So there we stood in the middle of JoAnn’s, looking at patterns and trying to pick out fabric.
I don’t even remember why we started looking at actual sewing patterns for the quilt. I do remember that Granny kept telling us we should really do a nine-patch quilt for our first one. And I remember my sister throwing a fit because she didn’t want that; she wanted the Card Trick quilt pattern she found in the book.
Oh, and it should be king-sized also.
Granny finally gave in. Her only hard rule, apparently, was “no curves”. So we bought an enormous amount of blue and white patterned fabric, and went home to start our quilt.
Fast forward: fifteen years later. Granny is not with us anymore. The quilt is still sitting in my basement. Has been sitting in my basement, untouched, since the first year. We have about 12 partial blocks pieced and at least 47,560 squares cut, reflecting the division of labor in our family, or perhaps the number of sewing machines available to us.
I contracted someone on Etsy to finish it for us.
But what is? I enjoy crocheting a lot more than sewing. When I got engaged, I wanted to make my future husband an afghan as a wedding gift. Knowing that I don’t like to do blankets, I decided to keep it as simple as possible. Granny squares, solid colored and lots of em, with a cream border.
We’re celebrating our third anniversary this year, and I’m still trying to get the world’s most boring blanket done by Christmas.
Hard or easy, sewing or crochet, I seem to have a really hard time finishing blankets. It’s a lot easier for me to finish one or two skein projects – I probably finish several blankets’ worth of small projects in one year.
I know of three ways to answer the Blanket Question:
1. Do a project with individual, different squares
2. Do a super-fast Q-hook afghan. I finished the below project this summer by working with a giant hook and four strands of yarn at one time.
3. Recognize your own tendencies. If you really don’t like doing blankets, don’t do them.