Hello and welcome to all you wonderfully talented crafters out there in KASville.  It's March, and we have just come through the Valentine's Day month, so I'm sure we all know what a heart looks like  :)


Heart appliqués can be securely stitched to squares, toys, hats, and handwarmers.  Appliqués can be knit, crochet, loom knit, or cut from felt or fabric.  You can knit or crochet a heart into a square as you work.  A heart can be duplicate stitched, embroidered, or cross-stitched onto a completed square.  Just look at these beautiful examples I found in our photo section!


This month we are going to concentrate on hearts ... hearts of any color, any size, and any style.  Use any of the patterns here, pick a pattern from your to-do list, or be expressive and make up your own pattern.  Take inspiration from what you see here, and what you will see as these pages begin to fill up.

When a child receives a heart in his or her blanket, I'm sure that child will feel loved.  So let's send the children a

little heart with a BIG message...


Here is a little poem I have written for you (with my sincerest apologies to Dr. Seuss).  It is interspersed with links (in red) to various patterns, along with some photos of previous work.  

One Heart

 Two Hearts

Pink Hearts

Blue Hearts

Red Hearts

Green Hearts

King Hearts, Queen Hearts

Hearts for Girls and Hearts for Boys

Hearts with Smiles and

Hearts like Toys

Hearts from needleshooks, or looms 

Hearts like flowers filled with blooms 

Hearts with Trunks, Hearts with wheels

Some like Fish, like Birds, like Seals

Many hearts will make a Bug

Special Hearts to hold and hug

Some are Big and Some are Small

Some are hardly there at all!

Hearts alone or in a pair

You can find hearts everywhere!

I’d like to say I’ve made them all.

But no, that tale would be too tall.

Watch this theme and you will see

Which of these were made by me!

And while we're at it, please let's not forget our fabulous PJs.  

They are, after all, the

HEART of every KASblanket!

A T.R.U.E.  PJ is an 8" (20 cm) square worked in one color only.  It can be knit (garter stitch) or crochet (single crochet).  

A P.E.R.T. PJ is also an  8" (20 cm) square worked in one color only.  However, unlike the T.R.U.E. PJ, it can be made using a pattern for texture and design.  It can be knit, crochet, loom knit, or Tunisian crochet.

All PJs provide a beautiful background in a blanket, helping the fancier squares to stand out.  Just look at the beautiful blanket above and you will see just how valuable our humble PJs are :)

Just a reminder that our overall theme for 2017 is


Now ... if you're thinking like a child, you've got to be thinking


Amy's Toy Story is running through to the end of April, so there is still plenty of time to participate.

Not a toymaker?  No problem!

Soft, clean, and gently loved items are also welcome.

Somewhere in South Africa, a child is waiting for a toy to cuddle and call

"my very own"

I'll stop now so you can grab your yarn, needles, hooks, or looms

and create some color, warmth, and fun.

Let's send a message to the children

... from our hearts ...

to let them know

they are special!

If you would like to see your photos in our March photo album, please add them to our photo section.  I can then pick them up and place them in our


We've filled our first album so I've started a new one.  Check our


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Thanks, Amy :)  It is extremely heartwarming to see the amount of love each of our crafters puts into every project to create color, fun, and warmth for a child ... xo

Glo, thank you for hosting such a wonderful heart theme.   I can't wait to see the beautiful hearts that have been created this month stitched into blankets, won't that be fabulous?  

Me too, Louise :)) They will be gorgeous!! xo

A wonderful ending, Gloria, to this month's theme. Your collage of KAS efforts is testimony to the awesome talents of its members. I have not contributed much this month, for various reasons, but I admire so much the beautiful colourful squares, mittens and blankets made.

Thank you, Susan.  We all do only what we can ... when we can :))  Always remember that every single square counts in a blanket!  I remember the beautiful red and pink diagonal you created for this theme.  Not only will it be a fabulous addition for a child's blanket, but with it you inspired others to try.  Well done and thank you! xo

March 2017 Theme - 1 heart, 2 hearts, Pink hearts, Blue hearts

Finally finished at 11.55pm last night (31st). Heart of hearts in a darkish hot pink, baby blue and white. (16" square)

Even found a song to go with

Thank you so very, very much for this theme, Glo. I have really enjoyed participating and LOVED seeing all the beautiful squares....especially all the animals/critters made from hearts. WELL DONE EVERYONE!! Lots of love will be felt by the children this Winter.  :))

Fabulous heart of hearts Bev !  Cute song.

May I add one more heart song ?  The Four Aces singing 'Heart of my Heart'...too bad we have to part [from this theme]

Thanks Linda....a great song......from an era when the songs were much 'sweeter'.  :))

Bev, I'm looking at it and I still can't believe it!!!!  You create the most amazing art.  Thank you for taking the time to work all of these stitches so beautifully into a 'heart of hearts' for a lucky child.  Little fingers will trace and trace and I have no doubt, those little fingers will feel love in every stitch.  xo

Wow Bev this is magnificent what a brilliant square, it is so eye catching :))

I can hardly believe this square, Bev.  You must have the patience of Job. (and I'll bet he didn't do duplicate stitch - he would like have given up on it).  Simply beautiful.

Bev, what an absolutely BEAUTIFUL square!!! Your duplicate stitching is superb, what a stunner :))



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