I’ve never tried my hand at quilting, but I got to experience a little of the fun and challenges of patchworking from helping put together a blanket for a dear friend who recently moved back to the States.
Similar to how we all knit a stripe for our friend Mitra’s baby, we wanted to all knit a few squares for our friend Lauren’s 30th birthday.
To save the time of having to pass the blanket back and forth to each girl
we thought if everyone knit squares on their own that they could do it simultaneously over the Christmas holidays.
Everyone knits so differently… and we weren’t all using the same size needles… and our more advanced knitters did fun patterns, while beginning knitters kept it to straight knitting… so we ended up with lots of very differently sized rectangles.
I blocked each square individually… blocked is a knitting term that means to wash, but then to tack each edge into right angles with pins so it dries flat and perfect. If you have ever been given a hand knitted piece, I would always recommend that you block it this way whenever you wash it.
But in order to make our little project work, we ended up arranging our squares about 80 times before we came up with a nice sized blanket that also happend to be a proper rectangle!
Eight heads is better than one and eventually we figured it out!
And then the yarn sewing began!
Last square!! SO exciting.
And here are the scraps remaining after all the tails were threaded in…
Okay and just one more picture of the finished project! Sorry if you’re totally bored by now!
And then it was time to ship it off to our dear friend… the amount of agony, praying and wishing that it took for me to relinquish the package at the Post Office… I mean how much do you insure something like this for really?
But thankfully it did make it across the pond to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to Lauren’s couch:
(Don’t you love the print on her pillow?) A very big Happy Birthday Lauren from all your HK girls who miss you very much!