When yarn speaks

Sometimes a craftswoman has complete control over her yarn, and sometimes her yarn has complete control over her. This project has clearly turned out to be the latter.

Before I began this project, I thought I had it all figured out.

I had made this motif:

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Bauhaus Crochet Quilt Block I

and had every intention of making 168 more.

Then, I was going to arrange them all in an array of 13 x 13 motif squares. But something happened along the way.

The first something that happened was this:

crochet square quilt block
Bauhaus Crochet Quilt Block II

When I first made this second motif, I envisioned making 83 more of this motif and cutting back to a total of 85 for the first motif; I would then arrange them in the same 13 x 13 motif array, but alternating the second motif with the first.

Instead, I ended up expanding the second motif until it became the central element of my 2011 North Carolina State Fair project:

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The central crochet square of my 2011 North Carolina State Fair project after a revision

This project has its own course that it is charting, so I was not the least bit surprised when, at yesterday’s trumpet lesson, I could finally “see” what this project was going to look like when it was completed, and it will quite different from the project I first set out to make.

In order to bring the project to a close, I am making yet another motif. Like the Bauhaus quilt block III, it begins with a 1 x 1 square:

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The center crochet square of Bauhaus quilt block motif iv

surrounded by four 1 x 2 rectangles:

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The second round of the Bauhaus crochet quilt block motif iv

which are then joined to the center square:

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The second round of the Bauhaus crochet quilt block motif iv with the seams joined and ends woven in

From there, an additional four 1 x 4 rectangles are made:

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Round three of the Bauhaus crochet quilt block iv

and are then joined to the central motif to form a 5 unit x 5 unit square:

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Bauhaus crochet quilt motf iv

With just 13 days left to work on this project, I am hoping that it has nothing else to say.

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4 thoughts on “When yarn speaks

  1. Like you I had no idea of the adventure that this project would take us all on… thanx for including us in the ride…. Hope the project likes where things are headed and allows you to enjoy the remainder of the ride…..
    I must say – I’ve learned much about myself, my style of working through a project and how to allow the craft to guide me from having shared our crochet connection! Thanx for so much joy and knowledge….

  2. I love what your yarn is “Saying” to you! The last motif is so pretty! Any chance that you might write up a pattern or a tutorial to explain your technique on how to get this to all fit together?

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