Spoonflower recently introduced a lightweight fleece, and oh, boy, did I have to try it!
I selected a photo of The Wave, of course, and had a full yard printed.
I barely got home with the printed fabric two weeks later when it arrived because everyone wanted this cute little blanket, even before I got an edging on it!
I'd recently participated in a fleece blanket drive for Children's Hospital, and my group cut and tied more than 100 blankets of varying sizes. The fleece we use for those blankets is thicker than Spoonflower's fleece and also features print on both sides.
Even though Spoonflower's fleece is low-loft and is printed only on one side, I still like it. It doesn't ravel and so doesn't require a hem, and it's perfect for cuddling.
I knew before I ordered this fabric I wasn't going to tie the edges like the charity blankets. I wanted to crochet around the entire piece with my hand-dyed cotton. When I auditioned my madder-dyed, avocado-pit-dyed and iron-dyed cotton yarn, I didn't really like the colors together. So I opted for black acrylic yarn for the edging.
I wanted the blanket to be washable, so I didn't consider wool yarn.
The most difficult part of this project was using an awl to poke holes all the way around the edges without poking me. Once the holes were finished, I filled them with yarn via a size G crochet hook. I finished the crocheting during our recent trip to San Rafael Swell and Canyonlands National Park. Except for the awl, this was a perfect traveling project during cooler weather. The fleece kept me warm while the spring weather pulled yet another winter on us.
I'm as crazy about The Wave as I am about snowflakes. And now I can show my Wave pride in a fashionable way!
The winner of last week's Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks giveaway is Mary Marcotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts. The magazine is going out in the mail today. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.