Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Patchwork cushion and crochet blanket

I've been crafting away, which always makes me very happy. I've finished the cushion, and although it has mistakes, I'm really pleased with it. It's going to be hard to give it away, but I think my mum will appreciate the work that's gone into it. Hope so.

I've also been knitting...

Ha ha, not. These were at the Knit and Stitch show at Ally Pally, which I went to last Friday. I've been wanting to go for four years, but it's a really difficult time of year because of birthdays, but I made it for 4 hours and it was definitely well worth the trip. There was so much to be inspired by.

There was an incredibly detailed crochet coral reef in the entrance hall as well. It was such a shame I couldn't take my girls - I think they would have loved so much of all this. But we couldn't fit it in, because we had a birthday weekend.

I've also knuckled down with my crochet, which I love to do. I'm aiming to make a Cath Kidston-esque blanket, because I love granny square crocheting. So I've made a few centres...

and made quite a few squres, and it's coming along.

I'm edging each square in red and joining as I go, which is building it up very quickly. I just love looking into my crochet bag. A good use of the Tescos bag, methinks.

So I've been keeping busy.


MelMel said...

Hi sweetie!
Great use for the CK tesco bag!
I'd love to learn yo crochet...must get round to it one odf these days!
I love those blankets and dream of owning one!

Anonymous said...

Hi - What a LOVELY job you've made of that cushion! Well done.

As for the knitting ... what size biceps would you need to wield those gigantic needles ... great photo.

Hope all well with you.

Josie said...

well done on finishing the cushion, it looks great, I'm sure your mum will love it.
Josie x

Primrose Corner said...

Hi! I'm so pleased to see you're back. As for the cushion it is truly a work of art (and love). Well done.

Lace hearts said...

Hi - well, blogging makes me happy, so it's silly to cut it off, I've realized. Thank you for your comments. I really am so pleased with the cushion. What a little thing to cause me so much happiness!

MelMel said...

Just popped back for another peek at your wonderful cushion!
how lovely it is...i'm sure your mum will love it!
All the better as it was made with love and holds happy memories in its very fibre!
P.S i'm good today, very perky!

second wind said...

Your cushion is a triumph and though it's hard to part with, no doubt you'll still see it lots and lots.You've obviously been very busy with the crochet, love the colours you're using.

MelMel said...

I'd planned in my head what to do last night....so that made things quicker, she is still napping! Snoring her head off!So funny!
I've taken a picture and texted it to mum...she will love that....i like to involve the parents with a peep into the day!
Just had a msg back....its now mum's wallpaper on her Phone...i'd love to put pic's up of my minded kids but no go...OFSTED....!! eekk!
I'm planning to paint the hallway....and the landing and then wallpaper on wall....but all dreams at the mo...££££'s not there!
Fingers crossed that things keep going well for both of us!xxxxxx

http://lavenderhouse.typepad.com said...


Glad you posted all those pics. I took them too but already had loads of photos on my post. Our ancestors left stonehenge we left hyperbolic crocheted coral reef! HA HA

I am fine thank you - loads to think about, mind racing 100 mph + - not bad though. Love Emma x

PS lovely cushion!

TattingChic said...

Your patchwork heart cushion turned out great! I think your Mom is the perfect person to give it to! What a great gift.
LOL! Ya got me on that "I've also been knitting" You really had me there for a second! THat was a good one. I'm going to remember that, missy! LOL! ;)

Elizabethd said...

Your cushion is lovely, well done!

MaryPoppins said...

Your cushion is beautiful so pretty :) Those kniting needles look huge and sounds like you had a good time.

Your blanket is so colourful, gosh i wish I could make something so pretty :)

Lots of love

Anonymous said...

Hi Lace Hearts!

Thank you for your comment on my blog!

Your crochet looks wonderful, I can only knit at the moment but I'd love to learn to crochet...it's fitting it all in isn't it!

Enjoy your day.
Lucy x

angel said...

Hello my little invisible friend *Smile*
I am so happy your blogging again.
I love all the things you have made, I'm sure you Mum is going to love that cushion its adorable .... except for that one little bit ........ lol i'm joking.

I would have loved to to Ally Pally but it wasnt to be :-( ner mind another time.

Oh i wish i could crochet ...... one day, maybe.

Your blankie is going to be lovely when its finished.

Lots of love and hugs ickle one.
X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X

MelMel said...

I've just been showing Olly...he is amazed at how kind you have been.....and he loves the pelmet!
I wanted to do something great with it.....at first it was cushion .....but then i thought...hhmmmm...the bathroom...it has perked it up no end!
Thank you so much once again!xxx

white o'morn cottage said...

Your cushion is fantastic..I love it. Your Mam will be very impressed! Best of luck to you! Cheers...Pam (your cushion cousin)

What Kelly Did next...... said...

oh the cushion is beautiful, I would be really proud of myself if i made something like that! x

MelMel said...

Hhahahahhaha...getting a bit worried about my self....i've been up 7 times to look at the pelmet and move things round...the bird and the heart have been down here, in my room and now in the bathroom!!
I'm planning to decorate my bedding chest this weekend.....if i can squeeze it in between my interview to be a vlouteer at the National Trust and apple day at Tatton!
Too many nice things...i wish there was 5 of me!
Hope your evening is going well?

Dresden Plate said...

Such a pretty cushion. Hearts are difficult with all their curves. I do like the colours you have used.

MelMel said...

I was trying to work out what the heart was made from.....aha!
Its beautiful....it will be treasured.....my sister popped over last night after reading my blog, niece not really all that better, anyway....she was green! bless her!
I'll bring her something back from tonights meet up.....would be lovely had you been closer....Angel has asked me to the next WIN.....so maybe if you attend.....hehhehehehehe....that would be fun....i read her post and they were having a fantstic time!

Lace hearts said...

Tatting chic - I thought that was rather funny! lol
Hi Dresden Plate - hearts are very difficult, and because I've never done patchwork and applique, I hadn't realized just how difficult!
Thanks Pam and Kelly - I am really pleased with it.
Melmel - it was a pleasure. I'm thrilled to see what you've done with it all.
Angel, lovely angel - it is easy peasy to crochet. Honestly. And it's very relaxing as a hobby.
Hi Lucy B, Mary, Elizabethd - thanks for leaving comments. Honestly, Lucy B, as I said to angel, it's easy to crochet.
Hi second wind and Lavender House - thanks for leaving comments. It was a good show, Emma, wasn't it!

Trish said...

the cushion looks fab sweetie, you had me going with the knitting too lol, the coral reef looks amazing!!!
I wish I could crochet, I can get started and get the first round done, but can never seem to get onto the second round, have a mental block I think xxx

Kim McBirnie said...

Oh, I wish I could crochet. I tried a few months ago but couldn't get the hang - my husband is better at it then me!
Kim xx

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I`m in love with the heart cushion!
Well done for finishing it...and not giving up!
It sure looks... its been a true Labour Of Love!
Kisses & Hugs
Debbie Moss