It is nearly our daughter Bonnie's 25th Birthday in a fortnight. Either before or just after she was born I made this little crochet jumper. It was the first article of clothing using crochet that I had made. Before that I had only made scarves and blankets.
On the pattern sheet there was also a pattern for a bonnet. As we already had plenty of those I decided to use part of the pattern to make those 97 circles. They have remained in the same bag until I took them out the other week. Apparently I was going to join them together to make a blanket for her. Obviously this never happened.You know we had to wait a extra fortnight for Bonnie to arrive so this is my excuse for not getting it done!!! Anyway it was impossible to join them together so I decided to join them to the cream homespun with button hole stitch,using matching DMC thread.I then had them in a big pile and drew them out one by one to make twelve rows of eight. The final one is on the label on the back.
I found in my stash some floral material that was long and wide enough for the backing and also used this for the binding. As the circles are made of wool I used a thinner polyester wadding. It was fairly hard to quilt because of the weight of the quilt. Though it didn't take as long as I expected to.
Here it is in all its glory measuring approx. 51.5 inches wide by 77 inches long. Making this for Bonnie's Birthday will actually be more useful than if I had made it into a baby blanket. One funny thing happened while I was at the craft shop purchasing the wadding. There was another lady in the shop and the owner was telling her about my 97 circles and that I was making it for a 25th Birthday, the other lady said her Birthday isn't the 18th of October is it. Yes I said her son's Birthday is the same day. We both had a laugh. I then remember that when Bonnie was at High School she shared her day with him. I don't know if this is a record for a unfinished item being finished for the OPAM challenge but I hope it might make someone else finish a UFO.
So there you have it, the circles are all used up.
Have a great weekend and go St Kilda!!!!