"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Project 52

I kind of am a self taught crocheter. I had help(many years ago) with stitching the initial rows then looping it to the second row, but nothing else. I do not know how to read patterns and create new things so I crochet by default. But I wanted to make something-well that was something that others knew! So I watched a tutorial on making granny squares and plugged away until I had enough squares...and made this. I did a simple stitch in back, thanks to another tutorial. I do love technology!

I finished around the entire quilt with the simple granny stitch-so what do you know? I do know a stitch now! This is my first attempt at anything that isn't a straight line back and forth. I am pretty content with the results and have decided to do another, as with practice I can only get better at this. By the way-I am putting this up until the County Fair. The Fair, for me, is a place that I can share new skills I have learned, in addition to things I do on a day to day basis on the farm.

13 comments:

JenniferK said...

You did a great job! The lady that was teaching me passed away in a house fire.:~( I have searched for a simple video but can't find one simple enough. I can get the chain going but that is it.

Derek's grandmother gave us a granny square blanket his great-grandmother made. It graces the end of our bed and keeps us warm on chilly nights.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Very nice! I like all the color!

Deanna

debbieo said...

Beautiful, I dont have the patience to make so many squares. If you can crochet the second row you can make a pot holder, just chain 33 then single crochet around and around until it looks like your sons army hat, then fold it the other way and stitch it closed. Bingo, you have a pot holder. Bet thats clear as mud.
debbieo

Anonymous said...

Jen it's lovely. You did a good job! I love the scrappy look - I love using up scraps of yarn with granny squares!

VA Sis

Gayle said...

This is totally awesome!! I tried to teachmyself to crochet, but failed miserably. I knit (but no sweaters or socks!). Congratuations. Look forward to seeing your new project.

Rhonda said...

Oh girl...BIG BLUE RIBBON for you on this one......my boys grandmother on their dad's side, tried her best to teach me and all I came up with was one very loooong stitch.....nothing every formed....LOL....she said, maybe you'll do better in the kitchen...and I DID....I love cooking.....

I'm Amy. said...

It's so beautiful! I'm intrigued that it is sewn together apparently invisibly. I'd love to know how you did that! Great job, and good luck at the fair!

Humble wife said...

Jennifer-I will find the tutorials that I used. I am pretty happy, but confess, I watched the tutorials last June when my goof troop went on a teen retreat of sorts.

Deanna-thanks. Most of the colors are the remnants from other projects.

Debbie-I will process your comment, I can make mini scrubbies for my dishes...and I actually made some hats. Each unique in its flair...lol

VA Sis-thanks. For me this has also spun in to a mini history lesson as I understood the frugal ways of our "grandmothers" by looking at these quilts!!

Gayle-now knitting seems so complicated to me. I am thinking of making larger granny squares on the next one. Who knows? But quilting wow!!

Rhonda-I accept your blue ribbon with a happy smile!!! Thanks!As for cooking, I am more a jen of all trades, master of none...lol

Amy-I will take a photo of the backside perhaps later today. :) It was very easy to close together, and looks pretty neat!

Brittany said...

You should be so proud! You did a wonderful job and it takes so many hours to make something that size.

Humble wife said...

Brittany-thankyou! It sure did take some time, that's for sure!

Sue said...

The exhibition was my first thought when I saw your quilt. Exhibition is our word in Nova Scotia for fair I think, and we would call this an afghan. What's in a word?

Beautiful job, Jennifer! Good luck showing it :-)

http://milkmaidrecipebox.blogspot.com/ said...

You made a BEAUTY!!!! This makes me itchy to get the crochet hooks and yarn out... your work of art is an inspiration. I do not (cannot?) follow 'fancy' patterns, but do enjoy some basic crocheting. Thanks for posting this!

Humble wife said...

Sue-it may be an Afghan here too~lol. I am definitely crochet illiterate. Thank you for the luck. our fair is in August...so time still to continue with my fair projects!!

Oh MM-you make me smile. It is humble, but fun, and I am glad to read you and I are similar in our crocheting!!