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Continuing the 30-Day Watercolor Challenge

Mostly Watercolors Lately! I did cut the last batch of pieces for center of the “Cherry Crunch” quilt, today, but that’s all the progress on that project.  It shouldn’t take long at all to get those pieced, and then it’s time to start joining them! Otherwise, I haven’t done much crafty stuff since last time […]

Painting Happiness

“Cherry Crunch” Continues… Well, for the current quilt-piecing project, there’s good news and… weird news. The good news:  I’ve gotten better at getting more consistent results with the Simple Folded Corners ruler.  Not always perfect, but more consistently accurate(ish).   (Below, see some of the units and the pairs of bonus triangles stacking up:) The weird news:  While […]

4th UFO Underway! Disappearing Four-Patch

As mentioned in the last entry, the fourth UFO project of the year is underway.   I have no idea how long this one has been stashed away, but I’m sure it’s been several years.   This project started with a layer cake Mom gave me.  The colors and prints are in the “shabby chic” style, I […]

Two More Blocks

I’ve finished two more blocks for the spring-themed sampler afghan.  That brings the total of finished blocks to twenty, which was my goal– but now that I’ve laid them all out together, I’ve decided to make four more, for a 4 x 6 layout instead of the 4 x 5 I was originally planning.  So […]

Crocheting & Quilting

The doily has been done for several days, but remains unblocked.  I think it may need a bigger surface than the foam insulation board I normally use for blocking.  (Another largish doily has also been hanging around the house for over two years, waiting.)  There’s a new system I want to try for blocking larger […]

The Granny Square Book

The Granny Square Book: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Crocheting Square by Square by Margaret Hubert Many of the things I most appreciated in Edie Eckman’s Beyond the Square and Around the Corner Crocheted Borders books are also present in this sturdy volume by Margaret Hubert.  If you, like me, love books of crochet […]

50 Fabulous Crochet Squares

50 Fabulous Crochet Squares (Leisure Arts #4420) by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss This is a book of… 50 crochet squares!  (Who’da thunk it, right?) It’s a 72-page paperback, “staple-bound”, “booklet-style book” from Leisure Arts, and the fifty crochet square patterns are the work of four designers– Jean Leinhauser, Rita Weiss, Janie Herrin, and James […]


No photos today.  Maybe tomorrow.  :o) I’m still working on the Gypsying afghan.  You may have noticed that it’s taking a while.  (g)  It’s still a joyful project, though, so let it take as long as it will! – – – – – – – Over the weekend, I put in some knitting time on […]

Around the Corner Crochet Borders

Here’s the second of the crochet book reviews I wrote but never published.  It wasn’t finished, so I’ve completed it, now.  (In other words, the opinions expressed are quite up to date. (g)) – – – – – – – Last time I wrote a review, it was for Edie Eckman’s (first) book of crochet […]

Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs

Aha! I found the book reviews I wrote for this blog– only apparently I never hit the “Publish” button, so they’ve just been sitting in limbo all this time.  (“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”… (g)) I’ll go ahead and post them, now, just so […]