Monday, 27 April 2015

Mini Quilt and Magnolia

The mini quilt is finished and just happened to match the magnolia
which came out about the same time. I love it when that happens.

 Cosy stripe blanket number two is also coming on, but remind me not to mention sitting in A and E again as shortly after I wrote that last post we had another trip there with the boy,
and an injured ankle!
Luckily it was a relatively short trip, with time for just two or three rows of blanket,
 before being sent on our  way with no broken bones to be reported.

Do you find yourself sewing or making things that match the flowers and the season?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Car Crochet

Crochet is brilliant for those times that you have to sit and wait in the car, on the beach, on the side of a pitch, in A and E, anywhere really.
Last week I had lots of waiting to do and decided to make some flowers.
 The triple layer pink edged one is a pattern from Attic 24 and the others were from the
free crochet flowers patterns at Mollie Makes.

I did a little bit more on the mini quilt, adding some hand stitching and a few finds from the beach, more on that soon.
Mainly I sat in the sunshine with cosy blanket number two...

The idea is to separate bands of colour with stripes of grey but it hasn't been as easy as I hoped.
Looking for inspiration, I decided that Lucy's pegs might be a useful way to help work it out but having no pegs to hand, I had to make do with an Easter egg box chopped up which actually did the trick nicely.

We were away for Easter Sunday and at popular request I got some eggs to do a hunt in the garden but it seemed almost a shame to eat them when they looked so pretty on the blanket.

There were some great hiding places in our tiny garden by the sea.
Rock crevices, stones, hedges and even a little shed!

One blue egg was never found so it's still there hiding somewhere
 or else it's been stolen away by a magpie!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Two shades of Grey

It's a very grey day here and I have just received a welcome package through the post with some grey yarn (as well as some other colours) for a new cosy blanket that I am starting.

I decided that one wasn't enough because it is a very popular blanket on our sofa. 
The combination of the treble clusters and straight trebles give the blanket a lovely texture and cosiness that the others don't seem to have and so on these cold days there is a fight for it!
Having chosen to go for a second blanket in the same pattern, a new palette of colours seemed the way to go for a bit of variation. For the original blanket I stuck to Lucy's lovely Cosy Colours and her pattern without a second thought and so this seems a bit scary and could go very wrong!

 I have been playing with some fat quarters which are mainly Kaffe Fassett I think.
This is a sort of mini quilt in progress..

I'm not sure what it will end up as but I am planning to give it some hand quilting and embellishment.
This one is another plus quilt in the same fabrics with a healthy dose of white.
Again a work in progress with a long way to go.

It was the colours in these fabrics that have inspired the new cosy blanket which is not really my usual colours but I am really enjoying them so far.