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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sweet Liberty - Complete! Happy July 4th!

Happy 4th of July to everyone! Sweet Liberty is an ideal that many people and countries have fought and died for, and one which a good number of us take for granted. When someone close to us gives the full measure of sacrifice to support and defend such an ideal, we are reminded at what great cost such a gift comes.

I am well aware that there is nothing I can do to ease the pain of a family who has lost a son. But I hope my contribution to their fund raising efforts for a memorial scholarship fund will, in some small way, help them to realize that their sacrifice and that of their son is indeed appreciated. This country would not be the great nation it is today were it not for families such as theirs, with brave sons and daughters willing to give it all.

So here it is, complete and ready to be delivered and offered as a raffle prize at the August 1st Jonathan Roberge Memorial Golf Tournament...Sweet Liberty Crocheted Afghan...

Sweet Liberty Crocheted Afghan CompleteThe sun actually came out today...

Sweet Liberty Crocheted Afghan Complete...so I just HAD to take advantage of it...

Sweet Liberty Crocheted Afghan Complete...by hanging Sweet Liberty over the back deck railing for these pictures. Of course, I had to wipe them down first to get all the rain drops off!

Sweet Liberty Crocheted Afghan CompleteHere is a close-up of the reverse single crochet border in navy blue...my all-time favorite afghan edging!

Sweet Liberty Crocheted Afghan CompleteAnd a close-up of the intersection where 4 blocks come together. I joined the blocks using single crochet in the same manner as I did on this pastel blocks baby blanket. I find it makes a very sturdy seam that looks great on both sides.

Sweet Liberty Crocheted Afghan CompleteI just thought this was a cool shot, so I included it! You just can't beat the red, white and blue color combination for a striking piece of handwork. I am so pleased with how this afghan turned out, and so glad I did not break up the kit a long time ago and use the yarn for something else. I just knew a worthwhile cause would cross my path eventually, and this one is certainly worthwhile.

Happy July 4th once again, and remember to be thankful for the Sweet Liberty we all enjoy.

Happy Stitching!

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  • it turned out absolutely beautiful, mary grace! wow, i love it!

    By Blogger Purple and Paisley, At July 4, 2009 at 7:40 AM  

  • Happy 4th to you and it is amazing and will raise a ton of money, just beautiful!!

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At July 4, 2009 at 11:37 AM  

  • Wow Mary Grace...that is so very beautiful! You are amazing girl...perfect seams too! I love the color and I love the meaning behind the afghan...I'm sure the family will indeed be blessed! I LOVE your pictures too!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Merry Thornsburg, At July 4, 2009 at 10:56 PM  

  • ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Did you design the pattern? I LOVE it! I'd love to crochet something like this when my crochet is much, much better some day. Right now, I'm crocheting a red, white, & blue granny square throw - but it's just a simple granny square pattern - nothing like this. :)

    By Blogger Knit Purl Gurl, At July 6, 2009 at 8:56 PM  

  • Mary Grace,
    I don't usually frequent this website, but upon hearing from my co-worker Margaret about this, I had to take a look and wanted to respond to you.

    Jonathan was my nephew and like a second son to me, and it's so heartwarming to know that people like you remember his sacrifice and that of my sister's family. I know that he would appreciate the workmanship and beauty of this afghan. It's obvious that you spent hours and hours of quality time making this, and on their behalf, I sincerely thank for your generosity and kindness.

    Diane Kelliher

    By Anonymous Diane Kelliher, At July 17, 2009 at 11:29 AM  

  • Hello! Your Sweet Liberty afghan is beautiful! I was wondering if you sell the pattern for either the entire afghan or for just the star squares? This would be a perfect pattern for an afghan I would like to make for my son. I've just subscribed to your blog, and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so much!
    - Suzanne :)

    By Blogger Suzzona, At May 27, 2014 at 1:52 AM  

  • Hi Suzanne! Thanks for writing! This pattern was purchased online as part of a kit from either Mary Maxim or Herrschner's. It is a Bernat pattern and the yarn is also by Bernat. It was wonderful to work with. I don't know if the pattern is still available, but I do know that I saw the same block pattern on sites like Ravelry. You should be able to google something like crocheted star block pattern and find something the same or at least very similar that you could use.

    I hope this helps!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At May 27, 2014 at 9:13 PM  

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