Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Handmade Home

I received my copy of Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule in mid August. I've been meaning to write about how much I love it, but instead I decided to do some crafting from it.

I really wanted to make the picnic blanket as my first project. I had kind of hoped that it would be similar to the picnic blanket that she posted on her blog long long ago, but it really wasn't. The one I remembered had pockets on the back to put rocks in so as to hold the blanket down in a breeze. The new blanket uses quilt binding for the edges and then they are used as ties for the whole blanket. It sounded like a great idea, but I have little patience right now for binding.

So instead, I combined the top of the picnic blanket from Handmade Home with the backing from this picnic blanket designed by Erin from House on Hill Road.
Here, you see one of the pockets on the back. Three are from one pattern and one doesn't match. I had a reason for that, but I don't remember what it was. I'm sure it could just be chalked up to my general orneriness with following directions.

My backing is just a flat sheet that I cut to size (60" x 60"). Amanda's pattern calls for a bed spread, but I didn't have one on hand, and I did have a small collection of flat sheets I'd been collecting from thift stores with Amanda's books in mind.

My hubby isn't crazy about the patterns and asked if I sure of the decade, but I like the retro feel. Some of the sheets are nicer than others and have better thread counts, but I don't think it's that big of an issue.

We've already used this at the zoo, the beach and in our front yard. I'm looking forward to all the memories we'll create with it as a backdrop.


Drew&Samsmom said...

sweet!!! i have that book too! now i just need to learn how to use my machine!

Heather said...

very cool, love the retro look of it

Anonymous said...

Lovely blanket!

Nadine said...

it's like a quilt! ;D

sharyncarlson said...

This blanket is absolutely gorgeous and I love the retro pattern. I don't sew (wish I knew how!) and dream of picnics on blankets like this :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the description of your blog name! And that blanket is really lovely.
Rinda (visiting from Shimelle's class)

poor said...

I love patch work...the blanket is beautiful.