So, in keeping with my New Year plan, my first big quilt has been started. I’ve decided to use Crazy Nine-Patch Lattice Quilt pattern which you can find on the inspirational quilting blog – Oh, Fransson!. I was attracted to this because the patchwork blocks can be made up very quickly (with lots of clever cutting) and the crazy design means that it doesn’t matter too much if my seams don’t match! Good thing too – don’t look at the photograph too closely…!
The fabrics I’ve used for these blocks (starting from the yellow patch & round in a clockwise spiral) are:
Thistle Leaf (Piney Wood) – Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt
Cactus Calico (New Day) – Hope Valley
Four Square (New Day) – Hope Valley
Farmdale Blossom (Gray) – Alexander Henry
Diamond Dandy (New Day) – Hope Valley
Wall Flower (New Day) – Hope Valley
Esther (Camel) – Michael Miller
Prairie Rose (New Day)- Hope Valley
Ellie (Amber) – Michael Miller
I’m wondering about taking advantage of the Ray Stitch 20% off sale to get some fabric for the plain blocks and the backing fabric that I’m going to need. I was thinking that the lovely dove grey available here might be just right.
I am absolutely determined to keep a good track of the fabrics that I’ve used for this project (and future projects) so I’ve started to make index swatch cards to keep track of them (see photograph). What I can’t decide is how to store the cards, it seems daft to store them alphabetically by name of pattern, when it’s the name of the pattern that I’m bound to be looking for. I’m thinking that some sort of arrangement by colour and style would be best – we shall see!
I just wanted to share with this lovely picture of our lads (look at their lovely apple-cheeks..) wearing their Christmas hats and Christmas scarves. I crocheted the scarves over a couple of evenings using the brilliant pattern suggestion from Clara’s Crochet Room. Thank you Clara – it was very quick and easy to do – which was a bonus in the hectic last week before Christmas.
The yarn I’ve used is the Sublime Chunky Merino Tweed (I got it from the excellent Hulu Crafts) in Tartan & Camper (great, but very non-descriptive colour names eh?!) – it’s extremely pleasant to crochet with and very soft to wear.
I didn’t make the hats – which were a present from Grandma and are so popular that they have been worn in bed several times!