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Saturday, October 2, 2010

The story behind "97"


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!!!!
Happy days.
Bev C


Dolores said...

The 18th just happens to be my birthday too. What a wonderful save on what some people might have just thrown out or given away. The quilt turned out beautifully.

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

Well done Bev!! Your daughter will remember that story as she looks at the beautiful quilt you made the crochet motifs into.
Go Saints!!....Jane.

Anita said...

Hi Bev, Long time no see! Great idea you had joining the crocheted pieces together. It looks lovely. Love the baby jacket too, that's sweet. Kind regards, Anita.

Simone de Klerk said...

What a great solotion and so very special after so many years. Congratulations on this finish!

Cubby House Crafts said...

Your quilt looks beautiful Bev!
My very first crochet cardi for my first born was a very similar pattern to yours but mine ended up doll size as my tension was too tight!lol!
Lisa ʚϊɞ

Sally said...

Wow - what an incredible story... a brilliant ending - even if it did take 25 yrs!

teresa said...

Just gorgeous Bev. Great story and beautiful quilt. Best UFO story ever!

Notjustnat said...

Lovely way to use those crochet circles. It's a unique quilt, very original too. What a nice memory to have for your daughter - have a lovely Sunday - Hugs Nat

Mylene said...

What a lovely quilt! I am sure she will treasure it for years.

Bobbie Lynn said...

What a sweet little baby sweater and what a wonderful hammy down for her too, (some day). I think those little circles were meant to be saved for now. She will appreciate the her blanket now. Congratulations on another finished UFO.

Sweet P said...

What a wonderful way to use old projects. I love the sweater and the quilt.

Tiffany said...

The baby sweater looks fabulous even 25 years later. That's a treasure! Nicely done on the UFO, it will make for a splendid birthday gift for your daughter.