Thursday, August 3, 2017

Crochet Fusion Quilt Adventure- Part 1

What is a Crochet Fusion Quilt? 
A quilt made by mixing two different fibers together, cloth and yarn to create a unique blanket.

Sample of a Fusion Quilt square

How it all began
A few weeks ago I was cleaning out and rearranging my craft room/office, when I came across this crochet book called "Crochet For A Beautiful Home" published by Sedgewood Press in 1987. As I was flipping through the book (yes, I was distracted from my cleaning) I came across the page you see blow with the picture of the fabric and crochet bedspread. Since the book was from 1987 I knew there would be a more updated version of this project on the Internet. I did some research and found a few people who were quilters and a few crocheters who created a more updated version.





















I wanted something that was easy and made the crochet and the fabric both stand out (I did not want the fabric to get lost in the crochet or visa versa). So I wrote up a list of supplies, and spent two weeks deciding on fabrics and trying out different yarns. Once I decided on the yarn and fabric it took another few weeks to come up with the crochet portion of the Quilt. I am very excited about this quilt and want to share with you my adventure in making it!

I will be sharing my Fusion Quilt adventure with you in 4 or 5 blog posts:
  1. Gathering the materials and making the squares
  2. Adding the blanket stitch to the squares
  3. Pattern for Crochet edging 
  4. Connecting the squares
  5. Finishing the Quilt: Crochet Edging

So lets get started with gathering the materials needed to make the quilt, the materials are listed below:
  • 160 - 5"x 5" fabric squares- I purchased 3 packages of pre cut squares from Amazon, called Chestnut Street (see photo below) and added some 5"x 5" squares from my fabric stash 
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Boye Ribbon and Crewel needles
  • Small square of card stock paper for template
  • Safety pin
  • 6 Skeins of Stylecraft Special Dk yarn-shade 1005 cream (I purchased the yarn online from Deramores)
  • 5 mm crochet hook
Chestnut Street 5"x 5" Charm Pack

The first step in making this quilt is putting the fabric squares together, the goal is to make 80 double sided fabric squares. Instead of trying to explain the steps I have provided links to two great tutorials that do a great job of explaining the process.

High Tea Fusion Quilt Tutorial
This is a great youtube tutorial, easy to follow along, in this tutorial the person added batting to her squares, I did not add batting to my squares since I wanted a lighter weight quilt.

http://www.littlemissshabby.com/2012/07/fusion-blanket-crochet-along-2/
This website (Coriander Quilts) does a great job of explaining the process with measurements.

Here is a photo of my finished squares, they are now 4-1/4 inches by 4-1/4 inches

I hope you have a great week and stop by next week for part 2 of the Crochet Fusion Quilt!

Happy Crocheting,
Da

2 comments:

  1. Love this,thank you very much for sharing

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  2. Love what you are doing, combining quilting and crocheting!

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