Of hot sauce and templates

When I was not crocheting a cache of one-round granny squares to be used for my 2016 North Carolina State Fair project:

one hundred and twenty one granny squares in an assortment of colors
More one-round granny squares

I was busy with what is turning out to be a rather painstaking process of crocheting crazy quilt pieces for the center panel of the project.

Complicating matters, this afternoon, while I was working on a non-crochet project, my mind wandered to thoughts of this year’s project.

I was giving a lot of thought to the particulars of how I would incorporate various elements of the center panel, and I had a realization about what I had to do.

In one respect, it didn’t exactly thrill me, but I also saw that what I needed to do was necessary, and that it would be a waste of time to try to figure out another way to do it.

Is there an easier way?


Is there a better way?


So despite the fact that the crazy quilt crochet pieces for my 2016 project are accruing at a slow pace, with the reality of the design finally making itself clear to me, I decided that today was the day I needed to get the center panel template made so I could better visualize (and document) how the crochet crazy quilt pieces would fit together.

I started by getting out a roll of brown paper, scissors, tape, a tape measure, and these hot sauce bottles:

four bottles of hot sauce used to weight down a paper template
Four bottles of hot sauce

The hot sauce bottles were necessary because I needed something to weight the corners of the template so that I could keep it unfurled.

Once I had the template situated to my satisfaction:

four bottles of hot sauce weight down a template for a crochet project
The center panel template for my 2016 North Carolina State Fair project

I got out the pieces I have made so far and attempted to arrange them:

paper template with crazy quilt crochet pieces and hot sauce bottle weights
I get a sense of the crazy quilt center panel

and I learned a few things from the process.

One. I need more pieces. A lot more pieces in fact.

Two. the last dozen-and-a-half pieces are probably going to require me to develop more skill at crocheting pieces that fit, and I will have to pull out all of my crochet technique tools to get the shapes and edges I want and need.

Three. There will be a lot of ends to weave in.

Four. It will be worth it. I hope.

2 thoughts on “Of hot sauce and templates

  1. sounds like you have a plan my only suggestion would be to make some pieces larger and arrange them going diagonal across the center and then go smaller again, and maybe have the effect of a 3-D even though flat. I manged to get this effect when I picked a mixed color skein of yarn and then picked out 5 to 7 solids colors skein that matched and did a random shapes that are done with right angle blocks with varies extension and when you complete and lay flat and stand away and look it starts looking as if the solids and multi colored yarn is raising up or falling an optical illusion.

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