The Big Acorn Race

A Squirrel Picnic Story with Crochet Patterns and Projects

2016 Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower CAL Closes, Winners Announced

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the first annual Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower Pillow Crochet Along. I had such a wonderful time watching your pillows transform each week from spiral centers to colorful flowers in bloom.

The crochet along ran from early April through May, during which time I sent out 2-4 page pdf newsletters with tips and tricks that expand upon the instructions included for the pattern in my book The Big Acorn Race. Some special highlights included a coloring template of the pillow front to help crocheters choose colors for their pillows in advance and a brand-new pattern for a pillow back done with a spiral.

Let’s take a look at the finished pillows…

It was exciting to see the great variety of color combinations. From the vibrant to the subtle and delicate–each is so beautiful and original! From what I gather, everyone enjoyed most the spiral and the rounds that create the stripes and petals. Those are my favorite rounds too.

The back of the pillow is just as much fun to do as the front! I could tell that participants really enjoyed adding their own style to the backs of their pillows. Several participants chose the new spiral pattern for the back, and I was excited to see the magic created by combinations of colors with slight tonal variations and of solid colors with variegated yarns. Some participants chose to repeat the front for the back as well. I need to try this one myself. It looks so cool! Others created their pillow backs in bands of alternating colors. I love the variety!

And I was really pleased to hear that everyone seemed to learn something new from my tutorials. It’s my pleasure to share what I’ve learned over the years and to do my little part in helping to grow the popularity of crochet.

It has been very exciting to see everyone’s personality and creativity shining through in their pillows. I couldn’t pick a winner if I tried! So, as I usually do, I’ll let the Random Number Generator pick two winners for me. (I placed the names of participants who sent or posted photos of their completed pillows into a spreadsheet. Participants who filled out a survey received an additional entry.) And the winners are…

2016 CAL Winners

Congratulations Emily Simone and Katy Board!

Emily and Katy, to claim your prizes, please email me at squirrelpicnic(at)gmail(dot)com with a mailing address.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this first ever Squirrel Picnic crochet along. I had such a good time, and I hope you did too. Even if you weren’t able to enter the drawing, I’d love to see your completed pillows. Would you share a photo with me? I’ll even add it to this gallery if you like, so everyone can see your handiwork.

It’s been fun meeting you all and getting to know you better. See you around the picnic!

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4 thoughts on “2016 Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower CAL Closes, Winners Announced

  1. Wow they all look so awesome! It was really fun making the pillow and I did learn quite a bit, especially making a spiral, which I’d never made before 🙂

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    • I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, Patricia! Your pillow is awesome. I was so impressed that you made your own pillow form. I think I might have to pick your brain on this more if you don’t mind. That might be a great resource for next year’s CAL!

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  2. Congratulations to the winners and what fun to see all the pillows. 😀

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    • Thanks again, Sharon, for all your help. I’m sending you tons of hugs from me and Hodge and Podge. I had a great time following your progress on your blog. Your pillow is fantastic. And Sherbet is a wonderful addition. I wish you and her and all your ami friends tons of adventures!

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