Saturday, 29 August 2015

Crochet blanket makeover

Morning all from a bit of grey Dublin.

I have been meaning to write this post for a few days now and only now have gotten a chance to sit down and give it a go.

Apologies in advance for an overload of pictures but... sure that's what I love about blogs all the photos.

For those of you who follow my Instagram feed (@patchworkdelights) I posted this picture I'd say 3 months ago at least?  I didn't like it for the simple reason that it was crooked.  The rows weren't lining up right at all.  So I chucked it on the back of a chair just for colour purposes.

A couple of weeks ago I woke up with a pounding headache, after sleeping it off, later that evening I was staring at the blanket, whilst lying on the sofa.  I thought I don't like you blanket, so let's try something else.

I started unravelling the edging, and saving yarn where I could, then I unpicked all the rows.

To say that there was bits of yarn all over the sitting room was a bit of an understatement.

It took a little while...

But I got there in the end.

Now I was left with loads of gorgeous granny squares. 

I started joining them together with cream yarn (stylecraft DK).

I used Attic24s method of joining grannies but to be on the safe side I used the pins to make sure the grannies were lined up properly.

I then added 3 rounds of treble clusters as a border followed by this edging here.  First attempt at this edging and I loved it, it moved very fast I have to say.

It took about a week, in between work and commuting and family etc but I got it done and I have to say I love the new version of this blanket much more than the original!  What do you think?  Isn't it much brighter, prettier and better aligned?

I have since found another way of joining grannies, which I will try on my son's blanket, but at the moment I am getting some patchwork orders out, but I will update you on his crochet blanket.  In the meantime, here is a link to the joining I will be trying out on the next blanket.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

It's been a while

Hi guys

Yes yes you are not imaging things, Fiona is writing a blog post!

But I feel like writing a post today to share with you some pictures of some crochet goodies.

I have made to date 3 granny blankets, one quite large, another medium and the last one baby size. 

Before I continue I need to tell you about a massive ball of wool that I picked up in a charity shop.  I go to the local charity shops in Dublin pretty much every day.  I went into a couple of shops that I hadn't been in before and there before my eyes was a HUGE ball of wool.  Holding my breath in anticipation I asked the sales assistant how much it would cost.  €2.50, SOLD!

I lugged it back home in the sweltering heat. My brain was going in overdrive trying to think what I was going to use it for.  I decided on a granny stripe blanket.


I printed off the granny stripe tutorial from Attic24, I practised as she suggests a couple of times and then went for it.  It is worth practising, it's not a difficult blanket but until you get the hang of it and you process it I would recommend trying it out first.

Progress shot
I was a bit worried that the ball wouldn't be enough for the whole blanket.  I ended up buying a large ball of "Arran". Lesson learnt - don't mix wool with Arran.  When I laid out my blanket to see how it was going, and to my dismay the blanket was starting to widen where the Arran was introduced, so I cut it out and went back to my original plan.  You see I thought I would be able to stretch out the grey by introducing another solid background.

The arran
I reckon I am about halfway.  It's quite wide and I want it to be a worthwhile size for an adult.

Finally I took about my balls of cotton and looked through one of my crochet books and randomly chose the pattern for making a "solid granny".

I have been getting a lot of compliments for this little blanket.  I have it in front of my now as I am in the process of adding another round of grey trebles. I need each granny to be a little bit larger.  I mean you can go as big as you like but I have decided to do 2 rounds of grey on each block and then join it.  I haven't tried jayg yet but I will....


Saturday, 7 March 2015

Happy Weekend!

Hello Ladies

Hope you have all been keeping well.

We have generally been well, except for the usual colds.  Just getting over a bit of a bad headcold myself, which resulted in me loosing my voice.  Fortunately for the family I found it again!

We had two birthdays in February, both boys celebrating another year.  They had a good time and so did we!

I haven't managed to get a huge amount done since my last post, because I've been tired at work.

But I really want to get this cot quilt done for my customer asap, but each weekend has been tied up with birthdays or Scout Training or something or other.

My customer wants a scrappy quilt, lots of pinks and purples.  So I am bearing that in mind, but I don't want to go OTT with the pinks and purples and when I had a quick look at the blocks I've done already I can see that I will have to lighten it a bit with some paler colours, otherwise it won't be relaxing enough to look at.

Whilst sitting at work typing, my mind wanders to other business ideas and I am going to follow up on my thread business.

This isn't a sales pitch it's just thoughts out loud.  I love this thread, it's the only one I use.

Some of my quilting pals that have purchased it have come back for more and have been very happy with it.  So I am to start small and hopefully build up a nice customer base. 

The most popular colours that I am asked for our white and cream, but I love dabbling in the colours too!

Look at that cerise! It's even prettier in reality.

Anyone, after spending the day in Scout Training, tomorrow there's a kiddies party, so around that I will have to get this quilt top at least made as a top and then quilt it during the week!

Have a good weekend everyone!

x Fi

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A few WIPs and a finished cushion cover

Hello lovely people who read my blog (and thank you for doing so, I do appreciate it).

Well I think from now on you are always going to see a bit of crochet on my page, because now I am making my son, the younger one, a afghan blanket all of his own.  He loves the first one I made and is often found walking around with it wrapped around him on the weekend (mornings).  I want his one to be big enough to fit his single bed so I have a fair few grannies to make, last count I am on 36.

My colour palette is more muted colours although I do have some red, orange and yellow in it to make it jump a bit, and so far so good.  He is loving seeing it come together.

I also made a cushion, happy to say second one of the year and it was January when I finished it (the end of).  I had these hexies kicking around for over two years, I had a spare 18" cushion so I thought I would bite the bullet and get this baby made!

Instead of doing the meandering fmq that I usually do I thought I'd give straight lines ago. Got the masking tape out and got sticking.  It was an enjoyable process I have to say. 

Finally I added to my fabric stash, got some cute fabrics from a shop in the West of Ireland called The Quilt Shop Tuam (they are on FB and IG) and the other from Cindy at fluffysheepquilting.

For baby balls and baby quilts

Cotton and Steel - swoon!

That's it for the minute, guys, I am making a scrappy quilt for a little girl so watch this space!

X Fi

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Hook crazy

Girls, I am in love with crochet.

I am addicted, hands up who else is addicted! Yay!

You know I finished off that afghan blanket there the other week, well I looked up some tutes on bunnymummy's blog and found the daisy granny square.  I learnt a new stitch the puff stitch.  Bunnymummy explains it very well and the photos are great so it was no problem to pick it up to be honest.

I might make the above into a cushion cover, so I will undoubtedly use one of Attic24's tutorials or something of youtube, but I am not at that stage just yet.

I also bought more wool (it's on 20% sale over here at the moment).  Son #2 loves the first afghan so I told him that as per my promise this year to make more things for the home, I would make him his very own afghan for his bed.  I have 10 grannies made.  I think this is going to be my favourite now.  I am going for "boyish" colours, but at the same time I want the blanket to be cheerful, so since this pick I have included some of my orange, red and yellows. 


I also want to finish off this cushion cover.  I made good progress at the weekend, adding the border, sorry borders as I kept cutting each border too narrow, I need the cushion top to measure 18" plus and argh I kept being stingy with the borders so that's why I have THREE!!! But it all worked out in the end, they don't look like accidents do they?  I hope not.... Quilting decision - I am going to go diagonal and end up with that square quilting look.  Crazymomquilts has a tute, which I will use.

Finally if you follow my on IG, you will have seen this but I finished my first cushion of the year.  A tumbler cushion, it's in my bedroom not to be touched by the dog or the kids (sorry :()

I really love this cushion, it measures 16" x 16".  Fabrics by Bonnie & Camille (Scrumptious).  Tumbler sizes 3".  Background fabric, cream.  Quilted - shadow quilting using cream thread and the borders are straight lines and corners are as per the picture below.  The binding is a combination of the some of the fabrics used in the main panel.

That's it for the moment girls.

Speak soon.

X Fi

Sunday, 11 January 2015

My first 2015 finish

I did it!! I finished my blanket and can call it an Afhan, thanks girls for commenting there! Appreciate it.

Drum roll! Here she is in all her glory!

I crocheted 80 grannies using about 10 different colours. I would have gone bigger except I didn't have enough of the pale grey that I was using as my background and I felt I had enough with 80 to make it worthwhile size. I don't believe I repeated any combos that I can see at first glance.

I crocheted each granny using the pattern out of my "Granny Squares" book by Susan Pinner. Then I saw on IG that a crocheter had added a round of single crochet around each granny and I really liked that effect so I did the same.  Then using a tutorial from an Australian youtuber I started joining the squares together using single crochet.  I like the raised effect.

Once I had the grannies joined together I didn't know how to go about adding edging and found Attic24 to be great (of course her work is beautiful!) and bunnymummy had a perfect tutorial for adding edging.  Now I currently have three rounds of edging, but I will probably add one more during the week but then that's it I won't go bigger. 

I am itching now to start another granny blanket, now just to choose a new granny square!

Happy Sunday all!

x Fi


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Review of the Year and going forward

First of all let me wish you all a happy and healthy 2015.  I hope you had a restful Christmas.

We didn't get up to any manic in our house, hubby was off for four days, which was lovely, it's not often that we are together for consecutive days (retail). 

Toffie got some good walks in and the boys got loads of TV, as did I.

I have been busy working on my crochet blanket, is it an afghan, is it big enough, are there rules about what's an afghan, please let me know, hate calling things by their wrong names.

Now I need a border for it.  So any advice, links to tutorials is more than welcome, please!

I am working on a quilt for a publication so that has been taking up a lot of my spare time, it's a nice straightforward quilt, pics will follow once it's published.  I just have to finish a bit of FMQ and add the binding and then we are done.  I often wish I could make or design a complicated quilt but (1) I don't have the imagination and (2) computer package. 

This year, I really really really want to make more quilts for my home and watch this space.  I have plenty of books and blogs that I follow for inspiration and tutorials so my promise to myself is that I will get some decent patchwork done this year!

Have you guys got any plans, I don't think they have to be huge and numerous.  For example, we as a family agreed to do one family activity a month, yes a month, but like I said it's not often that hubby is with us as he doesn't work Mon-Friday.  So this Saturday we are taking the boys to see the new Night in the Museum film, next month probably bowling and if we can achieve these little outings i'll be happy!

X Fi