Flashback Friday – Marine Blankets

When my first little brother to join the US Marines left for bootcamp, I wanted to make him a surprise gift for when he returned. A sort of thank-you-for-being awesome, you-survived-the-torture sort of gift. He didn’t have a comforter for his bed, so I decided to make him a quilt. To celebrate his awesomeness, I made an iron-on of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor for the middle of the quilt. And, of course, I had to make a matching pillowcase. I was, and still am, not a quilter, but I think it turned out pretty good.

So when another one of my little brothers also joined the Marines, I of course had to make a blanket for him, too. But instead of a quilt, I chose to crochet it. I believe I actually thought it would be easier! =0P

I decided to use the tapestry crochet technique, so I had to first make a chart. I wanted to make it of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor again, so there was a lot of detail to work out in Photoshop. Once I got that worked out, I started to crochet. And boy, did I crochet! That afghan may have been my most time-consuming to date. Trying to keep the sides even was really difficult, and nearly drove me mad! Needless to say, the poor guy didn’t get his blanket right after bootcamp, but I did get it done eventually. And it was SO worth it! Though I have been avoiding large projects in tapestry crochet with more than two colors ever since.

If you are interested in crocheting an afghan for a Marine in your life here is my pattern (chart only) as a pdf: Marine Afghan Pattern by the Sweet Seamstress. It is in tapestry crochet, which involves carrying the other colors of yarn inside single crochet stitches.

The top reads “Don’t Mess…” and the bottom says “…With the Best.” Quite applicable for more than one reason.

If you are/were in the US military, Thank You for Your Service!

Arick's at Christmas

 

Saturday Surprise – New Quilting Frame!

I am so excited! I have been wanting a quilting frame for years. Literally – years. I’ve only made a couple quilts, ever, but mostly due to the unavailability of a frame to quilt or tie them on. I’ve asked for a quilting frame every Christmas since I was a teen, and I occasionally bug my husband about it – he being an awesome builder-of-many-things type of guy.

But today we decided to check out a yard sale down the street… and there it was. It was still in an unopened box, and I wasn’t even sure if it was, in fact, a quilting frame since it only had one small sticker of a contraption on the front. But I thought I recognized said contraption, and apparently so did my husband. He thought it was a good price, and so we bought it!

The pieces. Not too many, but a whole ton of nuts and bolts.

 

Shadow “helping” as cats often do.

 

Finished. Woo-hoo! I can’t wait to MAKE something on it!

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