.

  8. Beautiful work, Mary Ann, a treasure. Thanks for the info.

  9. Love your blanket! You are so talented! The theme for the calendar is a fun one. I look forward to seeing it next year. :)

  10. Beautiful blanket for a lucky baby!!! I read your quote and whew! Knitting is not a waste of time. I have some of the greatest, warmest socks that I have knit. Plus I was probably hanging out with friends or family all the while I worked on them.

  11. love your looks so soft, perfect for snuggling....


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