My first foray into this (at least the first one I’m blogging about) is learning the Apache Tears stitch. I read a tutorial at Sarah London’s blog (check it out for more variations on the stitch) and started in on planning my project. I wanted my version to be thinner and shorter than the tutorial’s […]

Free Apache Tears Coasters Pattern


It’s the end of March and I’ve not lost the drive to see my blankets through to the end. Granted I’ve not been doing them every day but I have catch up days to make up for it. I’m doing better than I was last year, because I’d already quit […]

Temperature Projects Update (end of March 2016)


  Spring is coming to Indiana and spring means babies, right? Baby blankets make excellent baby shower gifts. As a mother of four, I can tell you one can never have too many blankets. Not only can they be used to keep kids warm, they can also be used as […]

Simple Single Crochet Baby Blanket



This is Part Two of my review of the new Downton Abbey yarns in which I feature the second pair of yarns, the Lady Sybil and Branson lines. (Read Part One here.)   Lady Sybil Yarn Yarn Basics Washing instructions: Hand wash only, lay flat to dry Comes in 8 […]

Yarn Review: Downton Abbey Yarns Part Two


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I am a HUGE fan of the show Downton Abbey. You can imagine my excitement when I realized that Premier Yarns has come out with a line of Downton Abbey yarns. Trying them all out became a must for me since it combined two of my favorite things, crochet and […]

Yarn Review: Downton Abbey Yarns Part One


(NOTE: The temperature shawl is the project formerly known as the temperature blanket. The temperature blanket now refers to my squares blanket.) My temperature shawl hit February, so it was time to switch to a half-double crochet stitch. This apparently proved to be my undoing. On the 17th I decided to […]

Temperature Shawl: February 2016 Update



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I’m really liking my other two temperature blankets but it’s been bothering me that I haven’t been using the daily lows. As I was looking on Pinterest I found this Sunburst Granny Square pattern from Thrifty Below that I think will work perfectly for a high/low temperature blanket. As I was […]

Sunburst Temperature Blanket


I’ve mentioned before that I’m a newbie to quilting. I haven’t done a blanket before and I thought I’d make my first one for me. I had an easy pattern to follow that I’d found in a catalog I’d gotten from Keepsake Quilting. All I needed to do was pick […]

Music Quilt


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I’m a wee bit obsessed with temperature blankets right now, so one blanket wasn’t enough for me. I also have started on an anniversary temperature blanket to mark my husband, Buddy, and I’s wedding anniversaries. The temperatures start on the day we were married and run through each year we’ve […]

Anniversary Temperature Blanket



As January comes to a close, I thought I’d write a short post telling about my progress. I fell behind several times, but I kept writing the temperatures down on my calendar so I could catch up when I got the chance. One time I fell behind because I got […]

Temperature Blanket 2016: End of January Update


About a year ago I began to really get interested in quilting. I got a quilting book for Christmas and subscribed to a quilting magazine. I tackled my first project early this year, a quilted throw pillow. To be honest, it didn’t take much to quilt it and I was […]

Hand quilting or machine quilting?


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NOTE: I wrote this in December 2015, so “this year” means 2015. My 2017 temperature projects are described here. Happy reading! It’s getting close to the end of the year again, which means my mind is turning to trying to do a temperature blanket again. I tried one this year […]

Crocheted Temperature Blanket