Saturday 15 February 2014

Guest Blogger Week 103 ~ Purrfect Spots

I would like to say a huge welcome
to Nan Baker


I am honored to be a guest on your blog. Thank you for this opportunity.

My name is Nan Baker and I am a professional needlework and quilt designer.
 I am CEO and Designer of  Purrfect Spots.  
Even though I am a quilter, I do have a history with crochet!

I fell in love with crochet at a very early age – a crocheted dog that is. 
He was a gift when I was born. 
I loved that dog and named him "Perky" after my neighbor's dog. 
Perky went everywhere with me, even to school. He had his own desk and got a report card. 
He was and still is quite a dog. Today Perky is a great snuggle puppy for my cats! 

My grandmother taught me to knit when I was nine and I made skirts for my dolls. 
Soon after that she taught me to crochet, but I had no luck with double crochet, 
so I just did the single stitch and made long chains. 
My husband's grandmother made this lovely Granny Square afghan. 

I didn't get interested in crochet again until I was in my twenties. 
Granny Square afghans were very popular and I was determined to make one. 
I am pleased to say that I at last mastered the double crochet stitch. 
I had to move my cat to get this picture. 

As a result it led to many more afghans with all types of stitches. 
I can't tell you how many afghans I made and gave away, but it was quite a few. 

I got interested in crocheting sweaters and made a lovely yellow one for my sister. 
That was a real challenge and probably more than I needed. 
I think because of that, crochet took a back seat as I discovered other handwork, 
mainly crewel embroidery, needlepoint and then cross stitch. In 2003, 
I turned to quilting and that has become my favorite, particularly hand quilting.

But just because quilting is my "Main Thing" doesn't mean I don’t do other wonderful venues of handwork. 
I have a cross stitch piece in progress all the time and I really enjoy it when I just want to sit and chill. 
I love the way the little pieces of thread go together so beautifully to make a lovely picture. 
Following the little diagrams on the chart pattern, 
I don't have to put a lot of hard thought into my stitching. 
I can just zone out and be "purrfectly" happy!

I am sure all of you who are stitchers of any kind know exactly what I am saying. 
So whether it is cross stitch, needlepoint, quilting, knitting or CROCHET 
(need to get back on target here on Sue's blog) – Enjoy it to the fullest! 
And I hope you will share some of your lovely items with me. 
Please visit my blog at or my website at  
and don't forget to sign up for my newsletter while there.

Thank you again, Sue. It has been a pleasure. 


Thank you ever so much Nan!
I'll be checking out your work and you never know
it might inspire me to take up quilting.
I hope you'll check out her sites and her fantastic work!


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