How to ‘Tie One On’ (or two or three)….fleece tie blankets, that is!

Silver White Winters….

and comforters (blankets) for comfort!

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Wow! One week ago we had over a foot of snow. Today, there is no snow and Spring-like weather!

Winter gave me some good hobbies. Making some cozy comforters to provide winter comfort for my loved ones!

First was the blanket for Dad. Something to give him comfort as he sits in his recliner each evening, missing Mom.

Hey...somebody put the afghan over Dd!

Hey…somebody put the afghan over Dad! It’s…on the chair!

I love making crochet afghans! I browse online and through pattern books for new patterns but I still love some of the old standards that are tried and true! The chevron pattern is a favorite. I like the ‘design as you go’ color combinations that you can create from leftover yarn. For this afghan that I made for Dad I came up with a simple crochet chain edging instead of the tassels that you would usually do for the edging. It makes a clean and simple…fuss free, no fuzzy tassels in your face finish!

And my daughter enjoyed the blanket too…

What.....??? Grandpa said I could sit here...and eat here...and use his blanket! :)

What…..??? Grandpa said I could sit here…and eat here…and use his blanket! 🙂

Chain Edge

Chain Edge

draped afghan detail

A nice simple finish.

Comfy and Cozy...for Dad!

Comfy and Cozy…for Dad (and Amanda)!

Okay…so you may be wondering…did somebody pull the fleece over my eyes…or wasn’t this post about fleece tie blankets?

Ah…yes…it is!

One Fleece Blanket

One Fleece Blanket

And another fleece blanket...

And another fleece blanket…

And…there were more. I think I made 6 fleece tie blankets. The blankets for the grandkids were the cutest…and no pictures of those!

One of the greatest little tools, ever, made cutting the fringe SO MUCH EASIER! I made a couple of blankets without this handy dandy little tool…and it was very time intensive and back breaking! If you ever make one of these blankets you’ll want to have this tool. I got mine at Hancock Fabrics.

Fringe Cut Express Tool

Fringe Cut Express Tool…life simplified!

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This tool + a rotary cutter will make this project quick, precise and easy!

Once you have all of the fringe cut you simply tie the front and the back layers together. Tied right you’ll have each side showing fringe from the opposite side…a nice look (see above).

So now that our Silver White Winter is melting to Spring…time to pack up the blankets and get on with Spring!

With Spring approaching I’ll get back to work on some of my art projects…like this pastel painting…my boys. I saw a picture, in a magazine, of three boys in a field of flowers. It warmed my heart and I loved it so much! It reminded me of Spring, my boys…and now my grandsons. So…Spring brings opportunity for me to finish this up. I will pass it along to my daughter one day.

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Brothers Three…by Victoria

I have been thinking of all that brings me comfort. For me…there is great comfort in creating something for my loved ones to enjoy…and loved ones…that is comfort all by itself. To be blessed with wonderful parents, family, children, grandchildren, spouse and extended family…I am truly blessed! What great comfort that brings!

Until we meet again…

Wishing you…

The promise of Spring,

The comfort of home and family…

All that warms your heart!

Vee

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Weekly Photo Challenge…Be a Doll and get this project finished, will ya?

The subject of this week’s photo challenge….CREATE!

The photo can be a picture of you or someone else….creating something….or something that you or they have created. So…how about something that I created…creating?

Miss Raggedy…tries her hand at crochet! Nice job!

I am a person that always has many irons in the fire. So many ideas, so many things I want to make…and, sorry to say (maybe I have Attention Deficit Disorder?)….in my excitement for the project and anticipation of what the end result might be…I start projects that don’t get finished right away.

Have you ever said….Those projects aren’t going to finish themselves….are they?

Well….maybe?

Miss Raggedy….and Mr. Bald Andy!

Maybe Miss Raggedy can help me get hair on Mr. ‘Bald’ Andy’s head…and some clothes maybe?

I made a Raggedy Ann and Andy for my sister for her birthday one year. I started another set, thinking that maybe one of my Granddaughters or Daughters might like to have them. But they have not had any attention in a while.

I guess I was thinking about them today because it is my sister’s birthday!

Happy Birthday Deb!

(aka Debaroo)!

This is a lovely gift that Debaroo created for me years back….

Simply stated…sweetly created!

My thoughts about this challenge…

Of all the things that we can create in this lifetime…

creating those relationships that last forever…is worth the time and should never be put aside…for later!

Wishing you a day full of the blessings of creativity…yours or someone else’s…

and the joy of creating loving and lasting relationships!

Happy Trails…

’til we meet again!

Vee