I learnt something about quilting!

I was very brave this evening, and got out my quillow fabric. I even used the iron! I was VERY careful about where I put it, and no more floors were damaged. Phew.

So, the last time I worked on my quillow, I was getting in a tangle with my triangles. I couldn’t work out how to make sure that they were all the right size and piece them together neatly. A bit of googling this evening led me to these posts:

http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2013/03/squaring-up-half-square-triangles.html

This first one is pretty darn obvious once you start doing it. Make sure that every square is the right size after every press! Duh!

http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/2012/07/hst-tutorial-and-maths-formula/

And this one taught me the correct size to cut my triangles in the first place. Turns out I didn’t leave a big enough seam allowance. So now I know. The triangles on my quillow for this square will be smaller than planned, but it will look fine.

I am mighty proud of the first half of this square:

half star block

It’s amazing how easily triangles come together with a bit of excess fabric to snip off! Shame my rubbish camera doesn’t take good snaps. It looks good in real life, I promise.

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Crochet blanket colours

The plan was to make a blanket inspired by one I had when I was younger. The reality is that I’ve seen lots of pretty blankets on Pinterest and I’m currently in love with daisy flower blankets.

Especially this purple one:

Tillie tulip purple crochet flower

Tillie tulip purple crochet flower

http://tillietulip.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/new-daisy-blanket.html

and the blue ones here:

sparkly toad blue

Which I found at https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/granny-square-love/

and then these lovely multi coloured ones:

Color 'n cream Daisy travel blanket

Color ‘n cream Daisy travel blanket

http://colorncream.blogspot.nl/2014/03/flower-square-tutorial-vi.html

So naturally, I bought some colours, which feature in all of these, but don’t put them together in quite the same way…

Crochet flower square with a lot of GREEN

Crochet flower square with a lot of GREEN

So…I feel that if I keep going like this I will end up with one very green blanket. I’m not sure quite how much I like green in soft furnishings. I’ll make a few more and see how I feel about it. I love how quick granny squares are to make, so it’s not the end of the world if I make a oodles of them in different colour combinations to get the perfect result!

The crafty feeling returned

Unfortunately, my clumsiness also returned. And I ended up burning the carpet with the iron. Urgh. But I am ever so happy with my first two squares of my quillow! I have yet to figure out the best light to photograph in..

quillow square 2

Churn dash

log cabin

log cabin

Stars

Stars

It was after pinning and starting to sew these snazzy stars together that I started to go a bit mad. I just cannot figure out how to get the triangles to the right size once sewn. I had just about decided to give up on the whole thing and have a cup of tea. But for some reason I decided to push on, and distracted, did not realise where exactly the iron was sat. So the iron burnt a hole in the floor, and now I’m a bit scared of handling hot heavy machinery for the time being. I’ve never liked ironing anyway!!! No, putting things off does not solve the situation so I will be a grown up and buy an ironing board and face up to the giant hole in the floor. And eventually, I will have a lovley quillow, which may be used to cover said hole for a while. 😦