There are times I really do love Instagram. Have I mentioned that before? Well I do. The motivation, the inspiration, the fun challenges. When I’m feeling low a trip there to scroll through photos usually gets me up and going, especially when it comes to crafting.
While there’s a competitive undertone to lots of other endeavors, it’s just not there with crafting. I’ve never seen someone who has made something and not been helpful and willing to share a pattern or tips, or a complement someone who’s made the same object. It’s my no-fail warm and fuzzy spot on the internet.
This past month I was lucky enough to come across the hashtag April calm WIP-along. It was put together to help keep all those participating moving along on projects during these crazy times. There were so many beautiful projects and bright colors. If you were a crafter there was no way this wouldn’t motivate you. I had so much fun and made a ton of progress. Wanna see? Well here we go!
I started this postage stamp quilt for my son when he was about 8. I had started this project with so much enthusiasm. I’ve always loved postage stamp quilts. All that fabric! How could that not make you happy? I wanted it to be big enough to cover a full sized bed. Well, life happened, as it often does, and this project got put away. Then my son turned 19 last year, and I found the blocks I had done while I was cleaning. I was determined to get it done. Well, I didn’t get it finished, but I do have the top together and the quilting plan figured out. When I’m able to get to a craft store for backing fabric I’ll finally be able to truly call this one done!
Ah, my absolute favorite project from this month! I saw the trailer for Birds of Prey a few months ago, and like a true crochet nut, one of the first things I noticed was the harlequin blanket on Harley Quinn’s sofa. I had to make one. I found this pattern and got to work. I’ll be honest, I got this one done pretty quick by my standards. The pattern is easy to read, works up fast, and makes a great finished product. I’m so happy with this one I could burst. It’s proudly spread over the back of my couch as we speak.
The next two projects were more about progress than completion. I adore scrappy afghans and quilts, and I always seem to have a ridiculous amount of scraps so that works out well, lol. This hexagon blanket is so colorful! It makes my heart happy when I look at it. I still want it to be bigger, but I’m running out of scraps (which is still blowing my mind…that almost never happens!) so it sits as you see it with a number of extra centers done to help keep some continuity as I work new colors in.
Then there’s my granny square blanket. This is the first time I’ve attempted the join as you go technique with these squares, and they’ve ended up a bit off kilter. A border may remedy that, or not, but I’ve still got a way to go with this one too so I’m not sweating it yet. Besides, I kind of like the wonky look. It makes this blanket unique from all the traditional granny blankets out there.
Finally, there were some smaller projects.
These are just some of the masks I’ve made.
I made progress on this sweater only to find out that YES, dye lots are important!! 😓
And this inquisitive little fellow I made just because he’s freaking adorable.
So as you can see I made a lot of progress, and I used up a good amount of materials that I had on hand. Both of which make me feel really good!! Now I’m hoping there’s a May WIP-along because this was just too fun to not have it continue on. Even if there isn’t, I can promise you I’ve got some other things I’m working on, so be ready for more fun things soon!